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May 2012 | Volume 2

Lest We Forget ANZAC DAY 2012

ANZAC Day 2012

Vic. Grand Installation

Alice Street Temple

Well supported by Freemasons and their families

UGLQ Well represented at Victorian Grand Installation

an early Brisbane landmark

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Featured on Page 31-32


May : July 2012

editors note

Regular Features

John Irwin -

Well, what a busy period it has been for Freemasons throughout UGLQ with important events taking place all over the State. The content in this issue comprises many of those events but if we covered everything that has been happening we would require more than the 44-pages.


While mentioning those important events we should all realise what a strain it must be sometimes for our Grand Master, DGM, AGM and Grand Officers who are out visiting for nights (and sometimes days) on end. And there are also many lodge members who do their share of visiting other lodges as a mark of friendship and goodwill. For all of those Freemasons who own iPads, here is some good news. This edition and all future editions can be found on these new technology devices from now on, thanks to the efforts of members of the membership and marketing committee. As time goes by there could be stories and advertisements appearing on the iPad edition and not the printed one. I hope you will understand when I repeat my requests for adherence to deadlines for the magazine. On numerous occasions we are faced with a late edition because people are sending in their copy and pictures well over the deadline date. The deadline for each issue is always the first day of the month before it is due. So our deadline for the August issue will be July 2. Anything after that date will more than likely be held over until the November issue and so on. However, there are certain events that have to appear after deadline, like Anzac Day, Grand Proclamation and a few other important ones. So keep your contributions coming and we shall do our best to feature them. And finally, a word for the “picture buffs”. Please try and get a better resolution into your pictures through your camera settings. Many of them are far to low in resolution and this does not come out very well in the finished product.

Fraternal Regards, John Irwin, Editor


Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and do not neccessarily reflect the opinions or policy of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. The Editor reserves the right, due to limitation of space, to accept, reject, sub-edit and rearrange material submitted for publication. No photographic or editorial contained herein may be reproduced without prior consent of the Editor. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure that all advertisements comply with the Trade Practices Act 1974 as amended. All advertisements are accepted for publication on the condition that the advertiser indemnifies The Queensland Freemason, The Editor, the United Grand Lodge of Queensland and all its servants against actions, suits, claims, loss and/or damage s resulting from anything published on behalf of the advertiser.



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14 Feature Stories 4 ANZAC Day 2012

Well supported by Freemasons and Families

7 Gathering of the Clans 8 UGLQ Well represented at Victorian Grand Installation 14 Our Young Irish Visitors 29 Travel Feature: China

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Masonic Memorial Centre 311 Ann Street, Brisbane Q 4000 GPO Box 2204 Brisbane Q 4001 PH (07) 3229 3533 FAX (07) 3229 9288 United Grand Lodge of QLD of Queensland Grand Master Adrian BURTON Deputy Grand Master Dr Gary John BACON Assistant Grand Master Geoffrey WALKER Grand Secretary John William RAWLINSON Deputy Grand Secretary

From the Grand Master From the Board President Craft News Lodges in Action Other Orders Serving the Community Board of Benevolence Jewel Presentations The Craft Quick News

On the Cover As Anzac Day was so special to many people we decided to show a sample of one of the ceremonies on the front cover of our magazine. Pictured are the naval cadets from the “T.S. Paluma” who mounted a Catafalque Party in the Grand Hall at the Anzac Memorial Service on the night of April 25. A catafalque party is a guard of four service personnel mounted over a catafalque during a funeral, a period of lying in state or a memorial service or occasions such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. The catafalque party is posted at the four corners of the catafalque, heads lowered, facing outwards with their rifles reversed as a mark of respect and to signify that the dead are now at peace.

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Deadlines for the May 2012 issue will be strictly adhered to: 02/04/12.

From the Grand Master

Greetings Brethren The last three months have included some major events which I have been privileged to attend and be part of.

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Freemasons from this jurisdiction have been engaged with special events which included the public and highlights our fraternity in an engaging and positive manner. Two interstate delegations to Grand Installations in Victoria and South Australia. In Melbourne we had the largest delegation of interstate and overseas visitors and a very strong team in Adelaide. Both the Grand Installations were open to the public. These two jurisdictions were major contributors to the Queensland Grand Master’s Flood and Cyclone Appeal. Our congratulations to MWBros Bob Jones and Robert Parsons. Two Queensland events stand out - The Gathering of the Clans hosted by Yeronga Lodge in Brisbane and the ANZAC Evening hosted by The AIF Memorial Lodge. Freemasonry was honoured on both occasions with the presence of Her Excellency The Governor of Queensland M/s Penelope Wensley AC. The Gathering of the Clans third degree attracted around 350 freemasons in the Grand Hall at Ann Street which included the District Grand Master WA (Scottish) and a sellout dinner of 400 at The Irish Club. One highlight was the quality performance of the Masonic Pipe Band. Well done brethren. The Grand Hall has a capacity of 650 seats and it was estimated that around 630 were present for the ANZAC evening to honour those men and women who have served our country and those currently in the services and in particular those serving overseas. A professional and caring ceremony. Comments I received from quite a number of those present were “ the best I can remember”. The Districts: In February and in April I travelled to Cairns and Townsville to open Masonic Awareness Conferences. Also in the team was the Deputy Grand Master, The President of the Board of General Purposes and the Grand Superintendent of Workings. A very good team effort. The highlight for both conferences for me was the contribution from two Master Masons from each District. We have quality young men we can all be proud of who are joining our ranks.

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Reunion: Braemar Lodge hosted a reunion prior to the Gympie State High School Centenary (my old school) with excellent numbers in attendance. I felt that during the reunion it could possibly turn into a Masonic meeting with a good number of Freemasons who were former students and teachers. There are lots of great things happening in the craft in Queensland. Make sure you are a participant and not a spectator. A thought: We make a living by what we get - we make a life by what we give.

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Fraternal Regards, Adrian Burton, Grand Master


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Well Supported By Freemasons and Families Anzac Day 2012 was a showcase of increased support and reverence when thousands of Freemasons and their families paid homage to the fallen on April 25. They participated in Memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the State covered by the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. In Brisbane representatives of lodges participated in the wreath-laying service at the Urn of Remembrance in the Ann Street Memorial Centre. This service is indicative of the respect that local Freemasons have for those who gave their lives in the wars of long ago. During the morning the traditional march down Ann Street to the Cenotaph in Anzac Square was well supported by Freemasons and ladies. On arrival at the Cenotaph the Grand Master laid a wreath on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland. Perhaps the highlight of the Anzac Day’s proceedings was the evening Memorial Service in the Grand Hall at the Ann Street Memorial Centre. One of the largest number of visitors and participants ever - over 600 - attended this service. It was organised by AIF Memorial Lodge No 289 with the assistance of brethren from other lodges. Honoured Guest at the service was her Excellency the Governor of Queensland Ms Penelope Wensley AC accompanied by her husband, Mr Stuart McCosker. They were met and escorted into the Grand Hall by the Grand Master MWBro Adrian Burton and Mrs Regina Burton. The service was chaired by the Master of AIF Memorial Lodge, WorBro David Taylor. Musical items were provided by the Queensland Masonic Choir, Michelle Huggins (well known grand opera soloist), The River City Clippers (Brisbane’s premier men’s Barbershop chorus). There were some extremely moving moments throughout the ceremony, especially the Entry of the Vacant Chairs, the laying of wreaths and the playing of the Last Post by the



This picture shows the many wreaths laid at the Ann Street Memorial Centre Urn by Freemasons representing their lodges.

Grand Heralds of UGLQ. The Guest Speaker was Captain Milford McArthur Eyres, the Grand Chaplain, and a well-known Freemason living in the Gold Coast area who spoke on the Merchant Navy and the part they played in World War II. The Grand Master provided The Pledge of Allegiance. Prior to that he gave an interesting address on the statistics of how many people lost their lives and others injured during World War I and World War II.

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Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland is shown enjoying a chat with members of the International Order of Jobs Daughters at the venue for the Memorial Service.

Guest Speaker at the Anzac Memorial Service, Captain Milford McArthur Eyres, Grand Chaplain. The River City Clippers who assisted in rendering musical items at the Anzac Memorial Service

The Catafalque Party for the wreath laying ceremony consisted of cadets from the TS Paluma. Wreaths were laid by Her Excellency the Governor, representatives from Federal and State Parliaments, City Council, the Consul-General for Papua New Guinea in Queensland, Senior representatives

The Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) lays a wreath at the urn in the Grand Hall during the Memorial Service.

of the Armed Services, State President of the RSL in Queensland, and the Girl Guide and Scouting movements in Queensland. And finally, the well-printed programme handed out to everyone at the door was a credit to the organisers.

Lest We Forget


A Message from the President, Board of General Purposes.

Duncan McGregor, Board President I have started writing this article on my way back from a literally flying trip to Townsville where I have been part of the second of our regional membership conferences. The idea of our senior leadership making themselves available to speak to our brethren in the far parts of the jurisdiction about our membership strategies outside of the traditional visit to a lodge installation scenario, is resonating well, and the Grand Master is extremely happy with the reception that we received both in Cairns firstly and now in Townsville. Rest assured there are plans already underway to run a third one in another regional centre early in the second half of this year. The conferences have fed back to me that the message of Order in the House is still trickling down; we have local Freemasons in our two District Grand Lodges and other regional parts of the jurisdiction, prepared to evolve their lodges but are in need of the support and advice of those brethren who have been successful in bringing their lodges through the what is now deemed candidate ready stage, to the stage of genuine growth and retention. It is probably prudent of me to say at this point that no-one in today’s United Grand Lodge of Queensland who values the true worth of new members, is prepared to see a young man handed to a lodge that will simply see him as “some work for the next six months” or “we’ve turned the corner, we’ve got a new member”. I have lost track of the number of times I have enquired with a lodge of a particular young member only to be told “oh we don’t see him any more” or “he’s lost interest”. So what makes a lodge “candidate – ready” in

