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Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2013 issue 135

Looking forward to 125 A sneak peak of 125 years of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria

Freemasons in Sport

At the heart of our great game

Think Pink

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In this issue: 3 Hidden Treasures

14 Pieces of my Life

4 Looking forward to celebrating

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6 Freemasons in Sport

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The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney 125 years

At the heart of our great game

7 Canterbury Football Club 8 Think Pink

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10  Member Interviews Who are we?

11 The Travelling Gavel 12 Field of Crosses Donate now

Freemasonry Victoria Magazine Issue 135 The official magazine of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria (Freemasons Victoria) Website: freemasonsvic.net.au FaceBook: facebook.com/freemasonsvic Twitter: @freemasonsvic YouTube: youtube.com/user/freemasonsvic LinkedIn: Freemasons Victoria Google+: Freemasons Victoria Telephone: (03) 9411 0111 Toll Free: 1800 068 416 Fax: (03) 9416 1468

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Around the World Tullibardine Centenary Health News Checking in at 40

18 Making a Difference

Helping Hands Depression in the spotlight

20 Further Afield

Behind every great man is a great woman

22  Quiz Time 23 Book Review

The Liverpool Rebellion and the Wigan Grand Lodge

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Hidden treasures from the Freemasons Victoria Library and Museum Grand Librarian Jim Spreadborough talks about his latest read, The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney.

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he recent book on Freemasonry by American author and Freemason, Bro Jay Kinney, has the rather ambitious title of: The Masonic Myth – Unlocking the truth about the symbols, the secret rites, and the History of Freemasonry. Bro Kinney states that once he joined Freemasonry,“…I discovered that there was a need for an accessible and reliable overview and guidebook to the craft…” With that aim in mind Bro Kinney sets-out to provide an overview of the history and development of modern day Freemasonry. However it must be stated that this book is written specifically for an American audience. In fact the first chapter gets straight into a history of American anti-Freemasonry. Chapters two and three do provide a condensed overview of the development of Freemasonry in England, Scotland and Europe, but from chapter four onwards the author focuses on Freemasonry from a purely American perspective. From this point alone the book is an interesting read for those masons wishing to gain an insight into how American Freemasonry is structured. Freemasonry in the USA has had a very chequered history, from the fame of its founding fathers, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, to the infamy of the Morgan Affair, which led to the formation of anti-masonic leagues throughout America in the 1830’s and forced Freemasonry into a decline for a generation. Today American society still has a large and vocal antimasonic element. On this point it is of interest to note that in his discussion of American Freemasonry Bro Kinney constantly

has to defend Freemasonry from antimasonic accusations; such as Freemasonry and the Illuminati New World Order conspiracies. At times it is as if the author is addressing and attempting to convince an unsympathetic and almost hostile religious audience. This aspect in itself provides an insight into the current attitudes towards Freemasonry from sections of American society. However in Bro Kinney’s attempts to make Freemasonry as small a target as possible he perhaps goes too far, or else he is being brutally honest about the current state of American Freemasonry when he asserts: “…in truth, most Masonic groups – be they lodges, chapters, councils, commanderies, valleys, or orders – amount to social groups where the members who stick around and stay active do so because they enjoy each other’s company or have found a small pond in which to be a large frog…” Overall The Masonic Myth is highly readable and crammed with a wealth of information on Freemasonry and associated subjects. Each chapter of the book is devoted to a particular historical aspect of Freemasonry, albeit from an American perspective, and if the book suffers from one fault, it is a lack of a significant conclusion to the text. The book is recommended reading for those wanting an introduction to American Freemasonry, but not if you are looking to unlock the truth about the symbols, secret rites and history of Freemasonry. FV

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Competition Who Am I? For your chance to win a FMV cap and t-shirt, be the first to name this Freemason: I was in a Lodge that had two past Lord Mayors of Melbourne (Brunton, Wilsen) I played one season of VFL Football I became a VFL Club President for three years I had a Grandstand named after me at a VFL/AFL football ground I was a Bookmaker at Flemington I had a run in with the infamous Squizzy Taylor and I threw him down the stairs in my office The Lodge that I belonged to sold the building they met in, in 1943, which they had owned since June 1886 to the local council. The centre is still being used today for community use. I am....

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Congratulations Congratulations to RWBro. Ian Coad PJGW of Morwell Lodge No. 202 for winning last issue’s competition by correctly naming the longest serving Victorian Governor and Grand Master, Major General Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks, KCB, CMG, DSO, KStj, KCVO, KCMG 1896 - 1966 Governor of Victoria. 19th Grand Master UGLV 1951 1963.

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CELEBRATING 125 YEARS

Looking forward to celebrating

125 years

Join us on a journey from 1889 to today, and explore the rich history of Freemasonry in Victoria

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here is no doubt that the foundations of our wonderful city, and great state, have been hugely influenced by some great leaders and principles, that directly relate to Freemasonry. On 23 December, 1839 in Melbourne, 21 influential men, also Freemasons, drew up a petition to form a Masonic Lodge. This Lodge was to be called the Lodge of Australia Felix. At this stage, there were three predominant governing constitutions for Freemasonry in Victoria, the English, Scottish and Irish. These had arrived in their form with the first settlers to our country.

By 1889 such was the continued growth, popularity, strength and presence of Freemasonry in Victoria, that further establishment occurred, creating the United Grand Lodge of Victoria. The installation of the very first Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria was held at the Melbourne Town Hall on the 21st March, 1889, with over 6000 Freemasons in attendance, starting a remarkable journey that remains pivotal in our society today.

It is without doubt that Freemasonry played a pivotal part in the growth and establishment of our state. The foundation stones of some of the most prominent buildings in our city such as; the Melbourne Court house, the Melbourne Hospital, the Princes Bridge and many more, serve as constant reminders that Freemasonry was at the cornerstone of early Melbourne and Victorian architecture.

