Marrickville Heritage Society recently received this lovely photo.
It appears that “Brown Owl” is swearing in some new members to the local troop. Looking at the age of the girls, it is possible that they are Brownies.
We would love to hear if anyone has more information about this wonderful photo and where it was taken.
It would then be interesting if this is a photo to go with this news article appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 26 May 1924, page 8.
Comparing other photos, it appears that this may have been taken at Abergeldie, the home of Sir Hugh Dixson and his wife Emma Elizabeth Dixson who were avid supporters of the Guide and Scout movement in Dulwich Hill. Lady Dixson having been inspired after attending Lord Baden Powell’s troop displays in London. (See Trove Article). Mrs Dixson had her “Own Troop” and built headquarters for them at Lewisham Street, Dulwich Hill in 1921.
Anyone having more information, or a story to share, about the early days of Guides in the Marrickville area are encouraged to comment to this post.