Harry Goodwin became a Scout when he was 13 and is receiving recognition for 70 years in Scouts.
Harry Goodwin became a Scout when he was 13 and is receiving recognition for 70 years in Scouts.

Maryborough man is Queensland's longest serving scout

QUEENSLAND'S oldest serving scout Harry Goodwin has hardly ever sworn in all his years and believes it is all due to the movement.

Mr Goodwin turned 90 years this year.He was born on June 4, 1925 in Leichhardt, New South Wales and moved to Queensland when he was a toddler, and relocated to Maryborough in 1935, "about the time the sewerage went in".

Mr Goodwin became a scout when he was 13 and was one of six foundation members of the 4th Maryborough Group.

"The one thing I believe scouting has done for me, apart from all the knowledge I got, is the fact that I don't swear or tell dirty yarns," he said.

"I have only sworn twice - once where I was talking to a friend from school and let a swear word go.

"I can't even remember what it was, but the whole world came around down on my ear - I had no idea my mother was standing behind me

"I had no intention of swearing again once I made a promise to scouts - there were 10 scouting rules, the last being a scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

"I went to Newtown School, now known as West State School," he said.

"The school head teacher asked me to join 3rd Maryborough Scout Group and I went to a couple of meetings before the group folded.

"I was then asked by a door-to-door insurance agent, Merv Hepburn, who came to the house."

Mr Goodwin said the scouts' movement paid off a few dividends for him.

"I was given the opportunity to be a leader at 17, the youngest of the time, due to 18-year-olds conscripting to the Second World War," he said.

"When I turned 18, I joined the Royal Australian Air Force and during the war, our squadron leader had us all go into a cubicle each to be shown how to do different knots, including the reef knot.

"The leader was shocked when he came into my cubicle to find I had done all six knots on the one piece of rope and said 'stop wasting my time and get out there and teach the others'."

Mr Goodwin met his wife, Norma Lamb, in Canberra before he went to war.

"She was a good woman. We had two children, Alan and Christine, and she was well liked by everyone in Maryborough."

Mr Goodwin now spends his days playing indoor bowls and loves to get a few scratch tickets.


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