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Freemasonry Victoria SUMMER 2014 ISSUE 141

Shepparton Masonic Centre Re-opens Its Doors Freemasonry in the Community Bringing Music to Their Ears

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation A Ball with the Boys in Blue

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In this Issue: 3 4 6 8 9 10 12

From the Archives: Jewels of Jubilee Shepparton Masonic Centre Re-opens Its Doors A Tale of Two Jewels A Rare Find of Heritage: Postcards Marking the Arrival of the US Fleet

The Hall Stone Jewel We Remember Them: Freemasons Victoria's Remembrance Day

Bringing Music to Their Ears: MYM Puts on a Spectacular Show


A Ball with the Boys in Blue


Family of Masons:

20 22 23 24

The Top 10 New Years Resolutions


Health Watch:


St Kilda Road Gets a New Tenant

From Generation to Generation

Movember's Hairy Moments Ladies ProďŹ le: Barbara Alderton Pretty in Pink: Think Pink Party 2014 Moles and the Risk of Skin Cancer

Freemasonry Victoria Magazine Issue 141 The official magazine of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria (Freemasons Victoria) Website: FaceBook: Twitter: @freemasonsvic YouTube: LinkedIn: Freemasons Victoria Google+: Freemasons Victoria Telephone: (03) 9411 0111 Toll Free: 1800 068 416 Fax: (03) 9416 1468 Editor Gabrielle Forman (03) 9411 0101 Contact Us Email: Fax: (03) 9416 1468 Mail: The Editor, Freemasonry Victoria Magazine C/- 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne Editorial submissions: Article or photo submissions for each issue must be received by the end of the month, following the release of the previous issue. Email submissions are preferred and images must be 300dpi or higher. Submissions should be addressed to: The Editor: Freemasonry Victoria Magazine PO Box 553, East Melbourne VIC 8002 Telephone: (03) 9411 0101 Email: Disclaimer: Freemasonry Victoria is published quarterly by the Grand Secretariat, Freemasons Victoria. Printed by East Print, Melbourne, Australia Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising if it is deemed inappropriate and to change the size of the ad, print type or other speciďŹ cations if material is not compatible with our system. Publisher: Freemasonry Victoria is distributed by mail direct to the homes of all members each quarter and is published online at by Freemasons Victoria 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002. Freemasons Victoria invites your comments and feedback on our magazine - we aim to make this publication as interesting and appealing to our audience as possible. If you have any constructive feedback or comments on how we can improve your reading experience please get in touch. Please keep your comments respectful and in line with the values of our organisation. Please contact us by email editor@freemasonsvic. or on Facebook at freemasonsvic Cover Image: Melbourne welcomes in a New Year (Getty Images) Index Image: Melbourne's Yarra River (Google Images)

Letter from the Editor ... It has been a very busy quarter for events, with Think Pink in October, Field of Remembrance and Movember in November as well as the December Quarterly Communication and a couple of Lodge Dedications thrown in for good measure! Freemasons Victoria was also fortunate to have been invited to the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Ball, with whom we have partnered, and donated considerable funds towards Melbourne Youth Music and BeyondBlue. If there was ever a quarter to acknowledge and be proud of our partners it was this one. This issue of Freemasonry Victoria Magazine also includes some excellent contributions from members who have all written about various jewels; the Lewis Medallion, the Hall Stone Jewel and the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Jewels. As we edge closer to the end of our 125th Anniversary year it has been pleasing to hear about some of the interesting discoveries members have found, just by blowing off a few cob webs. Thank you to all of those who submitted stories reecting our heritage. Looking forward, our next issue will feature all of the pomp and ceremony of the 2015 Grand Installation and associated events, which we hope will be a wonderful celebration.

Gabrielle Forman Letter of the Quarter Reading WBro. Bruce Cowie's review of A Quick Guide to Freemasonry, I was reminded of the explanation I was given regarding the serpent clasp on the Master Mason's apron. That is, that the serpent as a symbol of wisdom appears on the MM's apron to symbolise the wisdom gained in attaining the sublime degree of a MM. The serpent has long been recognised as a symbol of wisdom, as stated in the Volume of the Sacred Law, Matthew Chapter 10 verse 16, where Jesus instructs the apostles, "Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves". Frank Walsh PGStdB, Lodge Belvoir No 727. Frank has won a bottle of wine and 2 glasses for the Letter of the Quarter, thanks Frank!



n the Freemasons Victoria Library and Museum Collection we have a number of special jewels from all parts of the World of Freemasonry. We have a magnificent array of Jewels issued by the United Grand Lodge of England. They include the Golden Jubilee Jewel (above left) and the Diamond Jubilee Jewel (above right). The United Grand Lodge of England commissioned Jewels for its members in order to commemorate specific events. Two of the most commonly encountered are the Queen Victoria Gold and Diamond Jubilee Jewels. On 13 June 1887 and 14 June 1897 special meetings of Grand Lodge meetings were held at the Royal Albert Hall, presided over by the Grand Master, HRH the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) calling for Freemasons to present a loyal address to the Queen on the occasions of her 50th and 60th anniversaries as monarch. On both occasions the Grand Master announced that there would be a special Jewel commissioned that all Freemasons would be permitted to wear if they were members of a Lodge at the time of each celebration. Those Freemasons present at the meetings were able to wear a Jewel with a bar bearing the date of the meeting, and those who served as Stewards there were permitted to wear a double ‘S’ badge on the ribbon.

manufacturers were commissioned to make them to the same pattern, leading to a number of slight variations existing. Most were silver gilt with 18ct gold detail and due to the quantity produced, large numbers still exist in circulation today. There were other times that jewels were struck to mark an occasion, including a jewel to commemorate the Installation of the Prince of Wales as Grand Master in 1875, and a very similar jewel for the installation of the Duke of Connaught as Grand Master in 1901. The former was designed by H. T. Lamb, a jewel and regalia manufacturer of Clerkenwell in London. The standard jewel was silver gilt and gold, but there were 368 solid gold copies for the Stewards who officiated at the installation ceremony. The Prince was presented with a jewel set with 62 diamonds.

