LONE GUIDES OF STATE
'Meetings' Held by Correspondence
Miss Daphne Bowman, of Poltalloch Station, 20 miles from Tailem Bend, be gan her Girl Guiding career with the 1st Creveen School Company, Adelaide,
where she was first a Guide, and later a lieutenant. On leaving school she took no active part in the movement, but later, when Miss Mary Bowman (her sister, now Mrs. Trafford Cowan) re signed from the captaincy of the 1st Ashville Company, Miss Daphne Bow man joined the company as lieutenant.
Miss Bowman is organiser of Lone Guides in South Australia, and is captain of the South-Eastern Divi sion Company. She has 21 Guides. Her work, which is car ried on entirely by correspondence, clearly indicates her ingenuity and re- source. Monthly 'meetings' are held, and these take the form of long typewritten scripts
neatly illustrated for explanatory purposes by Miss Bowman herself. Such For Ship. — Commence at masts, then work sails and base. For Birds. — Begin at bottom left-hand corner and omit the beak. Then work beak, eyes, and feet. These designs can be left in outline and filled in the same color as background, or filled in with the natural colors, as desired. When all designs and proverbs are com pleted, fill in all spaces with the color chosen as background; gene rally a lighter shade than that used for designs. If designs are worked in light colors, the background should be dark.
Miss D. Bowman
branches of guiding as stalking and track ing, Nature observation, knot tying, and Guide laws are usually detailed fully to the girls of her company, and each point impressed upon their minds by some quaint tale or legend. The territory over which Miss Bow man is captain includes the entire South- East and Yorke's Peninsula. She has seve ral guiders to assist her, and these have either been Guides before or have trained through correspondence by her. Two of her more distant guiders are at Kingoonya, on the East-West railway line, and at Edillilie, Cummins, on Eyre's Peninsula. Last year Miss Bowman organised a camp for her Lone Guides some miles from Murray Bridge, at which eight girls from various parts of the State were present. At this time there were only 13 Lone Guides in South Australia, and this was the first camp held for their benefit. Another camp, which probably will consist of four tents of girls, will be held at Strathalbyn in August, upon the return of Miss Bowman. She is at pre sent holidaying in Cairns, Queensland. The object of this camp is to train guiders, and to give the Guides some idea of how ordinary company meetings
are held, and to instruct them in things which they have found difficulty in learn ing through the post. There are 39 Lone Guides in the State, and eight lone guiders. In September, 1927, Miss Bow man was appointed organiser of this branch of girl guiding. During the visit of Miss A. M. Beh rens, of England, to Australia, a training camp was held at Poltalloch, and Miss Bowman was enrolled as a Ranger. She was a member of the Poltalloch Ranger Company. Her Guide company at Ashville con sisted of six Guides and one Brownie. Ashville is a tiny country town at the gates of Poltalloch Station.