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Monday, 12 January 2009

Brownie Friends



I was tidying a bit over the weekend and I found my old Brownie uniform. Since tonight was Brownies, I decided to take it along to show the girls what the uniform looked like back in my day.

It's been so long I had to go and look up what all the different badges meant, especially as it's changed a lot now. So far as I can work out from the internet, from top to bottom they are: Hostess, Jester, Cook, Pack Holiday, House Orderly, Swimmer, Artist, Wildlife (or possibly Conservation), Craft, Cyclist, Booklover, Water Safety. (If I've got any wrong, please tell me!)

When we showed the old uniform to the girls, I heard a lot of them saying "I wouldn't wear that!" which made me laugh because I was in Brownies when they introduced the new uniforms, and I said exactly the same thing about the new design. "Such a strange shade of khakhi," I said at the time. "Not brown at all. Brownies should wear brown." I still don't like the shade of khakhi, but at least today's Brownies have the choice to wear trousers, which is an advantage considering all the handstands and cartwheels they do.

I remember when I was a Brownie there was a lot of emphasis on it being an international movement - we used to learn about other countries and what life was like there, and occasionally we had pen-friends. Is there anyone out there who knows of any Brownies abroad who would like to write to a group of lovely girls in the British Cotswolds?? We don't have that many Brownies in our village but I'm sure they would all love to write some letters.



17 comments:

The Stiletto Mom said...

Ok, this is the strangest timing ever that you stopped by my blog bc just this very weekend I was cleaning out my closet and found my Blue Birds vest. I was trying to remember what all the patches were and my daughter (7) came in and asked what the ugly vest was about and if she would have to wear it. :)

Thanks for coming by my blog today!!!

Kazzy said...

I have girl scouts across the street. Would that work for some pen pals? What a fun little discovery for you!

Johanna said...

that brings back memories of my brownies days - what is your tribe (I say this because I can't even remember the word for the groups) - I have a feeling I was a tintookie if you also had such names - and everyone always did the hostess badge because serving tea and cake was so easy! don't know of any brownies groups near me but will let you know if I find out about any.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Stiletto Mom - I don't think we have Blue Birds here, is it the same sort of thing?

Kazzy - how old are girl scouts? My Brownies are 7-9, I had a feeling scouts was older but I'm happy to be corrected!

Johanna - I was in gnomes, the others we had here were sprites, imps & pixies. I haven't heard of tintookies. Nowadays they have foxes, rabbits, etc.... so it's changed a bit. We all did the hostess badge first, too :)

Anonymous said...

Hi. I was a Tintookie in Australia back in 1976 and went on to complete my BP emblem in 1983. Having dinner with friends recently I discovered that we'd both been in Brownies. Can anyone help? Australaian Sixes were called by Aborginal fairy names - Junjarin, Woorails and others I can't remember. Does anyone out there remember the yellow Aboriginal fairy name? Hoping someone can help!! Thank you. I've signed in as anonymous cos I can't work out the UDL profile thing. Should have asked my teenager!!

christine said...

and you wanted me to throw away your old brownie uniform!!!!! You did the hostess badge on the night of your enrolment, along with the other girls who were enrolled that night, so that all of you had a badge to put on your uniform. You probably dont' remember, but Brown Owl hadn't told you that you needed to wear a uniform for enrollment, so we hadn't bought you one. She rang a guide, who had been a brownie, and her mother kindly nipped round with her old uniform, which you wore, although it was a little on the large size! You're right, you really did't want the new uniform when it appeared - you didn't like change in those days:-) Mum x

Anonymous said...

Australian Brownie sixes were called Junjarin, Woorails, Lalagullis, Mullokas, Tintookies, Tookonies and the yellow ones were Moora Mooras! I was a brownie too in 1983 and still have my old badges :)

Anonymous said...

oh wow, I was just thinking about this. I was an Australian guide - originally a Gumnut, then a Brownie, and then a Girl Guide. I was a seconder for Moora Mooras and then a sixer for Junjarins, probably about 10 years ago now? brings back such great memories, I'll have to dig out my sash and bag and badges.. :)

Sarah said...

Hi, I was a brownie in Canada in the late 70's and early 80's and our badges were very similar to the British ones. I was a Leprecon. We did have a girl in our Pack from England and she wore her British uniform for awhile. We do have a Brownie pack here in town. Do you still want some pen pals? email me at sarahlin_13@yahoo.com
Thanks for the great pic,
Sarah from Canada

pet said...

Hi!

I'm a Brownie Guider from Singapore and I believe my brownies would love to have some penpals from England! Do email me if you are interested, and we can exchange the emails of our little ones!

i can be reached at ng_bei_shen_perpetua@moe.edu.sg.

Hope to hear from you!

Unknown said...

The yellow ones were, I think, Moora Mooras?!

Anonymous said...

http://sparklesgarden.com/officialaustralianpatches.html

this might help guys! I'm from Australia, I'm looking at getting my kids into scouts (brownies seems to be defunct and my 7 year old daughter wants to do cub scouts... I've been roped into being a joey scout leader and I was in Tookonies... I want my leader name to be the same (as opposed to Wombat ;p )

Ctyrrell said...

I was a brownie back in the 1980s and early 90s (I am 32 now). My mum recently gave me my uniform at the time of course I wore it as you did but looking back at it now it looks absolutely ridiculous lol like a sack! I was in Woorails and was a sixer (leader) when I was 10. At 11 I had the option of going onto guides or scouts (scouts is mixed gender here has been since 1971) I chose scouts because I didn't want to wear a dress.

Anonymous said...

I am reading these blogs and I too was a Brownie back in Sydney during the 70's. The old brown beret and brown uniform with the brass highly polished badges. I was a sixer for Woorails. I remember being in the local parades for ANZAC day and the Parramatta parade. It was a shame to read that the elfin folk are now extinct.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the names of the Australian sixes. I started in Brownies in 1971 with 6th Rockhampton (Qld, Australia) and I've been trying to remember the name of my six - all I could remember was that it started with "m". It was the "Mullokas"! I have wonderful memories of my experiences with Brownies and Guides. I went on to gain a Baden Powell badge which I was really proud of.

Anonymous said...

I posted a Facebook pic of some tiny toadstool in my garden and a friends asked if I saw any Brownies - got me thinking hat were those Australian Brownie names. I was a Junjarin but couldn't remember the others - was great to find this site and read all the names. I was a Brownie in the early 70's - brown uniform with the yellow tea cozy hat, yellow tie and brass badges (highly polished)I went on to Guides. My son did Cubs and Scouts and my daughter did Gumnuts, Brownies (Junior BP)then changed over to Cubs and Scouts and is now a Scout Youth Leader. She has enjoyed Australian and overseas Jamborees - such fantastic life ecperiences

Triplestripe said...

I was in Lalagullis and then i was the sixer of Mullokas. That website with the badges posted by anon is great, but it doesn't have the Lalaigullis patch. From memory it was blue with a white hat, but I'd have to go and drag out my camp blanket to be certain!

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