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The Golden Jubilee Jewel was designed by Sir Albert Woods, Garter King at Arms of the College of Arms and Grand Director of Ceremonies. The Diamond Jubilee Jewel was designed by George Kenning and Son, regalia manufacturers. Due to the large number of jewels required, numerous Summer 2014 Freemasonry Victoria 3



he Shepparton Masonic Centre was officially re-opened on Sunday 16 November, with a very special plaque unveiling and dedication ceremony. Among special guests were Greg Barr, Nationals Candidate for Shepparton and Scott Freeman of Scouts Victoria.

groups who worked tirelessly with me to ensure today’s opening became a reality”, RWBro. David said.

Freemasons Victoria Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt did the honors, making sure all who attended understood the significance of the event. “The Centre was vandalised not once but twice during the last two years. It’s wonderful to see the Centre open again”, he said. RWBro. David Hayes, member of Shepparton Lodge, was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Centre and was formally recognised by the Grand Master with a Certificate of Appreciation. “I must accept this acknowledgement by recognising all of the members and support 4

Freemasonry Victoria Summer 2014 MWBro. Hillel Benedykt with WBro. Allan Thomson.


The Centre, which includes two large meeting rooms, a Lodge Room and fully equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities is a symbol of hope and community spirit. Freemasons Victoria Grand Chaplain VWBro. David Bloom said that the community should be very proud.

MWBro. Hillel Benedykt presents the official opening plaque.

“In a world where we hear so much about violence, pain and suffering on television, social media and radio, the opening of this great new facility represents hope and enduring community spirit”, he said. Previous to the Centre’s official open day, WBro. Allan Thomson (Master of Lodge Eshcol No. 785) was the first Master to be installed in the refurbished building on 7 November, 2014.

The ceremony taking place at the Shepparton Masonic Centre.

The Centre is located at 161 Welsford Street, Shepparton.

L - R: RWBro. Geoff Thompson, Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt, RWBro. David Hayes and Greg Barr; National's Candidate for Shepparton.


A Tale of Two Jewels Prepared by VWBro. Alan Mitchell PGIWkgs, Secretary of The Army Lodge No.478. MWBro. Frank Poke pins the two 70 Year Jewels on VWBro. Keith Colwill’s jacket. Photo courtesy of WBro. Bob Sealey – United Service Lodge No. 330.

“This is the most pleasant task I have had to carry out in my 60 years in Freemasonry” These were the words spoken by MWBro. Major Gen. Frank Poke, AO, PGM on his presentation to VWBro. Brigadier Keith Colwill CBE PGIWkgs of two long service jewels at The Army Lodge’s meeting on Friday 21 November 2014. However this story commences long before that, in May 1919, with the birth of Keith Royce Colwill in Windsor, a suburb bounded by the Enoggera Creek in Brisbane’s inner north; although in 1919 it was probably still countryside. Keith spent his early days in Brisbane until 1940 when he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Australian Corps of Signals (not yet “Royal” as it was not until 10 November 1948, when His Majesty King George VI conferred the title “Royal” on the Corps of Signals). Little did Keith know at that time that

BRIG KR Colwill CBE (RL), escorted by Unit Adjutant CUO Stuart Payne, inspects 2 Platoon during a ceremonial parade on 30 October 1977 - Monivae College Cadet Unit, Hamilton, Victoria.


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the Army would be his life until his retirement in 1974. Although it can be said that this retirement was from the service, it was not from active participation in its affairs. He was commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant in 1941, and as a Captain was serving in the Torres Strait in a coast watching role when he had his first encounter with Freemasonry. He was initiated in Stanley Lodge No. 37 in Brisbane in November 1944, by special dispensation from his Lodge, Torres Strait Lodge No. 92. In 1947 he transferred to Stanley Lodge where he remains a member to this day. In 1954 Keith affiliated with The Army Lodge No. 478 in Melbourne where he now resides. His membership has been continuous in the Queensland Constitution since 1944 and from 1954 in the Victorian Constitution. Keith was appointed a Steward in The Army Lodge in 1955 before Army postings took him away from Australia. On his return to Australia he served another two years as a Steward before another posting took him overseas again. It wasn’t until 1968 that he was able to take office in the Lodge again, this time as Junior Warden. He progressed to the Chair in 1970/1971, then to Immediate Past Master the following year. He served in the office of Assistant Director of Ceremonies (ADC) for


A dual 60 Year Jewel recipient presenting dual 70 Year Jewels is both unique and historic. three years and continuously as Almoner of the Lodge from 1984 until 2010, a period of 26 years. Thirty seven of his sixty years as a member of The Army Lodge have been served in office. For his service to the Lodge he was made a Special Member in 1979, and in 1994 had the great pleasure of installing his son David, in the Chair of The Army Lodge. He first received conferred Grand Rank in 1992, and in 2010 he progressed to the conferred rank of Past Grand Inspector of Workings. Keith has the honour of being the longest serving member in the history of The Army Lodge, and if he is not the longest serving member of Stanley Lodge, his Mother Lodge, then he would be very near the top. There is no doubt that he is a highly respected and esteemed member of The Army Lodge, and likewise of Stanley Lodge. This respect is extended to his service career and has resulted in a street, Colwill Crescent, and the newly renovated lecture hall, Colwill Hall, being named in his honour at Simpson Barracks in Watsonia, Victoria.

