Remarkable women: Muriel Freeman

This Remarkable Woman of Girl Guides WA is Muriel Freeman. Here is her story.

Muriel Freeman was a well- known guiding identity in Albany as a Brownie Leader from the 1950’s, but she always remembered her early guiding days.

She was enrolled as a Bluebird in 1919 at a hill station not far from Madras in India. She was seven and a half and it was the first time that she had other children of her own age to play with. She loved the exciting but sometimes rather messy cooking afternoons when they produced scones or baked custard. These Brownie meetings were special to her and the girls learnt many outdoor skills.

Her uniform was a blue skirt and white blouse with blue bow at the neck worn with a large hard hat.  The Promise badge was a bluebird and they called their leader Mother Bluebird.

Muriel attended school at M.L.C. in Claremont two years later and recalled that her attempts to get a brownie or guide unit started there didn’t get a lot of support as were her later attempts to do so at school in England. However she assisted with guide companies in England during the war years whenever possible and finally opened her own Brownie unit in Albany in 1950.

Story supplied by Ann Miller.

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