The city has grown in unison with Masonic principles and characters. Throughout the years, especially very early in our history, wonderful, prominent men have been Freemasons. Among those were George Brunswick Smythe, namesake of Brunswick Street, and instigator of modern Freemasonry in Victoria, William Meek, founding Secretary of the Melbourne Club, and George Selth Coppin, first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria and instrumental in the birth of the Melbourne Hospital, and the Royal Freemasons Homes.

By the 1880’s Freemasonry in Victoria had grown to such a degree that there were over 100 Lodges scattered throughout the state. The number of Lodges in Melbourne grew by 50 per cent in six years and Freemasonry was indeed, prominent at the highest levels. In 1883 a group of men decided that a new, Victorian named and based body, be formed to govern and oversee Freemasonry in Victoria, the Grand Lodge of Victoria was established.

Many Victorian Governors General were Grand Masters of Freemasonry in Victoria. Likewise, there have been a number of Mayors such as; Charles Brunton, namesake of Brunton Avenue, who held senior office within Masonic ranks. Other men of note include Sir John Gorton, Prime Minister and proud Freemason for many years. But perhaps none more famous than that of Sir William Clarke, first Grand Master of the United Grand

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Lodge of Victoria, who is responsible for the ‘Ashes'. In 1884, after visiting England and watching the Australian cricket team beat England for the first time, Sir William invited the entire English team to his residence in Sunbury, where he proceeded to burn the bails from a stump, and place them in a special ceramic urn. And so, the Ashes were born. For over 125 years Freemasons in Victoria have played instrumental roles in the development of Melbourne. In 2014 Freemasons Victoria will share with all Victorians, and indeed the world, our 125th anniversary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria. A number of public and private events will be held to celebrate and commemorate the remarkable achievements that Freemasonry has made to the great state of Victoria.

Charity and Scholarships The act of giving is a principle and core belief of Freemasonry. Since the establishment of the colony, Freemasons have given huge amounts of charity. Perhaps one of the earliest examples is that of George Coppin, a wonderful philanthropist. Coppin set up the Royal Freemasons Homes 1869. Today, this amazing organisation is a leader in aged care and related services to over 1000 Victorians.


CELEBRATING 125 YEARS Every year hundreds of thousands of dollars is provided to many different organisations for assistance. Last year alone, Freemasons Victoria gave more than 1.5 million dollars in charity. Recipients include Breast Cancer Research, Variety, Epworth Healthcare Oncology Research and St Vincent’s Medical Research, to name a few.

Famous Freemasons Sir Dallas Brooks – Governor of Victoria Bud Tingwell – Actor / Pilot Graham Kennedy – Actor / Entertainer Sir John Gorton – Prime Minister Sir William Clarke – Land-owner Sir Charles Brunton – Lord Mayor Sir Robert Menzies – Prime Minister Sir William McMahon, Prime Minister Bob Skilton – Football Legend Ron Barassi – Football Legend Bill Lawry – Cricket Legend Charles Brownlow – Football Legend Sir William Ponsford – Cricketer Bruce Ruxton – RSL President Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – Aviator

Freemasons Victoria will seek to re-enact the very first Grand Installation held at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1889. The 125th Anniversary provides a remarkable opportunity to recreate such a pivotal and important piece of Victorian History. The event would introduce the inaugural Freemasons Hall of Fame – an annual event that will pay tribute to the impact Freemasons have had on the State of Victoria.

2014 Grand Installation Every two years a new Grand Master is installed. 2014 will see the installation of Right Worshipful Brother Hillel Benedykt.

The very first Grand Installation at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1889.

To celebrate this event there will be a series of Grand events that will occur in March 2014, at the Dallas Brooks Centre including a formal banquet dinner that will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Fred Walker – inventor of vegemite James Leacock – inventor of the “ute”

Sir Charles Brunton, Lord Mayor.

Sir William McMahon, 20th Australian Prime Minister.

The Future of Victorian Freemasonry The future of Freemasonry in Victoria has never been stronger. With over 12,000 current affiliated Freemasons actively participating, Freemasons Victoria continues to support the development of good men in our communities, and provide direction to all. FV

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Aviator.

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Freemasons In SPort

At the heart of our great game

Photo: courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/nocturbulous

Many famous sportsmen were Freemasons. In fact, the birth of Australian Football and its Best and Fairest medal namesake, rank among some of the most amazing links to Freemasonry in Australia. Walk through time as we look at the origins of our great game.

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elbourne was a burgeoning city built on the riches of the 1850s gold rush by the time Australian football first appeared in 1858. Like other areas of British settlement during the 19th century, cricket emerged as the primary summer sport. Concerned about off-season fitness, cricketer Thomas Wentworth Wills (1835–80), born in Australia but educated at Rugby School in England (where he captained the cricket team and excelled in football), believed that a football club should be formed to keep his teammates fit during winter. The Melbourne Cricket Club agreed with Wills’ suggestion and as there were no standardised football codes at that time, but many local 'sets of playing rules', he appointed a committee to devise uniform rules that local clubs could follow. Wills looked to Geelong for its 'rules of the day' with that region having a healthy suite of local clubs.

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The Melbourne and Geelong football clubs were established in 1858-59, and are the two oldest formally recognised football clubs in the world that still exist. The rules agreed to by the committee on May 17 1859, were developed from a hybrid of those used by several English public schools, notably Winchester, Harrow, and Rugby. In 1859 the 'Wills committee' met at the Freemasons Hotel in Port Melbourne, drew up a set of rules known as 'Melbourne Rules', and football as we know it was born. The local newspaper reported the occasion by saying "During a recent visit, several notable groups of fine gentlemen were seen to be enjoying a selection of ales and an assortment of fine foods from the menu, such as spiced beef, hot sausages and smoked baracoota, white and black puddings, brawn, pressed beef, spring onions, lettuce, cheeses and a plentiful supply of fresh bread.


