The Girls' Brigade International Council
 

History

Year
The Girls' Brigade
The Girls' Guildry
The Girls' Life Brigade
  Girls' Brigade Badge Girls' Guildry Badge Girls' Life Brigade Badge
1893
The Girls' Brigade formed at Sandymount, Ireland by Miss Margaret Lyttle. Its aim "the extension of Christ's Kingdom among girls"    
1900
  The Girls' Guildry formed in Scotland with the aim of helping girls to become mature Christian women  
1902
    The Girls' Life Brigade formed in England. The motto was "to save life" and the aim "to help and encourage girls become responsible, self-reliant Christian women"
1909
Adopted motto "Onward and Upward"
1923
First overseas company formed in Jamaica by Mrs Olive Miller (nee Wright)
1925
Companies formed in Capetown, South Africa and Riga, Latvia (closed in 1935)
1927
Companies formed in Singapore and Australia
1928
Work began in New Zealand
1930
First International Rally at the Royal Albert Hall, London
1931
Work began in Canada
1934
Work began in American Samoa
1938
Work began in Malaysia at Penang by Elsie Lynne
1939
Companies formed in Northern Ireland.
1942
Work began in Nigeria
1943
Work begain in Bermuda
1946
Work began in the Cayman Islands by Mrs Olive Miller Work began in Niue, Nauru and Tokelau Islands
1949
Work began in England Work began in the Solomon Islands
1950
Companies opened in Zambia Work began in Zambia
1951
Work began in Zimbabwe and Samoa
1952
Work began in Hong Kong
1953
Work began in the Falkland Islands (closed 1989)
1955
Work began in Ghana at Accra
1956
Work began in Sierra Leone
1957
Queen's Badge inaugurated
1958
Work began in Canada Work began in the Bahamas by Miss Cynthia Love
1959
Work began in Papua New Guinea
1960
  Work began in Zimbabwe Work began in Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands
1961
    Work began in the Gilbert Islands
1962
    Work began in Vanuatu and Uganda
1963
    Work began in Rwanda and the Windward Islands
1964
Historic Decision By Three Organisation To Amalgamate
   

Pacific Fellowship formed in Suva, Fiji

      Work began in Barundi
1966
    Headquarters opened at Parsons Green, London
1967
    Work began in Kenya
    Pacific Fellowship Council met in Fiji
1968
The inaugural meeting of Brigade International Council was held on the 10th June and was attended by 19 countries. Miss Joan Chenhalls MBE was elected as the first President and the International Award was started.
1970
Work began in Brunei
1971
Work began in Haiti
1972
The Pacific Fellowship Council met in New Zealand
1973
The Brigade International Conference and Fonomarae were held in New Zealand. Mrs Margaret O'Rourke was elected as the second President and Ghana, Grand Cayman and Samoa were accepted as full members. The Atlantic and Pacific Committees were formed. Work began in Uganda and the Cook Islands.
1974

Work began in USA, Belize and Aruba

1975
The Pacific Fellowship Council met in Fiji
1976
Work began in India and Bangladesh
1977
The Margaret O'Rourke scholarship was established after Mrs O'Rourke's death.
  The Pacific Council Fellowship met in New Zealand
1978
The Brigade International Conference was held in Grand Cayman. Mrs Tay Poh Luan was elected as the third President
1979
The Pacific Fellowship Fonomarae was held in Perth, Australia with the Fellowship Conference held in New Zealand
1980
The International Fonomarae was held in Scotland. Work began in Brazil
1983
The Brigade International Conferece was held in Singapore. Mrs Elizabeth Nicoll OBE MA was elected as the fourth President and the Cook Islands were accepted as a full member. The first Caribbean Conference was held in Jamaica.
1984
The Asia-Pacific Committee office was set up in Auckland, New Zealand.
1985
The Pacific Fellowship Conference was held in New Zealand
1986
The second Caribbean Conference was held in Trinidad & Tobago
1988
The Brigade International Conferece was held in the Cook Islands. Miss Betty Allen AM was elected as the fifth President and Niue and Bahamas/Turks/Caicos were accepted as full members. The International Office moved to Norfolk, England.
1989
The third Caribbean Conference was held in the Bahamas
1990
Work began in Botswana, Romania and Swaziland. The Brigade was reformed in the USA
1991
Zambia was accepted as a full member. Ireland and Northern Ireland became two separate members
1992
The first All Africa Conference was held in Zambia. The fourth Caribbean Conference was held in the Cayman Islands. Kenya and Hong Kong were accepted as full members. Work began in Tonga.
1993
The Brigade International Conference was held in Dublin, Ireland. Mrs Iva Good was elected as the sixth President. Centenary celebrations were held world-wide. Bermuda was accepted as a full member
1998
The Brigade International Conference was held in Brisbane, Australia. Mrs Jill Clarke was elected as the seventh President.
2002
The Brigade International Conference was held in Thailand. Miss Hee Piang Chin was elected as the eighth President.
2004
The International Fonomarae was held in Glasgow, Scotland.