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  • Helen Isabel McSwiney, OBE (1903 - 1978)
    19 June 1903 - birth of Helen McSwiney. Her father died when she was three years old. However, her mother was born into a family of means - The Trowers, and they maintained a Paddington residence with ...
  • Marion (Mysie) Bryce McG.Cousens (1891 - 1971)
    Birth Date: 21 Oct 1891 in Poona (now Pune), India. Births as reported in 'Domestic Occurrences' in the Times of India 1891 editions Entry from Births 1891 Births Edition Date 24 Oct 1891 Sur...
  • Helen Grace Browning (1895 - 1986)
    1895 Born at the family home on Hans Road, in Kensington, London (which was later demolished to make way for an expansion of the store Harrods). Older sister of (General) Frederick Arthur Montague Br...

According to the foreward of the publication for the Centenary Exhibition of Girl Guides "100 Years of Changing Lives", in 1909 a young group of women arrived uninvited at the first Boy Scout Rally in London at the Crystal Palace and demanded a place for girls. Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy scouts, chose the name "Girl Guides" after a famous corps of guides in India. In 1910 his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell, became its leader. By 1912 Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting had spread to seventeen countries being actively engaged.

See Geni profile of Lord Baden-Powell's wife : Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell (St. Clair Soames) who continued the Girl Guides/Girl Scouts movement. Birth: February 22, 1889 Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK Death: June 25, 1977 (88) Guildford, Surrey, UK. Place of Burial: Kenya

Some current UK organizations with archival material:


THE OLAVE BADEN-POWELL SOCIETY WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) Olave Centre 12c Lyndhurst Road London NW3 5PQ

2012: GS USA's 100th anniversary and the 2012 Year of the Girl. The Olave Baden-Powell Society will be in Philadelphia, USA, May 17th - 20th, 2012"

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