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Longreach Scout Group


110 Years


Thomas Davies with his two sons, Alfread (left) and Howard (Right)

About the longreach scout group

About the Longreach Scout Group

The Longreach Scout Group formed in central-western Queensland (Australia) in 1913, only six years after Lord Baden Powell founded Scouting in the United Kingdom in 1907. It is now part of the largest youth organisation in the World covering 163 countries with a membership of 32 million members.

Mr John Palmer OAM is the current Longreach Scout Master who has faithfully served the Scouting community of Longreach for 50+ years. John started his Scouting career in 1963 in Cub Section when he was eight (8) years old. He became a Scout leader when he was 23 years old. He is the recipient of the highest Scouting award for adult leaders in Scouts Australia, the Silver Kangaroo, awarded for eminent achievement and meritorious service to the Association. John is also the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia which he was awarded in 2009 for his services to youth, particularly with athletics and scouts.

The Longreach Scout Group has a vibrant youth population with 40 youth aged between 7 and 22 years and 7 leaders aged between 25-28. Throughout their Scout service, these youth are learning valuable life skills that will enable them to be confident in accepting challenges, initiating problem-solving, and understanding the importance of community involvement to become our leaders of tomorrow.

Over the years there have been many notable members of the Longreach Scout community who also served in the Australian military, particularly with the 26th Battalion. In November 1913, Thomas Arnold Davies was issued with a Scout Warrant to begin the Longreach Boy Scouts movement. He also served as a bugler in the Kennedy Regiment, the first Australian Infantry unit mobilized for service at the outbreak of World War1. 

call to action

The Longreach Scout Group is seeking your support to build an


to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our scouting community and Longreach Veterans who served in the Australian military.

we are seeking funds to achieve the following concept

avenue of honour

Avenue of honour

QX52947 Sergeant Ian Fitzgerald Alford


Australian Army (26 Infantry Battalion)

Enlisted: 19 July 1939 (Longreach)

Date of Death: 01 March 1945

Place of Death: Bougainville

Cause of Death: Died of Wounds


Ian Fitzgerald Alford joined the Longreach Scout Group and became a Longreach Scout Master Circa 1928.

Ian Fitzgerald Alford’s remains are buried at the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea. His name is located at panel 66 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

The Scout 'Hut' is named in honour of his service and sacrifice. 

Link to article about the Opening of the Hut-- Longreach Leader Sep 1953

Sergeant Ian Fitzgerald Alford

Longreach Scout Master Killed in WWII


Please consider making a donation

to support this initiative:



PO Box 381 Longreach Qld 4730 Australia

+61 (07) 4658 1136


Contact: Susan Palmer



All donations over $2 are tax deductible both in Australia and in the United States. 



Longreach Scout Group
(AUD Account)


BSB 034-194
Account: 180 454



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Thank you to the Rotary EClub of Global Trekkers for your generous donation and for creating this webpage in support of our endeavours.

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