Important BB Dates

1854William Alexander Smith born.
1883BB founded in Glosgow – October 4th
1886First Camp.
1890BB started in Australia, Original 1st Melbourne Company
1893Girls’ Brigade of Ireland started.
1895B.B. started in W.A. – 1st Perth Company.
1896B.B. started in N.S.W. – 1st Sydney Company.
1897B.B. started in Queensland – 1st Mackay Company.
1898B.B. started in Tasmania – 1st Launceston Company.
1899Boys’ Life Brigade formed (united with BB in 1926)
B.B. started in S.A. – 1st Kent Town Company.
B.B. started in New Guinea – 1st Orokolo Company.
First Australian Council met.
1900Girls’ Guildry started.
1901Australian Federation.
1902Girls’ Life Brigade started.
1908Boy Scouts started.
1909William Smith knighted.
1913King’s Badge (now Queen’s) introduced.
1st Brisbane Company started.
1914Founder, Sir W Smith, died May 10th
World War I starts.
1915Founder’s Day inaugurated.
1917Boy Reserves started (known as The Life Boys from 1926 and The Boys’ Brigade No.1 Section from 1967).
1918World War I ends.
1921B.B. Week started.
1929New 1st Melbourne and 1st Sydney companies started.
The Great Depression starts.
1935The Boys’ Brigade in New South Wales and South Australia adopted the title The British Empire Boys’ Brigade.
1939Sydney Battalion formed.
World War II starts.
1945World War II ends.
1948Provisional Federal Advisory Committee formed.
1954B.B. started in ACT – 1st Canberra Company.
1958Formation of present Australian Council.
19621st Pan Australian Camp, Narrabeen, NSW
(Pan Australian Camps have been held every 3 years)
Pacific Regional Fellowship formed.
1963International Camp Scotland.
1966B.B. World Conference formed.
Decimal Currency adopted.
1970The Boys’ Brigade Australia title adopted.
1975Papua New Guinea gains independence.
1983B.B. World Centenary.
1988Australian Bicentenary.
1990Australian B.B. Centenary Celebrations.

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