Cub mythbusters..in search of the bunyip

 

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This Sunday, after the warm up act ( a full day at the cub leadership course), intrepid cubs from Victor group, under the mature leadership of some Grey Wolf candidates, sought out the mystery of the Bulimba Creek Bunyip .  As anyone thats ever watched a monster movie knows,  “you should never stray from the path”, but thats just what these cubs did, heading off track and across the long disused ‘troll bridge’.

 

Seeking safe passage across the usually calm waters of Bulimba creek, made all the more treacherous by the recent torrential 12mm of rain experience earlier in the week.

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With nary a dry eye (from the sheer terror), nor a dry foot from the passage it was soon accomplished.

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With a cheerful salute they headed on their way and were soon lost amongst the mulga. September is the beginning of Spring, when many of God’s creatures stir from their slumber. All to soon amongst the long grass a cry of “snake” rang through the air and rippled through the pack. The orderly procession soon gave way to chaos….for fear of missing out.

 

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All to soon, and still on a sugar high, a potential bunyip sighting by one of the members of the band had everyone scurrying to the river bank in haste, however with Baloo (the bear) getting there first we think its cowardly nature shone through, leaving nothing but ripples in its wake.

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By this time enthuasium was waning, with the energy high from consumption of said snakes long since passed, the merry band converged on Wolf rock to regroup, seek guidance from the spirit of Akela  and plot the way forwards.

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Luckily a path was located and passage continued, entering a glad not unlike that frequented by Robert of Locksley. Within which a magnificent tree, with low branches enticed the cubs into its arms (and well beyond the reach of responsible adults).

 

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And it was here within “the story tree”, that the legend of the Bulimba Creek Bunyip  was retold by the leader of todays adventure. Its retelling striking enthusiastic waves of apathy, the like not see since before the school lunch bell on a Friday afternoon. And yet all the same bring a sense of dread and creating within each member such a thirst that could only be quenched by….half time oranges. “Why does someone parent always have to bring fruit” a younger ones cried, but they ate them anyway.

And so as the sun dipped below the trees, all to soon it was time to be head home and think about polishing shoes for school tomorrow.

Alas dear reader, with no definitive sighting the legend of the bunyip remains unverified, but seems a definite possibility of a maybe. Perhaps as the legend grows, its just waiting for another generation of cubs to discover it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The legend of the Bulimba creek Bunyip

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Bunyip (from Australian National Library collection)

With an upcoming Victor Cub Scouts Grey Wolf walk planned along Bulimba creek, it was thought some local history might be a useful reflection. In the process we uncovered the legend of the Bulimba Creek Bunyip…

 

Many years ago, before the lands of Mansfield, Carindale and Belmont were populated with houses they were set aside for grazing of cattle, and the growing of sugar cane. To support this work in the suburb of Carindale and along the shores of the creek that passed through the area was an abattoir for the preparing of meat for the inhabitants of the new town of Brisbane’s consumption. The by products of which drew various carrion and scavenger animals, including the Bunyip. 

Many at this time thought the legend of the Bunyip from the indigenous peoples of the surrounding areas to be something to frighten small children into emptying the chamber pots at night and not to ask for an extra serving of bread and dripping at dinner time. 

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Bunyip skull by Henry Dowling, John MurrayReproduced from The Tasmanian Journal of Natural Scienc

Around this time the founding mayor of the City of Brisbane, William Jolly had a prized bull that was to be put out for stud along the creek. This bull was amongst the largest ever seen, with the Brahmin bull not yet being seen on our fair shores. You see this was around the beginning of Australia’s reputation as a legendary cattle producer. By all accounts the bull was a productive member of the herd, however as fate would have it it simply disappeared one day. 

All the known cattle rustlers of the day were rounded up in an effort to locate the prize bull, however to no avail. It is though that it was at this time that the most dangerous cattle rustlers made their escape, including the famous Captain Thunderbolt who fled to the interior around the granite belt and Tenterfield regions.

In due course the remains of the bull were found down near the bank of the creek, after some loud noises were heard one night . Of course no one approached, for fear of the legend of the terrible Bunyip had again gained prominence. A young boy named Arthur Scurr (who went on to start a well known hardware store) was said to have seen a terrible creature whilst fishing by the shores of the creek the day before and he bravely approached the scene the next day.

Bull in Bunyip” he declared to all that would listen and this soon became accepted fact  as the remains when finally examined bore the marks of huge teeth upon it. By and by the story faded somewhat and the fishing area became known as ‘Bull in Bunyip’ to the local boys. Eventually as all boys do, they grew up, some becoming future civic leaders, when the area formally became part of the City of Brisbane. That favourite fishing hole, which is still there today (for those that dare look), became known simply as Bull-in-Ba  and the creek that flowed through it eventually becoming known as Bulimba creek.

And so this is the story of how Bulimba creek got its name, by way of a big load of bull!

References:

Scurr brothers –  http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2006/05/19/1641487.htm

Mayors of Brisbane – https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council/council-information-rates/council-history/brisbanes-lord-mayors

Captain Thunderbolt – http://www.guidetoipswich.com.au/experience-south-east-queensland/64-donnellys-castle-captain-thunderbolt-s-hideout

A History of Bulimba Creek Valley – http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/belmont.history/history.htm

About Bunyips –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunyip

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Anzac Day adventures

The ANZAC Spirit is strong with Victor Scouts. After a sleepover for Scouts and Venturers – maybe with more “over” than sleep – in which 3 wreaths were made, ANZAC Day started with a parade at 6am to present 3 cords – a blue Explorer level cord to Aidan and Red Pioneer level cords to Elena and Ben. Then was the Annual Holland Park March and cooking sausages to feed the hungry crowd.

Going green! with a little help from our friends

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Anybody need some tubes?

One of the great challenges in running a successful scout group are the substantial running costs of the den. The largest expense there being the energy costs, in particular the lighting, which is also a big part of our carbon footprint. With almost 30 lights needed to run an evening it wasn’t hard to realise that we could probably reduce our footprint and costs here substantially by switching to LED lighting. So we reached out to the community to see what we could do about this.

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And so it was with grateful thanks to Energex and the Brisbane South Area Manager that our application to become a community partner with Energex, as part of the Energy Queensland group, was successful.  Early last week we have been able to convert all of our internal lighting over to LED’s. Special thanks to our friendly local electrician Dawson Electrical for getting it done too…now what to do with our old tubes?

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