FREEMASONS IN SPORT The fact that the Freemasons hotel was the venue for such a remarkable occasion speaks volumes about the history of our game, our State and the role Freemasonry played in society of the day. The most famous footballer strongly aligned with Freemasonry in Victoria is Charles Brownlow, namesake of the competition's best and fairest medal. Charles 'Chas' Brownlow was born in Geelong on 25 July 1861 and passed away on 23 January 1924. He was a member of Unity and Prudence Lodge for over 25 years, initiated in 1885. He was an Australian Rules football administrator in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and attended Geelong College. He married Matilda Jane Barber and fathered four children, Daisy, Ruby, Elsie and Charles junior. A player for the Geelong Football Club, winning several premierships in the then Victorian Football Association (VFA) competition from 1880 to 1891, Brownlow was instrumental in the formation of the VFL, being caretaker president in 1918-1919. During his career he was also the Geelong Football Club Secretary, from 1885 to 1923, a year before his death. He was also the Geelong Football Club delegate from 1897 to 1922 and Vice President from 1911 to 1916, in addition to being Geelong Cricket Association Secretary from 1896 to 1913. The Brownlow Medal is named in his honour. Brownlow's profession and family business for over 40 years was "Brownlow Jewellers", situated in Malop Street, Geelong. The Medal was first awarded in 1924, the season immediately following his death, and is still awarded in today's Australian Football League to the player judged by umpires to be the best and fairest player throughout the year. The Medal is engraved the "Chas Brownlow Trophy". In 1997 Brownlow was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. FV

Canterbury Football Club James Nicolas pays tribute to a rich heritage Canterbury Football Club in the leafy eastern Melbourne suburb of Canterbury is one of the oldest local football clubs in Australia. It is in fact older then a number of Victorian AFL clubs, having been formed in 1881 and playing at its current ground since 1895. Despite its rich heritage, the Club’s historical profile has never been detailed, until now. Two years in the making, local historian and Freemason James Nicolas has written a book documenting everything from the reason behind the colours of the jumper, to the many AFL and VFL players the Club has been responsible for. “I took on the challenge of writing the Club’s history when I heard the Club was struggling. It had been at the bottom of the ladder for some time, so I thought the book might reinvigorate some pride in the Club”. James, who was born in Canterbury played for the Club as a young teenager until his early 20s and says that the welfare of the Club is very special to him. “It was a journey of discovery that took me down many unsuspecting paths. I found out that the Club had one of the first players to kick 100 goals in one season in Australia, and that the colours of the Club’s jumper were chosen by Canterbury residents in 1915.” James went on to say that after many of our Anzacs died in Belgium, the colours of the Belgian flag (red, yellow and black), were selected to remember our diggers. “The club changed its jumper briefly at the end of WWII but in 1949 changed back to its original strip.” As Vice President at the Club for this season, James is now tasked with working towards the restoration of the Club back to its former glory, and said that Freemasonry has given him the kind of leadership skills, that have helped him collaborate with people from all walks of life and with public speaking. “My original Lodge of Auburn folded many years ago, so I am now a proud member of the Walhalla Lodge in Gippsland. It’s a long way to drive from Melbourne but I love the history and tradition of this Lodge”, James said.

Berries to Cobras – A History 1881-2013, $40 through James Nicolas on 0407 511 057. FV

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his October, Freemasons from across Victoria will come together again to raise funds for the national campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The fundraising will culminate on Friday 25 October with our Big Pink Party at Coppin Hall.

someone’s mother, sister, daughter or friend, men suffer from breast cancer too. This is a disease that nobody can afford to ignore. For Freemasons, the act of charity is one of the most important acts in self-development”.

“The thing to remember is that breast cancer is not just about women. Apart from the fact that every woman is

“Statistically, one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their life time. This means that this year approximately 14,500 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer nationally and a little over 3,500 of those will come from Victoria.

Grand Secretary Peter Henshall with his wife Sharon at the 2013 Think Pink Masquerade Ball.

Grand Master Bob Jones with his wife Kerry at the 2013 Think Pink Masquerade Ball.

Freemasons Victoria Grand Master Bob Jones says raising money for breast cancer treatment is an important cause.

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THINK PINK

Grand Master Bob Jones with his son Cameron at the 2011 Think Pink Breakfast.

Deputy Grand Master Hillel Benedykt with his wife Sue at the 2012 Think Pink Cocktail Party.

One per cent of all cases diagnosed will be men”, says Irene Hendel, Chair and Founder of the Think Pink Foundation, an organisation that provides a range of services to patients and their families who have been effected by breast cancer. Freemasons Victoria CEO Peter Henshall says "Our fundraising for this cause last year raised a record $80,000. In doing so we were able to contribute money to The Think Pink Living Centre on St Kilda Road, to assist with their Wig Salon, 'Supporting Blokes' and 'Days of Indulgence' programs and to Epworth Freemasons for an upgrade to the Oncology Department, Accommodation Support Grants and Syringe Pump Drivers.

“Kerry and I are really looking forward to the cocktail party in Coppin Hall, to celebrate fundraising efforts. Everyone made such an exceptional effort last year and of course I’m also looking forward to welcoming everyone – Freemason and non-Freemason alike – to check out their amazing pink outfits.” said Grand Master Bob Jones. Peace and Loyalty Lodge No. 261 have already raised $1,330 from their 'sell out' Pink Trivia night held in June this year, to contribute to the Think Pink month. For further information contact Donna De La Rue on (03 9411 0103 or visit our website. So start planning your Think Pink fundraising event NOW! FV

"2013 will see funds contributed to Epworth Freemasons to upgrade their Palliative Care Unit, part of the Enhancing Care for Cancer Patients and the 'Look Good Feel Better' program. We will also continue to support the Think Pink Foundation’s Wig Salon and various workshops such as 'Managing Hair Loss'. Finally, we would also like to distribute funds back into rural Victoria to support some Base Hospitals and various Centres that care for women and their families in the country communities." Keep your eyes open for the Pink Ribbon Masonic pins, for sale through Freemasons Victoria with all proceeds being donated to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Further details regarding our fundraising programmes are on the Freemasons Victoria website, and our Facebook page 'Think Pink with Freemasons Victoria'. Come along to this year's Big Pink Party on Friday 25 October and enjoy the fun, the auctions, the fancy dress and support our fundraising efforts.

