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Variety Bash 2013

We bring you the latest news on Team Freemason

“Thank You” from the Grand Master

Bursary Recipients

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This issue contains quite a lot of interesting articles and an insight into what is coming up in UGLQ between now and the August issue. Of course we will have a coverage in the next issue of the Grand Installation which occurs on July 6 in the Grand Hall, Masonic Memorial Centre in Ann Street Brisbane. You will notice in this issue and the previous ones over the last 12 months that there has been a wonderful increase in membership within lodges all over the State. This has been brought about by well-organised marketing and making use of the latest technology to catch the eye of the young men who may have been curious about the workings of Freemasonry. It has worked! Our pages show pictures and stories about young (and older) candidates proudly being accepted as Freemasons in lodges all over UGLQ. We hope that this change keeps on its upward course for years to come. Could I please ask again if contributors could be more careful in their selection of pictures for publication. Some have cameras that record the date the picture was taken and this is printed in gold lettering on the print. That does not look good and there is a considerable amount of work done in deleting it. Some other pictures are out of focus because of movement of the camera when the picture was taken. Please try and avoid that by holding the camera steady and taking several pictures so that at least one might be suitable. Backgrounds are another thing. There is nothing worse than a reflection from a flash appearing in the picture. Next issue I will endeavour to have an article submitted by a professional photographer so that it might help the amateurs with their photography. Copy and advertising deadlines are very important to those who are putting this magazine together. Please stick to the deadlines. Late entries cause unnecessary delays and frustrations with those trying to get the magazine out in time. The deadlines are advertised in every issue. Our deadline for the August issue is July 1. Fraternal Regards, John Irwin, Editor

disclaimer 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.



Regular Features On the Cover Our Cover for this issue features the up and coming Variety Bash2013 entry with a vehicle purchased by the Grand Officers Association. Pictured are the three Freemasons, Murray Sondergeld, Matt Sondergeld and Mal Creed, who have stripped the vehicle down, built it back up again with various accessories and had it painted. They will be the drivers in this ever-popular vehicle bash throughout Queensland.

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And the picture of course has a background of the well-known Yangan Masonic Centre 18km east of Warwick. This grand old building was built in 1898 for the School of Arts and was transferred to the Yangan Masonic Lodge 100 years ago in 1912 when a larger school of arts was built. Both have survived and are heritage registered.

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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 Gregory William SHORT Grand Secretary John William RAWLINSON Deputy Grand Secretary Graham Richard SCHULZ

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The Board of Benevolence Board Secretary WorBro David Roberts PSGD 60 Wakefield Street Sandgate Qld 4017 PH (07) 3869 6075 FAX (07) 3269 6725

Publication Editor - John IRWIN PH (07) 3821 2113 The QLD Freemason Published by United Grand Lodge of Queensland Art Direction and Layout Dan HANCOCK PH (07) 3162 8823 M 0419 025 584 Deadlines for the August 2013 issue will be strictly adhered to: 01/07/13.

From the Grand Master Brethren This is my last communication to you all as Grand Master in the Queensland Freemason. At my Installation on July 3, 2010 I said that I had mixed emotions over the last six months. Excitement, challenging, some doubts. A grand Installation is a very moving experience. Today I have experiences of satisfaction and a sense of relief. Many very mixed emotions. The last three years has been a roller coaster journey. One has to constantly focus on the positives and divorce oneself from the handful of negativity. There are so many “good news stories” which are uplifting experiences. I will always be grateful to so many for the respect shown to the office of Grand Master which I have been privileged to occupy and to your support in general. One lesson from Sunday School taught me about a wonderful athlete, Eric Liddle - a Scot. A missionary in China who lost his life in occupied China during World War 2. Years later a movie was made and Liddle was one of the characters in “Chariots of Fire.” He would not run on a Sunday at the Paris Olympics because it crossed his boundaries of principles of faith. He ran the 400 metres and not his preferred event the 100 metres. He won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Liddle would not compromise his principles. He said: “ In the dust of defeat as well in the laurels of victory there is glory to be found if one has done his best.” Each and every one of us must always try to do our best. Not everyone will be pleased with what we do but we must move forward with positive messages and display the goodwill necessary for a successful fraternity. The worst mistake we can make either as individuals or as a fraternity is to focus on negativity. Brethren it must be our challenge to ensure that the eloquence of our words and ritual are reflected in the eloquence of our actions. No matter what your faith; may the Great Architect protect you and your loved ones. Remember brethren that he who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. Adrian Burton - Grand Master


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Variety Bash HERE WE COME

For the first time in Freemasonry throughout Queensland, an entry has been made in the ever-popular Variety Bash for 2013, which no doubt will promote the organisation State-wide as it wends its way over a vast area of Queensland from August 5 to August 15.

The entry has been made possible by the Grand Officers Association Queensland which purchased a 1983 model Ford ZK Fairlane and had it completely overhauled and painted. The entry for Freemasons Queensland is Car No.132. The area to be covered by the “Bash” is from Emerald to Blackall, through Stonehenge, Winton, Boulia, Mount Isa, Normanton, Georgetown, Mareeba, and Mission Beach. This makes it a trip of approximately 3000km by all types of vehicles, and the aim is to raise as much money as possible for sick and disadvantaged Queensland children. The Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) and the Chairman of the Grand Officers Association (RWBro Doug Wells PSGW) have asked all lodges throughout UGLQ to support this fund-raising effort. Donations from individuals and lodges to support the Freemasons entry Car 132 can be made in several ways: 1. 2. 3. 4.

By mailing cheques payable to “GOAQ Variety Bash Car 132” and mailed to P.O. Box 2125, Keperra 4054 Direct deposit to Heritage Bank Brookside. Account Name HOAQ Variety Bash Car 132, BSB No 838070, Account Number 13008781 and reference __ your name. Pay direct on line via the Variety web site at Mention your name and Car 132. Lodges and individuals are most welcome to make presentations on the floor of Grand Lodge and District Grand Lodge at Quarterly Communications.

At the March meeting of the Grand Officers Association Queensland the guest speaker was Rob Goodwin, Director of Motoring Events for Variety Club, Queensland. He provided considerable information about the running of the “Bash” . It is incredible the amount of needy causes that this Variety organisation supports. There can be no doubt that this fund raising activity will benefit from the support of Freemasons throughout Queensland. The map (pictured left) shows the route to be taken from Emerald to Mission Beach.

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ANZACS Honoured at Memorial Service Every year the Anzac evening Memorial Service appears to grow in numbers and this year was no exception. This moving service has attracted hundreds of visitors to the Grand Hall in the Ann Street Memorial Centre once again and judging by the many comments made on the way out after the service they will be returning next year. As in the past, the laying of wreaths by Masonic Lodge representatives at the urn in the foyer of the Masonic building in Ann Street was very well attended. The Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) also laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Ann Street further down from the Masonic Centre. The evening service attended by over 600 people was once again organised by the AIF Memorial Lodge No 289 and WorBro David Taylor was once again chairing the service. The Director of Ceremonies for the service was RWBro Rod Powell. The Grand Master gave his address in which he spoke of the World War conflicts of the past. He followed this by giving the Pledge of Allegiance. The Anzac Address was given by the Guest Speaker, Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Peacock RANR. This address was interesting and informative and showed just how much experience he has had throughout his naval career and his current interest in business management. Naval Cadets from T.S. Paluma mounted the Catafalque followed by the laying of wreaths by the following: Flt.Lt. Tim Daelman (representing Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope

Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge Anzac Ceremony

Wensley AC); MWBro Adrian Burton, Grand Master (representing the Freemasons of Queensland); Cmdr Lachlan King ADC RAN (for those who defended us on and under the seas and oceans); Brigadier Greg Bilton CSC, ADC, Australian Army (for those who defended us on the battlefields); Wing commander Simon Nickson, Royal Australian Air Force (for those who defended us in the skies above); The Hon. Tim Nicholls MP, Treasurer of Queensland (on behalf of the Premier and Government of Queensland); Senator the Hon Brett Mason (on behalf of the Hon. Tony Abbott and members of the Federal Opposition); Mr Bill Byrne MP, State member for Rockhampton (on behalf of Annastacia Palaszczuk and members of the Qld. State Opposition); Cr Milton Dick, (on behalf of the Brisbane City Council Opposition); Mrs Monica Elliott, State Commissioner Qld.(on behalf of Girl Guides Association, Qld.); Mr Craig Ray (on behalf of the Scout Association Qld. Branch); Mr. Robert Cavallucci (State Member for Brisbane Central). Once again Members of the Queensland Masonic Choir, the River City Clippers, and the glorious voice of the soloist Michelle Huggins provided some solemn items for the service. The Grand Heralds played the Last Post and Reveille, and provided the heralding for the entrance to the Grand Hall of the Grand Master and his Grand Officers. A truly well-organised ceremony which is gaining popularity every year it is held. Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge staged their 2013 Anzac Day ceremony at their meeting in the Southport Masonic Centre on Monday, April 22. The general public was invited to attend and a special guest at the ceremony was the Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton. The picture on the left shows just how Freemasonry works with genuine fellowship between young and old alike. The three Gold Coast Freemasons having a chat are (l-r): Lodge Secretary Bro Ray Daines, WorBro Norm Anderton MBE OAM and Bro Neil Orr. Neil, 24 years of age, is a Fellowcraft and enjoyed listening to the Anzac stories related to him by WorBro Anderton who was a prisoner of war for three years in WW2. Norm is over 90 years of age. (Picture courtesy of the Gold Coast Bulletin –Photographer Kit Wise).

Job’s Daughters pay respect to Anzac Heroes (By WorBro Alan Larter) On Thursday, April 25, Job’s Daughters joined in and marched with veterans from passed world war campaigns in the annual ANZAC Day parade at Kedron Wavell RSL. The march started at 8 am with a large contingent of veterans from all services taking part, some of whom were transported in very well presented old army jeeps, with local youth from schools, athletics clubs, and local community groups supporting the ANZAC tradition. The parade concluded at the front of the Kedron Wavell services club where the sub branch president Mr Rod Single welcomed everyone and a commemorative service was presented. A moving address was given by Corporal Jaime Still, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) and a poem was presented by Milo Munoz (7P) from Our Lady of the Angels School, called ANZAC Hope, who wrote the poem. The Honoured Queen from Chermside Bethel laid a wreath on behalf of Job’s Daughters Queensland while a Lone Piper played the Lament; the Last Post was sounded followed by a minutes silence and then the Ode was given by Greg Russell, sub branch Senior Vice President. It was a very emotional and inspiring service. It was also very pleasing to see the amount of young people taking part in the official proceedings and remembering our fallen heroes. The ANZAC tradition will live on.

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South Burnett Lodge remembers ANZAC Day The South Burnett Masonic Lodge No 427 Anzac Day Vacant Chair ceremony was held in Kingaroy and was well attended. Pictured from left at the ceremony are Cheryl Dalton (South Burnett Regional Council representative), Deb. Frecklington (State member for Nanango), Jason Stephens (Kingaroy High School Year 12 student and guest speaker), Worshipful Master of the lodge, WorBro Noel Corbett.


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Left right: RWBro Lt Col (Ret) Alan Townson (Assistant Grand Master 2010-2011); RWBro Dr Gary Bacon (Deputy Grand Master 20102013); MWBro Adrian Burton (Grand Master 2010-2013); RWBro Geoff Walker (Assistant Grand Master 2011-2012); RWBro Greg Short (Assistant Grand Master 2012-2013).

Thanks from your Grand Master (2010-2013)

The last three years of my Masonic journey has been go, go, go. There never appears to be a spare moment and one could expect that every hour of every day has some issue to look into. The teams have been wonderful which has made the journey all that more interesting, enjoyable and rewarding.

Congratulations on your election as Grand Master 2013-2014 The Grand Master MWBro Adrian Burton (left) congratulating his successor, Deputy Grand Master (Grand Master elect) RWBro Dr Gary Bacon, and pointing out where his portrait will hang from July 6. Both the Grand Master and the Grand Master elect come from Gympie. They attended different schools and never knew each other when they lived in Gympie 6


I have had a Deputy Grand Master in RWBro Dr Gary Bacon who has excelled in the position. He and three Assistant Grand Masters, RWBro Alan Townson, RWBro Geoff Walker and RWBro Greg Short have shown the character, the dedication and the commitment necessary to serve the Craft in high office. To indulge a little, I was delighted that my appointment of Deputy for three years was elected as my successor to serve as Grand Master from July 2013 and that RWBro Alan Townson, my Assistant Grand Master in 2010 has been appointed as Deputy Grand Master

by the Master Elect. Add to this my Grand Director for 2010-2012, RWBro David Gray’s appointment as Assistant Grand Master for 2013-2014 completes a strong leadership team which will serve the craft well into the future. My wife, Regina has been increasingly supportive throughout my active 23 years as a Grand Officer which commenced as a Sword Bearer for MWBro Kinross in 1990. She has taken on the sometimes daunting task of “First Lady” with some trepidation but has proved her worth. I would like to thank her and my son and daughter for their patience and support during my term of office. There have been may highs in my journey of a lifetime. Some major highlights of note:

Thanks from your Grand Master (2010-2013) THE BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE For the past three years the Ann Street Masonic Memorial Centre has been the most popular historic building sought after by the public. The media has been very active at these times always after interviews. Some focusing on the beauty of Ann Street and a genuine curiosity as well as a certain amount of sensationalising of the topic. We as a Fraternity have had very positive exposure, with 2577 visitors in one day in 2012. The Grand Super and the Deputy Grand Secretary have played pivotal roles to grow the initial success. The launch by the governor of the first Open House in 2010 was at the Ann Street Masonic Centre. GOVERNMENT HOUSE Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC has shown a keen interest in the activities of Freemasonry in Queensland. Regina and I have been privileged to accept invitations to a number of functions at Government House, which recognises Freemasonry as a contributor in mainstream society. Her Excellency has visited Ann Street and other venues on a number of occasions for major events and has spoken positively on our activities. Queensland has been well-served by such a talented, sensitive and dedicated Governor. Her Excellency is hosting a function at Government House on July 5 for the visiting Grand Masters. FLOOD AND CYCLONE APPEAL Queensland was overwhelmed by floods and cyclone in 2011. Freemasons and individuals as well as individual lodges generously contributed to the Grand Master’s flood appeal and subsequently a cyclone appeal. I am grateful to the Boards for their support in the launch of this project. One million dollars in 11 months is a tremendous effort by all. I should reinforce the contribution from Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. The Grand Charity in London was the first overseas contributor with £20,000 in the first few days. I consider our jurisdiction fortunate in the sense that WA had bushfires and NZ had an earthquake. RWBro Alan Townson PAGM proved to be the right choice to chair this committee and be able to deliver the result I and others always envisaged. Freemasonry out in the public domain right across the State. MAJOR CELEBRATIONS The team and I conducted two rededications and 10 re-enactments of Consecrations from Cairns to Brisbane. Wonderful celebrations of 100, 125, and

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150 years of Freemasonry. From small lodges packed in tight to some grand structures in Cairns, Townsville and Charters Towers. Every one of these ceremonies had a special interest and celebrated the life and times of Freemasonry, paying a special tribute to the founding fathers who made a lodge what it is today. The public have been eager visitors and observers and all the feed back I have received has been positive. I believe that the more recent openness has broken down barriers of misinformation and rumours. The Quarterly Communication held on the Gold Coast saw a larger number of under 30’s than what we saw in the past. A recognition of the good work being done on the Gold Coast and the traditions of yesteryear. I believe it makes Queensland a unique jurisdiction. DISTRICT GRAND LODGE Both the District Grand Lodges and in particular the District Grand Masters have co-operated and been so very supportive of the overall thrust for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. Personally I had a great deal of pleasure in installing both District Grand Masters.

