Girl Guides NT Historic Toadstool



The historic Girl Guides Toadstool has been returned to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to mark the 90th anniversary of Girl Guides Northern Territory and will be unveiled on December 4 in an official ceremony.


The original toadstool was installed in the Gardens by the Girl Guides in 1960. It was used by the Brownies (now Junior Guides) as part of Girl Guide ceremonies, whereby the Guides danced around the toadstool and sang the Brownie song. Upon the refurbishment of the Gardens, the original was relocated to Guide House in Parap where it remains.


Marg Rudwick says, “It has been 90 years since Girl Guides began in the Northern Territory, so it is absolutely appropriate that the toadstool be re-established now. It puts Guiding back in the public eye and lets the community know that Girl Guides is still active and a key part of the Top End community.”


The first Girl Guide Unit in the Northern Territory was opened on Groote Eyelandt in 1926 at a Mission Station on Emerald River and the first Brownie Unit in Tennant Creek opened in 1941.