Membership Coordinator WBro. Ben Quick at the 2012 Think Pink Cocktail Party.

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Member Interviews

Who are we? Diverse, passionate and forward thinking

“What do you look forward to when you attend Lodge meetings?" Camaraderie of likeminded men and the challenge of perfecting the ceremonial components of our meetings. “What do your friends think about your involvement?” My friends and clients are all supportive and half a dozen friends have since joined to be a part of what I am passionate about, and more will follow. “Why is Freemasonry important to you?” If we don't get a reminder sometimes of our values and what is important to us as husbands, fathers, friends and leaders of the community, we can lose sight of what’s really important. “Why is Freemasonry important to the community?” If all men shared masonic values and ideals, the community would be a far better place. “How has Freemasonry inspired you or how has it made you happier?” It’s given me a truly global community that has extended the hand of love, trust and friendship without reservation. FV HABITS OF GOING THE EXTRA MILE By John Millar

Bro. John Millar Peace and Loyalty Lodge No. 261

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ro. John Millar is a passionate family man with a wife and six children; he is 45 years old, a Managing Director, and a very proud Freemason.

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Ben Quick, Membership Services Coordinator asked him about his life... “How did you find out about Freemasonry?” I knew that my Grandfather was a Freemason as I found his regalia one day helping my Grandmother tidy up. From that point I was intrigued.

Napoleon Hill spent most of his life studying the most successful entrepreneurs in American history. He analysed men like Ford, Edison and Carnegie and concluded that success followed predictable and distinct patterns of behaviour. He argued that great success and achievement were available to any and all who would choose to follow certain requirements which he spelled out in his many books.


Mr. Hill was the architect of the philosophy of success. He was a pioneer and an original thinker. Of all the great human accomplishments in the 20th century, the judgment of history will inevitably rank the commentaries of Napoleon Hill among them. The following is Part 1 of a threepart series that outlines some of Napoleon Hill's greatest success philosophies. Please read these with the intent of employing key principles into your life, and impart this wisdom directly to those around you... An important principle of success in all walks of life and in all occupations is a willingness to Go the Extra Mile; the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude. Search wherever you will for a single sound argument against this principle, and you will not find it, nor will you find a single instance of enduring success which was not attained in part by its application. Many may disregard the principle if they choose, but he cannot do so and at the same time enjoy the fruits of enduring success. The advantages of the habit of going the extra mile are definite and understandable. Let me examine some of them: The habit brings the individual to the favourable attention of those who can and will provide opportunities for self-advancement. It tends to make one indispensable, in many different human relationships and it therefore enables him to command more than average compensation for personal services.

better ways of rendering service. It develops the important quality of personal initiative and it develops self-reliance and courage. It also serves to build the confidence of others in one’s integrity. It aids the mastery of the destructive habit of procrastination and it develops purpose, insuring one against the common habit of aimlessness.

If all men shared masonic values and ideals the community would be a far better place. There is still another and great reason for following the habit of going the extra mile, which is the privilege of accumulating a reserve credit of goodwill. Any practice of philosophy which deprives a man of the privilege of going the extra mile is unsound, for it is obvious that this principle is the stepping-stone of major importance by which an individual may receive recognition for extraordinary skill, experience and education; and it is the one principle which provides the way of self-determination, regardless of occupation, profession or calling.

The Journey of Vulcan Lodge's Travelling Gavel Continues

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ulcan Lodge's travelling gavel is in its eighth year and has now travelled 84,425 miles to 197 Lodges in five countries on four continents plus travelled on a cruise of the Caribbean and been held by 76 Grand Masters. Since the last communication the gavel has visited Vulcan Lodge in Vulcan, Alberta Canada which celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 22. Vulcan Masonic members from England flew in for this special event. The gavel has been passed on by the members of Vulcan Lodge to Right Worshipful Bro. Tom Edgar of Charity Lodge No. 67 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Right Worshipful Bro. Edgar is the Grand Master for Chinook Arch District in Alberta. Where the gavel goes next is at the will and pleasure of the member receiving it! Visit: VulcanLodge229ofKansas. blogspot.com to see all photos from the gavel's travels. FV

In our society, anyone may earn a living without the habit of going the extra mile, but only the individual who makes this principle a part of his philosophy of life and lives by it as a matter of daily habit will succeed. FV

It leads to mental growth and to physical skill and perfection in many forms of endeavour; and it enables one to profit by the law of contrast, since the majority of people do not practice the habit. It leads to the development of a positive, pleasing mental attitude, which is essential for enduring success and it tends to develop a keen, alert imagination because it is a habit which inspires one continuously to seek new and

Right Worshipful Bro. Tom Edgar of Charity Lodge No. 67 in Lethbridge Alberta accepts the gavel from Worshipful Master Darren Ferguson.

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FIELD OF CROSSES

Field of Crosses Remembrance Day

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reemasons Victoria has a long and proud association with the armed forces. Throughout Australia’s involvement in wars and peacekeeping operations, Freemasons have always been predominant, ready to serve and defend their country. That trend continues today with many of our younger members being active air, navy or army personnel. Victorian Freemasons with a military background include a large number of Past Grand Masters; most recently Major General Frank Poke AO RFD ED and Major Dr. John Connell AM. Other prominent Freemasons with a military background include Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop AC CMG OBE, Charles Bud Tingwell AM and former Victorian RSL President, Bruce Ruxton AM OBE. The Remembrance Day Field of Crosses presents a wonderful opportunity for Lodges, members, their families and friends to have a white cross planted in honour of someone who fought for our nation.

About the Remembrance Day Field of Crosses Between 6 and 13 November, the lawn outside the front of the Dallas Brooks Centre will be transformed into a field of white crosses, each one in remembrance of a serviceman or woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. Freemasons, Lodges, member’s families and friends, and RSL members will be invited to donate 12 Freemasonry Victoria Winter 2013

and have a white cross planted in honour of a particular service person or for general commemoration.