the year 2012? Here are the basics: • The entire lodge does not accept second best. They strive for first class efforts in everything they do. Members are valued and should always remain so unless they prove by their own actions not to be worthy of the privileges of membership of the Craft. • Lodge administration is a minor part of the evening. We are not there to shuffle paper or worry about the state of the finances. There are two officers elected to do that in the other 30 days in the month. Correspondence should be circulated prior to the meeting electronically if it is appropriate to do so, and a summarised list handed out on the night. There is no correspondence that the subject can’t be summarised in a maximum of three lines. If a member has interest in looking at the full item he can do so at his own leisure, not request it be read out in open lodge and hold up the meeting. Matters requiring the lodge’s decision should be dealt with at the lodge’s management meeting, an open forum for all members to voluntarily attend and have their say, and then raised in business arising from correspondence and formally dealt with then. The lodge finances and summary of accounts payable should be circulated to members only and adopted. The seconding of any motions concerning administration should be pre-ordained to the lodge senior officers so that there is no dead silence followed by five members all trying to second a motion at once. • Any enquiry about membership is dealt with instantly. Not at the next meeting, not when the secretary feels like it, instantly! That is to say, the potential candidate receives a phone call straight away along the lines of “hello I’m ABC the secretary of XYZ Lodge. I know you’ve been speaking with Graham Schulz at Grand Lodge and he’s asked me to contact you about possibly becoming a member of our lodge. This is just to touch base with you and see if we can arrange a time in the next week to meet up for a chat. What is your availability?” By doing this the candidate to be knows he’s wanted, and then it

doesn’t matter if it takes three or four days to physically catch up, he is reassured that he’s looking at joining a professional organisation, which wants him as a member. The lodge’s standards of work, property and festive board are always of the highest possible. It is possible to create a light meal snack for 20 brethren at a cost of no more than $5.00 a head and still be of a standard that you would be proud to serve to people in your own home. The standard of work will always equate to the standard of morale in the lodge. Remove the cringe factors, practice perfect harmony and take pride in your craftsmanship and see the standards rise. I have mentioned in a previous article about the need for budgeting for regalia replacement over time.

It is very easy to say these things. Putting them into practice will take time and all lodges that are now sharing in the successes have done the hard yards to achieve success. Evolution is a process, not an event and I can tell you all from my own personal experiences that to really hit top gear with your lodges will take a good three to five years, and then you need to maintain the standards. Again I say to any lodge looking to evolve, maintain your support networks, involve your AGSWks in your practice meetings, ask questions of members of successful lodges to what has worked for them, have a get together at someone’s house and critically evaluate your lodge, give yourselves a mark out of ten on each of the five points of Order in the House and see where you need to improve and then put it into practice. The Board and myself look forward to seeing you all at the June Quarterly Communications. Until next time, enjoy your Freemasonry, Fraternal Regards, Duncan McGregor,Board President

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Attendance at Quarterly Communications The entry card system for Quarterly Communications attendance was adopted at the March 2012 Communication of Grand Lodge. This is to continue and it will be in operation at the Communication on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. All brethren attending will be required to complete an entry card and exchange it for the handouts. 6


The entry cards will again be located in the change rooms on the first floor and will also be made available in the members section of the UGLQ website to be printed off and completed prior to arrival on the evening. The handouts will again be located in Lodge Room No. 1 on the first floor and brethren should make their way there to exchange their

card for the handouts prior to going to the Grand Hall for the Communication. The Board hopes through this revised system to give brethren feedback on the night of how many and who attends the Communication of Grand Lodge, and to use the information gathered to assess how to improve attendances in the future.

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WEST AUST. GROUP Pictured are the eight members of the District Grand Lodge of Western Australia with the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) and WorBro Peter Sinclair. The Western Australia District Grand Master is on the left of MWBro Burton.

Gathering of the Clans Yet another successful biennial “Gathering of the Clans” was held on March 31, this time in Brisbane. As usual, it was very well attended and certainly very well organised, the host lodge being Yeronga No. 246. Staged in the usual format with a third degree ceremony performed by representatives from many different Scottish Ritual lodges in the afternoon followed by a traditional banquet that night, this event seems to hold its popularity each time it occurs. The candidate who was raised to the third degree at this ceremony was Bro James Sherrit of Yeronga Lodge. There

were representatives from 22 separate lodges who took part in the ceremony. Attendance in the Grand Hall numbered over 350. Grand Lodge was very well represented by the Grand Master, Past Grand Masters, Deputy Grand Master, Assistant Grand Master and many Grand Officers.

Clans events since the year 2000.

Once again, in true style, a delegation of members of the District Grand Lodge of Western Australia under the Grand Lodge of Scotland made the long trip to attend the ceremony and banquet. There were eight present including the District Grand Master. Representatives from WA have been attending Gathering of the

The banquet was held at the Irish Club and buses were arranged to take all Freemasons and ladies from Ann Street to the Club in Elizabeth Street.

GOVERNOR AT CLANS. The Governor, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC attended the Gathering of the Clans banquet. She is shown in this picture with left to right: Mr Stuart McCosker, Mrs Regina Burton, MW Bro. Adrian Burton GM and the Master of Yeronga Lodge, WorBro Peter Sinclair.

While the ceremony was being conducted the ladies were entertained at afternoon tea, a presentation by the AGM’s daughter on The Body Shop and its products and a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art.

One of the highlights of the banquet was the arrival of the Queensland Governor, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC accompanied by her husband, Mr Stuart McCosker. They were escorted to the banquet room by the Grand Master, MW Bro Adrian Burton and his wife Regina. There were 246 Freemasons and 140 ladies in attendance at the banquet. A banquet such as this would not be the same if it did not have the traditional “Address to the Haggis” which on this occasion was given by RWBro Wayne Williamson. The next Gathering of the Clans will be held in 2014. At this stage a venue and host lodge are yet to be announced.


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UGLQ well represented at Victorian Grand Installation The MW Grand Master Adrian Burton, DGM Gary Bacon, AGM Geoff Walker and a large delegation from the United Grand Lodge of Queensland attended the United Grand Lodge of Victoria’s Grand Installation in Melbourne during March. The new Grand Master in Victoria is MWBro Bob Jones. A Television interview and a short coverage at the time of the installation was organised by Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise with Simon Reeve doing the interviewing.

The UGLQ Deputy Grand Master commented that the United Grand Lodge of Victoria team provided all visitors with a memorable display of ceremonial competency and cordial hospitality. Melbourne abounds in spectacular venues for all the associated activities of a Grand Installation. He said that much could be learnt from the Victorian capacity for social discourse and inclusiveness and their business model and acumen. Our Grand Master was again supported at the Victorian

Installation by the largest visiting delegation, which included quite a few supportive ladies. In the words of the DGM......”Proud to be a Queenslander? You betcha” A Membership and Marketing Presentation was given at the conference by RWBro Greg Goding, VWBro Harry Zaphir (from QLD) and Rob Turnbull (South Australia & NT). This proved to be a most successful agenda item.

The Social side of the Melbourne Visit Members of the UGLQ delegation took advantage of the opportunity to join in with the ladies on some of the social activities in the city. Here are some of the highlights of their visit: A step back in time: Wayne Williamson, who refers to himself as “Wayne, long suffering husband of Elaine” gives this graphic description of a memorable sightseeing trip around the city on a horse drawn carriage:

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“Queenslanders are always wont to arrive in style wherever they go and intrepid Queensland travellers Cedric and Mary Holland, John and Cathy Francis and Wayne and Elaine Williamson are certainly no exception. “While in Melbourne for the celebrations associated with the Victorian Grand Installation the six Queenslanders headed out for some ‘retail therapy’ for the ladies. “How better to do this than by using one of the most prestigious horse drawn carriages in Melbourne, driven by a coach drivers fully uniformed in traditional driving attire, and being able to enjoy the simple beauty of transportation in the manner of yester-year while heading off for a shopping session at the DFO in the manner of today. Kind of a mix’n match. “The lovingly recreated 1902 Landau Carriage and the team of Percheron horses made for a trip to be long remembered and supplied our travellers with opportunities for beautiful photographs and made this scenic tour around Melbourne one to cherish.




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“The tour departed from the corner of Little Collins St. and Swanston Walk, but only after Cedric and John had visited Young and Jacksons for a quick viewing of Chloe. “Passers-by were not quite sure about the ‘Royal Wave’ by John Francis SGD,

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and fellow passengers were not sure what damage he may have done to the Monarchist cause. “Were our travellers happy to be there?, you bet they were! “Would they do it again?, sure thing! “Do they recommend it?, yes they do!”

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Grand Masters in Melbourne This picture shows Grand Masters who attended the Grand Lodge of Victoria Installation. Back Row, left to right: Bob Jones (Victoria), Selwyn Cooper (New Zealand), Adrian Burton (Queensland), Derek Robson AM (New South Wales and ACT), John Wallace (Tasmania). Front Row left to right: Ray Clark (South Australia and NT), Vaughan Werner PGM Victoria (Chairman), Frank Hayes (West Australia).

Port Phillip Bay on an overcast day was chosen for a visit by UGLQ reps. (left to right): Gary Bacon, John Francis, Merv Gray and Heinz Walter.

The above picture is of the Grand Master and his wife Regina in Melbourne at the Eureka Tower. The background of Regina at the dining table is not false.....they were on the 89th floor. On the 88th floor they went out from the building in a glass extension, hence the down shot. The GM’s comment? “I don’t like heights”


Craft News Chivalry is alive and well, and if we all lead by example we can make a difference. A site to debate these topics and recognise examples of real TG conduct” he says. He has asked for people to participate, share, contribute, like, tweet, subscribe and whatever else it is they feel motivated to do about this issue. Peter can be contacted through Linkedin, Facebook or through the contact form on the Today’s Gentleman website. The International “Be a Gentleman” (BaG day) will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12.00 p.m. everywhere.

Bro Peter Ryan with his wife Terri (Therese) and sons Aidan (11) and Josh (9).