The Grand Master lays a wreath in ANZAC Square Brisbane with his grandson Daniel Burton (7) on behalf of all freemasons in Queensland and Papua New Guinea

PAPUA NEW GUINEA Only recently I was in Papua New Guinea where there is a great need in local communities.The lodges are very active in the community and are duly recognised for their activities. Visits to other lodges are usually made by air. The two open meetings with the Governor, the Lutheran Pastor and the Anglican Bishop in attendance certainly had positive results. Thank you PNG.

ANZAC DAY There has been a resurgence in Anzac Day commemorations in particular in the last two years with 650 present in 2012 and approximately 600 in 2013 in the Grand Hall. Professional programs, professional individuals and groups participating and additional brethren supporting the AIF Memorial Lodge. One gains a great deal of satisfaction when our visitors heap praise on our fraternity for our ongoing commitment of remembrance to our past and current servicemen and women, as well as the exceptional memorial centre which is Ann Street.

INTERSTATE I have had the opportunity to visit all the other States and New Zealand during my term and on two of those occasions, Queensland had the largest delegations. Regina and I are most grateful for your support personally and your support for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

VISITATIONS The commitment to the office of Grand Master is to be the Grand Master of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. From Cairns to the border, from the coast to the west. From Wallumbillla to Muttaburra, from Port Moresby to Madang each visit has been memorable.

I can report that there has been very good co-operation amongst the States of Australia and New Zealand. The Grand Masters’ conferences show that all the jurisdictions have similar issues to address and there has generally been good crosspollination of ideas.

I have been asked many times to point out the highlights of the three enjoyable years I have been privileged to serve as Grand Master. All the previous highlights stand out however meeting Freemasons (men of goodwill) and their families; the genuine respect they show to each other and their fellow man, the genuine masonic hand extended points out to me that we have quality men of all ages who share in the hjoys of life. What a privilege it has been to meet with so many of you. The young men of today who are joining us all share in those same principles we all aspire to uphold and maintain.

OTHER ORDERS Membership in the other orders can be life changing experiences and life changing commitments for many members. Wherever possible I have had teams visit other orders and in my visits I have learnt so much. Thank you for the invitations. All Orders can contribute a great deal of enjoyment to many members of UGLQ.

Thanks for the memories Adrian Burton, Grand Master


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Bayside Daylight Lodge 25th Anniversary

The Thornlands Dance Palais Hall, where Bayside Daylight Lodge conducts its meetings. Bayside Daylight Lodge No 523 celebrated their 25th Anniversary at their Installation on April 8 this year. The idea of forming a daylight lodge in the Wynnum-Redlands area began in 1987. Quite a number of members of Redlands Lodge No 252 were involved in the forming of the Daylight Lodge. Letters to the three newspapers in the area, The Bayside Bulletin, Redland Times and Wynnum Herald resulted in a meeting being held at the Cleveland Masonic Centre with 31 Freemasons from 22 lodges attending. Following more meetings approval was granted to form the Daylight Lodge in 1988. The Cleveland Masonic Centre was approved as the Bayside Daylight meeting venue. However, the Consecration of the lodge took place on April 16, 1988 in the Grand Hall at the Masonic Memorial Centre. MWBro M G Winders was Grand Master at the time. From then on to this day, the Bayside Daylight Lodge has been functioning successfully. In 2004 when the Cleveland Centre Building and land was sold to developers, the lodge, with two other lodges (Redlands and Stanley) were required to find another meeting place. Bayside Daylight and Redlands lodges chose the Thornlands Dance Palais Hall (which is only five km from the old centre in Cleveland) and Stanley Lodge moved to Wynnum for their meetings. Stanley and Redlands are now meeting at Stones Corner. Freemasonry commenced in Cleveland in 1895 when RWBro Thomas Mylne - District Grand Master SC - consecrated Lodge St. Clair No 824 in the Odd Fellows Hall, Passage Street Cleveland. The current treasurer of Bayside Daylight Lodge, WorBro Ian Ross, with the help of some other members has produced a 36 page booklet to honour the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the lodge. It contains the history of the lodge with quite a number of pictures, and also covers some of the history of when Freemasonry came to the Redlands area. The book is selling for $6.00. It can be obtained by contacting RWorBro Ron White, phone (07)32861178 or email: . The Cleveland Masonic Centre (still standing, but badly vandalised) where the lodges met prior to it being sold in 2004.

Pictured left to right: Mrs. Mavis McGregor, RWBro Don McGregor (59 years service), WorBro Bruce Anderson (50 years), MWBro Adrian Burton GM (33 years) and RWBro John Ferguson (61 years).

203 years service in Queensland Freemasonry Four Freemasons with a combined total of 203 years service recently got together at the Blue Care retirement village in Caloundra and naturally they had much to talk about. The Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton was one of the four. The others were RWBro Don McGregor, WorBro Bruce Anderson and RWBro John Ferguson. All of these brethren were members of Maree Lodge No 345 which first met at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall at Kangaroo Point and then in the Ann Street Masonic Memorial Centre. WorBro Anderson was the Grand Master’s junior warden when he was Worshipful Master of the lodge in 1986. It took WorBro Anderson some time to become Worshipful Master because of his shift work with the Queensland Police Service. RWBro Don McGregor is currently Secretary of Charles Stumm lodge and RWBro John Ferguson who emigrated from Northern Ireland after the war, is now a member of Taringa Lodge. The Grand Master commented that in the room he could call on advice with talented Freemasons with 170 years experience. There were some reflections on the “good old days” and characters who had been wonderful ambassadors for Queensland Freemasonry. Mrs Mavis McGregor provided a great morning tea after the Grand Master had presented WorBro Anderson with his 50 year service jewel.

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Pictured left to right: RWBro Alan Townson PAGM, RWBro Gary Bacon DGM, RWBro David Gray SGW.

Grand Installation: Saturday, July 6, 2013 The Grand Installation for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland will be held in the Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Centre in Ann Street Brisbane on July 6, 2013 with the ceremony commencing at 2.00 p.m. At this installation RWBro Dr. Gary Bacon DGM will be installed as Grand Master to succeed MWBro Adrian Burton GM, who has served as Grand Master for the past three years. This will be a gala event on the Masonic Calendar and brethren who intend viewing the ceremony are asked to make sure they have purchased the $10 tickets for them to enter the Grand Hall and be seated by 2 p.m. There will be no doubt that dignatories from all over Australia will be attending as in the past, our Grand Lodge delegation has visited many installations. Lodge members have been invited to display their lodge banners in the Hall for the occasion. The installation program covers a list of events that are being held between Friday July 5 and Sunday July 7. Registration forms must be forwarded no later than Friday, May 31, 2013. The following three Senior Grand Officers will be taking over the reigns on July 6, 2013.

Grand Master– elect : RWBro Dr Gary Bacon BSc (Hons), PhD, DGM. Bro Gary’s Masonic journey commenced at Beerwah in Tibrogargan Lodge in June 1973 and he has remained a member ever since of ‘Tibro’. He has been lodge secretary since 1995, the year he took his first steps into Grand Lodge as Senior Grand Deacon. Later experiences included a four year term as AGSWks and elected member of the Board of General Purposes. Gary graduated from the Australian National University in forest science and worked as a natural resource scientist and senior manager in both Queensland and New South Wales primary industries. He took up his current position as adjunct Professor with the Environmental Futures Centre at Griffith University in 2006. The Grand Master elect is committed to the developing theme within UGLQ of moving from the inward looking Masonic descriptor, “Audi Vide Tace”, a motto inherited from the English Union to the outward focussed embrace of community, via “Audi Vide Clamo” , viz, Hear, see, be silent -----Hear, see, SHOUT !! Deputy Grand Master– designate: RWBro Lt Col (Ret’d) Alan Townson, BE(Hons), Grad Dip Mgt, PAGM. Bro Alan joined Celtic of Ithaca Lodge in 1987. He served on the Board of

Benevolence for 12 years and as President from 2004-7. He was the AGM in 2010-11. Alan is a retired Army Officer and engineer. He has worked at senior levels in project management and strategic planning roles in the military, mineral resources and manufacturing industries. The DGM designate is keen to actively contribute to dynamic strategic planning activities and promoting all aspects of the Freemasons’ brand. AGM – designate: RW Bro David Gray, B.Tech Elec Eng, Grad Dip Eng Mgt, Master Technology Mgt, SGW Bro David joined Pine Rivers Lodge in June 1990 and remains Treasurer after completing his term as IPM in 1998. He is a foundation member of the City of Logan Lodge and was WM 1998-2000. He entered Grand Lodge as a Grand Standard Bearer in 2003 and later served as Grand Director of Ceremonies for four years. David has worked in manufacturing, local government and the private health sector in asset management, capital works and project management roles. The AGM designate is a strong believer in individual lodges being responsible for their own futures, supported by education systems and protocols which provide a firm foundation for individual growth and the prosperity of Freemasonry as a whole.