Personalise the White Cross Those who donate will be able to personalise their white cross with a water-proof tag containing details of the person they wish to remember. You can donate by contacting Freemasons Victoria on (03) 9411 0111 or visiting us here at the Masonic Centre, 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne. All donations will go to the RSL Welfare Fund.

Planting the White Cross Planting day will be Wednesday 6 November between 11am and 2pm. A member of the Freemasons Victoria Task Force will plant it for you, and a photo will be taken of your cross and posted on the Freemasons Victoria website.

Commemorative Event A special event will be held which will feature a wreath laying service, a performance of the Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier and a function. All those who donate will be invited to this event. More details to come in the next issue of Freemasonry Victoria Magazine and Engage! Newsletter. FV


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Planes not Planes Gabrielle Forman, Communications and Publicity Executive steps into the (less than) plain world of WBro. Phil Manicolo, to discover his collection

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little bird told me that WBro. Phil Manicolo has a collection of planes that I should check out. Not just any planes, but planes of all different shapes and sizes. Apparently one of Phil’s planes is over 130 years old, and another is so small it can fit in your pocket! So I took up the opportunity and drove North of the city, to Phil’s residence on 11 acres in Eden Park. I didn’t realise how far away he was until I started seeing cows in paddocks, hay bales and dirt-road drive ways. On arrival Phil and his wife Cheryl invited me in to their home which they had built themselves in the 1980s. Big timber support beams, polished floor boards and lovely timber furniture added to the warmth of the crackling open fire place; I immediately felt comfortable despite never having met this couple before. But I couldn’t see a plane anywhere… Phil said “I’m glad you’ve come… but when people learn that I collect planes, they often assume I collect model aeroplanes…” It was then that I was shown ‘the cabinet’, filled top to bottom with planes from overseas, planes made from wood, planes made from steel, planes with all different kinds of mechanisms, tiny planes, huge planes and planes that apparently do five different things – Phil has them all. Not only was the cabinet filled, but Phil had also laid out at least ten more planes on the floor, and said that he had more in the shed. “There’s at least 200 planes in total”, Cheryl said “…at last count.” I asked Phil what his fascination is with planes - they’re an unusual collection, unlike stamps or spoons. He said that he is interested in the mechanics of a plane and how over the years, a plane’s design has developed and changed even though it’s purpose remains the same. Phil, who’s back ground is in engineering, also said that his father Julian was a sculptor and would

often use a plane for his work. Back in his day though, he made his own planes! Phil lifted the biggest of his planes from the cabinet saying he could still see the wear marks in the plane where his father had used it continuously over the years. Phil said that he was always interested in how inventive man could be in solving different problems in different ways, and how that a simple piece of wood, chopped from a tree in a forest somewhere could be cleaned up and made into a tool that could last a life time. “There are all kinds of methods to make a plane. Planes are made differently for the different jobs they need to perform, but what’s most interesting is the fact that in order to progress in their design, patenting had to come in”. Phil went on to explain that if it weren’t for patenting each of the designs and variations, competing manufacturers would be criticised for copying. It was necessary to stamp each of the designs with their name and date, for example Stanley, Bedrock or Bailey. The Stanley plane is by far the most collected in Phil’s line up but one that stands out the most for him is his ‘transition plane’. “This is my favourite”, he said. “This plane is stuck in the middle between those that were built from wood and those that were being built primarily from steel.” Phil said that at the time, in the early 1900s, it was not believed that the steel variation would sell. “There was a lot of scepticism that the steel design would do the same job and not mark the timber, but as it turned out, the steel design did exactly the same job and the quality of workmanship was exactly the same”. Another of Phil’s favourites is a plane no bigger than 7cms in length, and made from brass, steel, ebony and mother of pearl. This quaint little tool is used for the hollowing out of violins and is known for its small and accurate blade.

Also in the collection is a bigger, heavier plane made by the (then) USSR, and stamped as such. Its solid steel frame was cold to touch, reminiscent of the era that it was born from. Phil said that it was developed when companies that had been manufacturing goods for the defence force changed over to making hand tools when the Cold War ended. Phil’s oldest in his collection is his Gage Tool Company plane from Vineland New Jersey, patented in 1886. This plane alone would be worth a small fortune, but according to Phil ‘it’s priceless’. Phil explained that at the time this plane was made, the company was called Gage Tool Company but went on to change its name to Rule & Gage Company then to Stanley Rule & Gage Company and eventually just to Stanley. After packing away all of the planes, and popping them all back in their rightful places inside the cabinet, Phil spoke to me at length about his thoughts on Freemasonry and its value in society. Joining Freemasonry in 1981, Phil said that over the years he has enjoyed meeting new people, from all walks of life and men with common interests. He said that recently he was approached by a gentleman from Ferntree Gully Lodge who recognised his last name and asked whether he was somehow related to Victor Manicolo. Phil said “Yes, he’s my brother, but he lives in Switzerland…” The gentleman replied saying that he knew his brother having lived in Switzerland also, and said that he used to play squash every Thursday with Victor. It’s certainly a small world… Phil said that Freemasonry provides connections that may not otherwise be developed elsewhere. When asked about travel, Phil mentioned that he would like to go back to his home country of Malta, now that he has fewer commitments, and said that he might even find a rare plane over there to bring back and add to his collection. FV

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AROUND THE WORLD

Freemasons Victoria helps Tullibardine celebrate centenary

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n 12 July 1913 Lodge Tullibardine in the East was consecrated as part of the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. In June this year they celebrated their centenary and Freemasons Victoria were proud to be part of those celebrations. Following the formation of SEAVIC Lodge in 2011, a strong bond has been established with the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East with many members of our Constitution, and theirs, sharing joint membership. It was, therefore, only natural that we would be part of celebrating this important milestone in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Freemasons are renowned for their hospitality and 45 Victorian members enjoyed themselves in the range of activities, which began with a Centenary Golf Tournament in Selangor. On Friday 14 June, more than 200 members packed out the new Read Masonic Centre to witness the Installation of Brother Sunny Chua

Chye Sun as the Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge. The ceremony was presided over by the Right Worshipful Representative of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland. On this occasion the ceremonial was led by the Grand Director of Ceremonies of Scotland, Right Worshipful Bro. Ramsey McGee, whose presence and flair brought special meaning and colour to this important occasion. The newly completed Read Masonic Centre has been purpose-built as the head quarters of Freemasonry in Kuala Lumpur and incorporates three substantial Lodge rooms and function space, and provides public access to restaurants, meeting rooms and a medical centre. Its contemporary style is a testament to the designers and reflects well on Freemasonry in the region. The Installation ceremony was followed by a spectacular banquet for all members, while the ladies were hosted at a special function by the Master's wife.

