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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Remember Scouts’ re-traced the Sydney Cove survivors’ Long Walk

Narooma Historical Society’s meeting this Sunday (20th) revisits an extraordinary undertaking by Scouts in 1997 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Long Walk by survivors of the wreck of the ship Sydney Cove from Lakes Entrance in Victoria to Sydney.

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‘What’s extra special about that undertaking was it was an initiative by Narooma Scout leaders that involved hundreds of Scouts and friends along the way,’ said Narooma Historical Society President Laurelle Pacey.

Guest speaker former Narooma Scouts leader Col Cooper will talk about their inspiration, the planning and the experience.

Survivors from the merchant ship Sydney Cove, wrecked in the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait in February 1797, were the first Europeans known to have passed through south-eastern Australia. Their walk along the coast from near Lakes Entrance to Sydney is the first known contact between Aboriginals and Europeans in this area.

In retracing their steps in 1997, Scouts followed their dates and route as closely as possible.

The Society meets this Sunday (20 January) in the School of Arts Studios (red cottage behind the BP) at 2pm. Afternoon tea is provided.

Above: Narooma Scouts in 1997 in the Long Long Walk. Front row: Loren Hayward, left, Lee Philip, Tim Snell, Jonathon Bettini, Jason Snell, Christopher Raabe, Nathaniel Rae; Back row: Phillip Merry, Jackson Bourke, Assistant Venturer Leader Michael Hayward, Blain Hayward, Martin Jones, Scout Leader Allan Barkley, Luke Dodds, Glen Philip, Venturer Leader Graham Small, David Small, Assistant Scout Leader Colin Cooper, and Foz . Photo courtesy Alison Philip.

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