The UGLQ 70 Year Jewel flanked by the Victorian 70 Year Jewel.

In all this time he has been supported by his wife Marjorie who he married on 11 April 1942. They have three daughters and a son, and numerous grand and great grand children. Having reached the significant milestone of seventy years of service to Freemasonry, Keith was presented with two 70 Year Jewels, one from the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, and one from the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, both at The Army Lodge’s meeting on 21 November 2014. We now return to those words spoken by MWBro. Major Gen. Frank Poke AO PGM, who was overjoyed when asked to make this special presentation to his long time service comrade and friend. MWBro. Frank, being no stranger to such a presentation as he proudly wears two 60 Year Jewels, one from his Mother Tasmanian Constitution and the other from the Victorian Constitution, was fully aware of the significance of the occasion. A dual 60 Year Jewel recipient presenting dual 70 Year Jewels is both unique and historic.

VWBro. BRIG Keith Colwill and MWBro. Frank Poke in the South.

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rian Parkinson, member of Old Melbournian’s Lodge has come across a very rare find – a postcard dated 1908, to mark the arrival of the United States Fleet. This postcard, found among his late Grandfather’s belongings is significant in that it signifies involvement in one of the largest public events in Australia since Federation on 20 August 1908.

On September 11 it stopped briefly in Albany in Western Australia for coal refuelling before sailing on to Asian waters. It was this visit that Brian’s Grandfather was either aware of, or had taken part in. The postcard, produced by the Commonwealth of Australia was among a series of cards all elaborately designed with both American and Australian flags, maps and Australian signifiers; flora, fauna and state shields. One remarkable piece of ephemera, housed within the National Library is the Program for the Reception to ‘Meet Freemasons of the American Fleet’, at the Masonic Hall in Melbourne on 1 September, 1908. Brian explained that although his Grandfather was not a Freemason at the time, he was in fact a high profile solicitor and may have been invited to an event of this level simply due to his status within the Melbourne legal community.

Reception Reception Recept pt ion to t ‘M ‘Meet eet Fr Freemasons reem maso onss of the American A erican Am can an n Fleet, Fl Fl Masonicc Hall, Ha Melbourne, September 1, 1908. (Melbourne: United Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Victoria, 1908), from the National Library of Australia’s Ephemera Collection.

Brian said that he was sifting through some of his Grandfather’s things when he found the post card tucked inside a 2004 edition of National Library of Australia News. The edition featured a four-page spread titled ‘Welcoming the Fleets’, and detailed the kinds of ephemera collected by the library, relating to the event. Their files include 150 individual items; invitations, programs, menus and tickets as well as post cards, similar to that of the one his Grandfather, Basil John Parkinson had faithfully held on to until his death in 1957. The card was handed on to family, and now Brian realises he is in the possession of a very special piece of history. Sixteen American battle ships with seven auxiliary ships bearing 14,000 officers and men steamed into Sydney Harbour. Ten days later the Great White Fleet, as it became known, sailed south to Melbourne. 8

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The postcard handed down to Brian Parkinson, ‘Visit of the United States Fleet, to Melbourne Australia, September 1908’.


The Hall Stone Jewel By Samantha Fabry, Freemasons Victoria Collections Manager Freemasons Victoria maintains many fascinating objects which are not only connected to the history of Freemasonry within Australia but also abroad. One such item within the Freemasons Victoria Library and Museum Collection is a jewel which has come from the UK. This jewel is the only one of its kind within the collection. Known as the Hall Stone Jewel it holds great significance as it represents the efforts that were undertaken to raise funds to build the hall in recognition of those British Freemasons who died during WWI. In 1919, it was suggested by the Grand Master of England H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, that a building should be constructed as the main headquarters for the English Craft in memory to those Freemasons who had died. In an effort to construct this building, the “Masonic Million Memorial Fund” was established. It was envisaged that every Freemason would make a financial contribution towards the construction of a Masonic Peace Memorial. For this purpose three jewels were created and designed by English Freemason Bro. Cyril Saunders Spackman, R.B.A., R.M.S. The design was described at this time as the following: “The jewel is in the form of a cross, symbolising sacrifice, with a perfect square at the four ends, on the left and right, squares being the dates 1914-1918, the years in which the supreme sacrifice was made. Between these is a winged figure of peace presenting the representation

of a Temple with special Masonic allusion in the Pillars, Porch and Steps. The medal is suspended by the Square and Compasses, attached to a ribband, the whole thus symbolising the Craft's gift of a Temple in memory of those brethren who gave all for King and Country, Peace and Victory, Liberty and Brotherhood.” Although all three were created with the same design, each was made from a different metal which was to represent the level of financial contribution made by those who purchased the jewel. Some 53,224 individual jewels were issued and by 1938 approximately £1.3 million had been raised. The building which was later to become known as Freemasons Hall, was completed in 1933. Although we are not sure how this jewel came into the collection, we do know that it once belonged to Bro. G. Day who attended Lodge No. 1536 within the UK. On closer inspection the jewel reveals silver standard marks indicating that he gave more than ten guineas towards the building of London Hall. This jewel survives as a testament to the efforts that were made to create London Hall in recognition of those who died in WWI. It is also a testament to Bro. G. Day who wore this jewel with pride knowing that he had contributed towards the construction of this site in recognition of his fellow Brethren who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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ast year’s Field of Remembrance was a very moving and memorable event. Beginning on the front steps of the Dallas Brooks Centre, dignitaries and guests assembled opposite the field of poppies and Shrine Guards. Freemasons Victoria Grand Secretary RWBro. Peter Henshall addressed guests and welcomed those attending to lay a wreath in honour of a service person who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt took part in the wreath laying ceremony, and addressed guests about the significance of the day.

