History of Waylen Bay
The following history of the Group for the years 1964 to 1989 was compiled by Gordon Johnston and is taken from a booklet published at that time. A PDF of the booklet can be downloaded here.
First Waylen Bay Scout Group
POTTED HISTORY OF 1ST WAYLEN BAY SEA SCOUT GROUP
Edited by the Group Leader Gordon Johnston
The following history of our Group was gleaned from the minutes,
letters, bills and accounts of the past 25 years … combined
with the memories of leaders and helpers, especially those of
Akela, Lyn Ward.
Very many thanks to all those who helped, not just with this
history, but have worked so hard year after year in order that
this Jubilee may be reached.
When the Group started cubs were aged – 8 – 11
scouts 11 – 15
senior scouts 15 – 17 … boys only
Rovers 17 – 25
There were 100,000 boy scouts in Australia and 9,000,000 in 71
countries throughout the world.
10 July: Because of the long waiting list for entry into
Deepwater Point Sea Scouts a meeting was held to investigate the
formation of a Group in Mount Pleasant.
The Foundation Chairman (from Deepwater Point) was Mr
E.Hill, with the following people present at initial meeting:-
A. Moffatti. M.Mortimer. T.Johnson. Messrs Webb, Leaver.
Halls, Dunlop prospective DSM J. Young and DC W.Osborne apologies
from Mr Sheppard.
The Mothers’ Club was formed on 29th August 1964, and was
to raise most of the money required to set up the Group.
In September Lyn Lewis (later to be Mrs Ward) as well as
being Akela assisted with the Scouts when they were formed, but
is posted to Manjimup by the Education Dept. a Group letter was
sent asking for her possible transfer back to our area.
The then Town of Melville offered several sites between
Bulls Creek (now Bull Creek) and Attadale including Lucky Bay and
Old German Jetty.
The Annual subs were set at 20/- (or $2) per boy
R.Bond, Chairman or the Swan River Conservation Board
said that as river edge sites are at a premium, we must share
with another aquatic group as he doesn’t anticipate there being
any sites for some time to come.
We nearly get a site between Tompkin Park and Cunningham
Street, but fail despite a great deal of help from Mr O’Neil the
Member of Parliament at the time.
The Council decide to keep the foreshore from Cunningham
Street to Cranford, in Brentwood, untouched … possibly because
of expansion plans being put forward by South Perth Yacht Club at
Film shows were held to raise the much needed cash for
Group funds. By September the Funds were at £220 … £131 being
alotted to the Building Fund.
A Rosella Dinner (food supplied by Rosella tinned foods)
was held at a charge of 7/6d ($0.76) per head.
Regular meetings were by now being held in the RSL Hall.
Application made to erect our building next to the Deepwater
Point Group Hall … this was rejected by the Council.
Application was then made to the Council on our behalf by
Trevor Leaver, and rejected within a month, to build the hall on
the vacant land between the Heathcote Hospital and the adjacent
South Perth Yacht Club.
Waylen Bay site at last spotted.
A position in Boans store was booked for selling Xmas
raffle tickets. A profit of $179.93 made.
A 15ft clinker boat given to the Group was found to be
too heavy, so either a motor had to be obtained or it should be
By now there are 25 Cubs, but still a waiting list of 41
exists, 28 of whom are over 8 years old.
The Town of Melville becomes a City
Fund raising ‘tries’ rose pruning and astonishes everyone
by raising $200 … about $2,000 in 1989 money.
June; Under Secretary for Lands offered us our present
Heathcote Site after discussions with Mr Beaton. Hall plans were
costed/ estimated at $10,000.
At the Melville Fair the Group had a 5 cent coin throwing
into a bucket and a stamp stall. We lost the ballot for the much
sought after food stall franchise at Fair.
Total funds raised now at $1722.12
Group’s insurance premium £10/4/9d ($21). See 1988
The land, 1/4 acre was re offered to the Council by the
Government on the condition that should the hall site no longer
be required by the Scout Association, the land would then be
surrendered back to the CROWN … not to the Council, the Council
didn’t like this clause and the offer was initially refused.