An Officer and a Gentleman A 42 year old Freemason, Bro Peter Ryan, who is currently Senior Warden of Yeronga Lodge No. 246 has virtually “opened the eyes of the world” with his “Today’s Gentleman” project. He is attempting to highlight the issue of the demise in “Gentlemanly” conduct and reinvigorate it. In establishing “Today’s Gentleman” in October, 2010 he indicated that for quite some time he had been getting more and more disenchanted with what he saw as bad social behaviour, particularly from men. So he thought he would create a little group on the web and share his concerns with them. When the group grew to over 200 members from over 20 countries in three weeks he knew he had hit a common nerve. Currently there are now 500 members from over 30 countries throughout the world. Since the launch of this project Today’s Gentleman has featured in a number of media outlets. The Project (an Australian talk show television program airing weeknights across Australia), ABC, 2GB, 3AW, ABC 720 Perth, Women’s Day, Sunday Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, MX Newspaper, The Westerner, 5AA Adelaide Radio. Peter Ryan is a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional who specialises in strategically aligned Learning and Development, Talent and Performance Management. He was Initiated into Yeronga Lodge in February 2008, and desired to go into office as



soon as he was eligible. He has moved rapidly through, again at his request and also as a consequence of a couple of casual vacancies. Today’s Gentleman (TG) is a site for all those that believe being a true Gentleman is as important now as at any time in history. TG holds that behaviours that used to be taught to young men need to be brought to life again. Those simple, courteous and respectful behaviours, particularly in how men interact with women, seem to have been lost in today’s society. On the website he quotes:

“Whatever happened to: • Giving up your seat for someone who needs it more? • Holding a door open for someone else? • Lending a helping hand when you see someone in need? It’s these little things that shape our society, and make a big difference in peoples’ day. “TG is a site for those who believe

Above is a picture of the newly appointed Assistant Grand Master.

A New Assistant Grand Master At the Quarterly Communication held on March 7 in Brisbane the Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton appointed RWBro Gregory William Short, PJGW of Services Memorial Lodge No 393 (Toowoomba) as Assistant Grand Master for the Term 2012-2013. The appointment will take effect on July 7, 2012 at the Grand Proclamation.

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District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria: Successful Masonic Membership Conference RWBro Dr Gary Bacon, Deputy Grand Master presented a paper appropriately named, “Change is in our DNA”. With the aid of a blow-up DNA molecule he first referenced the core agent of change we all carry within us and proceeded to provide examples of significant change throughout the long recorded history of Freemasonry.

Guest Speakers at the conference from UGLQ, Brisbane (left to right): Deputy Grand Master, RWBro Dr Gary Bacon, Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton, President Board of General Purposes, RWBro Duncan McGregor, Grand Superintendent of Workings, RWBro Greg Goding.

The District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria conducted a very successful 2012 Masonic Membership Conference in February at the Minnie Street Masonic Centre in Cairns. This conference was attended by many brethren from the District Grand Lodges of Carpentaria and North Queensland plus a team from UGLQ which included the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, President of the Board of General Purposes and the Grand Superintendent of Workings, all of whom were guest speakers on various subjects applicable to the aim of the conference. The conference addressed all possible aspects of the subject of membership through the education of the brethren. The ‘Key-Note’ Speaker for the conference was MWBro Adrian Burton, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Queensland.

RWBro Duncan McGregor, President of the Board of General Purposes, presented a paper named “UGLQ Membership Initiatives”. This paper provided details on current positive membership trends and the new technologies being utilised by UGLQ in pushing its innovative membership programs.

“Putting the day’s learning’s into Practise” was undertaken as the penultimate item on the agenda. In finality the District Grand Masters of both Districts presented a resume from the District’s Perspectives of the day’s events. A dinner was held on the Saturday night at a restaurant in Cairns with the ladies being present. Following the conference in Cairns during February the District Grand Lodge of North Queensland held a similar forum at Townsville in April. This meeting also proved to be highly successful.

RWBro Greg Goding, Grand Superintendent of Workings, presented “Order in the House”. A number of the brethren had heard this excellent paper before. but it is the very essence of the message that should be recognised for the future. A fix-all for Lodges who understand and acknowledge their weaknesses. VWBro Lyndon Brandt, Deputy District Grand Master District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria delivered a paper aptly named, “Recognising, Capturing, Mentoring, Maintaining a Candidate”. This paper is seen to capture the essentials of the Craft in the delivery and presentation of the Craft’s ideals. Two younger Master Masons from the District, Bros Cameron Lynch and Ian Murray articulated what were the significant drivers of interest for them in entering and maintaining membership in the Fraternity. A Panel Discussion named

The Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton (left) is shown receiving a presentation gavel from the District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria, RWBro Robert Wakely at the Masonic Membership Conference.

Freemasons Pay Homage to a Departed Brother Bro Robert Anthony Kent (72), who sadly passed away alone in his caravan at Bongaree Caravan Park Bribie Island was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Garden of Remembrance at Caboolture. The funeral was arranged by the Board of General Purposes and conducted through Integrity Funerals. WorBro Rev. Graheme Baldock conducted the funeral service. The late Bro Kent was connected with a number of orders in Freemasonry. There were some 65 mourners in attendance at the service and over 50 of them were Freemasons. This



proves the solidarity and brotherly love shown by fellow Freemasons is well to the fore. Bro Kent was a private, and well-liked man and certainly was a devoted Freemason. He was initiated into Freemasonry in New Zealand and attended Knights Templar and Order of the Secret Monitor meetings in Queensland.

May he rest in peace.

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apartments and the onsite residential care facilities will provide residents with a continuum of care, so that as their care needs change, they can remain in the same community. Residents will be able to enjoy the on site facilities including library, hairdresser, day spa, canteen, medical centre, chemist and BBQ areas. A community club house with theatrette, bar and pool table is also planned for the site (subject to DA approval). The site has a brand new aged care facility, Lucinda,

which opened in early 2011, as well as a hostel and special care unit. The retirement living apartments are now available for sale, with prices starting from $388,950. Fore more information or to secure your retirement lifestyle, please phone Karen Tilke, State Marketing Manager on 07 3869 6009.

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Our young Irish visitors There are many wonderful opportunities in Freemasonry to enjoy the company of people from all walks of life, not only from our own “neck of the woods”, but also from overseas countries. We hear of many stories about the visits many of our members make to overseas lodges. Well, here is a story about two young Irish Freemasons who have arrived in Australia and at present are working in the Wallumbilla area mustering and branding cattle, fixing fences and performing general maintenance --- and of course, attending lodge meetings in the district whenever they get the opportunity.

The Masonic Centre in Annalong Northern Ireland where Mourne Masonic Lodge 696 conducts its meetings.

Thomas Teggarty and William Hanna were initiated in Mourne Masonic Lodge 696, Annalong, County Down, Northern Ireland in May, 2011. (Many of you would have heard the song “The Mountains of Mourne” written by Irish musician Percy French). They received their Second Degree in September, 2011, a week before they left for Australia. During their visit to Perth, Western Australia, they attended Southern Cross Lodge No 44 and became Master Masons at a Third Degree Ceremony. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia, MWBro T F Hayes GM, with the permission of Grand Lodge of Ireland, arranged a meeting to conduct the Third Degree on the two boys by the Grand Lodge team. This is the first time an overseas lodge has conferred a degree on brethren from Mourne Masonic Lodge and there is no doubt William and Thomas will remember the occasion for the rest of their Masonic careers.

This picture shows the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia, MWBro T. F. Hayes talking to the two Master Masons at the Festive Board following their Third Degree Ceremony.

The boys then travelled to Queensland and have been looked after in true Masonic manner by AGSWks for District 60 VWBro Ken Rainbow who has arranged for them to attend Corona Lodge and Maranoa Lodge meetings. He presented them with a lapel badge each at the Corona meeting they attended. The Deputy Grand Secretary (VW Bro Graham Schulz) has referred to this event as “Masonry Universal”, from Ireland, to Western Australia and then to Wallumbilla. The contact was made through an enquiry lodged with the Maranoa website by the boys and this is the technology the young lads are using when they go to a new place. He said he was looking forward to the day they visit Brisbane, where he can show them around the Masonic Memorial Centre in Ann Street.



VWBro Ken Rainbow presenting Thomas and William with a lapel Badge (square and compasses) at the festive board during a lodge meeting at Corona 318, Wallumbilla Qld.

Lodges in Action

Baden Powell Lodge celebrates successful Founder’s Night The 155th anniversary of the birth of Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, founder of the worldwide Scout and Guide movements, was celebrated by Baden-Powell Lodge at its February meeting in the Stones Corner Centre. The Worshipful Master, WorBro Paul Rogerson, welcomed the Deputy Grand Master, RWBro. Dr Gary Bacon and a team of Grand Officers, along with the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland, Bro Maurice Law AM. Another special guest was RWBro. Len Jenkins PAGM, Worshipful Master of the Lodge Baden-Powell of NSW, No. 1051. Over 100 Freemasons, members of the Scout movement and families attended. They were treated to a simple but moving ceremony which recalled the experimental camp led by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907 on Brownsea Island in Dorsetshire, England. This was to test out his theories of training young people using the Scout method, which he had originally applied to the training of young British soldiers in India and South Africa. Assisting the officers of the Lodge in the ceremony was 11-year old Scout, Ryan Sammut, who carried the World Scout Flag and also placed the traditional Scout Hat between the flags. Bro Law addressed the meeting on the relevance of Scouting and Guiding in the 21st Century. He also made special mention of the gift of $75,000 from the Grand Master’s Flood and Cyclone Appeal towards the restoration of the Queensland Scout Centre at Auchenflower. It had been badly damaged during the floods a year earlier. His address was followed by two engaging vocal items presented by youth members of Brisbane’s Wonargo Scout Revue. The guest speaker for the evening was Mr Richard Galloway, a practising barrister, who impressed the audience with his memorable experiences as the father of three Scouts. He paid particular tribute to their leaders over the years and of the privileges that he had in being able to join in many of the lads’ scouting activities. Rebecca Jaenke, chairman of the Queensland Rover Scouts, gave a positive report of the service and other activities carried out by

Rovers (the 17-26 age group in Scouts) during the past year. The Deputy Grand Master spoke to the gathering, highlighting the positive role of Freemasonry in the community and its close affinity with the aims and principles of Scouting. After the commemorative ceremony, the Chief Commissioner led those present in the reaffirmation of the Scout Promise, which was followed by the singing of the “Boy Scout” Hymn. At the supper following the meeting, RWBro. Bacon presented Bro Law with a young hoop-pine tree, which will find a good home in the grounds of the Scout Headquarters.

Youth members of Brisbane’s Wonargo Scout Review who presented two vocal items at the Founder’s Night meeting.

