Winner 2021 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards

Jill Hogrefe, Girl Guides Queensland Archive, with her favourite uniform. Photo: Michele Pickering.

Jill Hogrefe
Girl Guides Queensland Archive

Jill’s length of service with the Girl Guides Queensland Archive in a voluntary capacity is the initial, but not the only, stand-out feature that makes her achievements so distinctive. In 1999, she saw a basic gap in the Archive and stepped in to rectify it. This involved the establishment and ongoing development of a database. This important, first task paved the way for Jill to raise the management of the collection to a standard that emulates professional museum and archival practice.

Jill cares for the large and varied collection which includes thousands of artefacts, a large paper-based and photographic collection, and a sizeable costume collection. She has been involved in many relocations of the Archives over the past twenty-two years, and has seen it through several floods and other challenges. With her multitude of roles, Jill still finds time for research, answering enquiries, opening the Archives to the public, publishing, and acquiring items for the collection. Her extraordinary generosity of time, her quest for knowledge, and her ability to put it to good use represents an outstanding achievement.


Girl Guides Queensland (gets by with a little help from their friends)


A RACQ grant ensured the Flinders Guides did not miss out on outside activities post the Townsville floods earlier this year.

A community based Foundation helping out a community based organisation – that’s what community is all about.

A picture is worth a thousand words, a smile is worth a thousand more.  


100 Years Strong Today

Girl Guides Queensland, the largest female membership based organisation in Queensland, celebrates a centenary of operation today

A year, and more recently, a hectic week of centenary celebrations culminates with a day of reflection and a promise of a bright future.

The last seven days has seen over 800 Guides and Leaders gather on the Gold Coast for the Lookout 100 Festival, an afternoon tea at Government House and an evening with the Mayor and Councilors at City Hall.

A fitting end to this centenary year and a reminder that Girl Guides Queensland is 100 years strong in 2019.

The organisation’s State Commissioner, Velia Nicholls said,’ We are all privileged to be the custodians of a 100 - year legacy.  A legacy that continues to flourish in this beautiful state of Queensland.  The state’s landscapes are as diverse as our membership base.  As an organisation we pride ourselves on being inclusive and providing an environment where girls and young women have a voice, develop leadership skills and strive to be the best they possibly can be.  In an ever - evolving world our people are better prepared than most, to face life’s challenges’.

She continued, ‘Recently, I reflected on my short time in Guides, some thirteen years, and recounted the change that has occurred both internally and externally.  At the commencement of my tenure Social Media was not a part of the communication equation, nor was the use of real time video conferencing that now connects people across the globe.  Women held fewer leadership positions and Girl Guide biscuits were the main stay of our fundraising.

All that is well and truly in the past’.

‘To survive the next one hundred years Girl Guides Queensland will need to be flexible, intuitive and most importantly adaptive.  Inherently, as an organisation we must continue to embrace the technological age, remember that people, not personalities are our focus and supporting communities underpins our service pledge.

Most importantly we have community - based outcomes to achieve and young Queenslanders we must help prepare for adult life and the challenges that lay ahead. 

In our centenary year, I am immensely humbled to be the State Commissioner of such a fantastic group of people and an organisation that puts women first,’ she said.