What is the Hume Region?
The full name is the Hume Region of the NSW Branch of the Scout Association of Australia and is located to the South West of Sydney consisting of approximately 30% metropolitan area and 40% rural. The remaining 30% is bushland incorporating the Sydney water catchment areas of Lake Burragorang and the Upper Nepean plus the Nattai and Dharawal National Parks.
(please note: If you were looking for the Hume District Scouts in Victoria please try the Victorian Scouts web site.)
A little History
From “The Biz” newspaper Thu 7th November 1947 via Trove (archiving service of the National Library of Australia)
For administrative purposes and the better organisation of the work, the Boys (sic) Scouts’ Association has decided to divide the State into 11 areas, of which five are in the metropolitan district.
The Scouting districts of Burwood, Concord, Strathfield, Liberty Plains, Macarthur, Liverpool and Nepean have been formed into the Hume Area.
It was desired to name the areas after Australian explorers, and as Hume Highway traverses the area that name was selected for the newly-formed area.
The ceremony of inauguration of the Hume Area took place at a public meeting at Strathfield Town Hall, on Wednesday night, 23rd October, in the presence of a large gathering.
The Boy Scouts’ Association was represented by State Commissioner for Scouts (Mr. J. Marchant), Commissioner for Organisation (Mr. Puddicombe) and the General Secretary (Mr. Stoddart). In declaring the Hume Area established and handing his Certificate of Appointment to the Area, President (Mr Colin Hudson), Mr. Puddicombe said that a statement made by that fine
gentleman, Lord Gowrie, when Governor of this State some years ago, could be very appropriately quoted on this occasion. That statement was: “I believe that everyone in his heart of hearts desires to do something to better his country, and there is no better way than for you to throw your energies into the Scout Movement for I know of no finer movement in the world.”
In acknowledging the presentation, Mr. Hudson said that he had been actively engaged in the movement since 1935, and for the past seven years had been District Commissioner of Burwood District, comprising Burwood, Enfield and Strathfield municipalities.
Warrants of appointment and scarves were presented to the Assistant Area Commissioner, Mr. R. Laurenson (Scouts) and Mr. R. Lawrence (Cubs) and to the District Commissioners.
District Constitutions were presented to the District Presidents.