The second day of celebrations began with the inaugural Jack Field Lecture which was followed by a Re-Dedication of the Lodge. The day and the celebrations came to a spectacular finale with a centenary gala dinner attended by over 500 guests. Freemasonry in Kuala Lumpur is certainly buoyant and growing. This was evidenced by a large number of younger members and their families. The centenary celebrations were attended by leaders and representatives of all major jurisdictions in the South East Asian region, as well as the Grand Lodges of Victoria and Western Australia and demonstrates the esteem with which the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East is held within the region and the close cooperation it enjoys with those jurisdictions in furthering the good charitable work of Freemasonry throughout South East Asia. FV

The Victorian delegation

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Health News

Checking in at

40

Manager of Member Operations, Justin White turns 40 this year. Check out his thoughts on the Epworth Freemason's Ultimate Health Check and the impact it had on him.

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o you understand the true state of your health? Some of us avoid routine checkups and delay required medical attention. A recent survey of 4,350 men found that nearly 80 per cent of those men had not seen a doctor in the previous year, 60 per cent had not seen a doctor in three years or more, and one in three had no regular doctor. Not only do men tend not to see doctors, but a quarter of the men in the survey said they would wait 'as long as possible' before seeking help for a health problem. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? Your health should always be your first priority in life, especially when you start hitting your 40s and 50s. For people under 50 who live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy foods, are height/weight proportionate, do not smoke, drink in moderation, exercise regularly, and manage their stress, an annual physical is often not necessary. But let’s face it; most men fall somewhere outside this description. Either way, setting up an annual physical allows you to build a relationship with your doctor so you can discuss your personal health habits and address issues as they emerge. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself. However, when Justin had his health check, he was told by his Doctor that if you leave it until 50

to start managing your blood pressure, checking your cholesterol, and screening for colon and prostate cancer, not to mention other potentially chronic conditions, then you’re flirting with real danger. Justin explained to us that the 'ultimate health check', provided at Epworth Freemasons, ranges over three days, with two four hour sessions, and a third 'results' consultation. "Sessions include an initial physical exam and a discussion with a doctor. You complete a comprehensive questionnaire that details your medical history, habits - good and bad, and basically everything about your health. "The second session is the test phase, where you give a little blood, have your lung function tested, do a cardio stress test to look at your heart health, get a prostate check and finally a bone density test. I have to say, all this is done in a wonderfully warm and sensitive environment, with nurses and doctors that remind you that we have the best health care in the world right here on our doorstep. "The final step is a simple one hour chat about where you’re at, discussion about issues - if any, and where-to from there." "There is a long tradition that men don’t go to health care providers as often as women do,” said Scott

Bulger, Executive Director at Epworth Healthcare. “A personal exam only takes about 30 seconds. Men should consult a physician if they feel any lumps, notice a change in size or have pain in their testicles. These are signs of something bad going on”, he said. One of the best ways for early detection of testicular cancer in young male adults is by checking yourself at least once a month after your shower for any abnormal condition. If you feel a lump that wasn’t there before, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. A man’s risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. Prostate cancer often has no symptoms until it reaches its more advanced stages (although there are other noncancerous prostate conditions that can cause discomfort and pain); therefore men should ask their doctors about regular screenings that include a blood test for prostate specific antigens, as well as a physical exam. So go and see your doctor today. Give Epworth a call and make the change — it definitely helped me to understand my health and take charge. FV *Statistics provided by Epworth Freemasons Hospital

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Helping

hands

Epworth Freemasons Hospital appreciate its volunteers

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rs Barb Heskey, wife of WBro. Terry Heskey of Traralgon Lodge, has formed the first Friends of Freemasons, Gippsland. Barb has led the way in forming the first Friends of Freemasons Auxiliary to raise funds for the Epworth Freemasons hospital.

for ladies to volunteer at the stalls situated at the Clarendon Street campus in East Melbourne.

Become a Friend of Freemasons Hospital Freemasons Victoria and their members have provided outstanding service and support to Epworth Freemasons Hospital. We would like to form the Friends of Freemasons Hospital Group to continue providing vital support for the Hospital. The Friends of Freemasons will be a social group who want to volunteer and raise funds to support the needs of our patients. Become a Friend of Freemasons Hospital and provide assistance by volunteering to help around the hospital.

Barb’s drive and talents has seen the auxiliary stall tables overflowing with wonderful baby knits and handmade crafts. Barb says “I’m passionate in supporting the Epworth Freemasons hospital and although it’s difficult for me to travel and attend the stalls, I know my crafts will help raise funds". All funds raised from Barb and the Traralgon Ladies will go towards raising funds for refurbishment of the Oncology Ward. Due to the distance, Barb and her ladies find it difficult to physically attend the stalls so we are looking 18 Freemasonry Victoria Winter 2013

Epworth Medical Foundation Volunteers Epworth is the largest private not-for-profit hospital in Victoria, treating more than 220,000 people per year for a range of medical problems. Epworth relies heavily on philanthropic funds to support its work so that they are in a position to provide the best care possible to every one of their patients. Epworth Medical Foundation would like to form and support a new group of volunteers to raise funds through the selling of raffle tickets, homemade crafts and other saleable items at various locations within the

Richmond, Box Hill and East Melbourne hospitals. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of vital medical equipment and services that create a comfortable, supportive and nurturing environment for patients while they are in care.