The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland

The Foundation Funds -

Through the University of Queensland:

• The Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine • Research and establishment of effective geriatric video-conference assessment of patients in regional hospitals with no ready access to specialist geriatricians

Through Griffith University:

• Research into a cure for Parkinson’s Disease The quest for knowledge and understanding of the ageing process is central to the role of the Foundation as it seeks support for this important field of medical research.

Foundation expenses are low, less than 3% of income for the last few years,Your tax deductible donation or a bequest in your will (see wording below) will help improve the quality of life for older members of our community. “I give and bequeath to The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland the sum of $................. (or the residual of my estate) for the general purposes of the Foundation. And I declare that the receipt of the Secretary of the Foundation shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.”

Left to right: WorBro. Paul Rogerson, (Worshipful Master of BadenPowell Lodge), RWBro. Dr Gary Bacon DGM and Bro Maurice Law (Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland). Bro Law is holding the hoop-pine tree presented to him by the Deputy Grand Master.

For further information please contact THE GERIATRIC MEDICAL FOUNDATION OF QUEENSLAND PO Box 219 Redcliffe Qld 4020 Phone (07) 3883 1833 Email


Lodges in Action

Warm Face, Warm Hands, Warm Feet Blanket and Sensible Shoe Appeal. Now that the first chill of winter has graced the evening air, most of us will be welcoming the chance to put flannelette sheets on the bed, indulge in hot chocolate and find the perfect excuse to wear ugg boots. To Brisbane’s estimated 2700 homeless people the comfort of a warm bed, warm feet and warm food can only be imagined. Knowing how hard winter can be for people Metropolitan Funerals has teamed up with “Community Friends” to collect blankets and sensible shoes for people doing it tough on our streets. Mark McDonnell, founder of Community Friends, an organisation that hands out over 800 meals a week approached Metropolitan Funerals to help him collect blankets and sensible shoes when he read a recent article about Metropolitan being collection points for Lions old reading glasses campaign.Each of Metropolitan’s homes have become collection place for people wanting to drop off sensible shoes and blankets for Community Friends to give to people doing it tough. Mark shared with Metropolitan’s Regional Manager Gerard Griffiths that people living on the streets lost many of their blankets and possessions during last years floods and the gift of a pair of good preloved sandshoes went a long way when you have very little.

Blackbutt Lodge reaches its 100th year Blackbutt Lodge No 216 recently celebrated its Centenary to mark its 100th year as a Masonic Lodge in Queensland. The lodge room was overflowing to celebrate the important milestone. The State Member, Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as local councillors were special guests to witness the ceremony of re-enactment of consecration. A large number of ladies and children were present. The Grand Master presented the books entitled “150 years of Freemasonry in Queensland 1859-2009” to the State Member for Nanango and the Mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council, and he was then presented with a book on the pioneers of the Blackbutt area which included interesting information on the timber industry. The list of Masters of the lodge was a “who’s who” of community leaders from many fields in the South Burnett area.

If you would like to know where to drop off blankets and shoes you can call Metropolitan Funerals on 1800 636 660 for your closest location. Mark always welcomes people who would like to help him hand out meals and clothing and can be contacted on 0418 754 900.

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Pictured at the Blackbutt Lodge Centenary celebrations are (left to right): Deputy Mayor South Burnett Regional Council (Cr Keith Campbell), Mrs Campbell, Cr Debbie Palmer (Blackbutt), The Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton), the Master of Blackbutt Lodge (WorBro Robert Packer), the Mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council (Cr David Carter), the State member for Nanango (Ms Dorothy Pratt MLA).

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On a wet night with steady rain Rosslyn Lodge members at Nambour conducted their annual Burns night. However, despite the rain, the dining room was full. Men and ladies wore a multitude of colourful traditional Scottish attire and typical Scottish food was served. The Grand Master commented on the enthusiasm that all present had for anything Scottish. He also said that he has a family photo of his Great Great Grandfather (John Garland) in Maryborough wearing his kilt. The family are related to the Murray Clan.

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Pictured left to right at the Burns night function are: Bro Phil Power, WorBro Alan Scanes, RWBro Wayne Williamson, the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton), Bro Ritchie Wallace, Bro David Stark and WorBro Rob Carmichael.

Lodges in Action

Some of the members of the Queensland Chapter of the Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia, pictured left to Right: Paul Whitfield, Chris Gaylard, Peter Jacques, Rob Flett, Nathan Magnus.

Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia Inc SEQ A Queensland Chapter of the Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia has recently been formed and a very keen interest has been shown in their enthusiasm to gain new members and enjoy their Freemasonry and motorcycling.

Nathan Magnus; Treasurer, Daniel Eales; Secretary, Peter Jacques; Board Member, Matt Dobinson; Ride Coordinator, Paul Whitfield.

Secretary of the Queensland Chapter, Peter Jacqaues said that originally there were a few Queensland Freemasons in the NSW Chapter and they decided it was time to form a Chapter in Queensland. Bro Mathew Dobson organised a formation ride in February this year. The ride started at the BP Garage at the Gap and the proceeded out to Burpengary to meet more like-minded brethren. The ride then headed out to Kilcoy around Somerset Dam, down to ESK and on to Fernvale. Under a tree in Fernvale opposite the Fernvale Bakery while having a pie, the members present agreed to adopt the constitution of the MMAA and form a Queensland Chapter. The following brethren were then elected to positions: President, Chris Gaylard; Vice President,

The aim of the chapter is to be a social riding club that serves to promote Freemasonry and raise money for charity. Bro Shayne Potter established a Face Book Masonic Motorcycle Association of Australia (Qld) Page for the Chapter and it is gaining momentum. They hope to establish chapters throughout Queensland. Any interested brethren wishing to join can find out more information on the website An applicant does not need to be a Freemason to join, and family members and associate members are encouraged to become part of the organisation. Further information can be gleaned from the Chapter Secretary, Peter Jacques at or the Chapter President, Chris Gaylard at happyfat

Pictured are Bro Robert Scanlan (left) and Bro Matthew McNish (right) with RWBro Ted O’Kane.

Lord Saltoun Double Initiation A double initiation of Bro Matthew McNish and Bro Robert Scanlan was conducted at the March meeting of Lord Saltoun Lodge No. 90. According to RWBro Ted O’Kane, the last time a double initiation was held at a Lord Saltoun meeting was in January 1946 when he was initiated. The lodge now has three Entered Apprentices, with a fourth to be initiated in April.

Master Mason after 42 years Masonic achievement: South Burnett Masonic Lodge gained a Master Mason when local photographer and astronomer James Barclay (centre) successfully completed his Third Degree. James said it has been 42 years since he took his first steps into the Craft to become a Master Mason.

With James in the picture is AGSWks Arthur Hawthorn (left) and South Burnett Lodge Worshipful Master, Brendan Humberdross.

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Lodges in Action

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Proud to be a Freemason South Burnett Lodge UGLQ No. 427 gained another member recently when Kingaroy businessman James Eckart (centre) successfully completed his first of three degrees in becoming a Freemason. It has taken four years for James to make the decision to join the lodge and he is very proud to have done so. At left in the picture is Past Master Brendon Leach who presided over the meeting and the AGSWks, VWorBro Arthur Hawthorn.

Picture shows Bro Robert Northcott, WorBro Judd Last (Worshipful Master of Lamington Lodge) and Bro Thomas Northcott.

Father and son now Master Masons At the regular meeting of Lamington Lodge in March this year Bro Robert Northcott and his son Bro Thomas Northcott were raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in an impressive double third degree ceremony. Apart from the special and memorable aspect of raising father and son in the same ceremony, Lamington Lodge is experiencing a significant number of applicants and potential applicants to join the Craft; and of course this flows on to an increase in the other degree work that has to be scheduled. For this reason other double degree ceremonies are being scheduled over the following 12 months and beyond. 18


Meeting held at Historical Village

Gold Coast Daylight Installation

In January Caboolture Lodge obtained permission from the Board of General Purposes to take the lodge Warrant to the old Wamuran Temple so that a meeting could be held there. This Temple is now in the Caboolture Historical Village. Permission was also received from the Historical Village committee.

A very successful Installation was held for the Gold Coast Daylight Lodge No. 519. Shown cutting the cake at the Festive Board which followed the Installation are the Worshipful Master, WorBro Bruce Barringer and Mrs. Margaret Barringer.

The village staff came in specially for the occasion and they made all of the Freemasons feel at home with their homemade cooking. The Wamuran Temple, formerly a meeting place for Wamuran Lodge No. 354 was sold in 1973 to a local farmer who used it to store his crops of bananas and pineapples. On the farmer’s death in 2004 his daughter contacted the Caboolture Historical Village and offered them the old Temple building. The Village contacted Caboolture Lodge and between the two parties the building was moved from Wamuran to Caboolture, rebuilt and furnished as a working lodge building. It is open to the public every day and manned by local Freemasons on special days. The meeting conducted in this old Temple recently was the first warranted meeting held in that building for over 39 years.

Fenwick Lodge has “Growing Pains”

In the picture from left to right are Installing DC VWBro Billy Topou PSGW DGDC, Installing Master RWBro Colin Mander PAGM, the Barringers, and Mrs. Molly Dobell.

Seafood Spectacular at Camp Hill Camp Hill Lodge No 388 held a seafood night at Stones Corner on January 28, jointly to celebrate Australia Day and the place of Freemasonry in Australian society. Special guests were MWBro Adrian Burton GM, and Mrs Regina Burton, RWBro Gary Bacon DGM, and Mrs Carol Bacon, and RWBro Geoff Walker AGM, and Mrs June Walker. Masonic historical and education displays attracted much interest, but the highlights were the short entertainment segments by RWBro John Ellsworth (trumpet), Mrs Michelle Huggins (soprano), Bro Ian Proellocks (keyboard), and VWBro John Lethbridge (bush poetry recitation). All enjoyed an exemplary Masonic social – fine food, great company, and plenty of Champagne. The evening produced a small surplus for the lodge charity funds. Among the guests were several prospective candidates who each received a Camp Hill Masonic Information kit.

This picture gives an indication of the dramatic increase in membership of quite a few lodges in UGLQ. The Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) with the Master of Fenwick Lodge (WorBro Wayne Warry) are shown with 10 Entered Apprentices and two Fellowcraft on the occasion of a double 1st Degree recently.