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WorBro Chris Devine PGSwdBr with a wreath of flowers leads the wreath-laying party during the ceremony.

Lodge of Sorrow for Harry In February Dennistoun Lodge No 301 conducted a Lodge of Sorrow for their wellknown lodge secretary and AGSWks, VWBro Dr Harry Zaphir who passed to the Grand Lodge Above suddenly while attending a seminar at the Gold Coast on September 24, 2012. The Lodge of Sorrow was well attended by members of the public, Harry’s family, Freemasons, the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton), Deputy Grand Master (RWBro Dr

Gary Bacon), and a team of Grand Officers. A very solemn ceremony, ably chaired by the Dennistoun Lodge Master (WorBro Mark Paterson) showed the amount of esteem in which the late VWBro Zaphir was regarded. The Chaplain for the Lodge of Sorrow was Harry’s eldest son, Bro James Zaphir. At the conclusion of the Ceremony, the Grand Master introduced the Deputy Grand Master who addressed the gathering and presented Mrs.Sue Zaphir with a jewel in memory of her husband.

RWBro Dr Gary Bacon DGM is shown presenting the jewel to Mrs Zaphir while the family seated nearby look on.

New Choir Members Urgently Needed The Queensland Masonic Choir recently sang at an Ionic Prudence Lodge Masonic Church service for Palm Sunday at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Red Hill, Brisbane and this is one of many musical events that are performed by the choir. The last major event performed by the choir was at the Anzac Memorial Service held in the Grand Hall at the Masonic Memorial Centre in Ann Street Brisbane on April 25. Choir members enjoy their music and they make a major commitment, with many of them travelling long distances to practice every Wednesday night in the Grand Hall. VWBro Gary Young, the Choirmaster/Conductor, said. “Their performances take them to Masonic ceremonies, concerts, memorial services, weddings and funerals”. The Grand Installation will be held in the Grand Hall on July 3, and the choir is always looking for new members, especially for this important Installation ceremony. A call has gone out for any brethren interested in joining the choir to contact VWBro Young by telephoning him on Mobile 0417 799 679 or leaving a message with the office of the Grand Secretariat, Ph. (07) 3229 3533. He said that the activities of the choir plus the enjoyment of the fellowship with its members can be explained to anyone who makes an enquiry. 10


Mt Pleasant First Degree Our picture shows the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton ) and Past Grand Master (MWBro Emmanuel Anthony) present on the occasion of a First Degree at Mt Pleasant Lodge No 361. The candidate, Bro Stephen Jones is being congratulated by the Master of Mt Pleasant Lodge, WorBro Andrew Childs. Bro Jones is well known to many in the fraternity as he often takes their photographs. This time, he is on the other end of the camera.

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Vacant Chair ceremony at Fassifern Killwinning Lodge Fassifern Kilwinning Lodge conducted a rather solemn ceremony of the Vacant Chair recently and it was carried out in a dignified and sincere manner with 35 visitors, members and ladies being present. A very informative address was given by the guest speaker, Reverend Kath Hobson. She had everyone spellbound with her history as a teacher followed by her experiences as a minister of the Uniting Church and a chaplain in hospitals.

State member visits UGLQ Mr Robert Cavallucci MP the State member for Brisbane Central was shown through the Ann Street Masonic Memorial Centre by the Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton recently. Mr Cavallucci stated that the Masonic Memorial was indeed a most impressive building and he had been advised that in “The Brisbane Open House� programme it had been the most popular historical building visited by the public. Mr. Cavallucci presented the Grand Master

with a picture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 of her Diamond Jubilee.This picture will be hung in the Grand Masters office. The Grand Master presented Mr Cavallucci with a copy of the book 150 years of Queensland Freemasonry 1859--2009. This picture which was taken in the Grand Masters office shows (left to right) Mr. Robert Cavallucci State Member of Parliament and MWBro Adrian Burton, Grand Master UGLQ

Pictured (left to right): RWBro Ted Sharp (acting AGSWks), Bro Stefan Bath (the first candidate in 12 years to be initiated in the lodge), Rev. Kath Hobson and Worshipful Master WorBro Matthew Grace.

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This is a picture of the entrance hall of the Tokyo Masonic Building

Choirmaster Visits Tokyo Masonic Centre The Deputy Grand Organist and Choirmaster of the Queensland Masonic Choir, VWBro Gary Young PDGDC recently visited Japan with his wife Anne and while she visited the fabric district of Tokyo to do some shopping, he visited the Tokyo Masonic Centre. In front of the building, symbols can be found on the surface of a massive one metre cube of black marble. In 1950, the present site of the Tokyo Masonic Association was purchased by what is now known as the Toyko Masonic Lodge No.2. This is the centre for Masonry in the Tokyo area. The Tokyo Scottish Rite bodies soon joined them and together they developed the property making it available for others of like persuasion. The Zaidan Hojin Tokyo Masonic Association was formed as a non-profit charitable foundation in 1955. The object of the T.M.A. is to promote charity, learning, and the love of God. The entrance hall of the Tokyo Masonic Building is beautifully constructed and appointed with several works of art of stain glass windows illustrating the Blue Lodge and the Scottish Rite symbolism and historical data important to Masonry. Gary was very fortunate to meet the Grand Secretary and his personal Secretary who made him feel very

welcome. They showed him the two Grand Lodge rooms and explained the operations of the Grand Lodge of Japan. In the foyer was a collection of pictures of past Grand Masters including General Douglas Macarthur. The first room was the beautifully appointed Blue Lodge Room which seats 125 and was especially constructed to illustrate the teachings of Symbolic Blue Lodge Masonry. They were very proud to inform him that the two stones at either side of the Grand Masters seat were donated by the Grand Lodge of NSW. The Scottish Rite Lodge Room seats 125 and again was especially constructed to illustrate the teachings of the Scottish Rite and other appendant bodies in the Tokyo area.

Picture of the Blue Lodge Room at Tokyo Masonic Centre

The highlight of the visit of course was when they requested him to play their Grand Lodge Organ for a number of their staff. The organ was a large Yamaha two manual full pedal board Organ. Gary played a selection of Masonic Music. At the conclusion of the visit they presented him with a large number of items of memorabilia from the Tokyo Masonic Centre and extended their best wishes to be conveyed to the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. VWBro Gary Young trying out the Grand Lodge Organ at the Tokyo Masonic Centre.



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Pictured above are the recipients and in the front row are left to right; MWBro Emmanuel Anthony PGM, RWBro Dr Gary Bacon DGM, MWBro Adrian Burton GM, RWBro Greg Short AGM and RWBro Charles Reich PAGM. On the left in the back row is proud grandfather WorBro Bob Dawson, who received the cheque and certificate on behalf of granddaughter Michele who is at University in NSW and was unable to attend.

Another Successful Bursary Presentation Relatives and friends gathered in the Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Centre in Brisbane on Friday, March 22 to witness the UGLQ Masonic Bursary presentation.

the Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton. who was introduced to the gathering by the Grand Director of Ceremonies, RWBro David Sherrit.

It was a very proud moment for those closely associated with the recipients to see them one by one receiving their Bursary cheques and Certificates from

The Deputy Grand Master and the Assistant Grand Master were also present. The Deputy Grand Secretary (VWBro Graham Schulz) provided the visitors with

a very capable description of the Masonic Building and the Grand Hall where everyone was seated on the night. Other speakers were MWBro Emmanual Anthony PGM and RWBro Charles Reich PAGM, Bursary Committee members. Light refreshments were served in the supper room after the presentation.

