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Pax Hill Heritage Centre
The Pax Hill Heritage & Archive Centre was officially opened on November 14th 1998 thanks to the generous support of Business Victoria and the Rotary Club of Ballarat South.
There are two areas of interest, firstly the memorabilia section where we have displayed scouting memorabilia gathered by Scouts and Leaders over many years, while some of the display is from a private collection and on loan, we continually receive donations which allow us to change-over and update the Centre.
Most Scouts like to collect District cloth badges, when attending a Jamboree they have the opportunity to swap with the Scouts they meet, however collectibles extend a great deal further than cloth badges.
In the Pax Hill Heritage Centre you will find woggles, metal badges, International and Event scarfs, Australian and International Jamboree badges, old belts and buckles, key rings, old uniforms, framed Cub, Scout and Senior Scout proficiency badges, as well as all District badges worn by the Scouts of Ballarat over the past 100 years.
Other highlights include extensive memorabilia from the 16th Australian Jamboree held in Ballarat in 1992, a display from the 3rd Australian Jamboree held in 1948/49, old Scout camping gear amongst other exciting displays.
The second are is the Archive Area where we have recorded and filed all the outdated books and historical information supplied by Troops who have been part the Ballaararat District, Area and Goldfields Region since the introduction of Scouting in Ballarat dating back to May 1909. With this information the Pax Hill Heritage Committee with Phil Roberts as author produced a hard cover 200 page book "Golden Century of Scouting, Ballarat and District 1909 2009". This book was launched on May 9th 2009 by The Governor/Chief Scout of Victoria, Professor David De Kretser AC.
Pictured on the right is the presentation of the book to Professor David de Kretser, A.C. at the official book launch.
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