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This belt was part of the 1960s Girl Guides uniform. It would have been worn with a blue uniform shirt, hat, maroon tie and navy skirt.
The belt depicts the Girl Guides Australia logo on the buckle. 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 trefoil 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.
As well as the distinctive belt buckle, the belt also has two belt swivels attached to the leather band. One of the swivels held the wearer’s pocketknife, and the other – if you were a Sixer or a Second – a whistle. If you held neither of these titles, the wearer would leave this swivel empty.
The belt buckle also depicts the Guides motto, ‘Be Prepared’. The motto has remained consistent throughout guiding history.
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.