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“It’s very important that Institutions such as Freemasons Victoria perpetuate the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, to allow community the opportunity to remember and understand why we have the freedom we enjoy today”, he said. Former Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu, representing the Department of Veterans Affairs was among distinguished guests, along with Peter Bright representing the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy, David Cull and State President of the War Widows and Widowed Mothers Association, Shirley Cornish.


Left: Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt with Former Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu after the Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier. Above - Top: Members of the Grand Ceremonial Team performing the Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier. Above: The Shrine Guards perform the Catafalque Party.

The piper played Flowers of the Forest from the balcony of the Centre before guests moved into Lodge Room 1. The Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier was performed seamlessly by the Team, headed by WBro. Jim Puohotaua, followed by a performance from the Shrine Guards. Lights were lowered as the Ode of Remembrance was recited followed by a minute’s silence.

“If we continue to remember, by holding significant events like this, we strengthen the threads between our history and our young people. Stories need to continue to be told within families and friends so that we can remember, as opposed to never forget”, he said. Guests were invited to pull out a poppy from the lawn of the Centre and take it home to plant in their own garden in memory of a fallen loved one.

Ted Baillieu said that one of the most important things about this event are the linkages and connections between history and the youth of today.

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Bringing Music to Their Ears F

reemasons Victoria had the pleasure of attending a very special performance by the talented young musicians of Melbourne Youth Music on Sunday 9 November. Held at the Iwaki Auditorium in Southbank, the amazingly talented young musicians put on a wonderful show of modern and classical pieces. The performance, headed by internationally renowned conductor Paul Fitzsimon is just one guest conductor that Freemasons Victoria supports in its funding towards MYMs programs.

“Without funding such as that received today from Freemasons Victoria, MYM would not have the same standard of excellence and students would not receive the individual tutorial support that they need”, Dorian said. With rapturous applause from students, their parents and members of Melbourne Youth Music, the BIG cheque was officially handed over. Parents took the opportunity to personally thank Freemasons Victoria after the event saying that they are extremely grateful for the support.

Representing Freemasons Victoria, Acting Grand Secretary RWBro. Bruce Stockdale presented MYM CEO Dorian Jones and MYM Board Vice President Raghava Dasika with a $75,000 donation towards its continued tutorial support and the ongoing engagement of guest conductors. “It’s incredibly important that students receive continued support in their pursuit of learning an instrument and contributing towards an orchestra. Freemasons Victoria is very proud to present this funding to MYM to ensure that programs can continue to run, and teaching expertise is accessible”, RWBro. Bruce said. MYM CEO Dorian Jones who hosted the weekend’s event, said that the funding would assist MYM to continue to promote the programs it offers and develop an audience. 12 Freemasonry Victoria Summer 2014

Above: Internationally renowned conductor Paul Fitzsimon, headed the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Top Right: From left: Dorian Jones, MYM CEO; Olivia Maccora on French Horn; Miranda Bell on Cello; Raghava Dasika, Vice President MYM Board; RWBro. Bruce Stockdale of Freemasons Victoria; Joel Walmsley on Trumpet; Emma Morrison on Bassoon and Jye Todorov on Contra-Bassoon. Right: The talented MYM musicians playing for guests.


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he Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation held its annual Charity Ball at the Palladium at Crown on Friday 24 October. Freemasons Victoria, represented by members of the Grand Team who accompanied Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt and his wife Sue, were there to support the event. The Ball, hosted by well-known television personality John Deeks, was a fabulous night of entertainment, reflection and fundraising, held in the name of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The event is the Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year with proceeds going to the Epworth Hospital’s new Urgent Care Centre, which will benefit many Victorians and be named in the memory of a fallen Police Office Officer. B Bill Noonan, OAM, Chairman o the Victoria Police Blue of R Ribbon Foundation opened tthe evening, recognising all o of the generous supporters w had contributed who ttowards the auction and ra raffle, and made particular me ention of all of the volunteers mention who had m d a special effort to ensure made th the event was successful. 14 Freemasonry Victoria Summer 2014

“It’s wonderful to see so many supporters gathered together to celebrate two very special groups in our community, the Victoria Police and the Epworth Hospital”, Bill said. Chief Commissioner Victoria Police Mr Ken Lay’s, address included a video presentation of messages from prominent Australian’s such as Eddie McGuire, Lisa McEwen and social campaigner and youth outreach worker Les Twentyman OAM. Guests enjoyed the sweet sounds of Mint26 over dinner. Babba (an Abba tribute band) made sure all were up and dancing the night away. The major auction, managed by Stockdale and Leggo, was a great success, raising more than $60,000 with items such as a Kokoda Track adventure, Bali accommodation packages and interstate cycling trips up for grabs. The raffle included a Suzuki Swift GL Navigator, a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, luxury houseboat cruise and a wine package. A silent auction, with all items lining the perimeter of the room included football jerseys, jewellery, concert tickets and beauty packs just to name a few. A highlight of the evening was the motor display at the entrance to the ballroom. A police


Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt, Events Manager Erin Olsen, Communications Manager Gabrielle Forman, and Grand Master's wife Sue Benedykt enjoy their night at the Blue Ribbon Ball.

vehicle, equipped with all matter of tracking and communication devices was on display for guests to see and sit in, as well as two police motorbikes, the larger of which Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt ‘tried out’. “It’s remarkable just how much bigger the bikes appear up close!”, he said. “There is a lot of machine to steer and control”. WBro. Myles King, who was there with his wife Isabella said that the event was very special. “The night was a great example of what can be achieved when people and organisations work together for a common purpose. Funds raised from the event will contribute to establishing a new emergency area within the Epworth Hospital network with the community being the benefactors. The generosity of the attendees was truly amazing and gave clear demonstration of philanthropy in its purest form”, Myles said.

Deputy Grand Master RWBro. Don Reynolds and partner Mya G.Grayly.

The Foundation has already confirmed that next year's event will be held on Friday 13 November 2015! We look forward to celebrating with them.

It’s never too late to buy a Blue Ribbon Foundation lapel pin! Visit the Blue Ribbon Foundation website today! Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt eager to test drive a police motorcycle.

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A Family of Masons


his year a family tradition was established when Bro. Matthew Hodder joined his eldest brother Bro. William Hodder as a Master Mason in Lodge of Balnarring No. 850 on 10 October. It was with great pride that WBro. Barry Hodder was able to present both of his sons with Lewis Medallions. The Lewis Medallion signifies consecutive generations of Freemasons. As another consecutive generation of son is Initiated another 'ribbon' is added to the Medallion. What is a Lewis? A Lewis is a simple but ingenious device employed by operative Masons to raise heavy blocks of dressed stone into place. It consists of three metal parts: two wedge-shaped side pieces, and a straight centre piece, that fit together. A dovetailed recess is cut into the top of the stone

block. The two outer pieces are inserted first and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. The three parts are then bolted together, a metal ring or shackle is attached and the block is hoisted by hook, rope and pulley. By this means, the block is gripped securely. Once set in its place in the structure, the lewis is removed leaving the upper surface smooth with no clamp or chains on the outside to interfere with the laying of the next course. Operative Masons used this tool as early as the Roman era. Stones with the mortised cavity for the insertion of a lewis have been found in Hadrian’s Wall (built c. 121-127 CE). Archaeologists have found further evidence of its use by the Saxons in England in buildings constructed in the 7th Century. The origin of the term ‘Lewis’ for this device is uncertain. Some authorities trace its etymology to the French noun – lever: to lift, hoist, raise and louve, grip or claw for lifting stones. Masonic historians conclude that the term came into use in the 18th Century. How were the sons of craftsmen named? A paragraph in a version of An English Lecture, dating from 1801, gives an instructive explanation: “The word Lewis denotes strength, and is here depicted by certain pieces of metal dovetailed into a stone, which forms a clamp, and enables the operative Mason to raise great weights to certain heights with little encumbrance, and to fix them in their proper

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Bro. Matthew, WBro. Barry and Bro. William Hodder after receiving their Medallions.

bases. Lewis, likewise denotes the son of a Mason; his duty is to bear the heat and burden of the day, from which his parents, by reason of their age, ought to be exempt; to help them in time of need, and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable. In the days of operative Masonry, it was a great source of pride when a son followed in his father’s footsteps and was Entered as an Apprentice, his name ‘entered’ on the roll, and thereby admitted to the Lodge. To study his father’s skills and learn to use his father’s tools were manifest expressions of the greatest honour and esteem a son could pay. It was common to carry on the tradition through several generations in the same family. It is a heart warming day when a young man first shows interest in Freemasonry and asks his father how he might become a Mason, and it is a proud day when that son, in the fullness of time, is admitted a member of his father’s Lodge by Initiation. On the day that King Solomon laid the foundation stone of the Temple, beginning the construction of the great building project conceived by his father David, the last words of King David may have come to his mind. When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave his last charge to his son Solomon: I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man. (1 Kings 2: 1) When a son of a Mason proudly wears the Lewis Jewel, it ought to impress upon us all this same moral.

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By Bro. John Millar, Peace and Loyalty Lodge No. 261

1. Resolve to stay brutally optimistic. See the opportunity in every difficulty and anticipate the most favorable outcome from every situation. Whatever you look for, that’s what you’ll find. We can get better or we can get bitter; it all depends on the lessons we draw from each experience. Optimism is like electricity — very little happens without it. Know this truth: you have all the resources you’ll ever need to handle all the challenges you will ever have. In true emergencies the true you will emerge. 2. Resolve to identify the most powerful benefit you offer to the people around you and then deliver it. “The purpose of life, is a life of purpose.” What’s yours? Where are you investing your personal energy: self-preservation or adding value to others? Here’s the wellbeing paradox: If you’re only concerned about yourself, you cannot take care of yourself. Only by helping others, can you succeed.

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3. Resolve to pump-up your personal vitality. In the game of life, it’s not about who’s right, it’s about who’s left. Over 60 per cent of us are more than 36 years old. The real currency of the new century is not cash. It’s vitality. It’s the ability to keep going every day of every week of every month of the year with vigor and verve. All you are to the people around you is a source of energy, and you cannot give what you don’t have. Ninety per cent of all adults do no physical exercise at all. More than half of us are overweight. A third of us still smoke. So, this year, resolve to enhance your physical, emotional and mental vitality. Take just a small step. First you’ll amaze yourself, and then you’ll amaze everybody else. 4. Resolve to be habitually generous. Success is not something you pursue. It’s something you attract by what you become. The more you give of yourself, the more favours you attract from others. People have a deep-rooted drive to give back. So resolve to search for ways to contribute to others.

