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Life was cheap…food was dear.

The first home to many of the early European settlers, from the tall ships, 200 odd years ago, was a tent in the bush or a wattle and a daub hut. Some lived in caves even trees big enough to burn out a base shelter within.

Gradually, as living conditions improved, the methods of cooking and storage altered too. The cooking area and store area were kept away from the main camp. The cooking area would include a stores area. Food was stored high in trees, in rivers and in caves for coldness. Dry food stores were stored off the ground and as secure as the storage of such could be made. Other camp cooking gadgets assisted in the cooking preparation, serving and storage. These methods of ‘food survival’ have been passed down through many generations of Guiding.  Going on camp reflected the pioneering ways of food storage and cooking.

Initially cooking was usually done on a fire which had two iron bars across the top, where the kettle and the saucepans sat. When times and finances improved and settlers settled in an area cooking was done on a colonial oven which needed a fire under and over the cooking chamber.

The cooking was mainly of Irish, Scottish and English based recipes. Initially the recipes that suited the stomach and life of these European settlers. The meat was what ever could be shot or trapped. In times of extreme need recipes started to become varied as local knowledge and food types were supplemented.  But the tastes were still far from changing.  After all the settlers were British, they were from, and still thought to be part of their “Mother Country”.  Australia was part of the Commonwealth. For the tastes to change many intrinsic changes of mind had to be grown up with.  Change, like technology and knowledge, was gradually coming about. Gas fridges and electricity had not been invented or refined for use after all.

There was a difference between cooking in the capital cities and in the country where supplies had to be brought great distances.

In the outback, bullock teams would transport rations to the homesteads to last six months or more.  Flour was in 150 pound bags, sugar in 70 pound bags and vinegar was in barrels.  (Work it out just over 2 pounds per kilo).

To catch a thief many ways were devised.  Once a sack was opened the cook may have tied the sack up with a “Thief Knot”.  A reef knot tied backwards.

While food was cheap by present day standards – a whole sheep being 4 shillings and 6 pence (45 cents) fowls 4 pence (about 5 cents) – food was highly valued.

So, in those early settlement days of 1853, the physical penalty for stealing 3 pence worth of flour (about 500 grams) was 200 strokes of the lash. The unseen penalty was the family being i=ostricised from the community. Shame and disrepute settled on many families like a yoke ..to heavy to shift, draining the life from the family.  Many of whom disappeared into the bush hoping to disappear and if possible to set up camp else where.

So while life was cheap and food was dear Australia was being ‘discovered’ but the European settlers.  Who in turn forced the life police on to the Australian Aboriginals.  The cycle kept generating.

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia, Australia Day, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australia Day … Yes I’m Cool.

Australia Day 2009 [written by one of the Youth Guides]

On the 26th of January 2009 Churchill and Hazelwood Guides made their way over to the Churchill community hall, to start the Australia Day ceremony. We started the ceremony with the colour party coming forward, this year I got out of colour party and instead I took some magnificent photos. The colour party then had to raise the flag (Although they only had to do was pull a string to release the flag). After the flag got put up we sang the Australian National Anthem.

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, Take part in, Uncategorized, Write | , | 3 Comments

Following a different route to…

Some very important decissions to be made each time the planning of the Rac Wac (Race around Churchill, Walk around Churchill) is underway is:

a) Where is the starting point,

b) What is the destination

c) Time of day to start, d) theme of day,

e) Mode of transport available (feet or wheels?)

f) Family event, district event or just Guides and Leaders?

g) What are the Occupational, Health and Safety requirements,

h) Is each patrol following a different route to an appropriate destination ( accompanied by an adult with first aid kit and a car) or are the whole lot going together to the end destination?

i) Costs involved?

j) What are the S.W.O.T. things to consider?

K) Menu and allergies to foods.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | body, Check-out, Churchill, cook, Create, Design your own, Discuss, Explore, Feet, Find out, People, Physical, Plan and Lead, Practical, Self, Take part in, Uncategorized, wheels | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

An A.N.Z.A.C. Experience Wide Game

The objective of this wide game is to teach the Guides something about what preparation the soldiers had on their way to Gallipoli during the First World War. The wide game itself was set out through the Guiding in Australia Magazine.

Since the soldiers traveled by sea their trainings had to carry on throughout the long weeks of the trip. So certain skills were practiced through out this time.

