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Waverley is an aging area with fewer young people than in the 1960s/70s. There are currently three groups in an area that used to have nine full groups with waiting lists. The District has been restructured several times to best serve the youth members of the local community. It was also rearranged in 1995 when all local government areas in Victoria were rationalised.

This page covers the history of Mulgrave district, its renaming to City of Waverley and its partitioning into Waverley, West Waverley and Glen Waverley districts due to a population boom in the 1960s and 70s.

In spite of research, in many cases I have had to estimate opening and closing dates of local Scout Groups. Some of the sources are inconsistent with others so I have used the most likely details. The research is continuing and new information continues to surface. If you have corrections or additional information to group histories, I would be glad to hear from you.

No. 18 District 1909 - 1917

In 1909 the Victorian branch of the Imperial Boy Scouts divided the Melbourne metropolitan area into 20 districts. Country Districts were to follow on numerically as they were registered. Number 18 District, which covered the area from Caulfield and Glenhuntly through to Dandenong, contained the area which later became Waverley.

No. 8 District 1917 - 1929

In 1917 the metropolitan area was reorganised into 11 districts. District 8 contained Malvern (and possibly Oakleigh-Dandenong and the Waverley area)

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Oakleigh-Dandenong District 1929 - 1953

During the late 1920's and early 1930's numerous districts were formed. It is thought that the numbered Districts were rearranged and named about this time. The City of Oakleigh was proclaimed in 1928 and the new district incorporated Oakleigh into its name. At the beginning of 1953 the district had 5 Scout Groups - 1st and 2nd Dandenong, 2nd and 4th Oakleigh and 1st Glen Waverley. In June 1953 Oakleigh-Dandenong district split to form separate Dandenong and Oakleigh Districts.

[Oakleigh-Dandenong District badge]
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Oakleigh District 1953 - 1995

Oakleigh district was formed in June 1953 after Oakleigh-Dandenong district split to form Dandenong and Oakleigh Districts. The Waverley area groups were part of Oakleigh district until July 1959 when Mulgrave District was created.

Oakleigh District itself continued until the Local Government redistribution in 1995 when Scout Groups in the District were absorbed by surrounding Districts including Mount Waverley.

[Oakleigh District badge 1955-1979]
[Oakleigh District badge 1979-1982] [Oakleigh District badge 1982-1995]  
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Mulgrave District 1959 - 1961

In July 1959 the shire of Mulgrave separated from Oakleigh District. Mr Dick Ceruty, asked the scouts and other interested people to submit their ideas for a new district emblem. By February 1960 some twenty designs had been received, the successful one selected was submitted by Mr Lester Dowie an ex-scout of Caulfield and a commercial Artist.

The original design, the arrowhead with the stars of the Southern Cross, was submitted in the colours of black and white, however it was decided to change this to a colour scheme representing the three sections at the time - yellow for Wolf Cubs, green for Scouts and red for Senior Scouts. The badge was finally issued in April 1960.

[Mulgrave district badge]
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City of Waverley District 1961 - 1964

In 1961 the Shire of Mulgrave was renamed the City of Waverley so the badge was re-issued with the words "City of Waverley". By December 1961 there were seven Scout Groups in Waverley - 1st to 5th Mulgrave (all renamed to Waverley), 6th and 7th Waverley

No picture of this badge is available but this is how I believe it would have appeared.
If you have a picture of a "City of Waverley" district badge we would welcome a copy.

[Artists impression of the City of Waverley District badge]
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Waverley District 1964 - 1992

In 1964 the City of Waverley district was split into Waverley and West Waverley districts and western border of Waverley district was moved to Lawrence Road. The wording on the badge was altered to "Waverley District". Waverley district was split again on 1st April 1970 to form Glen Waverley district which caused the eastern boundary of Waverley district to become partway between Blackburn Road and Springvale Road. The western boundary was moved to Stephensons Road/Forster Road. The result was that several Waverley groups in Valley Reserve became part of West Waverley then moved back into Waverley.

[Waverley District badge]
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West Waverley District 1964 - 1992

In 1964 the City of Waverley district was split into Waverley and West Waverley districts. The eastern border of West Waverley district became Lawrence Road. When Glen Waverley district was formed on 1st April 1970 the eastern boundary of West Waverley moved to Stephensons Road/Forster Road. This resulted in a number of former Waverley groups returning to Waverley district. The district badge which was designed by Assistant District Commissioner Mr Dudley Wilson, depicts the native Correa, one of Australia's wild flowers. It is a hardy attractive plant which flowers in late spring. The variety shown on the district badge is Correa Reflexa (bent back petals) which grows in the local area. Its bell-like flowers are greenish yellow in colour and grow in clusters of 2 or 3 at the ends of the branches. The name Correa is taken from Correa de Serra, a Portugese botanist. Some other aspects of the district badge are as follows.

  • The three flowers represent the three parts of the Scout Law.
  • The colours of the badge represent the four sections of Scouting at the time:
    • Yellow for Wolf Cubs
    • Green for Scouts
    • Maroon for Senior Scouts
    • Red for Rovers
  • The proportion of each colour corresponds to the relative strength of each section in the district.
  • The Scout emblem or arrowhead is to identify the badge with Scouting.
  • The arrangement of the flowers is to convey the arrowhead badge of the Scout movement.