WHAT'S ON YOUR LIST? 5. Resolve to go on a mental diet. Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can scar you for life. It is humans, not elephants, who never forget. So resolve to use the language of conciliation, not the language of confrontation. Avoid the temptation to vent your negativity on others. Instead, use words that express your joie de vivre and connection with others. 6. Resolve to be a global citizen. Be fully open to the cultures and influences of others. There is a direct correlation between personal wellbeing and openness to other peoples’ ideas and cultures. If someone has a different point of view, they’re probably right as well. There are no absolutes anymore, so welcome different opinions. Become a oneperson champion of plurality. Not only will you make lots of new friends, but you’ll also gather multiple reference points to help you resolve personal challenges. 7. Resolve to take control of your destiny. Don’t be so busy trying to make a living that you forget to make a life. Decide who you want to be and what you want to achieve and then stride boldly toward your vision. The most precious human commodity today is confidence.

9. Resolve to increase your creativity by letting go of the familiar. Nothing is as far away as yesterday. Try to see the world through fresh eyes every day. As Salman Rushdie writes, every year is the Stone Age to the year that follows it. Listen to your intuition and follow your instincts, they’ll tell you what to do before your head has had a chance to figure it out. You are a Picasso or Einstein at something. Discover what it is and then develop it to the maximum. 10. Resolve to be you because others are already taken. You and I are at our best when we’re being authentic. We’re at our best when we’re being positively spontaneous, because that’s when all our energy is being invested in the task at hand or with the person in front of us. In a hyper-competitive world, we cannot afford to second-guess ourselves. Success in this century is all about speed. So act now, because if not now, when?

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8. Resolve to increase your human connectedness. The person with the best connections wins. The wider your network, the more opportunities you generate. It’s all about trust. And it’s all about profile — your presence in the minds of the people who matter. So invest at least 10 percent of your time broadening your sphere of influence. Connect other people to the opportunities within your network: cross-pollinate their potential. When you are with others, make every encounter a pleasurable one. When you listen, truly listen. And burn your fear of rejection.

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MOVEMBER'S HAIRY MOMENTS Members top $1000 towards Movember 2014! Congratulations to all who grew their moustaches and beards in an effort to raise much needed funds towards Movember 2014. You have all done a fabulous job, and can now shave off those small animals just in time for summer. Freemasons Victoria raised a fantastic total of $1440 towards this great charity with only ten Movember members – what a fantastic achievement! A special pat on the back needs to go to Charlie Freedman who raised $575 of these funds on his own. Members came from all over the state, from a variety of Lodges, and included: t Charlie Freedman, Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge No. 584 tJack Kilavuz, Lodge of Orana No. 836 t Kenneth Willis, Victorian Naval & Military Lodge No. 49

t/FJM-PWFUU 'SBOLTUPO-PEHF/P tRajdeep Sran, Deepdene-Balwyn Lodge No. 275 tJeremy Goldberg, Victorian Naval & Military Lodge No. 49 tDanny Lyons, Seaford Lodge No. 720 tJohn Ledgar, Berwick Balcara Lodge No. 137 Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Australian men and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men. The Movember campaign aims to raise awareness about men’s health that leads to men taking action to remain well and prostate cancer-free. By growing their moustaches during the month of November, men pledge their support for the campaign, as well as make a rather brave fashion statement!

L - R: Charlie Freedman, Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge No. 584; Neil Lovett, Frankston Lodge No. 217; Kenneth Willis, Victorian Naval & Military Lodge No. 49 ; and John Ledgar, Berwick Balcara Lodge No. 137 all sporting their support for Movember 2014.

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WBro. Roy Alderton, Freemasons Victoria Grand Treasurer, has played a pivotal role in the last five years, managing the financial affairs of the organisation. He has worked tirelessly to ensure financial stability and sustainability, while pursuing his own masonic interests. For this, Freemasons Victoria is most grateful. So who is behind the man I hear you ask? Who is there to support him when the pressure is on? We caught up with Roy’s wife Barbara, who has been there for Roy ever since he first became a Freemason. Barbara Alderton, Wife of VWBro. Roy Alderton, Grand Treasurer Henty Lodge No. 279

Explain Roy’s role within Freemasonry and how it has impacted on you and your family? When Roy first joined the Craft I was of the view that it was for men only, but as he progressed the the Chair of his Lodge I realised that wives and partners were involved, and I was pleased that I could play a part. Roy has now been Grand Treasurer for almost five years but served in two Grand Lodge Ceremonial Teams before that, but that is only part of his involvement. He has served on Grand Lodge Boards and Committees for almost 11 years, and as a result I have also been involved, both in supporting him and in attending many functions at which ladies become an integral part of the Craft. Roy comes from a long line of Freemasons, his grandfather and other contemporary relatives being members of Lodges in England. His brother and nephew in England are current Freemasons. Roy’s nephew recently visited Australia and attended a Craft and Chapter meeting, as well as a Grand Lodge social function (which I also attended) and was impressed with the Australian way of doing things. Roy’s involvement has given me an appreciation of how hard Freemasons work to support the Craft, and to achieve perfection with their ritual, but it has also given me the opportunity to make lifelong friends with whom I share common interests. Whenever they travel our grandchildren are constantly on the lookout for Masonic Centres in various towns they pass through, so the Freemasons ethos has rubbed off on them too. As for me I enjoy the many social interactions, and shopping for suitable outfits to wear to various functions is a pleasure.