Two North Queensland Initiations Two initiations took place recently at the Masonic Centre in Walker Street Townsville. In the first picture District Grand Master, RWBro Phillip Geertz, invites Bro Austin Bonney’s “Dad”, WorBro Dave Bonney to place a masonic pin on his son’s lapel at a First Degree in Unity Lodge No 300. The second picture shows the Deputy District Grand Master, VWBro Ian Barrett welcoming the Pines Lodge latest member, Bro Greg Connor on the night of his Initiation.


History - By RWBro R. L. Grimshaw JGW

IRISH LODGES ASSOCIATION CELEBRATE THE 150TH YEAR SINCE THE FIRST IRISH CONSTITUTION LODGE WAS ERECTED IN QUEENSLAND IN 1863 SHOWCASED IN THE SPIRIT OF SAINT PATRICK’S DAY By RWBro R. L. Grimshaw JGW To those who are Irish and those who would like to be; every day in March is Saint Patrick’s Day. So it was on 02 March 2013 that Wynnum Lodge No. 81 UGLQ (346 IC - 1894 and No. 27 GLQ - 1904) hosted the annual Combined Irish Lodges Night to showcase the sesquicentennial year of the founding of Irish Freemasonry in Queensland. The meeting was held at the Wynnum Masonic Centre on a night when heavy rain threatened to cut roads into Wynnum, however, this did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who were Irish at heart and determined to celebrate the event. The labour for the evening was to pass Bro Kanwal Khanna to the Degree of a Fellow Craft Freemason. UGLQ lodges assisting Wynnum Lodge in the ceremony were: Duke of Leinster No. 8 (283 IC - 1864) – United Tradesmen’s No. 12 (288 IC - 1865) – Southern Queensland No. 29 (312 IC - 1878) – Theodore Unmack No. 60 (337 IC - 1889). All work performed for the ceremony was in accordance with the approved UGLQ Ritual. As a souvenir of this historical landmark a handsome lapel pin was struck with the proceeds from its purchase being donated to RSPCA Queensland to enable the provision of white goods and medical equipment at their Bundaberg and Wacol centres. Lustre was added to the evening’s proceedings by a visit from the Most Worshipful Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton, who was accompanied by the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, RWBro Dr Gary Bacon, attended by a team of Grand Officers. When addressing the brethren the Grand Master took the opportunity to recall some of the colonial history of Irish Freemasonry and its valuable contribution to the fabric of freemasonry in Australia and particularly in Queensland.

The theme of the festive board was distinctly Irish with Shamrocks of all sizes suspended both from the ceiling and hanging below floating helium filled balloons heralding St Patrick’s Day – each securely anchored to the tables by a make-believe pot of gold. Green was everywhere including the tablecloths – placemats heralded the cause for the celebration and were copiously decorated with images of the columns which stood at the entrance to the temple at Jerusalem, logos of the Association and Wynnum Lodge, a facsimile of the 150 year lapel pin, a beautifully embossed Irish blessing and the names of the participating lodges. The overall presentation of this event was a credit to the ingenuity and talent of the brethren of Wynnum Lodge. This meeting presents an opportunity to reflect on the heritage of the Irish Lodges, not only in Queensland, but from the earliest days of a Masonic presence in colonial Australia. It is a story too long to tell here and the economy of words can hardly do it justice. The following words written by WorBro Philip Crossle of the Lodge of Research No. 200, Dublin, Ireland, describe in a nutshell how Craft Freemasonry came to Australia in 1820 and how the first regular Masonic lodge came to be erected on Australian soil: The foundation of regular Freemasonry in Australia was absolutely and essentially Irish in its origin, and was due, in the first place, to an Irish Military Lodge in which young settlers were initiated, and who were then granted a dispensation by the Military Brethren to form a Lodge; and in the second place, to the constitution of that Lodge under a regular Warrant granted by the Grand Lodge of Ireland. This was Australian Social Lodge No. 260 IC and which lodge remains active as Lodge of Antiquity No. 1 UGLNSW and ACT. The earliest date that craft freemasonry was regularly practiced in Australia was in 1814 when an Irish military lodge holding a regular Irish Travelling Warrant was posted to the Colony of New South Wales. A study of Masonic history will reveal that in the following years Irish Freemasons were in the forefront of the progress of Freemasonry in Australia and New Zealand.

MWBro Adrian Burton GM; WorBro Phil Austin, WM Wynnum Lodge; Bro Kanwal Khanna FC; RWBro Dr Gary Bacon DGM



In Queensland Irish freemasons led the movement, beginning in 1889, for the formation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Queensland which came to fruition in 1904; and it was the residual funds of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Queensland, Irish Constitution, that provided the GLQ with a healthy treasury. Of the twenty-six Irish Constitution lodges that existed in 1904, thirteen remain active in 2013. In the next three years three will celebrate their sesquicentenary: Duke of Leinster No. 8 (2014); United Tradesmen’s No. 12 (2015) and Hibernia and Albion Star No. 15 (2016).

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Lord Dufferin Lodge celebrates 150th anniversary of Irish Freemasonry in Queensland There was plenty of blarney and masses of colour when the sesquicentennial of Irish Freemasonry was celebrated in Gympie on March 16. Lord Dufferin Lodge No. 48 which meets at the Gympie Masonic Centre celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Irish Freemasonry in Queensland with a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner. This was considered an appropriate way to acknowledge their Irish ancestry while recognising the hard work conducted by the early Irish settlers of Gympie.

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A large crowd of about 80 people joined in for a night of singing, frivolity and entertainment as the fun began with a piece of Irish Ritual demonstrated for the local brethren. This set the tone for more activities of fun and good cheer. A combination of Green beer, Guinness, Irish Cream, Jamesons with Guinness Pie and good food topped off with traditional Irish dancing and an imported Irish singer showed that a successful evening was a mere formality. Thanks was passed on to the Freemasons in Townsville (who have some Irish heritage) for their assistance with the deciphering of the Irish Ritual which made the demonstration achievable. The Gympie Lodges are now in no doubt as to Lord Dufferin’s heritage and are looking forward to Saint Patrick’s Day 2014.

Georganna, Hollier and Lilly were the traditional dancers at the function.

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Indooroopilly Lodge Second Degree Earlier this year Indooroopilly Lodge No 155 with the aid of Moorooka Lodge and Ironsides Lodge conducted a second degree on their candidate Bro Matthew Shyhun. The ceremony was conducted in the James and Janie Sinnamon Memorial Masonic Centre at Seventeen Mile Rocks in Brisbane. Brother Shyhun demonstrated his proficiency in the former degree by answering the questions correctly. The success of the evening was due in part to the excellent floor work of the deacons from Moorooka Lodge and the team spirit in which the Indooroopilly, Moorooka and Ironsides brethren demonstrated in the sharing of the ritual work.

Pictured left to right Mesdames – M.Hilton, G.Neilsen, Veronica and Stacey Larkin (from Jebbs House), J.Evans, H.Laurence, B.Shaw, J.Church and Z.Pool.

Domestic Violence Refuge receives donation Peninsula Daylight Lodge No. 522 brought the year 2012 to a close with a charitable donation of $1600 to the Domestic Violence Refuge, ‘Jebbs House’ on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Our picture shows Bro Shyhun being congratulated by WorBro Ian Tomlinson, Worshipful Master of Indooroopilly Lodge No 155.

their lives.

As the name suggests ‘Jebbs House’ provides a place of safety for wives and their children suffering the physical and mental trauma of domestic violence. From the very nature of their work such places keep a low profile in society and their work is largely unknown or greatly underestimated. They provide a safe shelter for these unfortunate women and children for as long as it takes to turn around their circumstances and readjust

Their Christmas wish included a spin dryer and a lap top computer which was duly purchased with the combined funds of the Ladies catering committee, lodge funds and the dollar for dollar scheme from the Board of Benevolence. At the October meeting last year two representatives from the Refuge accepted an invitation to lunch and gave a most interesting talk about the needs and objectives of the Refuge. A table full of toys etc was an added contribution from the ladies of the lodge. The donation brought the lodge charity donations for the year 2012 to $7600.

RWBro Peter Nord-Thompson, secretary of St John Biarra Lodge for many years is shown with the Grand Master. He has been elevated to Past Junior Grand Warden.

Mr Shayne Neumann, Federal Member for Blair in Queensland is shown receiving the book “150 Years of Queensland Freemasonry” from the Grand Master at the St John Biarra re-consecration.

St John Biarra Lodge celebration

The Grand Master is shown on the left with Mrs Marj Skinner and her husband Ted following the 60-year jewel presentation.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton), accompanied by the Assistant Grand Master (RWBro Greg Short) and a team of Grand Officers travelled to Esk to perform the Reenactment of Consecration Ceremony for St John Biarra Lodge No 73 in February. This lodge has been working for 125 years. The ceremony, open to the public, 16


was very well attended. The ceremony was conducted by MW Bro Adrian Burton GM assisted by RW Bro David Sherrit, RW Bro Greg Short, RW Bro David Gray, RWBro Lou Grimshaw and VW Bro Graham Schulz. The Grand Master invited Edward Hilton Skinner (RW Bro Ted Skinner PSGW) to come forward. A special presentation of a sixty year jewel was made to RW Bro Skinner and the Grand Master invited Ted’s wife Marj to pin the jewel on her husband’s jacket..

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Keeping it in the Family

First Third Degree in Eight Years Bro Sean Morris has been raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Bartle Frere Lodge in Babinda. Bro Sean is the grandson of VWBro Ken Morris who proposed him and the proposition was seconded by WorBro John Xecanas. The Master of Bartle Frere, WorBro John Lynd was pleased with the work completed on the night, especially since it had been eight years since a Third Degree was performed by the lodge.

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At the March meeting of Bon Accord Lodge in the Kedron Masonic Centre a total of 47 members and visitors witnessed the Master, WorBro. Ken Wiseman and officers conducting the Third Degree on his son Dean. The photo shows Wor. Bro. Ken Wiseman with son Dean wearing his uncle’s apron.

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South Burnett Lodge No 427 gained another Master Mason at their March meeting when James Eckart (centre) completed his Third Degree.

& make it easier on your family Pre-plan your funeral today. Pictured with James is the AGSW for region 46, VWBro Stan Whelan and the lodge Worshipful Master, WorBro Noel Corbett. The lodge still has one candidate to complete a Second Degree and four others to complete their Third Degree. Photo: James Barclay

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Visit to Gladstone on the tilt train

Five EA’s attend Tracing Board lecture A First Degree Tracing Board lecture given recently at the Caboolture Masonic Centre attracted five Entered Apprentices-- three from Caboolture Lodge and two from Tibrogargan Lodge. Three more Propositions for Initiation in

Tibrogargan Lodge have been received and read out recently. It has been quoted as “shaping up as our best year in decades”. The Tracing Board lecture was given by WorBro Bill Johnson, Worshipful Master of Landsborough Lodge.

Pictured are the visitors from the Brisbane area and Rockhampton who attended the Gladstone meeting. .

There is no doubt about the social activity that goes on between our various masonic lodges. On Monday, April 1, 2013 (“April Fools Day”), 15 brethren from 10 Brisbane Lodges travelled by tilt train to Gladstone on a visit to the Freemasons in that area. They were joined by four members from three Rockhampton lodges which added numbers to the visit. At the meeting held in Gladstone an address was given by WorBro Pat Malone, the Worshipful Master of Barron Barnett Lodge No. 146. The address featured the legend of the winding stairs. This was an extremely interesting address and created a great deal of interest among those in attendance. Naturally, after a visit of this nature there would have to be a substantial and enjoyable Festive Board which was most efficiently handled by Gladstone Lodge No. 205. This trip is gradually increasing in numbers and all look forward to the next one with the hope that more Freemasons from “down south” will join together for the next exciting adventure.

Pictured at the meeting were (left to right): Bro George Brischetto, Bro Paul Owen, WorBro Alan Carter, WorBro Stuart Murray, WorBro Bill Johnson, Bro Shaun Batty, Bro Geoff Kyte and Bro Samuel Clark.

Waiting List For Initiation At Caboolture Mr Sam Clark and Mr Shaun Batty have been waiting for the last four months to be initiated into Freemasonry by Caboolture Lodge. The reason for the wait was because of the number of candidates wishing to join the lodge. Bro Clark who hails from County Down

Northern Ireland and Bro Batty from Bournemouth UK are now valuable members of a Scottish lodge in Australia which has in its ranks members from all over the world working in complete peace and harmony for the betterment of each other and the community.

The following lodges from the Brisbane area were represented by members: Duke of Leinster No 8; Theodore Unmack No 60; C. H. Harley No 281; Scotia No 263; William McLeod No 241; Lord Saltoun No 98; Thistle No 490; Yeronga No 246; Windsor No 290 and Barron Barnett No 146. Rockhampton Lodges represented on the visit were from Rockhampton Lodge No 106, Capricornia Lodge No 222 and Central Queensland Daylight No 532. All in all, this trip was a successful undertaking. Don’t forget, the UGLQ Quarterly Communication on Wednesday, June 5 at the Grand Hall, Ann Street, 7:30pm 18


In the accompanying picture there are four Entered Apprentices from Caboolture Lodge. (Left to Right): Bro Bill McNally, Bro Geoffrey Kyte, Bro Sam Clark, Bro Guy Packard, WorBro Stuart Murray, WorBro Wayne O’Sullivan, Bro Shaun Batty, WorBro Richard Reeves, Bro Chris Kyte and Bro Phillip Lovering.

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Laurie Clarke Bursary

“Mother” to the Rescue

Mt Pleasant Lodge 361 supports L’Arche Brisbane

Picture shows (left to right): VWBro Keith Butler (WM of Braemar Lodge No 89), Bro Peter Bailey, Bro Daryl Graham and WorBro Russell Darcy (WM of Maryborough Lodge No 86) at the double Second Degree conducted at Maryborough.

In February, the Mackay Lodge arranged for a Bursary presentation to take place at the Pioneer State High School in North Mackay. The Bursary was instigated originally by Bro Laurie Clarke. It was presented to Natasha Gardiner at a Year 12 assembly at the school by RWBro Jim Seccombe PJGW. RWBro Seccombe emphasised to the assembly how Freemasonry and a school such as Pioneer have somewhat similar aims in trying to inculcate virtues such as courtesy, integrity and industriousness. Each year this Bursary of $500 is donated to a student advancing to year 12 in a three year cycle of Pioneer, North Mackay and Mackay State High Schools who shows traits such as mentioned above, who shines in all round participation in school activities, who is not necessarily the top student academically. On this occasion Jim Seccombe was accompanied by Eric Duck also from the lodge. The picture shows the presentation by Jim Seccombe to Natasha Gardiner

When the recent floods in Gympie threw the well laid plans of Braemar Lodge into disarray, Maryborough 86, Braemar’s Mother Lodge, stepped in and changed a planned single Second Degree into a double. The result was a ceremony that both the newly passed members of Braemar will long remember.

WorBro Eric Bailey congratulates his son Bro Peter Bailey on his being passed to the Second Degree.

WorBro Lindsay David is shown presenting the $3000 cheque to Michael Hutchinson L’Arche Brisbane coordinator. Also pictured are: (Left to right) Catherine Carah, Pam Kerr, Pierre Scholtes and Gladysmay O’Hara.

Mt Pleasant Lodge 361 spent a busy year in 2012 fundraising for the Brisbane L’Arche communiy. A number of fundraising events were completed and with the assistance of the dollar for dollar scheme from the Board of Benevolence, the lodge was able to present a cheque for $3000.00 to the organisation. The donation will be spent on supplying a new washing machine, and two flat screen televisions with DVD’s . L’Arche (a French word for “the Ark”) is an international federation of faith communities where people with and without an intellectual disability share life together. It seeks to create communities where people live a simple life of work, care, prayer and celebration. The organisation was founded in 1964 in a small French village by Jean Vanier who welcomed two men, Raphael Simi and Phillipe Seux, both of whom had an intellectual disability and were living nearby in a large institution. By living with Raphael and Phillipe, Jean discovered a way of the heart and a new way of living the beatitudes of Jesus. From these simple beginnings L’Arche has grown into an international federation of 138 communities in over 30 countries. The Brisbane community has two houses situated in Alexandra Hills and Morningside where volunteers live and work with a number of disabled adults, most of whom are in wheelchairs.

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Combined Youth Orders stage promotional meeting Members from DeMolay, Job’s Daughters International and International Order Rainbows for Girls recently staged a promotional meeting in the Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Centre in Brisbane with a view to increasing their membership.

Two Grant Royal Arch Chapter brethren were advanced to the Degree of Mark Master Mason early this year. They were Bro John Sydney Tompkins and Bro Daren Le Mansen. Our pictures shows (left to right) R Ex Comp Tom Green, Scribe E V Ex Comp John Lindsay (sponsor of Bro Tompkins), Bro Tompkins, M Ex Comp Jonathon Nantes, GZ, Bro Mansen, V Ex Comp Denis Crilly (Bro Mansen’s sponsor) and Chapter First Principal Ex Comp Keith Robinson-Griffiths.

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There were members, friends and interested guests present to witness the impressive presentation from the three Youth Orders. Under the watchful eye of the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) and his Grand Officers, the formal promotional meeting was carried out with pride and dignity. The meeting commenced with the introduction of Mrs Kaylene Loadsman (Jurisdictional Guardian of Jobs Daughters International), Mrs Denise Dickson (International Order Rainbows for Girls) and Mr Andrew Childs (DeMolay International) who are the leaders of the Youth Orders in Queensland. Following the introduction Jade Loadsman (Honour Queen), Brooke Holden-Schultz (Grand Worthy Advisor) and Andrew Slack (Master Councillor) were introduced and chaired the meeting.

The history of Job’s Daughters was re-enacted by Mrs Elaine Grey playing the part of Mrs Ethel T Wead Mick, the founder of the organisation. She explained how it was formed. The girls then gave an explanation of their station pieces and their responsibilities as Job’s Daughters. Remarks for the evening were made by the Grand Master congratulating the youth orders and offering support, Miss Queensland Job’s Daughter Bailey Millard who responded on behalf of the youth organisations, Jurisdictional Guardian Mrs Loadsman (Job’s Daughters), Supreme Deputy Mrs Dickson Rainbows for Girls, and DeMolay Grand Master,WorBro Andrew Childs. who is also Worshipful Master of Mt Pleasant Lodge. The Grand Master then made a presentation of the book “150 years of Queensland Freemasonry” to each of the leaders of the three organisations. The evening concluded with photographs being taken, after which a light supper was provided, where friendly conversation provided hopeful prospects of increased membership within the organisations.

This was followed by a procession of Job’s Daughters singing “Jobs Daughters Fair and True”. The Rainbows then presented a Bible ceremony with all Rainbow girls, even the junior members, taking part. The ceremony included making a circle around the Bible using colour cards with all the colours of each order symbolising unity. Bro Andrew Polkinghorn has been Perfected in Rockingham Bay Sovereign Rose Croix Chapter, 18º. Andrew has moved from New South Wales to Atherton with work, and is involved with the local community and the craft lodge.

Master Councillor Andrew Slack gave a presentation on the International Order of DeMolay after which a very moving ceremony of the lights was conducted, symbolical of the commitment of the Order.

Pictured Left to Right: Most Wise Sovereign Ill Bro Eric Evans 31º, Ex and Per Bro Andrew Polkinghorn, District Commander V, Ill Bro Les Keane 33º.

Rainbows then presented the Ideals of International Order of Rainbows for Girls with each member explaining their station piece.

In the accompanying picture, left to right are: Andrew Childs (Grand Master DeMolay), MWBro Adrian Burton (Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of Queensland), Denise Dickson (Supreme Deputy Rainbows), Brooke HoldenSchultz (Grand Worthy Advisor Rainbows), Andrew Slack (Master Councilor DeMolay), Jade Loadsman (Honour Queen Jobs Daughters), Kaylene Loadsman (Jurisdictional Guardian Jobs Daughters) and Ian Milne (Associate Jurisdictional Guardian Jobs Daughters).

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Rose Croix Enthronement The Barambah Chapter of the Rose Croix of Heredom 18th Degree held its Enthronement on April 19 at the Kingaroy Masonic Temple when it appointed Kingaroy local Alan Clark,

as their Most Wise Sovereign (holding the Sceptre). Next to him wearing a black cap is 33rd Degree, Very Illustrious Brother and District Commander for the Burnett, Peter Keller.

Scottish Rite brethren visit Warwick In March this year a contingent of Scottish Rite brethren, headed by V Illus Bro Ian Hogan 33°, Deputy for New South Wales, travelled from Sydney to the Warwick Masonic Centre to perform the promotion ceremonies of the 31° and 32° on brethren of South Queensland Darling Downs. There were three brethren promoted to the 31° and two brethren to the 32°. V Illus Bro Hogan was assisted by his own brethren and brethren from Brisbane, Maryborough, Toowoomba and Warwick. The promotions exercise proved to be an outstanding success, and many new friendships were made. The picture shows (left to right):V Illus Bro Ian Hogan 33° (Deputy for New South Wales), Illus Bro Percy Cutmore 32°, Illus Bro. Robert Scarff 32°, Illu. Bro. Graham Hohenhaus 32° and V Illus Bro Ron Bryant 33° (Deputy for the Province of South Queensland Darling Downs).

Yeppoon Lodge widows receive brooches

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Yeppoon Lodge celebrated its 89th Installation recently and during the course of the evening a widows brooch presentation was arranged with the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton GM) presenting the brooches to each of the ladies. Our picture shows the ladies from the left: Evelyn Lumsden, (wife of Bro Alister Lumsden), Peggy Barker (wife of WorBro Thomas Barker), Elaine Ranger (wife of WorBro Robert Ranger) and Betty Cox (wife of Bro Leslie Cox). The ladies were quite impressed in receiving the brooches from the Grand Master, and agreed to have them presented all at the same time, even though their husbands had passed away over different periods of time.


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$44,000 for flooded Goodna RSL Bowls Club

The great reception received by the Freemasons led by RWBro Alan Townson, PAGM at the official opening of the Goodna RSL Bowls club which was well under water during the 2012 Floods. The members were very thankful for the Freemasons gift of $44,000 which supplied furniture, microphones and other goods. This occasion was attended by State and Federal members and the local Mayor and council representatives.

Picture shows left to right: WorBro W L Percy, Georgee Mitchell and VWBro Murphy.

Mylne Lodge aids Blue Care RWBro Alan Townson, PAGM being presented with a plaque which will be placed in the new clubhouse. This was made and presented by WorBro Stan Briscoe a member of The Queensland No 2 lodge assisted by the club secretary.

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Mrs Briscoe, the club patron with Stan Briscoe thanking all who helped get the club going again, especially the Freemasons.

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94-year-old installed as Master of Mulgrave Lodge No 44

Pictured at the meeting were (l to r): The Worshipful Master (WorBro Des Allen), Peter Blatch, the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton), WorBro Michael Baden-Powell, Bro. Farhad Rismanchian, Mr Pieter Van Der Kamp.

Special lodge meeting during Scout Jamboree During the recent Australian Scout Jamboree near Maryborough, BadenPowell Lodge, No. 505, conducted a special Lodge meeting in the Maryborough Masonic Centre.

represented the Chief Commissioner at the supper and the Jamboree Chief Director, Pieter Van Der Kamp also attended. Pieter was the Guest Speaker at Founder’s Night two years ago.

Lodge meetings similar to this are conducted every three years in the host town or city where a Jamboree takes place. The meeting is always hosted by that State’s Baden-Powell Lodge..