In order to get a quick start to the building programme.
we applied for, and got, a $10,000 loan from Melville Council.
Geoff Sheppard was Waylen’s first scout to go to a
Jamboree, so he was given a campfire blanket by the Group
Bob a Job week raised $47.61 and Scout a Bout $238
The Mothers’ Club held a Cabaret and Music Hall in the
‘Hole in the Wall’ and made $445.65 profit … about $4,500 at
Group meetings were held at various venues including the
RSL Hall in Kintail Rd., Conon Road church hall and a ‘tin shed’
in Brentwood. Many meetings being held on a Saturday morning.
Our gear room in the RSL was broken into and the flag
Planning permission obtained in May from Melville Town
Clerk J.E.Ellis, an article appeared in the West Australian
stating ‘permission at last!’
September: Land was vested in the care of Melville
Council after three years of careful negotiations.
Hall construction started in late October. The Shire
originally wanted a concrete floor upstairs for fire and safety
reasons. Building costs had now risen to $15,000.
Vandals broke into the workmens’ shed within 2 weeks of
their starting the building and split cement bags and hose pipes.
Thanks to much canvasing by Trevor Leaver various steamship
companies and local stores sent donations to the funds
because we were sea scouts.
We are given the six old Ship’s lights and a ship’s
binnacle from the Fremantle Harbour works.
Fund raising included lucrative scrap iron collecting.
Subs still $15 thanks to a $250 grant from Scout Assoc.
Building Fund now $3,70O – with Group Funds $5,300
Trevor Leaver retires after 5 years as Group Secretary, a
king pin in the formation of the Group and the building of the
Hall. In the past 2 or 3 years dozens of letters were sent out by
him requesting financial help, he negotiated with the council and
with various bodies for the construction of the building, this
was then followed by the inevitable many months of chasing the
various contractors to put faults right. A truly dedicated
Cub meetings held on Saturday afternoons, usually on the
beach near the hall site.
Patrol leaders course was held at Deepwater Point.
The profit from our Group’s stalls at the Melville Fair
was $213, 40 boy helpers (and those delivering goods to stalls)
were charged $10 admission to run stall! Decision not to support
Melville Fair again was taken by the next Group Committee meeting
Of the $16.826.48 due to the contractor, $13.826.48 was
paid by the Council Town Clerk J.E.Ellis and $3,000 by the Group.
A Family car rally/treasure hunt held … very successful
The RSL Hall was no longer available on Saturday afternoons
for the Cub meetings.
The Group Leader’s car was stolen with the Groups records
in the back, these were later recovered but no mention is
made of the car!
Hall eventually completed in March, at an increased cost
of $19.400, the increase being mainly due to the Council’s delays
in negotiating a loan on our behalf.
Our hall completion ended 6 years of generous support by
Applecross RSL and the Congregational Church by allowing the use
of their halls rent free.
1st Waylen Bay Sea Scouts’ Memorial Hall was opened on
the 19th September by Councillor W.Gribble and dedicated by
Pastor L. Austin.
A Memorial Plaque was ‘laid’ at the Hall
Melville Shire gave a loan for 20 years to augment our 7
years of fundraising ($6.000), as the National Bank had turned us
down, despite Scout Association offering to be a guarantor
The Shire interest rate on our loan was increased to 7.4%
Berger Paints gave us 5 gallons (40 litres for the young
ones) of white paint for the Hall decor.
The original reticulation was fitted to the site by City
of Melville via a 150 ft trench linking the Shire bore, total
charge for work and pipes $21.
During a bad storm one night, rain was blown under the
aluminium side doors and 12 feet (4 metres) across the hall floor
Theatre ‘nights out’ for fund raising were deemed
‘undesireable’ and barbecues ‘known’ to attract gambling! These
were therefore dropped from the fundraising programme.
Year started with 24 cubs, 17 scouts and 5 senior scouts
1300 rose bushes were sprayed for funds.