What does Freemasonry mean to you? Friendships formed, commitment, and going to places I have never been to before, especially country towns, and understanding more about the issues that those in regional areas face, compared to those who live in Melbourne. How are you involved in Freemasonry? I support Roy by attending social functions, all of which are generally enjoyable, I encourage and participate in the learning of ritual, and I inspect the whites (but I don’t starch them!). I try to take/ collect photos of all of Roy’s official engagements and I keep a record of them all. I have six or seven photo albums now. What a great record to look back on from time to time. I also support various Masonic charities, and at every opportunity I spread the good work of Freemasonry amongst my friends and acquaintances. How does Freemasonry benefit you and Roy? Roy and I spend a lot of time together in supporting the Craft, particularly on country trips. We get to meet so many people and share in their perspectives on life and Freemasonry. To Roy it is more than a hobby or interest, it’s a lifestyle. The discipline of being part of a team keeps him active and is of benefit to him. What would you say to other women whose partners are looking at joining Freemasonry? Go for it! Freemasonry has so many benefits, not only for husbands/partners, but for the ladies and all of the family. What have been the highlights of Freemasonry since your involvement? When attending Grand Lodge Ceremonies, and I have attended a great number, it never fails to impress me at the wonderful way the men carry themselves. It makes me proud to be the wife of a Freemason. Summer 2014 Freemasonry Victoria 23


Royal Freemasons Homes' Roger Chong, Christina Chia, Diane and Felix Pintado (CEO), and Sue and Grand Master Hillel Benedykt.

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wonderful night of fun and charity was had at this year's Think Pink Cocktail Party, held at the Royal Freemasons Homes on Saturday 18 October. Hosted by the ladies of the 2014 Grand Lodge Ceremonial Team, the event was well planned, with even the finest details including a wine wall, lucky dip bags, a DJ, surprise entertainment in the form of belly dancers, a photo booth, a pink candy buffet and both silent and live auction items all taken care of! Grand Master MWBro. Hillel Benedykt’s wife Sue was extremely delighted with the event. “The evening was the culmination of lots of preparation and planning, in particular by the committee comprising Mya G. Grayly, Kerry Goddard, Lydia Bustin, Jane Kypreos, Maree Bencraft, and Anne Fuchs. I couldn’t have done it without their help. On the night, many members of the 2014 Grand Team chipped in and helped everything run smoothly. It was very exciting to see so many people support the function ensuring its success. The amount of money raised on the night was absolutely wonderful. To everyone involved, I am extremely grateful, thank you so much”, she said. A sea of pinkness, balloons and all kinds of unique outfits made the night an entertaining

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one, with RWBro. Gus Martonhelyi taking out ‘Best Dressed Male’ and Kaye Mount taking the prize for ‘Best Dressed Female’. An enormous selection of items were donated for the live auction from goodies baskets, jewellery, wine and glassware to restaurant and retreat packages worth hundreds of dollars. The auction helped to raise much needed funds towards breast care awareness; Epworth Hospital’s Oncology Unit, the Think Pink Living Centre, and the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. A total of $32,000 was raised – a fantastic effort! Additionally, $86,000 was presented to Irene Hendel, founder of the Think Pink Foundation, to fund a breast care nurse for the next 12 months. This was donated on behalf of the former Freemasons Victoria Board of Benevolence. “The enormous generosity of Freemasons

Victoria has been amazing and has been pivotal in allowing The Think Pink Living Centre to support over 1300 women from all over Victoria on over 5000 occasions during the last four years. Every day, funds donated by Freemasons in Victoria make a meaningful difference to the lives of breast cancer patients and their families throughout the State. Thank you all!”, Irene said. Mya G. Grayly, partner of Deputy Grand Master RWBro. Don Reynolds, said that the evening was very positive. “It really was wonderful to see that all our hard work and efforts from Sue and the organising committee made for such a fabulous night. Everyone was smiling and having a fun time, the atmosphere was lively and everyone danced the night away to the beat of the DJ in between darting in and out of the photo booth and bidding for auction items. To see how much effort everyone had gone to dressing up was absolutely amazing this year. We had over 120 guests that not only enjoyed a fabulous night but everyone dug deep into their pockets for a worthy cause and their support is most appreciated”, Mya said. A great big ‘thank you’ needs to go to Lisa Lazarus (Benedykt) who provided an amazing desert bar full of scrumptious sweet delights (all in pink) and to Mya’s daughter Charlotte and her boyfriend Dave along with Kerry and Ian Goddard’s son Richard and his girlfriend Margaret who worked the bar tirelessly all night. Freemasons Victoria has been raising funds towards breast cancer and other women’s causes for the past five years and in total has contributed more than $550,000 through the efforts of individuals and members acrosss the organisation, and the contributions from e. the Freemasons Victoria Board of Benevolence. During this five year period funds have been donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia for breast cancer research, the Think Pink Foundation to sponsor a breast care nurse forr o The Living Centre for the last four years and to provide wigs free of charge to breast cancer patients who are financially disadvantaged. October fundraising has also provided better patient facilities at the Epworth Hospital’s Oncology Unit and have funded various rurall based projects such as Women Touched by Cancer in Swan Hill. out The charitable efforts of Freemasons throughout the month of October helps remind us all of the ty! great things Freemasons do for the community!