Pictured are some of the guests at the Seafood Spectacular

Other Orders

Pictured is the winning team, Bethel 23 Northern Brisbane. Also in the photo are the Jurisdictional Guardian, Dona Pankhurst and the Associate Jurisdictional Guardian Jeff Harper, both of whom would like to thank the volunteer officials for their tireless effort which made the day run smoothly.

Jobs Daughters make a big splash Job’s Daughters Queensland held their annual swimming carnival at Acacia Ridge State School in February. The weather was threatening on the day, but not as threatening as the competitors who were determined to add as many points as possible for their teams, to win the carnival. During the day the weather did eventually improve and during the afternoon the girls were able to present their individual Bethel’s war cry, which is also part of the competition. Everyone who attended enjoyed the outing and the carnival was ultimately won by Bethel 23 Northern Brisbane with Bethel 5 Ipswich winning the war cry. Bethel 23 will have the honour of holding the trophy for the next twelve months.

Pictured are the Alexandra Assembly members at the Reinstituting Ceremony and Installation.

Alexandra Assembly Reinstituted

Brian and Margaret (holding flower arrangements) and the Daughters of Bethel 23. The Honor Queen is Holly Higgins

Job’s Daughter organisers receive “Member of Honour” status On February 5 Bethel Nº 23 Northern Brisbane treated two very special members to the Ceremony of “Member of Honour”. They are Margaret and Brian Thompson. Margaret and Brian have contributed more than could be asked of any two individuals. When the Bethel was at its lowest with only two daughters, their daughter Emma-Kate being one, the advice was to close and the two daughters move to another Bethel. Margaret (a passed Honour Queen of Job’s Daughter and Council member) was having none of this, so with many hours of hard work and persistence they managed to not only preserve the Bethel, but two became three, then four, and as they say, the rest is history. The Bethel is now one of the biggest Bethels in Queensland and boasts 14 daughters, two Jobie-to-Bee’s and another young lady showing more than a passing interest. Margaret and Brian’s interest started as teenagers when they joined Job’s Daughters and De Molay’s respectively and the interest and participation has never wavered. They both still attend meetings and have a positive input when asked for advice. Brian is a Supreme Officer with the rank of Supreme Senior Custodian (based in USA). This rank is the equivalent of Senior Grand Deacon here in Queensland. Brian’s advice is to have the girls between the age of 10 and 20 join, because it has such a great and positive influence on their confidence and way of life. If you require any further information about Job’s Daughters please look at our web site or contact the Bethel Guardian Jackie Wright on 3888 8049.

The Alexandra Assembly of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls was instituted in Toowoomba in 1960. Through a number of factors, the Assembly saw fit to hand in its warrant in 1985, some 25 years after it began. In February 2012, and through the organising ability of Tom and Pat Green, Alexandra Assembly rose again with the Reinstituting and Installation being held in Toowoomba in February 2012. The Assembly is sponsored by Pittsworth United Lodge and Darling Downs Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. At the Reinstituting Ceremony were members of The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland represented by the R Ex Deputy First Grand Principal, RWBro Doug Wells SGW representing the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland accompanied by a team of Grand Officers and members of Darling Downs Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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Other Orders

Pictured left to right are: VWBro Tom Lane, IllBro Col Wriggles (with certificate), IllBro Col Murray and Nurse Betty Migale from Arundel Home.

Pictured left to Right: Emt Kt Andrew Grand KCT, Kt Simon Chapman, Emt. Kt. Les Keane.

Knight Templar Installed The North Queensland Preceptory No 2 installed Bro Simon Chapman as a Knight Templar during March. Because of the flooding in North Queensland the preceptor was unable to attend. Bro Chapman’s nominator, Rt Emt Kt Andrew Grand KCT performed as preceptor with Bro Chapman’s seconder, Emt. Kt. Les Kean.

Honorary Life Membership for Col Wriggles Bro Barry Lansdown is shown on the left with RWBro Alf McDonald.

Royal Ark Mariners The Tully Royal Ark Mariner Lodge recently elevated Bro Barry Lansdown to the degree of Ark Mariner. The lodge Commander Noah, RWBro Alf McDonald and lodge officers conducted the ceremony.

At the November 2011 meeting of the Ipswich Moreton United Sovereign Chapter No 62 of Princes Rose Croix, Honorary Life Membership was conferred on well known Ipswich and Masonic identity, IllBro. Col Wriggles who celebrated his 102nd birthday in 2011 and is now a resident at the Masonic Home at Arundel on the Gold Coast. He was unable to be present at the meeting, so members of the chapter attended a very pleasant morning tea put on by the staff of the home. The Honorary Membership Certificate was presented there.

Burleigh Heads RAC News Pictured above are the Grand Royal Patron SK William Gennings and Grand Royal Matron HL Joan Smith

Order of the Amaranth Installation An invitation is extended to all in the Masonic family to attend an Open installation of the Order of the Amaranth at the Shangri-la Reception Garden Centre, 1969 Wynnum Road, Wynnum West on Saturday May 26, 2012. Proceedings will commence at 2.00 pm. This will be the beginning of the Grand Court’s Golden Anniversary 50th year and all Grand Officers look forward to your attendance. For further information, please contact – Beth Kirk on Ph: 3351 3511 or email During the 201112 year, the Grand Court’s philanthropic project raised much needed funds for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research aiding Pancreatic cancer under the guidance of Professor Frank Gannon.



The picture above shows (left to right): RWBro Ron Lane IPWCN, Bro Lloyd Adam RAM, M Ex Comp Jon Nantes, GZ and VWBro Neil Jones, the newly installed WCN.

The Burleigh Heads Royal Arch Chapter No 148 at their meeting in February conferred the Degree of Royal Ark Mariner (RAM) on Bro Lloyd Adam and installed VW Bro Neil Jones as Worshipful Commander Noah (WCN) in the presence of the First Grand Principal, M Ex Comp Jon Nantes, GZ.

Presentation of Distinguished Service Diploma

Pictured above is Illus. Bro. Hughes (right) receiving the diploma from the Deputy for the Province of South Queensland Darling Downs, Very Illus. Bro. Ron Bryant (33rd degree).

Recently at a well attended meeting of the Darling Downs Rose Croix Sovereign Council, Illus. Bro. James Walter Hughes (32nd degree), was the recipient of a distinguished service diploma from the Supreme Council for Scotland for many years of devoted service to the Scottish Rite. It was a wonderful day for Ill. Bro. Hughes as he enjoyed a surprise 90th birthday party with his family in Toowoomba prior to the meeting, and then had the pleasure of the company of his family and many brethren attending the presentation. These diplomas are not given out indiscriminately, as this is only the third such diploma presented in this district.

Serving the Community

Charity donation from Kianawah Lodge Kianawah Lodge members in November last year raised $2400 through a raffle and the proceeds were presented to the Wynnum Spring Festival committee. The committee then donated this amount to SARS (a charity connected with assisting those with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Picture shows representatives of each lodge in the Mackay District holding the cheques that their lodge donated to the Mackay and District special school project to purchase items that the school desperately requires, the main item being a walker chair valued at $5300.00 Picture shows RWBro Bob Clark PJGW, Bro Barry Myatt (President of the Festival Committee), Wor Bro Trevor Smith PSGD and WorBro Austin Young in the Wynnum Masonic Centre where they presented the cheque.

Tyrian Lodge Donation Tyrian Lodge (Bundaberg) last year donated $3000 from their CW Lovell Fund to the Bundaberg Meals on Wheels to purchase kitchen items. The Board of Benevolence under the Dollar for Dollar Subsidy Scheme donated $2880, making a total of $5880 which was spent on insulated eskies, insulated dividers, bain marie trays and lids.

Picture shows the Head Chef of the Meals on Wheels, Damien Usher (left) and Secretary of the CW Lovell Fund, WorBro Tom Barns with the donated items.

A Charitable Event Near the end of last year VW Bro A Maclean (AGSWks District 55) and VWBro David Willans (AGSWks District 56) were approached by a parent whose child is a student of the Mackay and District special school requesting monetary assistance to purchase items for the students. A meeting was convened with the principal and discussions centred around what assistance was required. The first item on the agenda was a walker valued at $5200. The lodges in the Mackay district were approached for a donation and due to their generosity the sum of $4000 including a couple of personal donations was raised within a very short period of time. Correspondence with the Board of Benevolence requesting due consideration for the $ for $ subsidy for this project proved favourable and through the Board’s generosity the organisers were able to donate the sum of $8000 to the Mackay and District Special School to purchase seven items of equipment desperately required for the assistance of the students. When the money was raised 26 members and their partners associated with the Mackay and District Masonic Lodges were in attendance to witness the presentation

of cheques to the school Principal. VWBro Willans said all concerned were most grateful for the generosity of the lodges in the Mackay District as well as the assistance given by the Board of Benevolence for supporting this venture.

RWBro Dave Willans (AGSWks District 56) is shown presenting the cheques to the school principal, Ms Sheina Treuel.

Golf Day in September The Duke of Leinster Lodge 2012 Golf Day will be held on Sunday September 16 at the Nudgee Golf Club. It will be a 9-hole ambrose event for Freemasons, ladies and friends.

Hit off time will be 1.30 p.m. and the cost to play will be $30 per person. which covers green fees, sandwiches and trophies. To book, contact Stan on 33986746 or Alan on 0412 208 719.


Board of Benevolence

Skin Cancer Research assisted by Caledonian Lodge

Gayndah Lodge No 188 Donation Brethren of Gayndah Lodge No 188 recently purchased a York Diamond SB300 spin exercise bike for members of the Gayndah YMCA and a digital television was donated to the Gayndah Hospital. Both donations were subsidised by the Board of Benevolence under the Dollar for Dollar subsidy scheme. Left to right in the picture are: WorBro Des Cowburn (lodge secretary), YMCA Manager/coordinator Ms. Dale Giddins, Bro Andrew McKay, WorBro Bill Turner, WorBro Max Wharton.

Mooloolah Lodge supports Sunshine Coast community Successful fundraising efforts by brethren of Mooloolah Lodge No. 334, matched by a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy by the Board of Benevolence, has enabled the donation of a stretcher and 10 helmets for the AGL Helicopter Rescue Service as well as the purchase of a 42” LCD monitor for the “Hear and Say” Sunshine Coast Centre at Nambour. This monitor has been placed in the Centre’s conference room so that observers do not interfere with children’s therapy.

