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Australian Wolf Cub proficiency badge - Collector


Australian Wolf Cub proficiency badge - Collector

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Australian Wolf Cub [Scout] 'Collector' badge. An inverted triangular purple cloth badge with "BOY SCOUTS" embroidered in white above the outline of a magnifying glass. The badge has a dark green border.

Statement of significance

The Robin Maloney Collection consists of 102 items of 1950 -1960s scouting memorabilia from the Swan Hill and Strathmore districts, Victoria. It includes badges, lanyards, scarves, hats, invitations for the Queen's Scout Badge presentation as well as a newspaper and vest representing the 7th Australian Jamboree, 1964-65. This collection is a complete material record of the donor's progression from Cub Scout to Senior Scout Leader. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts during this period.

The Scouting Movement in Australia began in 1908 and was founded by Lord Baden-Powell in England in 1907. The movement had strong military overtones and focussed on the development and education of boys with an emphasis on religion, country, resourcefulness, health and fitness, community and manliness. Scouting was very popular throughout much of the twentieth century and was a significant part of many Australian boys' childhoods.

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