Moles and the Risk of Skin Cancer A ustralia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with around 2,000 people dying from skin cancer each year.

Having moles on your skin can quadruple your risk of developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, according to a study released in 2014 by experts at the University of Oxford, University of Melbourne and Epworth HealthCare. The researchers compared the medical records of two groups of people in the United Kingdom – 271,656 for whom moles had been recorded during a hospital visit for any condition, and 10,130,417 people who did not have moles recorded.

or moles were the principal reason for hospital contact for 91 per cent of patients in that cohort. They are likely to have presented with unusual appearances in the moles, in order for them to have warranted recording. So while this study does not suggest that everyone with a single mole is far more likely to develop melanoma, it does illustrate the link between moles and skin cancer. Co-author Professor Rodney Sinclair, Director of Dermatology at Epworth HealthCare and Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne recommends that people check their moles regularly and report changes to their GPs.

The study, presented at the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh on 4 September 2014 showed that over all, the group with moles was approximately 4.6 times more likely to develop melanoma than the group with no recorded moles. Study author Dr Eugene Ong from Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, said that moles on the trunk were associated with an increased risk of both melanoma on the trunk and melanoma elsewhere, and the risk is greater when the mole was at the same site as the melanoma. “Our patients were in hospital or in day-case care when their moles were recorded, and a mole

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Dermatologist, Prof. Rod Sinclair has a practice in East Melbourne.


Prof. Rod Sinclair and his dermatology research team within the Epworth Research Institute.

“When melanoma develops in a pre-existing mole, there is usually an area of colour change, and it is the distinction in colour from the remainder of the mole that is a clue that it might be harmful. Or the change may be in its size - that it grows bigger. If a mole changes in size, shape or colour, or a new mole develops in an adult, then it is best to see your GP.” A GP can refer you to a dermatologist should you require specialist attention. A dermatologist can remove any moles or lesions of concern and have them tested by a pathologist. If the specimen is known to include cancerous cells, the dermatologist will advise the course of action.

determining how much information they already have about their illness and then tailoring the support and education to suit. Epworth is a charitable not-for-profit healthcare group providing clinical care, clinical education and medical research. The Epworth Research Institute was established in 2009 to administer research being undertaken at Epworth. To make a tax-deductible donation to further Epworth’s cancer services or cancer research contact the Epworth Medical Foundation on 03 9426 6131.

Melanomas left untreated can develop secondary cancers elsewhere in the body such as the brain or the lung so it is important to have regular checkups and use sun protection when spending time outdoors. Epworth Freemasons hospital treats patients with all forms of cancers. The staff members make supportive care and education a top priority to all recently diagnosed patients, or those simply requiring additional information throughout their illness. The hospital caters for all forms of cancer diagnosis and treatment including pathology, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The highly skilled, professional nurses ensure that an individual's education needs are met by Summer 2014 Freemasonry Victoria 27

Freemasons Victoria invites you to the GRAND INSTALLATION of MWBro. Hillel Benedykt

Wednesday 18 March 2015 Quarterly Communications Saturday 21 March 2015 Grand Banquet and Hall of Fame Sunday 22 March 2015 Family Day

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Please include Freemasons Hospital in your Will. If someone you love requires hospital care, you can trust in Epworth Freemasons to provide them with the best possible care, treatment and support.

And every bequest we receive helps to provide the best possible: Equipment World-class, state-of-the-art equipment that ensures Freemasons patients receive the best in medical and technological advances to aid their recovery

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oyal Freemasons is a not for profit organisation that offers a comprehensive range of Retirement Living and Aged Care services throughout Victoria. For over 147 years Royal Freemasons has been caring for the older Victorian community. Independent Living cottages were originally built on the land known as Coppin Centre at 45 Moubray Street in the years 1867, 1887, 1895 and 1896. As the needs of a growing ageing population changed over the years, many buildings were built and replaced on that parcel of land and elsewhere as Royal Freemasons took up the challenge of addressing that need. As part of this endeavour, the new building on the corner of Moubray Street and Punt Road (known as Coppin Lodge) was completed in late 2011. Initially developed to assist in providing care for older Freemasons in the young colony, Royal Freemasons now operates for all Victorians from seven residential aged care sites, delivers care to 365 Home Care customers as well as providing accommodation in 235 Retirement Living Apartments and Independent Living Units at locations across Victoria. Since October 2014, the organisation also provides management support to Masonic Care Tasmania in Launceston. Currently, Royal Freemasons provides care to nearly 1,300 older persons.

As ‘growth across our continuum of care’ is at the heart of its strategic plan, moving Support Services just across the road to Level 7, 580 St Kilda Road in August this year was an obvious option for the organisation to achieve this goal and also stay in close proximity to the historic Coppin Centre site and remain in Melbourne 3004. The move went smoothly and the Support Services team love the location....located in the ProBuild building. Staff are in walking distance to Coppin Centre and have the added benefits of all the amenities for which St Kilda Road is famous. Even though Royal Freemasons has been in the St Kilda Road vicinity for over 147 years and is one of its earliest and original tenants, the organisation looks forward to being part of the St Kilda Road corporate community, developing new friendships and relationships. For further information please call 1300 17 69 25 or visit

With just on 800 staff across 23 sites and growing, it was decided that refurbishment of the top floor of Coppin Lodge (previously used as Support Services offices) could provide additional accommodation and care for older persons that were looking for something quite unique set in the beautiful surroundings of what is Coppin Centre. 32 Freemasonry Victoria Summer 2014

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Freemasonry Victoria Magazine #141  

The official magazine of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria.