We thank the Essendon Rotary club for their great gift of the camp to the Essendon District Scouts and Guides in 1950 and for their continuous involvement and monetary grants over the years since the Scouts have been running and managing the Rowallan Rotary Scout camp as it was originally named.
We also thank the Strathmore Bendigo Bank for their grants to improve the camp.
|1946||Essendon Rotary Club commenced a Youth Service Project, aimed to establish a youth camp, where trees could be grown and appreciated by youth, to offset the rapid destruction of forests and consequent erosion. Eleven Rotarians paid £50 each to purchase 183 acres of land in Catherine Valley, Gisborne for a youth forestry camp.|
|1946||A 32volt generator was used for lighting.|
|1947||Shire of Romsey constructed a road to the campsite.|
|1948||‘Prisoner of War’ huts in Nathalia purchased, and erected on site.|
|1950||Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Essendon area accepted the gift from Essendon Rotary club of the site for indoor and outdoor recreation, and training of its members.|
December: Official Ceremony for handing over of camp, officially named Rowallan Rotary Camp after Lord Rowallan, Second Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth.
|General Secretary of the Scout Association, F.R.G. Sanders received the documents of ‘Transfer of Deeds’ from Rotarian Syd Mills.|
|1959||Ron Horne chapel was completed and consecrated.|
Most of the water pipe network to the Forest Camp was completed.
|1961||Swimming pool was completed and opened by Major Gen. RR.Risson, Chief Scout for Vic.|
|1964||SEC electric power was connected to the camp.|
|1965||The Swing bridge was constructed by the Burke and Wills Rovers.|
|1967||A Bradford Ute was donated to the camp by N.Ferris.|
|1968||A permanent non filtered water supply was obtained from the Riddells Creek storage dam at Mt. Teneriffe.|
|1969||The planting of pines was started as per Rotary’s original request.|
|1973||A shed for construction poles was erected in the Forest Camp.|
|1974||The HQ Camp toilet block was upgraded and completed.|
|1980||A new kitchen was built to HQ Camp, extending the dining room in the process.|
|1982||A new 24 bunk dormitory was built.|
|1983||Bushfires caused large destruction of Rowallan and surrounding bushland. The Scout and Guide Camps at Rowallan sustained significant damage.|
|After much work, Rowallan Headquarters Camp was rebuilt and reopened for use.|
|1984||Cottage built for onsite assistant warden.|
|1989||HQ Camp toilet block extended and upgraded.|
|1991||Ex District Commissioner Lt. Col. K. Farquhar died and was interred at the chapel. Lt. Farquhar received the camp from Rotary in 1950.|
|1993||Forest Camp initiative course was built.|
The Swing Bridge was rebuilt after the 1983 fires.
|1995||Forest Camp amphitheatre was built.|
|1999||The installation of specialised activities, low ropes course, basketball & volleyball courts, table tennis, half-soccer and 6 orienteering courses.|
|2000||Disabled access installed to HQ Camp buildings.|
Camping Association Victoria (CAV) accreditation achieved with the help of a donation from Rotary.
|2001||Walking trails were established in the Nature reserve.|
|2002||Rowallan web site was established.|
Internal window protection installed in the HQ Camp Rec Hall.
|2003||The HQ Camp Recreation Hall walls were relined to reduce impact damage.|
|2004||All Forest Camp roads were regraded.|
|2006||Upgrade of the HQ Camp ablutions block completed.|
|2008||Assistant Warden’s cottage was fully refurbished including a new kitchen.|
|2009||2kW PV (Solar) system installed to offset power usage.|
70kL rainwater tanks installed.
|2010||A major flood occurred which damaged the Kent Rd. bridge and 2 bridges in the Forest Camp.|
|2011||UV water filtration installed for the HQ Camp.|
|2012||Internet connected via 4G link to Riddells Creek and down the hill to the Ranger’s House.|
Additional 60kL rainwater tank installed.
|2013||The HQ Camp buildings were repainted externally in different colours.|
|2014||UV water filtration upgraded to cover all parts of the camp.|
Detailed Camp History from 1946-2019. Also available in HQ Camp Lounge.