[West Waverley District badge]
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Glen Waverley District 1970 - 2004

On 1st April 1970 Waverley district was divided to create Glen Waverley district. The western border of Glen Waverley district became part way between Blackburn and Springvale Roads. A number of Waverley groups became part of the new Glen Waverley district. Glen Waverley merged with Mount Waverley district on 1st Jan 2004 to form Monash district

[Glen Waverley District badge]

[City of Monash name tape] From around 1997, groups in Glen Waverley district wore the "City of Monash" name tape below their Group name tape.

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Mount Waverley District 1992 - 1997

Mount Waverley District was formed in 1992 by the amalgamation of Waverley and West Waverley Scout Districts and for most of its existance contained 9 Scout Groups.

The badge is predominantly green (representing the parks and gardens for which Waverley is well known) with a maroon border - the scarf colour of Mulgrave District (The original Scout District in the area). The badge contains the colour of each of the sections of Scouting: tan for Joey Scouts, yellow for Cub Scouts, green for Scouts, maroon for Venturers, red for Rovers and white for the Groups.

The design depicts the Southern Cross (from the former Waverley District badge) which can been seen in the night sky and the shrub "Correa Reflexa" or Common Correa (from the former West Waverley badge) which is indigenous to the area and occurs from south eastern Queensland to southern South Australia. The flower, which has yellow to red flowers from May to November, is also called Native Fuchsia and grows to 1.2m

The wording "City of Monash", the name of our local government area, was added to the badge in 1997 after local government boundaries were rearranged.

Mount Waverley District badge]
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Mount Waverley (City of Monash) 1997 - 2004

In 1995 local goverment areas in Victoria were reorganised and the City of Waverley became the City of Monash. The badge wording was altered in 1997 to reflect the change.

There were nine Scout Groups in Mount Waverley District. Mount Waverley district merged with Glen Waverley District on 1st Jan 2004 to form Monash District.

[Mount Waverley District badge with City of Monash wording]
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Monash District 2004 -

In October 2003 it was announced that from 1st January 2004, Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley Districts would merge to form Monash District which will cover the City of Monash local government area. This brought the district boundaries back to roughly what they were until 1964. The final design was announced at the District AGM in September 2004.

A special limited edition with the year 2004 on it was presented to all members at the time. In 2007, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, a special limited edition of the badge was produced with the year 2007 added.

The background of the badge is maroon, the scarf colour of the original group in the District and used as the background for most scarves in the district, with a green border representing Scouting. The top edge of the badge depicts the two main topographic features of the district, Mount Waverley and Wheelers Hill.

The badge contains reminders of the districts that formed the new Monash district: The compass is from Glen Waverley district, while the Southern Cross and Correa from Mount Waverley District came from the earlier Waverley and West Waverley Badges. The Southern Cross was on the original Mulgrave District Badge when Scouting first started in Waverley (or Mulgrave as it was called then).

Each of the section colours is represented on the badge - Tan for Joeys, Yellow for Cub Scouts, Green for Scouts, Maroon for Venturers, Red for Rovers and White for Group Leaders. The Scouts Australia logo shows that Monash District is part of Scouts Australia.

[2004 Limited edition Monash District district badge]

[Monash District district badge]

[2007 Limited edition Monash District district badge]

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Somers County

The original area which in which Monash is situated was named Somers County after Chief Scout, Lord Somers. Around the early 1960s the counties were renamed Areas.


Somers Area

In the early 1960s Somers County was renamed Somers Area.

In 1995 Somers merged with Bayside Area to form South Metro Region.

[Somers Area badge]

[Somers Area badge]

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South Metro Region

In 1995 the Melbourne metropolitan Areas were restructured into three regions: East Metro Region which was later renamed Yarra Valley Region, North West Metro Region which was soon renamed Hoadley Region and South Metro Region.

South Metro region was formed on 1st May 1995 by the merger of the former Somers Area (to which Waverley District belonged) and Bayside Area. South Metro region stretched from Prahran to Berwick, Cranbourne and along the Mornington Peninsula. The Region contained nine districts and around one hundred Scout Groups. Around 2009 Glen Eira and Stonnington districts merged to form Stonnington Glen Eira District.

There is also a South Metropolitan Region in Sydney.

After the current blue uniform was introduced in 2004, the badge layout showed either a District or Region badge but not both. Also Region badges became difficult to obtain so we discontinued wearing the South Metro name tape. As some groups still wore region nametapes, a blue tape was introduced but was never worn by 1st Mount Waverley members.

[South Metro Region badge]

[Revised South Metro Region badge]

[Blue South Metro Region badge]

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Yarra Valley Region

On 1st April 2010, The three metropolitan regions (Hoadley, Yarra Valley and South Metro) were reorganised into five regions to better accommodate the changing population of Melbourne. Monash district moved to the modified Yarra Valley Region. As region tapes had mostly been discontinued, 1st Mount Waverley members never wore Yarra Valley Region tapes. The new region was then renamed Mount Dandenong Region

[Yarra Valley Region tape]

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Mt Dandenong Region

A region tape was introduced but was not easy to obtain. By the beginning of 2013, members receive a Mount Dandenong region tape when they are registered.

[Mount Dandenong Region tape]

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This page was last updated on 25th Nov, 2014