When Caledonian Lodge No. 14 (Ipswich) held a raffle for charity, they decided that the issue they most urgently wanted to impact with the funds was melanoma. After hearing about breakthrough treatments in skin cancer at Greenslopes Medical Research Foundation (GMRF), they were quickly on the phone to see how they could join in the effort to push this research forward.

Brethren were taken on a personal tour of the GMRF laboratories where they enjoyed seeing firsthand where the Gamma Delta T-cells are cultured and met the scientists who are researching melanoma.

Part of this melanoma research involves growing up powerful cancer fighting cells called Gamma Delta T-cells in a substance called cytokine IL2. This vital and expensive consumable is something the researchers use almost every day in the labs and could not work without. The Caledonian Lodge’s generous donation of $500.00, which includes a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy from the Board of Benevolence, enables researchers to do 50 Gamma Delta T-cell cultures, something that will help a lot of melanoma sufferers right now.

Pictured left to right at the cheque presentation are: WorBro Danny Sheehy, WorBro Graham Bickle, WorBro K Anderson, WM Bill Norvill (presenting the Cheque), VWBro Greg Murray, WorBro Andy Roussos, Ben Evans of the Gallipoli Research Foundation, WorBro Bill Wallace and RWBro Col Murray.

Toowoomba Hospice Benefits

Photo (L to R): Graham Barron, Chairman Management Committee Toowoomba Hospice, WorBro Frank Reilly, RWBro Roger Turnbull, WorBro Ian McClement.

Toowoomba Hospice is a community based private healthcare facility which provides palliative care to the terminally ill in a home-like and private atmosphere. Their computer equipment and associated software was in urgent need of replacement and this need was met by brethren of Southern Cross Lodge No. 18. The successful fund-raising efforts of brethren were matched with a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy by the Board of Benevolence.

Support for Teralba Association Montville Lodge No. 260 chose the Teralba Association Hostel for Disabled Men at Mapleton as the beneficiary for their 2011 RWBro King Bequest.

RWBro Ray Door IPM and Frances are pictured with the LCD Monitor.



Picture shows residents of Teralba with VWBro Howard Dempsey and Bro Dane Roberts under the clothes hoist

This project, where funds raised were matched by a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy by the Board of Benevolence, was for the supply and installation of new clothes hoists at the hostel. After some unavoidable delays, the work was finally completed in February, and on March 7 at an afternoon tea with residents, a cheque for $600 was presented.

Jewel Presentations

Jewels for service in Freemasonry were awarded to WorBro Jack James (Left) – 60 year clasp, and WorBro Tom Stevenson for 30 years Distinguished Service.

Jack James 60 Year Jewel WorBro Jack James of Theodore Unmack Lodge reached a milestone in his long and distinguished Masonic career when he was awarded a 60 Year clasp to his 50 Year Service Jewel at the Regular Meeting of the lodge on March 8 this year. Over this long period his attendance at lodge has been exemplary. Bro Jack James was initiated in 1952 in the Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Masonic Temple. The first of the scheduled work on that evening was the Passing of another brother to the Second Degree, immediately after which the lodge was then brought down to the First Degree and Mr John Robert James was duly admitted and initiated as an Entered Apprentice Freemason – in the meantime the rules allowing work in two different degrees on the same day have changed..

Centenarian receives his 70 Year Service Jewel The presentation of a 70 year jewel to Bro Len Pronger of Star of the East Lodge No 21 (seated) took place at his home just before his 100th Birthday last year. WorBro Paul Burgess, (Worshipful Master of Star of the East Lodge) made the presentation. He is shown congratulating Bro Pronger.

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The Craft - By VWBro R. L. Grimshaw AGSWks

Rules on the Wearing of Masonic Jewels According to the Provisions of the Constitutions and the Rulings and Decisions of The United Grand Lodge Of Queensland There are many kinds of Masonic jewels, some would call them medals, however, Freemasonry has its own vocabulary, in fact it has an entire language of its own and jewels are one small part of that language. The Book of Constitutions and the Rulings and Decisions of the UGLQ both make provisions for various aspects relating to Masonic jewels. For example, Articles 12 to 19 inclusive of the Book of Constitutions refer specifically to the OSM and OSB. Articles 67, 110 and 137 of the Rulings and Decisions (R & D) and Articles 401 and 403 of the Book of Constitutions also provide information relating to the wearing of Craft lodge and UGLQ jewels in Craft lodges. A copy of the R & D of UGLQ is held by all lodge secretaries and is also on the UGLQ website. Board of General Purposes approval is required for any jewel to be struck and worn which varies from a style previously approved by the Board – this involves all parts of the jewel including the ribbon bar(s) and the colour of the ribbon. This conforms to the intent of the provisions of Art. 403 of the Book of Constitutions and Art. 110 of the R & D. For every member of a craft lodge the most valued personal jewels are those awarded as a token of esteem by the brethren or as a reward for service to the lodge or Freemasonry in general. These jewels include the Past Master’s Jewel; the AMWOF Charity Jewel of which there are five classes including the In Memoriam Jewel; the Thirty and Forty-Year Distinguished Service Jewel; Specialised Jewels e.g. a Treasurer’s Jewel or a Special Services Rendered Jewel (SSR). Also included in this category are the jewels awarded by Grand Lodge which include the Fifty-Year Service Jewel and its clasps for further increments of ten years; the Grand Lodge Jewel of Office for active service in Grand Lodge and the collaret jewels of the Grand Master’s Order of Service to Masonry and the Order of Service to Benevolence. Other personal jewels such as those worn by the founding members of a lodge or representing a special anniversary such as a lodge centenary may also be purchased by brethren and worn only by those members who were members at the time of the event – Article 110 R & D. The 24


UGLQ Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Jewel, no longer available for purchase through the UGLQ, may be worn by any member to whom the jewel may be made available. Jewels which are classified as being the property of the lodge, such as the Hall Stone and Masonic Bursary collaret jewels, and a few other approved private collaret jewels, as well as the Masonic Homes Building Fund Jewels; the UGLQ Restoration Fund Jewel; memorial and other approved historical jewels, are usually worn by the Worshipful Master and, or, other officers of the lodge and passed on to their successors. The only non-craft jewels approved to be worn in a Craft lodge are those of the equivalent of a Craft Past Master in the side orders of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch and the Honourable Degree of Mark Master Mason – such direction is by promulgation of an administrative edict from the Grand Secretariat. – justification Art. 403 and Art. 1 of the Book of Constitutions. Jewels of any of the other side orders are not approved to be worn in Craft lodges – Art. 67 R & D; and Articles 403 and 1 of the Book of Constitutions read conjointly. In the lodge-room there is no restriction on brethren wearing any approved personal jewel or an approved jewel which is deemed the property of the lodge and for which he has an entitlement to wear – Art. 67 R & D. Common sense should be applied if a brother has amassed a large number of jewels over many years of service so that his array of jewels does not look cumbersome or detract from the dignity of his appearance in the lodge room. For this reason it is recommended that Worshipful Masters wear only the jewels of the Lodge while they occupy the Chair of King Solomon. Jewels from Sister Constitutions which are similar in nature to the jewels approved by the UGLQ may also be worn by brethren who have affiliated with a UGLQ lodge – Art. 110(i) R & D. Jewels which have no relevance in the UGLQ jurisdiction should not be worn at any lodge meeting unless the wearer has been granted a dispensation in writing through the Grand Secretary – Art. 67 R & D. At the Festive Board the only brethren entitled to wear jewels is the Worshipful Master and visiting Worshipful Masters, and then only the jewels which are the

property of the respective lodge(s). Personal jewels, including the UGLQ 50 Year Service Jewel, are not to be worn. It is a well worn myth that the 50 Year Service Jewel may be worn at the festive board – Art. 67 R & D. The exception to this rule is cited at Art. 67 R & D which allows that jewels commemorating a special occasion, such as a lodge Centenary Jewel or the presentation of an AMWOF Jewel or Grand Lodge Service Jewel and the like, may be worn at the festive board on the night of presentation only. The collaret jewels of the Grand Master’s Order of Service to Masonry and the Order of Service to Benevolence, being Masonic Honours, may be worn at the Festive-Board. Representatives of Sister Constitutions who have been issued with a jewel by the sister grand lodge to complement their Commission may only wear the jewel at Grand Lodge Installations, Grand Lodge Proclamations and at all Grand Lodge Quarterly Communications.– Art.110 R & D (2011) Only one collaret Masonic jewel may be worn at any one time – Art. 67 R & D. Grand Officers and Past Grand Officers appearing in Grand Lodge regalia can only wear the UGLQ 50 Year Service Jewel; and the Grand Lodge Jewel of Office for those with Grand Rank who are in office or who have served as an active Grand Lodge Officer – Art. 110 R & D and Art. 401 Book of Constitutions. The Grand Master’s Order of Service to Masonry Jewel, Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel, and the Representative of a Sister Constitution Jewel may also be worn with Grand Lodge regalia. The 50 Year Service Jewel and Grand Lodge Jewel of Office are not to be worn at the festive board. A Master of a lodge who is being “proclaimed” is not a Past Master …until a successor has been duly elected and installed in his stead. He therefore should not be invested with a Past Master’s Jewel on the night of Proclamation – Art. 137 R & D. Wearing of approved decorations – Exservicemen attending Anzac Day or Remembrance Day ceremonies within lodges are permitted to wear their service medals and awards in accordance with the provisions of Art. 67 R & D.

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Pictured left to right are: RWBro Beven Stansbie, WorBro Col Vaughan, Mrs Kathy Drabsch (for daughter Lydia), Kyle Reardon, Kane Brubb, Tom Fowles, Brigid Wheatpon, Mrs. Trish Rowbotham (for daughter Michelle), VWBro Ken Rainbox AGSWks, Bro Paul Cole. (VW Bro Brian Reardon is just visible in the background)

Successful Bursary Recipients Raphael Lodge No 30 once again held the Peter and Joan Pascoe Bursary Presentation night in Roma and the lodge members were

most appreciative of the support given by the donors. This is the 9th year the Bursary has been presented.

