Uniform, Girl Guides; Chartro; 20th century; CT89.1874c2


Uniform, Girl Guides

About this object

Girl Guides uniform; a blue dress of woollen fabric, with long sleeves and black Girl Guides buttons on the two front pockets, at the neck and cuffs. The dress is adorned with two sewn-on badges, one depicting a kingfisher and sewn onto the left epaulette, a white strip reading '1st Owaka Coy' with two blue and two grey ribbons beneath.
Girl Guiding was developed in 1908, when the daughter of New Zealander Lieutenant Colonel Cossgrove asked if she and her friends could join in Scouting with the boys. In September of that year the first girls were sworn in as Girl Peace Scouts.
In 1923 the organisation was officially registered as part of The Girl Guide Association which had been set up in England in 1909 and became known as The Girl Guides Association of New Zealand.




Girl Guides Association

Date Made

20th century

Place Made


Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, wool.


l 770mm (shoulder to hem) x w 430mm (at shoulders)

Subject and Association Keywords

societies, club. clubs and societies for special classes

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Elizabeth Fisher 18 Mar 2014 12:03 PM,UTC

The bird badge is for the 'Kotare' patrol (Kingfisher in England); the two blue and grey ribbons on the left shoulder are the Kotare patrol colours. The white strip '1st Owaka Coy' is the Guide Company to which this Guide belonged.

Paul van Herpt 01 Sep 2013 09:52 AM,UTC

The badge with the kingfisher indicate the Patrol the Guide was a member of, and the "wings" badge indicates she "flew up" from Brownies, a section for younger girls to the older section.