The unacceptable sewerage charge of $3.50pa was
contested, so the Shire agreed to pay it for us.
New 4m X 5m canvas ridge tent was bought for $31.65
A power/ lighting bill was $5.65, though a further $10.30
was spent on gas mantles … what are they? ask your Gran young
Thoughts of starting second Cub pack were muted.
333 dozen lamingtons sold in one drive.
Before the official opening, the retaining wall, flagpole
and boundary chains were all set in place.
It was suggested that the external taps be placed
underground. but for reasons unknown this was not done.
The letter accompanying our lease said that on renewal
after 20 years (1991) the ·Council would not apply hardship as far os a youth organisation is concerned as long as the rent has been
The white sign ‘1st Waylen Bay Sea Scouts’ is actually made of aluminium letters and was supplied and fitted at a cost
Mothers’ Club still strong in its connection with the
A Patrol dinghy was named ‘Trevor Leaver’ An attempt to increase the annual fees to $20 was strongly defeated at the Group Committee.
A new $1,800 motor car was raffled for funds, 1500 tickets being sold at $2 each.
One fund raising idea was to have a ‘Venture Queen’
The cubs went on a treasure hunt/ hike at Araluen As the WA Headquarters deficit had risen from $2,000 in 1969 to $12,000 by 1972, help is sought from all Groups.
Another burglary, this time $51 worth of goods taken. The Group gets 42 second hand stacking chairs from the Applecross Hall thanks to Melville Council. We did very well at the District Camping Competition, this involved the cooking of various kinds of meals.
The Council were approached to re-negotiate the loan on
the Hall, being asked to class us a Welfare Group. The Group pays
first 10% of principal and an annual rental set at 50% of first
years interest ie $518 pa, paying this for the next 20 years.
Rose pruning raises $400. Rose spraying done for 30c.
Waste paper collecting raised $26.22 – conservation
lived 16 years ago!
Soap box Derby held by Melville District at Point Walter
had 4 entrants from each Group. This encouraged similar functions
such as a wheelbarrow race, or design and build a chariot with
some given equipment and be first past the past.
Mothers’ Club now becomes defunct, Bank account with the
National Bank of AustralASIA closed.
Scouts go into recess from March due to lack of leaders.
Trek a bout (then called Scout a bout) raised $212
First weekend camp held at the Hall. The scouts stopped a
Heathcote inmate from his attempted suicide by rescuing him from
$60 raised by the Bob a Job week.
Venturers started to learn judo and scuba diving.
Rose pruning raised $500.
Annual Fees go up to $20, with weekly subs at 20 cents
The Scout Association asked Melville District to collect
25,000lbs (11,000 kilos) of rags for fund raising, Melville were
Apple sales raised a dollar profit per bag with apples
sold for $2.50. 120 bags sold.
Social night included films and a light supper.
JOTA going strong.
Regular Bingo sessions held in the Mayfair Theatre for
Boat maintenance cost $32.36 for the year.
Peter Sheppard donated a Pelican training boat to the
One of the best Cubilees for years was held.
Application made to Melville Shire to install a rail and
cradle boat slip way onto the Swan from the hall – rejected.
Akela has 3 warranted assistants. The scouts are led by a
Scouter and 3 Rovers.
Lindsay Sheppard became the Group’s first International
Scout when he attended the Jamboree in Japan.
The Group won the Como Sailing Regatta.
The new 14ft skiff is now operational.
A request was made for curtains to be donated to the Hall
to ensure privacy. No one offered new ones, but second hand were
It was confirmed that if annual subs. were made payable as a donation to the Scout Memorial Hall maintenance fund then a receipt could be issued which was tax deductible.
The Cubs went to Bibra Lake for a picnic, the Scouts joined them as part of their bike hike outing.
Scouts had an Easter Camp. The continued success of JOTA encouraged the Group to form it’s own Radio Club.There was a raf t ‘drift’ for the group. Timber was donated by Dr Baron-Hay.