Volunteers make a difference Individuals, organisations and business groups support Epworth Healthcare year-round through the donation of their time. The Hospital offers many rewarding ways to help, and hope you'll consider joining them as an Epworth Medical Foundation volunteer. Epworth is extremely grateful for the support of its wonderful auxiliaries and volunteer groups. Epworth’s auxiliary and volunteering program provides opportunities for people to get involved, have fun, forge new friendships and make a positive difference to patients at Epworth. At Epworth, they depend on their volunteers. Each month, many women and men unselfishly give a few hours of their time selling raffle tickets and crafts. As a volunteer, you can make a significant and greatly valued contribution to Epworth Healthcare. FV


MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Ringwood Lodge bringing depression into the spotlight

WBro. Colin Read opens the doors to some worthwhile discussion that may save your life or the life of a loved one

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epression is not a drug of addiction or a drinking problem. It cannot be detected by a breath test or blood test, yet is a problem that seriously affects many people. It takes lives and destroys families. It is hard to detect and harder to correct.

McManus Consulting Services, BeyondBlue Ambassador and public speaker.

emphasises the importance of putting yourself and your own needs first.

Tony completed a business degree in Accounting in 1986 then started his own successful business, however in 2005 everything changed when his brother took his own life.

If you think that there is a problem, the time to act is immediately. It is an obligation for those of us who are not affected to assist those we know and love who are.

At the funeral of Tony’s brother, his widow asked family and friends to support BeyondBlue and ever since then Tony has been a passionate supporter and strong advocate for mental health, wellbeing and stigma reduction.

Tony provides a range of positive and empowering speaking and consulting services focussed on men’s mental health and coping with change. He also has a keen interest in helping troubled youth, especially from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and those with cultural and learning difficulties, and is the Independent Chair of Headspace in Barwon.

So what has Freemasonry got to do with depression? Freemasonry Victoria has been a major contributor to BeyondBlue and is an active supporter of the organisation. The current Master of the Ringwood Lodge, WBro. Colin Read has had to deal personally with a family member who was seriously affected by depression and knows first hand the problems and difficulties of caring for someone you love in their time of need. He understands only too well the stigma of depression and its associated problems. Colin has for the first time, opened the Ringwood Masonic Lodge to Freemasons and members of the community to explore this public issue further. "By opening the Lodge it provides an opportunity for some to see the inside a Masonic meeting place for the first time and to also ask questions about Freemasonry. Colin, who has established a valuable contact in BeyondBlue also recommends Mr Tony McManus of

Tony McManus, McManus Consulting Services

As a BeyondBlue Ambassador, Tony now shares his own journey through depression and the suicide of his brother to engage, educate and motivate others to make positive change. If you are concerned about a son or daughter, girlfriend, grandchild, friend or family member, or you think that you might be suffering the effects yourself then don't hesitate to contact WBro. Colin Read at the Ringwood Lodge for more information and perhaps start the healing process that could change you or a loved ones life.

Tony now stays well by maintaining a balance between his business goals, relationship issues, finances and physical health as well as combining local and overseas travel with loved ones. His key messages include the importance of taking action and getting support, maintaining work-life balance and helping others. Most importantly, Tony

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FURTHER AFIELD

Behind every GREAT man Donna De La Rue caught up with some wonderful ladies and discovered what they love about Freemasonry. ceremonial duties that unfold at each level and that it creates a lot of confidence in his everyday life", she said. A notable highlight for Pamela has been where she has had the pleasure of joining the Teams and travelling interstate and overseas, particularly to New Zealand, where they enjoyed an extended stay and toured through the North and South Islands.

Pamela Luxford Married to RWBro Murray Luxford, PJGW, Initiated in November 1972 into Golden and Corinthian Lodge. Murray is also a member of the Sir John Quick Lodge (since 2009).

"I’ve met some new and different people and have made some strong and lasting friendships over the years that remain as strong today as when they were first formed. It is a great opportunity to visit other cities and we are always warmly welcomed", Pamela said.

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amela and Murray reside in Epsom, north of Bendigo, and Pamela has a long affiliation with Freemasonry, initially being introduced by her father and grandfather, and then through her husband, who has been a member since 1972. Murray has served in three Grand Lodge Ceremonial Teams, the latest being as Junior Grand Warden in 2012. Pamela derives a great deal of satisfaction from her involvement within Freemasonry, particularly in the social aspect and by supporting the Lodge with its meetings. She also believes that it is a great opportunity to extend friendships with other wives and partners. "Freemasonry is very important to Murray in that he enjoys the

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raham and Laura were born in Scotland, and emigrated in 1989. They now live in Geelong, and Graham joined Freemasons Victoria through the Bacchus Marsh Daylight Lodge. He is now Senior Warden at Geelong Lodge of Unity and Prudence and Assistant Grand Pursuivant in the current Grand Lodge Ceremonial Team. Laura says that the values of Freemasonry are as relevant and important now as they were when Graham was initiated. She believes it provides a connection with the community through fellowship and fundraising.

I'm a firm believer that we are who we are but for the books we read and the people we meet.. "I'm a firm believer that we are who we are but for the books we read and the people we meet”, said Laura, “and I think that being involved in Freemasonry gives you the chance to meet with people from diverse backgrounds with a variety of interests. That's a really positive experience for me".

Laura Berry Married to WBro Graham Berry, AGPurs Affiliated with UGLV in July 1991 Geelong Lodge of Unity and Prudence.

Laura is pleased they’ve seen areas of the country she may not have seen if it weren't for their involvement in Freemasonry. She says she enjoys the time she spends with her Masonic friends and that it has given her an insight into the values, strengths and benefits of Freemasonry.


