Hat

Production date
1960s
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Black felt Girl Guides hat with trefoil badge attached
Media/Materials description
Felt, fabric, leather, metal
History and use
Related item: H49834 / H49835

This hat was part of a 1960s Girl Guides uniform. The hat depicts the Girl Guides Australia logo from the time; the logo – the trefoil (clover) with star and stalk – is a variation of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) badge. The golden trefoil on blue background signifies the sun shining on children (Guides and Scouts) all over the world. The three leaves of the trefoil represent the threefold Guiding promise originally established by the organisations founder: to do duty to God and the King (or God and my country), to help other people at all times, and to obey Guide Law. The five-pointed star situated inside the trefoil – when counting both inside and outside points of the star – represents the ten original Guide laws established upon the foundation of the association. The vein or horizontal line at the base of the trefoil is the compass needle that will provide direction and ‘the right course’ of action to Guides.

The items were originally owned by Lois Brown (nee Cripps) when she was a Girl Guide in Townsville in the 1960s. The items were donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.
Registration number
H49837

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