Pre teach the following skills to the Guides in the lead up to the Wide Game time.

  • Understand what the A.N.Z.A.C. acronym stands for.  What did the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps do?
  • Practice Semaphore and Morse Code.
  • Knots using square knots to make things.
  • First Aid and Slings.
  • Knots and lashings to make stretchers.
  • Pre-cook A.N.Z.A.C. biscuits
  • Learn how to make billy tea.

The wide game consists of the following Activities.

  1. Patrols aboard ship and Prepare for sailing.
  2. Staying fit whist on the ship
  3. Arrival at Mena Camp in Egypt.
  4. Further preperations for Turkey
  5. Landing at Galliopli.
  6. Settling in at Galliopli
  7. Surviving the trenches
  8. Decoy cricket
  9. Evacuation to Egypt.
  10. Back in Australia Now.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, April, body, Bow line, Build, Care for, Challenge, Clove hitch, Construct, Create, Entertain, Explore, Feet, figure 8 stopper knot, Find out, Food, friendship, Gadgets, game, History games, mime, People, Physical, Plan, plan and visit, Practical, reef Knot, Rope, Round turn and 2 1/2 hitches, Self, sheet bend, Take part in, Try, Uncategorized, Understand, Visit., Wide Game, WW11 Servicemen and women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A.N.Z.A.C. March in Yinnar


The Hazelwood / Churchill District Girl Guides have been invited to participate in the Yinnar Anzac Day March and Ceremony on 25th April most years.

We meet at 8.30am in the main street of Yinnar – near the General Store gathering together before and after the Parade. Guides will be required to wear full Guide Uniform as a mark of respect for ‘those fallen’ military personal that this remembrance day is about.

It would be appreciated if the Guides have eaten prior to this as there is no food or drinks served and it is a fairly lengthy Ceremony. Names, transport arrangements and contact numbers are necessary at least one week before so that no one misses out.

Yes please bring some flowers as everyone is asked to lay something at the memorial.

Also the Girls are requested to bring some money for putting into the collection plate during the service.

As preparation for this event the Guides usually spend some time learning and practising to march and what flags are for.  Guides Horse Shoe, Promise ceremonies and other traditions gradually help prepare the Guides for this day.

Any queries please speak to Sue or Debbie before the event.  [ Sometimes Sue or Debbie may not be able to participate]

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized, Yinnar | 1 Comment

Making ANZAC hats

The Guides  enjoyed making this slouch hat. Things did get a little hair raising but nothing a touch of the Glue gun could not fix.

Materials:

•  scrap felt

•  long gold bead to represent badge

•  needle and thread for stitching it together

•  leather strip for chin strap

•   narrow ribbon for brim.

Instructions:

1. Cut from felt—two crown pieces and one brim.

2. Stitch the two crown pieces together, using either back stitch or overcasting stitch, leaving the flat side open.

3. Turn the crown inside out (stitching inside).

4. Stitch brim to crown using either back stitch or overcasting stitch.

5. Turn up one side of hat to form slouch and sew the bead in the middle to hold in place.

6. Push crown down in middle.

7. Add leather strap underneath to form chin strap and ribbon for hatband.

Altered from ‘Aileen Anvey, a Guide Leader from  Queensland.

We found that on one camp the Guides enjoyed pinning this slouch hat to their camp hats. Another time small cork pieces were used for it to become a swaggy’s hat!  However when they tried to attach pieces of feathers we all learned new expletives.  The Glue was hot.  Eventually someone thought of using a pin to poke and direct the glue over the fluffy feather bits.  These hats really looked quite effective actually.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, Australian Icons, Challenge, Create, Create, Design, Design your own, girl, Hands, Illustrate | , , , , | 3 Comments

State Holiday Camps and Activities

The Victorian Girl Guides Association is offering  “Holiday Camps and Activities. The first Holiday Camp will be run in the June/July holidays. It is to be held at Iluka and will have an Art theme.
The camp is open to all girls aged 9 to 13 (for both members and non members) and information is also available online. We will also be sending information on the camp directly to District and Unit Leaders as well as to the girls (9 to 13 year olds).” This information has come from the Victorian Guides CEO April 17th information sent out.
This is an opportunity for the Guides to camp and have activities outside of their own Peer unit and this District.  I encourgae parents to utilize this opportunity and have a brake.
I know that when one of our daughters went on a similar State Guide run camp over the holidays she really enjoyed it.  Wanting to go back the next year.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Camps, Guiding Levels, July, June, state, Take part in | | 1 Comment