FURTHER AFIELD

...is a GREAT woman socialising, and others are fundraisers for Lodge charities". Fiona is also pleased that Keith has been able to develop public speaking skills through the ceremonial work, particularly with his involvement with the Grand Ceremonial Teams, although some may argue that his accent still needs some work. Some notable highlights of being involved in Freemasonry for Fiona have been walking to a glacier in New Zealand, having a fabulous roast in Omeo, Greek dancing until she dropped and enjoying the hospitality of Freemasons in Malaysia. Married to RWBro Keith Murray, GSuptWks, Initiated in October 1983 in Scotland. Member of Lodge Amalthea (since 1996).

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iona and Keith originally come from Scotland where Keith joined Freemasonry in 1983 under the Scottish Constitution at the age of 19. When Fiona first met Keith, she knew absolutely nothing about Freemasonry, and that remained broadly unchanged for a long time as Keith's Lodge did not have mixed events. Fiona was happy when Keith joined Lodge Amalthea when he first came to Australia because he was immediately able to meet a diverse group of like-minded men and now has many friends both in Australia and overseas. Fiona believes there has been a significant shift in thinking within Freemasonry since her first introduction all those years ago, particularly with its inclusion of the family. "More recently we have become involved in Lodges where, in addition to the standard masonic elements,there are regular social events including partners and families. Some events are for

Decide with your partner what his objectives are in joining the Lodge and make sure that you both agree that Freemasonry fits with your lifestyle and other commitments.

the theatre and galleries. These are fabulous opportunities to expand your own social network with other women from a very diverse range of backgrounds and you will be made welcome by the Lodge ladies". Fiona also has a few tips for surviving as a Masonic wife . . . •

Do not get talked into belly dancing. It is a once only experience, never to be repeated, ever...

Even with two left feet, Greek dancing is much more fun and burns more calories than going to the gym.

If there is a chance to travel, go. Just book it and tell him he is going.

And . . . always allow at least an hour to leave a masonic function – that is how long it will take to say goodbye to all your friends. FV

Fiona’s advice for new ladies is "Decide with your partner what his objectives are in joining the Lodge and make sure that you both agree that Freemasonry fits with your lifestyle and other commitments. If you want to be involved with the ladies, explore the opportunities for involvement by visiting ladies’ events and speaking to existing members' partners before committing to a Lodge, as each is a little different and each offers different opportunities. Some Lodges arrange more extensive social programs such as weekends away, after dinner speakers and visits to Winter 2013 Freemasonry Victoria 21


QUIZ TIME

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1 A place to meet The Sir John ______ Lodge was named 7 after an eminent citizen of Bendigo 9 His temple is the central symbol and agent for instruction in Freemasonry The street in which the Dallas Brooks 10 Hall is located 11 A fortnightly newsletter delivered to Freemasons Victoria members 13 This Board assists with the charitable funding of other initiatives and community centred organisations 14 His jewel is the sword 16 This Lodge is the state-wide body for Freemasonry 17 An annual event in recognition of a new Grand Master 19 The TV channel on which Freemasons: The Inside Story is aired 20 This rule signifies uprightness 26 About to do his first degree 27 A key element to the Freemasons emblem 28 A Freemasons first priority 29 His jewel is the opened book 30 The entered apprentice degree

The second of which is of Fellowcraft The CBD Business is held Quarterly by Freemasons Victoria and features guest speakers 4 The current Grand Master's tagline - Racing toward the ______ 5 An equalising name we call ourselves 6 MAP – Masonic ______ Program Country of the first Grand Lodge 8 12 A piece of Masonic regalia 15 Their tools are allegories for important life lessons still relevant today 18 Awarded to students to assist with fees for further education in their chosen field The last name of the current Deputy 21 Grand Master 22 The last name of the current Grand Master 23 The jewel of the treasurer The last name of the first Jewish Grand 24 Master 25 This group of Victorian Freemasons ride motorcycles

It's back!

After many great suggestions for a brain teaser, we've come up with a cross word to keep you interested! Good luck!

Answers will appear in Freemasonry Victoria Issue 136 22 Freemasonry Victoria Winter 2013


Book review

The Liverpool

Rebellion and the Wigan

Grand Lodge

By Dr David Harrison

Masonic Services Manager WBro. Bruce Cowie reviews the third book in the series by author, Masonic Historian and Freemason Dr David Harrison.

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r David Harrison's first two books, The Genesis of Freemasonry and The Transformation of Freemasonry concerned the development of English Freemasonry during the 18th and 19th Centuries. This book covers in some detail particular events associated with the Liverpool Masonic Rebellion. It is important to have some knowledge of the schism that occurred in English Freemasonry between the Grand Lodge that was formed in 1717 and the rival Grand Lodge called the Grand Lodge of the Antients. This rival Grand Lodge believed the first Grand Lodge had moved away from the original design of Freemasonry. This rift was eventually healed by the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813.

The rebellion highlighted the distance between the Grand Lodge, seen as run by members of the aristocracy and working men in the Lodges along with difficulties in communication in those days. While the breakaway Grand Lodge was never strong and lacked support it did achieve some Constitutional changes that have benefitted the craft to this day. There are lessons that are as relevant today as when the events in this book occurred; that the passions of Freemasons can lead to extreme actions where it is believed that the principles of Freemasonry have been betrayed. This book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the history and development of Freemasonry. FV

Stay tuned... In Freemasonry Victoria Issue 136, WBro. Bruce Cowie will review The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation by Robert Lomas, co-author of the best selling The Hiram Key. "The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation is different and revelatory. This book will take you on an imaginative journey deep into that inner part of your consciousness that Freemasonry calls your soul. Not since the glory days of Wilmshurst, Ward, and Waite, has any serious Masonic writer attempted to look at the meaning of Masonry in such knowledgeable depth."

Following the union, there were underlying tensions that were ignited when a number of working men in Liverpool, upset by decisions of the United Grand Lodge of England rebelled and tried to resurrect the Antients Grand Lodge. The story brings to life a number of key players and is told in the light of both Masonic and non-Masonic activities that are set against social and economic conditions prevailing at the time. Using both primary and secondary sources, the author details events leading to the rebellion, the formation of the breakaway Grand Lodge and its eventual demise. Winter 2013 Freemasonry Victoria 23


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