Apple drive doubled sales to 240 bags, again at $3.50
A letter was sent to Applecross Primary requesting new cub and scout members.
150 tickets sold at $6 ($2 profit) for an Old Time Music
Hall at St Michael’s Church in Gunbower St.
New scouter again required, advertised in South Perth
Yacht Club without success.
‘Scout a bout’ raised $159.
A suitable rescue boat was thought to be a requirement of
the Group, a 10ft aluminium boat with a 1OHP motor was suggested.
A canoe ‘hike’ was held.
Fundraising sold Jaycee calendars for $2.50, we kept $1
Group then sold wine bottled by ourselves under our own
label, but selling methods not liked by all parents.
Family car rally organised – again very successful.
We were given our own call sign for JOTA, this was
organised by Cliff Warden.
Lyn Ward got her good service award
Levy set at $27 pa.
Mr Croft was thanked [or his many years as Group auditor.
There were 8 boats, the ‘Trevor Leaver’, ‘Lyn Ward’, ‘Ian
Passmore’ – 19ft timber sharpie, ‘PJ’ 9ft Pelican, 14ft sailing
dinghy, the ‘Falcon’ a 10ft plywood dinghy with oars, 16ft fibreglass
lifeboat with oars and a 10ft by 6ft aluminium raft.
‘Sail a thon’ had a squall arise quickly, the boats were
called in. Hours later, they were still in the water where they
had been left, the crews unable to drag them out in time. South
Perth was approached for permission to use their facilities in
sudden bad weather – this was granted.
Hall insurance cover raised to $30,000
A break-in on 26th March, resulted in slight damage to
the Hall ($89), but 2 outboard motors (one new and the other not
ours), lifejackets, tents and a flag were stolen. The 3 thieves
(boys) were caught within a month by PC Wilcox – and most of the
gear recovered, but boys paid $100 each for damages – as neither
motor now worked and locks had been forced.
The search for a new leader was now aimed at the Youth
Committee and Melville Service Club.
Group asked to do a Rheumatism Council door-knock
Applecross Scouts used the hall, with leader Dr Holiday
Scout Association got letter from tax office that levy is
no longer a tax deduction when given to our hall.
Outside of the hall is grassed by the scouts
New 10 HP Johnson motor was bought for $620
Orange sales with 40 per bag sold for $2. Stocks came
from Lower Chittering.
Sir Wallace Kyle came to present the Annual sailing
trophies and prizes
Fully rigged VJ donated to the group.
The Group won the Master Mariners. His Excellency Sir Wallace Kyle again presented the prizes. Ray Nash presented with a ‘Thanks badge’ for all his work
Heathcote said we could join onto their bore for any reticulation that we may envisage. The Council said for $240 we could join onto their new one.
Cheese and wine party held, with slides and a cine film
of recent Group activities. Flying fox to be erected at Applecross Primary School Fair for the first time – charge 20 cents per trip.
Graham Mackie arranged a memorable Quiz Night, took $800 and made a profit of $300.
A raffle was held with a prize of $40 shopping per week
for 52 weeks.
A family social night out held at the Pagoda Restaurant 4th Asia-Pacific Jamboree was held in Perry Lakes, Perth
150 paving slabs laid around hall by scouts and their fathers. The Rovers painted the inside and outside of the hall.Trees for shade were planted near the lawn and retainer
Mr Cook of Floreat Park gave the group a 12 ft rowing boat and Mr Hollick gave a 16ft Hornet.
The main Fund raising was a Liptons Tea drive. The tea sold for $1.90 per cannister (bought for $1.10 from Liptons)
Neill Gardiner starts as main driving force behind boat refurbishing and waterskills. Cricket calendars sold for fund raising
Parents reminded that regulation footwear is black or
brown LEATHER shoes.
Soap box Derby again on Honour Rd. Point Walter.
Scouts temporarily stopped due to lack of Leaders, advert
put in ‘West Australian’ and ‘Melville Times’.
Sparks came out of the kitchen water heater when turned
on. Rewire was necessary.
Paper collecting paid $22 per ton, when bundled.
Bottle collection was given to Coca Cola Company because
they gave us 15 cents, instead of the normal 11 cents for
Nick Loades becomes assistant scout leader
6 scout patrols – eagles, dugites, condor, hawks, tigers
Waylen Bay cubs billett a pack from the country for the
Scoutabout (now Trek-a-bout) had 19 cubs and 14 scouts
complete the 40 km.
Lyn Ward gets her long service award … for 20 years.
Subs now $15 per term (3 terms) or $40 per year.
Len Warren asked if he could reform Venturer Unit.
Mars bars donated 10 cents for every wrapper collected.
Waylen Bay Scouts won the rowing Challenge. They rowed
from Applecross Jetty to Nedlands in a record breaking 15 mins 41
seconds, won a $50 prize from 1st Mosman Bay and had 2 pictures
on front of the Melville Gazette.
$180 was obtained from Headquarters for a fuel tank that
went missing from our boat during the 7th Australian Venture.
A garage sale raised $366.
Crestcat donated by Kim Stedman, brought up from Mandurah
Scouts held Firework Display on the Melville Reserve
Cubilee held at Perry Lakes
The ever faithful lamington drive raises $250
Margaret Ross gave $40 towards a rowing competition
At Founder’s Day celebration, Peter Shack MP donated a
new National Flag to the Group.
Tender put into Telecom for delivery of Yellow Pages
Neville Thorpe became District Commissioner, taking over
from Owen Sollis.
Len Warren gets his Venturer warrant
Venturers Unit formed with 10 members.
Scouts numbers go up to 10 from 6
For the second time in 3 years, the cubs got the most
money in Perth for Trek-a-bout … a magnificent $519.
After a great deal of bargaining, and arguing a new cycle
path was constructed between the hall and the beach, originally
it was suggested it should go between the hall and the Heathcote
slope, to reduce any problems of the path being difficult to
cross with boats. This would have been too expensive with the
necessary retaining walls.
New fire extinguishers bought for boot shed and hall.
Fees set at $13 per term (now 4 terms per year) or $46
Nick Loades retires from his ‘temporary stand-in’ post
(lasted 4 years) as Group Leader.
Heathcote Hospital confirm the sale of their land does
not include our Hall as we are under Melvilles jurisdiction.
Venturers won their section of the Master Mariners’
Scout Bicent camp at Troy Park, cubs had theirs in the
Khaki trainers now Nationally acceptable footwear.
The fire extinguishers were emptied at a party held in
the hall when it was hired for the day.
The venturers again win the Master Mariners Shield.
Val Warren (venturers), & David Maynier (cubs) got their
Venturer Jeremy Beck becomes our first Queen’s Scout.
Rovers hold Australia Day Dawn Service on the lawn at the
Hall starting at 5.00am, followed by a chicken and champagne
Jim Lloyd had a fundraising dung dig at Toodyay, made a
lot of money for the Group, but wrote off his car in the process
10 scouts and 3 venturers went on a boating weekend, as
intensive training for their charge certificates.
Photographs of the Group along with names of all the
members and committees were placed in the sealed ‘time capsule’
at Melville centre. To be opened in 100 years.
The venturers won many classes in their first bush baja
Groups insurance premium now $684.
The three sections of the Group won 5 out of the 6 major
prizes in the WA Branch Trek a bout for ’87 and ’88.
The venturers pipped at the post on the hat trick for the
Master Mariners, by 4 points.
The second cub pack started 3rd May in order to clear the
28 on the waiting list. The meetings are held on Wednesday nights
with the Scouts moving to a Thursday night.
Venturers Bush Baja car – ‘agent orange’ – is written off
a couple of times, has 2 radiators wrecked and a driver destroys
a roo bar!! Still Dave Gardiner and Jeremy Beck get the prize for
best overall drivers score, and best Venturers result.
1ST WAYLEN BAY SEA SCOUT OFFICIALS 1964 – 89