Darcy Aitken is on a mission to find out more about the history of the 2nd Shepparton Rover Crew and is hoping anyone who has any information on its early formation can come forward and help him.
‘‘I’m looking, in particular, for anyone who was connected to the Rover scouts based at Tatura’s Internment Camp during the 1940s,’’ Darcy said.
‘‘Any descendants of those Rovers or anyone with information that can help fill in the blanks would be greatly appreciated.’’
The 18-year-old started with the scouts at cub level (8 to 11 years old) and is currently at Rover level doing research to achieve his Link Badge.
‘‘These men aged between 17 and 33 were mostly refugees escaping the invasion of German troops in their country at the beginning of World War II,’’ he said.
Darcy is also hoping to get in contact with the Shepparton News column writer from the 1980s who contributed the regular Scouting Around column.
‘‘He was a prolific writer for about three years and it would be great to have a chat with him about scouts’ history in the region,’’ he said.
If you can help Darcy contact him via email [email protected] vicscouts.com.au
You can also phone 1800 Scouts and ask for the information to be passed on to the District Commissioner for Goulburn Murray Mark Sargent.