Corporate entry: Girl Guides' Association


Guiding has been a major influence on education for girls and women. The inaugural meeting was held in May 1958, when the first Honiara Company numbered sixteen. Lady Gutch was the first President and Miss M. Pelham-Johnson was appointed as a Travelling Commissioner for Guides. The first Commissioner of Guides for the Solomon Islands was Elsie Mountford, wife of the rector of All Saints' Cathedral in Honiara. The first Annual Meeting of the Girl Guides Association was held in Honiara on 8 December 1959. In May 1961, Florence Tinoni, a teacher at Kohimarama School, west Guadalcanal, was the first Girl Guide to be awarded her Second Class Badge. In 1962, Girl Guide Companies were operating at Honiara and Bungana, with a Brownie Pack at Tasia. The Guide Headquarters building at Coronation Gardens, Honiara, was completed in 1963 and opened by Lady Trench on 9 September. In August 1965, Martha Kagea, of the First Bungana Guide Company, obtained the first Queen's Guide Certificate.

In 1966, there were twelve Girl Guide companies and ten Brownie packs in the Protectorate. On the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the Guiding Movement there were twenty-eight units on nine islands, though by 1971 the number had dropped to ten due to difficulties in finding guiders. (AR 1961-1962, 53, AR 1966, 51; NS Dec. 1959, May 1961, 30 Apr. 1963, 15 Sept. 1963, 31 July 1965, 7 Mar. 1966, 31 Aug. 1968, 15 Apr. 1971; Montford 1994, 90)

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Published resources


  • Montford, C.L., The Long Dark Island, The Desk Top Press, Wellington, 1994. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate, British Solomon Islands Protectorate Annual Reports (AR), 1896-1973. Details


"Nakomuda - Our Home", record produced by the Girl Guides of Bunana School, Solomon Islands
Brian Taylor