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We provide : Pictured is WorBro Hosking receiving his 60 year jewel from the Grand Master. The picture of WorBro Burns receiving his 50 year jewel is on display on the UGLQ website under “50+ jewel presentations”

Enoggera Lodge annual ladies night The Enoggera Lodge No 304 conducted its annual lodge ladies night at the United Services Club in Brisbane. This is a very popular event and some 70-plus brethren, including wives, lodge widows and other guests attended. The Grand Master MWBro Adrian Burton and his wife were also present. During the course of the evening the Grand Master presented two long service jewels. A 50 year jewel was presented to WorBro Robert Burns and a 60 year jewel was presented to WorBro Noel Hosking. The 60 year jewel was presented on behalf of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. WorBro Burns was initiated in Great Northern Lodge in 1951. He has a large number of family forebears associated with the Craft, including Grand Lodge. WorBro Hosking was initiated in 1951 in New Zealand. In 1980 to 1990 he joined and served in Port Moresby Lodge No 445 UGLQ. He joined Enoggera Lodge and in 1944 was installed as Master. WorBro Hosking’s son Peter Hosking who had recently been initiated into the Craft and his grandson Mark Nacey, who had been initiated earlier in the year were both present at the function.

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Visitation List “a winner” A project commenced back in 2000 by well-known Freemason, VWBro Dennis Johnson PDGDC has grown steadily over the years and is certainly being used by “visitor-conscious” Freemasons wishing to know what work they can go and see performed throughout lodges in the southern part of UGLQ. The idea started when Dennis was Worshipful Master of Loyalty Lodge in 2000-2001 for his second term and 20012002 for a third term. (He is at present a member and Immediate Past Master of Prince Albert Lodge). He prepared his visitation list to give to his lodge members and then started to add a few of the lodges who supported Loyalty Lodge so that they could reciprocate. The word then spread and some asked to be included on his list. It grew from there. The list goes to lodges in South East

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Queensland from Sunshine Coast to Ipswich, Brisbane and outlying areas, and down to the Gold Coast. It is well laid out in columns with logos, and illustrations with dates of meetings and what work will be conducted for each lodge. The information is forward by e-mail to subscribing members and secretaries of the various lodges in the area. Of course, he has to rely on his contacts providing him with the details of work to be conducted on their meeting dates. His monthly lists usually take up 3 to 4 pages in A4 format. Recipients get the details by e-mail, and the small number without e-mail facilities get the print-out sent to them by their Secretary. The whole job makes up quite a large circulation in this southern area. The list is also now on the UGLQ website, so there may be many others who access it through that medium. For the benefit of all those readers who have not had knowledge of this worthwhile project, VWBro Johnsons e-mail address is: Contact him and become a subscriber. For those members whose lodge work has not

C H Harley Lodge “Open Night” Success

Secretaries of all lodges have been advised by the Grand Secretariat that self help depression kits are being made available to any member should the occasion arise that there is a need of this material. Every year depression affects around 6 per cent of all Australians at any one time, with the symptoms being brought on by a multitude of personal problems. Through the good auspices of WorBro John den Dulk and the “Beyond Blue” organisation, these kits can be obtained by contacting the Secretariat should there be a member in need of this material. WorBro den Dulk is also available to attend Lodges to provide a lecture on depression and what works in combating this illness. Arrangements for Bro den Dulk to attend and address lodge members can be made through the Grand Secretariat.


appeared on his list with the work they may be conducting, contact him with the information and it shall be done. Dennis says: “I certainly do not offer this service expecting any reward, but, like ritual work, the only reward I get is at least thinking I am doing a worthwhile job for the many brethren who might appreciate and use the service to expand the camaraderie in the Craft”.

This picture was taken of Dennis when he was visiting Bali last year. That’s him on the right.

C H Harley Lodge, and the Craft in general have received a very good number of prospective candidates as the result of an “Open Night” some time ago. There are six active applications. In addition, the Open Night resulted in approximately 20 applications to join other Lodges. This was a very well-organised night with approximately 60 members of the public present (including ladies and guests).

Student, Principal and Teacher The Grand Master attended the Centenary of the Gympie State High School in March and also visited


Guest speaker was the Grand Superintendent of Workings, RWBro Greg Goding. Pictured are two Entered Apprentices who joined as a result of the Open Night. Bro Ben Nalbantof (left) and Bro Grant Eaton (right) are shown with the Worshipful Master of C H Harley Lodge, WorBro Ian Kelly after the First Degree meeting. All brethren present wished Bros Ben and Grant a long and happy career in Freemasonry.

Braemar Lodge for their meeting while he was up there. By a rare chance we are able to see a photograph of three Freemasons who had some connection with the High School over the years. Pictured left to right are the Grand Master (a pupil at the school in his younger days), WorBro Murray Wegner PM (the present principal of the School) and RWBro Max Hornsby (a former teacher at Gympie High). Four guest speakers reflected on their time at the school which was one of the six opened in 1912. These were the first State High Schools in Queensland. The Centenary dinner on the Saturday was a sell-out with 600 people attending. Some ex-students even made the trip from West Australia. The oldest teacher present was 93 and the oldest student present was 96.

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Garden City Daylight Donation Garden City Daylight Lodge No. 531 conducted a raffle in aid of the Toowoomba Hospice which raised $2150. The Board of Benevolence dollar for dollar subsidy enabled the lodge to donate a total of $4300 to the hospice. The two paintings in the picture were the prizes.

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Left to right: RWBro Doug Malcolm PJGW (second prize winner); RWBro Ken Stephen PJGW (secretary and promoter of the raffle); RWBro Lionel Brown PAGM (Master of Garden City Daylight Lodge); WorBro John McGregor (first prize winner).

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Picture shows VWBro Bill Munro (Argyle Lodge Master), RWBro Geoff Walker AGM, WorBro Alan Small, Bro Rob Collins, WorBro Glen Berghofer (Portal Lodge) who was Bro Rob’s proposer, and the Argyle Lodge Director of Ceremonies, WorBro Peter Hooper.

Fifty-two brethren were present at the Forest Hill Masonic Centre to witness a Third Degree ceremony for Bro Rob Collins. During the evening the Assistant Grand Master, RWBro Geoff Walker presented Master Mason Certificates to Bro Brad Allen and Bro Will Jarvie. An Affiliation Certificate was presented to Bro Blake Nicolle from Zimbarbwe. RWBro Wayne Williamson, Master of Tullibardine Lodge was organist for the night.

Family connections in McIntyre Lodge Freemasonry has always been well to the fore in this family. The Master Mason you see in this photo is Bro David Sloss. On the left is his father, RWBro George Sloss and on the far right, his uncle, RWBro John Sloss. The Worshipful Master of McIntyre Lodge No. 116 (Goondiwindi), WorBro Terry Conroy is also in the picture.

Bro David’s grandfather was RWBro Stanley Sloss who passed away two years before his grandson was born. This picture was taken on the night of Bro David being raised as a Master Mason -only one day before his 31st birthday. It was certainly a memorable time for the Sloss family.

Lodge Secretary for 40 years VWBro Ronald Norman Bushby PDGDC (left) is congratulated by RWBro Ted Sharp PJGW at Fassifern Kilwinning Lodge (Harrisville) for two achievements during his many years as a Freemason. He has served 50 years in the lodge, and the second achievement is that he served 40 years as Secretary before taking the chair of Master. His record exceeds RWBro Sharp’s record number of years as secretary of Caledonian Lodge.

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Yeppoon Lodge Installation Yeppoon Lodge No 316 held its Installation in the Yeppoon Masonic Centre on Saturday, April 14. There was a good attendance of Freemasons to witness the installation of Bro Bruce Benson into the chair for the coming 12 months. WorBro Bob Morrish was presented with a Life Governor’s Jewel by

the Assistant Grand Master RWBro Geoff Walker at the Installation Banquet. In the above picture the new Master, WorBro Benson (centre) is shown with the Assistant Grand Master, the two Grand Wardens and the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.




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The following changes have come through since the directory was printed in February. Please alter in your directory as listed below:

The QLD Freemason Craft Lodge Directory Changes

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Alphabetical Index. Delete Coolangatta 298 Location of Lodges. Delete Sherwood 344 and Tweed Heads 298. 20 St. Georges, Installation 3rd Saturday March 49 Star of the West. New Secretary: Alastair Anderson, “Ballater Station”, Hughenden 4821. Ph. (H) 47417118 (E) 69 Hinchinbrook Cordelia. Delete John Exelby and insert Arnold Exelby. 72 Hope: New Secretary. Glen Rees, 23 South St. Allora 4362. Ph (H) 4666 3803 (M) 0417 765 801 (E) glenrees 73 St. John Biarra: (E) 135 Johnstone River Heritage: (E) 136 Biggenden: 3rd Thursday 7.30 p.m. except January. (E) 155 Indooropilly: Ted Dynes, 1 Brooklands Circuit, Forest Lake, 4078. 164 Argyle: Delete phone No. (W) 3281 0366. 197 Empire: Add Mobile No. (M) 0407 765 514. 226 Moreton: Ph (M) 0418 772 977 (E) 227 Tullibardine: Delete (W)3247 5115, insert (E) 235 Tuscan: Delete secetary’s details and insert new secretary: Brett Blade PO Box 2065, Tingalpa 4173. Ph. (H) 3890 2426 (W) 3348 3611 (E) 242 Continuity: Delete secretary’s details and insert new secretary: Allan Williams, PO Box 108, Biggenden 4621. Ph. (H) 4127 1768. (E) 255 Guthrie: (M) 0432 296 638 296 Barrine: Delete (E) 298 Coolangatta: Delete this entry entirely. 304 Enoggera: (E) 318 Corona: Ph. (H) 4622 7164 (M) 0412 971 888 333 Kedron Chermside: Email address, (E) 351 Millaa: (E) 370 Monto: Peter O’Brien, 48 Mitchell Street, Monto 4630. Ph. (H) 4166 9555 (M) 0429 358 869 (E) 438 Tarragindi: New email address as follows: (E) 494 Vigilance: John Graham, U 4 71-75 Eton St. Nundah 4012. Ph. (H) 3265 6844 (W) 3364 6464 (M) 0438 866 478. (E) 523 Bayside Daylight: New Secretary. Ron White, PO Box 2118, Wellington Point 4160. Ph. (H) 3286 1178 (M) 0417 746 215 (E) 532 Central Queensland Daylight: Bob Williams (not Ron). 534 Millennium: Installation 2nd Saturday March. Day Diary of Craft Lodges: 2nd Thursday delete Coolangatta 298. 3rd Tuesday, Millennium 534 Burleigh. Installation 2nd Saturday March.