Australia Days

Over the years there have been different ways the Guides have assisted with Australia Day celebrations.  The assistance needed may be reading a Prayer, leading the songs, giving out the flags to the public or being in the Color party either as color bearers or raising the Australian flag.  Sometimes Guides are invited to Melbourne to attend in the celebrations there, other times the District has gone into Morwell for the Citizenship Presentations.  Most times the local Churchill Celebrations are attended. To check out these posts just click and read on

Pre – Australia Day 2011

Previous years:

2010 : On the day and prep work.

2009 On the day and prep information and work

2008

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, People, Practical, Self | Leave a comment

Wordfind for Australian Animals

K A N G A R O O E A G L E W
O O K P O S S U M S E G T A
O B A W O M B A T S L E N L
K A P L A T Y P U S E C B L
A N E A A E U O E K R K M A
B D C M R N M R I N N O A R
U I H G O R U R T E G A G O
R C I F A L O M R L M U P O
R O D R D L E T B I E U I L
A O N O S N A K E A N T E N
Y Y A G P Y T H O N T R A T
  • Galah
  • Turtle
  • Numbat
  • Python
  • Koala
  • Kookaburra
  • Eagle
  • Frog
  • Parrot
  • Emu
  • Kangaroo
  • Bandicoot
  • Possums
  • Lorikeet
  • Platypus
  • Wallaroo
  • Echidna
  • Rat
  • Gecko
  • Ant
  • Magpie
  • Mole
  • Penguin
  • Mouse
  • Snake
  • Wombats

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Animal Tracks, Arrange, Associate, Australia, Book, Care for, Carry Out, Check-out, Collect, Demonstrate, Discover, Discuss, Display, Do, explore, Explore, Explore, find, Find out, Illustrate, Investigate, Learn, Outdoors [and the environment], Pet, plan, Plan and Lead, plan and visit, Practice, Promote, Take part in, Tell, The Australian Identity, Try | , , | 1 Comment

Heads Held High

Disabilities are many where people are concerned. How people react to their disabilities as well as how other people react and inter-react with those who have disabilities will change as knowledge and experience change both in our community, our daily situations and ourselves.

Guiding has many opportunities for both those with or without disabilities.  Learning about and exploring different aspects of disabilities helps all of us in our daily lives.  To this end always has been Service Badges that the members of guiding can work towards.  Enjoy finding out more about what and how these various badges have worked over the decades.  gain a wider knowledge of what other badges have entailed and what different generations of girl guides  have done towards earning these Service orientated badges.  Where possible follow ons have been hyper-linked for your interests.  Having a glimpes of what and where a simple service assistance has taken various Guides may help you better understand the Service components of being a Girl Guide in the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guides.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, action, Action Plan, Activites, events and service, Activities, Advocacy, Advocate, Arrange, Australian Guide Program, Austrralia Day 2009, Badges, Badges, Awards and more, Belonging, Best, Book, Brainstorming, Care, Care for, celebrate, Challenge, Challenges, Citizenship, clean, Clean Up Australia, Collect, Computer, Computers, consider, decission-making, Develop, Discover, Discuss, discussions, Ears, Earth Hour, Elements of Guiding Program, Empowerment, encouragement, environmental action, Explore, Face Painting, Feb. 22nd, Find out, First Aid, First Aider, Four World Centers, Fun Run, Fun Walk, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Generations, Glendonald Park, goodturn, Governance, Guardianship, Hazelwood Honor Board, Hazelwood Honor Roll, investigate, Jump rope for heart, Laws, Leadership, Leadership-Skills, Learn, Ledership, Life skills gained, Lifeskills, mindmap, Multicultural, Olave Baden-Powell Award, other People, Our Canana, Our Chalete, Our-World, Outdoors [and the environment], ownership, parade, Patrol System, People, Physical, planning, Play Ground, Poverty, Power-of-One, Practical, Procedure, programing, Programs, Promise and Law, Promise-and-Law, QG, Recycling, Self, Service, Service, Service, short term, Special Badges, Step by step working plan, Stepping stones, Take part in, team work, The Australian Identity, time, timeline, tolerance, Understand, WAGGGS, Water | , , | Leave a comment