The 1st Australian Pan-Pacific Jamboree was held in Frankston (Victoria, Australia) between 27th December, 1934 and 13th January, 1935. This Jamboree was the first international gathering of Scouts outside Europe and the only Australian Jamboree attended by Lord Baden-Powell.

The Badge

The Jamboree Badge was designed by Levi Molineux, Scoutmaster for the 11th Hawthorn Troop. The kangaroo and the boomerang are both Australian icons.

Who and Where

The Frankston Jamboree was attended by Scouts from all Australian states and the territories, together with Scouts from Belgium, Canada, Ceylon, England, Fiji, France, Holland - East Indies, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Java, Japan, Malaya, Nauru, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America, and Wales.

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Event Name Time/Date Location
Official Opening 2.45 pm, Saturday, 29th December, 1934 Display Arena
Scouts' Own Thanksgiving Service 3pm, Sunday, 30th December, 1934 Display Arena
General Campfire 8 pm, Sunday, 30th December, 1934 The Main Campfire Hollow
Wolf Cub and Brownie Parade 2.30 pm, Monday, 31st December, 1934 Display Arena
The Great International Pageant 2.30 pm, Tuesday, 1st January, 1935 Display Arena
Farewell Gathering Sunday, 6th January, 1935 Main Arena
The Rover Moot 12th-13th January, 1935  


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Beach Activities
The Hikes

Gilwell Park - Gembrook

Gilwell Park is a 160 hectare bushland property adjoining Gembrook State Forest. It is the main leader-training centre for Victoria. Now, as then, it offers Scouts quality camping.

On 10th January, 1935, those who had taken part in the Jamboree hike program, camped overnight at Gilwell. During the evening, the boys met at the Campfire Circle in the Boys' Field.



2nd - 5th January 1935 (Display Arena)
During the afternoons, cultural and historical displays took place. The pageants, presented by the different contingents, were diverse: some serious, others hilarious and ingenious. The variety is illustrated by the following selection.

The Local Scouts

Mornington County (Sub-camp 4E)

Local plans for the Jamboree took place early in 1934. By August, the Mornington County Scout Council was able to release participation details for the six sub-groups attending the Jamboree:
1st Frankston - 22
2nd Frankston - 26
3rd Frankston - 20
1st Mornington - 11 & 1st Somerville - 11
1st Tyabb - 9, 1st Dromana - 8 & 1st Flinders - 6
1st Hastings - 8, 2nd Hastings - 5 & 1st Cowes - 10.


The Jamboree at Melbourne, and after
Lord Baden-Powell

Written on the verandah of the Warden's Lodge at Gilwell Park, Gembrook after the completion of the Jamboree hikes - 11th January, 1935.

Perceptions of a cosmopolitan Jamboree
Charles W. Floyd

A Scout from the 1st Tyabb Troop recorded his impressions of the Jamboree.

The Jamboree Hikes & The Rover Moot
Don Charlwood

The personal diary of a 19 year-old Rover who grew up in Frankston, and subsequently became an eminent author.

The Council

The support and assistance of The Frankston and Hastings Shire Council has been well documented. Lord Baden-Powell, himself, when making his first site inspection, asked the State President, Colonel Harold Cohen, to convey to the Council his appreciation of the site; the Frankston Councilors in recommending the campsite at Frankston had, he felt, shown foresight. "In my opinion" he said, "it is the nearest approach to an ideal jamboree ground that I have yet seen" (Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4th January, 1935).



Location Map



Not Even the President Could Crash The Gate!

A Rolls Royce drew up at the Overport Gates yesterday afternoon. It had the official Jamboree pennant on the radiator cap; indeed, it was the car of the President (Colonel Harold Cohen, M.L.C.). But it was refused admission!
The trouble was that the President did not have a pass for his car, and the Rovers on duty knew their duty well. No car without a pass must go through. So in spite of protestations, the President had to leave his car and hike the rest of the way. But he has a pass now - all nicely signed by the Jamboree Organising Secretary.

-The Jamboree Daily, 28th December, 1934

Photo Album

Aerial view of part of sub-camp 1, and the Chief's residence

Tour of the Jamboree Site and Environs

With the passage of time, the Jamboree site has become part of suburban Melbourne. However, some evidence of this historic event remains. For those visiting the area, Melways directory references are included in parenthesis.


The official Jamboree program

Acknowledgements and References

This website has been created for
Frankston District Scouts
by Ann & John Scholes