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Alice St Temple an early Brisbane landmark By Stig R Hokanson

The decision to erect a Masonic temple in Alice Street in 1884 was born out of necessity. The overcrowded conditions in the Masonic Hall [corner Albert and Ann Streets] had resulted from a dynamic growth of Freemasonry in the Crown Colony of Queensland. The Albert Street Hall had in ten years reached its “use by date,” for Masonic purposes. It later lived on in another life, and became both a theatre and cinema in the twentieth century. The Alice Street Temple, Brisbane’s first purpose built Masonic edifice, was the brainchild of three notable Masonic luminaries, Sir Augustus Gregory, (E.C.); Theodore Unmack, (I.C.); and Thomas Mylne, (S.C.). These three, supported by over 3000 active Freemasons in the young Colony successfully acquired the Alice Street site. As luck would have it, the Albert Street property had increased in value as a result of the city’s rapid growth and enabled the sale of one to acquire the other. In August 1885 Sir Augustus Gregory laid the foundation stone of the imposing temple in Alice Street. The new edifice was supported by large columns - Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, representing all three Masonic orders of architecture - opening onto a wide vestibule paved with bright mosaic tiles. An ornate staircase, with a solid cedar handrail, led from the reception area to a fine banqueting hall above. WORK COMMENCES The work on the Alice Street Temple was pushed ahead by its principal architect, Bro. J. J. Clarke, of Clarke and Pye. The construction fell to builders Bros. Ferguson & Hutchins who in sixteen months had the new Brisbane landmark ready for occupancy. The last meeting in the Albert Street Hall was held in September 1886. The inaugural Masonic meeting in the new Alice Street Temple was held a few months later on December 1, 1886. A growth period ensued towards the end of the nineteenth century and beyond. Initiations were so frequent that most lodges held monthly emergent meetings to cope with the number of candidates seeking

entry into the Craft. To this end, it was soon realised that even the seemingly large Alice Street Temple would prove too small for the ever swelling ranks of Freemasons in Queensland. The choice of Alice Street as a site for Freemasonry was not without difficulties, however. Paramount amongst these were several floods occurring in Brisbane in 1893, 1894 and 1896 respectively. Contemporary photographs illustrate the Temple’s plight especially in the 1893 flood. While the Alice Street Temple initially proved adequate for regular lodge meetings and Installations, it was inadequate for the growing bureaucracy generated by three different provincial grand lodges, boards of general purpose, benevolence and general administration. Rooms had to be rented in and around the city for this purpose, signalling the need for an even larger building, a dream only later realised with the erection of the Ann Street Memorial Temple in 1930. Increasingly, in an atmosphere conducive to Freemasonry, men lined up to join our fraternity. Even with the ravages of the Great War, Brisbane men lodged applications to join the craft. Many, as is well documented, went off to the Great War only days after being initiated, passed or raised. Many still, never returned. Those who stayed behind in Brisbane, for various reasons of age or manpower, kept Freemasonry going with a pilot light, only to be fully re-lit at the conclusion of World War I and the repatriation of its many returned members. NEED FOR A DAY LODGE EMERGES Excluded from the fellowship of Freemasonry was a growing number of night workers in Brisbane. By 1917 the idea was floated that a Masonic

Lodge could be given dispensation to meet during daylight hours. Brisbane’s live theatre scene was extensive at the time. Artists, singers and musicians had established so called Thespian lodges in other States of the Commonwealth. These lodges were not restricted to the artistic community alone, but encouraged other applicants from various trades and professions, such as Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Newspaper workers to join its ranks. Paramount amongst Thespian lodges, Australia wide, was a recognition that meetings must conclude in time for the members to get to work. Another consideration was that the meetings must not commence ‘so early that it would deprive a Brother of his lawful rest after a previous night’s toil.’ One could not have yawning brethren in lodge, it appears. Thus it was that Thespian Lodge No. 73 in Brisbane began its meetings at 3.00 p.m. on the First Thursday each month. The ‘bracket creep’ of earlier starting times are already noticeable in the 1920’s when the Lodge started at 02.30 p.m. As an aside - at the time of my own initiation in 1971 - our Lodge meetings commenced at 01.00 p.m. Starting time changes have endured throughout Thespian’s history, the earliest, as I recall, being 09.30 a.m. for a number of years. THESPIAN No. 73 BECOMES A REALITY An august assembly met in the Alice Street Temple on October 10, 1918. The moment was not lost on the many brethren in the crowded lodge room. A hushed silence fell as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Queensland, MW Bro James Stodart rose to speak. “Brethren, we have gathered here today to participate in the Consecration Continues on Back Cover


Alice Street Temple an early Brisbane landmark

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of a new lodge about to be launched under the Jurisdiction of Queensland - a lodge different in nature from all other lodges in that its meetings will be conducted during daylight hours. While not new in Freemasonry, it is new in the State of Queensland and its formation will fill a long felt want.” . The armistice, ending World War I, was still a month and a day away. Grandmaster Stodart, possibly unaware of looming peace, articulated in no uncertain terms his feelings towards the enemy. “Your Thespian Lodge is formed at a time when the world is plunged into an orgie of bloodshed that some sigh and wonder what Fate has in store for that Brotherhood of man, which for centuries the spread of our Order has striven to accelerate. Humanity today lies in the grip of a German monster whose creation was actuated by a characteristic which should ever be foreign to a Mason’s nature: I mean greed.” [Stodart’s lengthy address is available in full The Queensland Freemason, October 12, 1918, p. 12]. What Grandmaster Stodart did not mention was another looming threat. Thespian Lodge’s formation coincided with the arrival of the Spanish Influenza pandemic which killed so many in the space of such a short time. Australia, like most countries, was ill prepared to cope with such disaster. The war had severely disrupted social and economic life, removed many medical personnel and depleted public services. In an attempt to contain the outbreak, Australian authorities instigated a combination of strategies. Schools, theatres, dance halls, churches, pubs, Masonic temples and other places of public congregation were shut, streets were sprayed, special isolation depots were established and people were compelled to wear masks in public. Up towards 100 million people worldwide died from the pandemic. These very real obstacles faced the founders of Thespian Lodge in 1918. Yet, amidst this calamity and confusion the new lodge survived and prospered in the Alice Street Temple. FIRST JEWEL AWARDED At the conclusion of the inaugural installation ceremony in 1918 Grandmaster Stodart singled out Bro W H Lock for special mention. It appears Bro Lock, Thespian Lodge’s first Junior Deacon, was the driving force behind the establishment of Queensland’s Daylight Lodge. For his efforts Bro Lock was made a Life Governor of the Aged Masons’ Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund. “I award you this Life Governor’s Jewel as an official recognition of the enthusiastic manner in which you have tirelessly worked for the establishment of Thespian Lodge in Queensland,” concluded MW Bro D. Benjamin, Past Grandmaster as he awarded the first jewel to a brother of the new lodge. The ensuing decade saw Thespian Lodge, the fledgling newcomer, become well established. At the formation

By Stig R Hokanson

of the UGLQ in 1921 the lodge was assigned a new number. No. 73 was jettisoned and No. 268 allotted as the 1920s welcomed many new candidates drawn from the ranks of returned ANZACs from the Great War. The location of the Alice Street Temple was ideal for those members going straight to work after the Festive Board. Yet, pressure steadily grew to find larger premises, capable of holding Freemasonry’s administration. The Alice Street Temple had simply become inadequate for its intended purpose. News of the building, consecration and occupancy of the ‘new’ Ann Street Memorial Temple in 1930 have been well documented. (One first find the topic mentioned in October, 1923 in an article by T. J. Rothwell, PAGM.) Not so the fate of the Alice Street temple post its us as Freemasonry’s HQ in Brisbane. THESPIAN LODGE LEAVES EARLY Long before the move to the Ann Street Memorial Temple in 1931, Lodge Thespian decided to leave the Alice Street Temple. The UGLQ had retained premises in Albert Street known as Grand Lodge Chambers. By 1926 Thespian Lodge was granted dispensation to hold its monthly meetings in these premises, as opposed to its original home - The Alice Street Temple. It remained in these Grand Lodge Chambers until 1931 when moving to the Ann Street Memorial Temple. By 1930 a decision had been made to donate the building to the University of Queensland. This most generous gift, in the early part of the Great Depression, enabled the university to accommodate its Medical Faculty’s School of Anatomy within its walls. Where once scores of initiations had taken place, medical students now carried out their work in anatomy and forensic science. By 1933, the former Alice Street Temple also made room for the university’s Dental School within its walls. In return for this most generous gift by Queensland’s Freemasons, the University established three perpetual scholarships, known as the The University of Queensland Masonic Scholarships. The former Alice Street Masonic Temple was vacated in 1939 by the university as new premises stood at the ready at St. Lucia campus. During the early 1940s the former temple was occupied by the Australian Army, remembering that Brisbane was a garrison town throughout that period. In the early 1950s the then Premier Vince Gair attempted to morph the Alice Street Temple into Queensland’s first Conservatorium of Music but was unsuccessful in attracting federal funding for his project. For a time the Alice Street Temple morphed yet again in the 1970s. It then became University of Queensland’s Microscopic Repair Division. The Alice Street Temple, one of Brisbane’s classic landmarks remained until October 1980. Like so many other beautiful buildings from the city’s early days it fell victim to the cavalier attitude of town planners and politicians. Brisbane’s distinct colonial architecture was rapidly disappearing making way for high rise development. The Alice Street Masonic Temple, and its contemporary, The Queensland Club, were arguably wrong fonts in the streetscape. A myriad of sheds, shacks and corrugated iron structures, housing light industry, store- and warehouses had from the outset compromised the look of Alice Street no matter the ambiance of its neighbour, the City Botanical Gardens. News of the demolition of the Alice Street Temple did not even make the newspapers at the time. A shoulder shrug of indifference, possibly born from the fact that it had been decommissioned as a Masonic Temple half a century earlier, is the most plausible explanation. Where once the iconic Alice Street Temple stood we now have Quay West, the enormous apartment hotel, leaving the Queensland Club alone to ponder the fate of its once regal neighbour in the same street.

The QLD Freemason - May 2012  

Quarterly magazine for The United Grand Lodge of Queensland

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