Mr Blatch, Mr Van Der Kamp and WorBro Des Allen presented Jamboree scarves to the Grand Master, the Assistant Grand Master (RWBro Greg Short) and his wife Helen, and the Second Degree candidate.

All officers from the Worshipful Master through to the Inner Guard were present. Approximately 120 attended the meeting and another 20 ladies and guests at the festive board. A busload of brethren came from the Jamboree site. Local and other visitors included VWBro Paul Goener of Fraser Coast United Lodge, who received a 60-year jewel presented by the Grand Master (MWBro Adrian Burton) at the supper.

The best-kept secret of the evening was the presentation of a Benevolence Life Patron’s jewel to the Junior Warden, RWBro Charles Reich.

Mr Peter Blatch, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Scouts Queensland,

“It’s not every day you work the Installation ceremony on a 94+ yearold Freemason entering the Chair of his mother Lodge on the 50th anniversary of his taking the office for the first time”. These are the words of the Deputy Grand Master, RWBro Dr Gary Bacon when referring to the Installation of RWBro Herbert Woodward PJGW as Master of Mulgrave Lodge No 44. Herb was initiated on December 20, 1951 and installed on April 27, 1963. He will be 95 years of age on June 9 this year. The DGM had the pleasure of presenting him with his 60 year Service jewel last year. He said it was a special thrill for him as DGM and indeed the whole working team of Grand Officers to conduct the Installation ceremony on such a special and honourable Freemason. The 2013 Installation card and cake bore the same motifs as his first in 1963.

The dinner, organised by the Maryborough OES members, was regarded as being “outstanding”. The OES and local Maryborough brethren did a superb job in setting up the lodge room and the decorating and layout of the supper room.

WorBro Ed Francis, also of Maryborough, played the organ for the meeting. His signature tune was “The Mafeking March”, played as the Grand Officers retired. Another special visitor was WorBro Michael Baden-Powell of Baden-Powell Lodge, Melbourne, a grandson of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement. The Second Degree was conferred on Bro Farhad Rismanchian of Fenwick Lodge, a young and competent brother and the work was a credit to all taking part in the ceremony.

Pictured is the DGM with RWBro Woodward and his two daughters, Annabel and Patricia.

Tibrogargan Fishing Day

The Grand Master congratulates RWBro Charles Reich after presenting him with a Life Patron’s Jewel

Tibrogargan Lodge held a fishing competition at Bribie Island in April. The organiser, Matthew Carter gave special thanks to the 33 people who attended, and of course a very big thank you to the cook (Ken). Matthew won with a 70cm shovel nose shark for his catch. Young Owen Ridge caught two whiting and Matthew’s father’s guest (Andy) caught a blue swimmer crab. Thanks also went to the lodge for the $50 gift voucher, the barbecue and the drinks. Everyone is looking forward to the next one. Picture shows Matthew congratulating one of the winners.


Board of Benevolence

Mural of artwork by residents displayed on courtyard fence

Help to make and find memories through art Residents at Masonic Care Queensland in Sandgate are making and finding memories through an innovative art program which has been running for more than eight years. Artist Shane Rodwell works with residents each week, including those in special care, on a number of art projects such as painting, mosaics and sculpture which decorate the residents’ courtyards and living areas. Regional Manager Joyce Stephan says that the art program had been very successful in positively engaging participants. “They get so much pleasure from creating the art work and then seeing their work displayed for years to come,” she said. A recent project in which residents in the Hostel Langtry Special Care Unit were involved included a mural of artworks which are now displayed on the fence in their courtyard. The artworks represented different stages of their lives including childhood, going to dances, mateship, marriage and going to church. During the research process the residents went on a number of bus trips

and searched through books to find stimuli for their artworks. “This whole process brought back a number of memories for many residents and they had the opportunity to reminisce about the good old days. Art also helps the residents to find new ways to communicate, improve concentration and build closer relationships,” said Joyce. “Programs like these require funding and volunteers to be able to benefit as many residents as possible, and we are grateful to our volunteers and donors such as Northgate Remembrance Lodge No 285 who have generously contributed funds in the past to see this project continue in each of the facilities on the Sandgate site,” she said. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause or would like to volunteer your time and help to make and find memories through art, then please phone the Board of Benevolence and of Aged Masons Widows and Orphans’ Fund on 07 3869 6075 or email

Benevolence activities The year 2013 has again produced storm and wind damage across many regions of Queensland. The Board of Benevolence recognises that a prompt response is important when assisting brethren and those with Masonic connections to recover after sustaining damage to their property or belongings. Petitions for relief are reviewed and actioned promptly, as well as 24


providing information to assist with accessing services such as financial and psychological counselling. This year, a further $12,000 has been provided to assist brethren in need. Dollar for Dollar subsidies continue to assist lodges with their community support and activities. In the first quarter of this calendar year, $20,278 has been provided to 17 lodges. Organisations

such as Masonic Care Queensland Sandgate (electric bed and mattress), Aid & Recreational Council for the Disabled (workshop equipment), Dallarnil Sports Club (upright freezer), and Red Cross Community Services Street Directions Project (transitioning homeless young people to stable long term accommodation) are just some of the magnificent fundraising achievements.

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Volunteering works both ways Volunteering can help you to be the best you can by not only giving you a sense of achievement through helping others but it also gives you the opportunity to make a difference, learn new skills and build confidence.

Pre-planning your funeral makes a lot of sense but deciding how to fund it, can be a lot more complicated. Before even considering funeral insurance or pre-paying, come and talk to us and get some obligation free advice on what options are best for you.

We are looking for warm and friendly volunteers to serve our elderly residents and their visitors in Jessie’s Place, (coffee and gift shop) at Masonic Care Queensland, 60 Wakefield Street Sandgate. Jessie’s Place is open 9.30am – 12pm Monday to Friday except Public Holidays. You can volunteer from as little as one day per fortnight.

We’ll also give you a FREE copy of our book, ‘A helpful guide Funeral Planning’ to ensure you have all the facts on securing total peace-of-mind for you and your family.

In order to find out more, please make a phone call to the Board of Benevolence on 3869 6017 or email

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Comfort provided for Hospice in Ipswich Brethren of Ipswich Unity Lodge No. 215 received a Dollar for Dollar Subsidy to purchase a special Australian-made electric lift and recline chair for those needing increased comfort when seated in the Ipswich Hospice. A photograph could not be taken of the chair as it was in use by a resident straight after delivery. Ipswich Hospice, which is proudly community owned and managed, is a sevenbed healthcare facility providing quality palliative care to terminally ill people and their families in a caring home-like environment. The Hospice stands on a hill surrounded by gardens with a view of Limestone Park, the city of Ipswich and on towards the distant ranges and the calming effect of water trickling between two well stocked fish ponds. Pictured is the: Worshipful Master of Ipswich Unity Lodge, VWBro Les Burger, presenting the cheque to Roz Halliday, the Director of Ipswich Hospice Care. WorBro Cyril Suthers is shown on the right in the picture. .

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.”

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


Jewel Presentations

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A Proud 70-year jewel recipient Pictured Left: RWBro Joffre Bell PSGW is shown with the Grand Master who presented him with the 70-year service jewel.


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Pictured Below: The proud family with “Joff” Bell at his 70-year jewel presentation. Pictured left to right, his son Graham, his wife Rhyl and his daughter Kirsty. On the website, go to the heading “About Us”, move the cursor to “Photo Galleries”, click on “50+ Year Jewel Presentations”.. This should bring the pics up. Click on any pic and it will bring up the full size photo and the caption on it.

It was a very proud moment for RWBro Joffre Birdwood Bell PSGW of Clifton Lodge No. 111 when he received his 70-year jewel from the Grand Master, MWBro Adrian Burton in the Clifton Lodge Centre last February. RWBro Bell’s family were present to witness the occasion. He was initiated, passed and raised in the first two months of 1943. He explained that that the haste to rush him through was caused by the necessity of processing him while he was on limited leave from the Air Force. Originally he was due to be initiated in September, 1940, but this was deferred as he was called up for Air Force service.

He was installed as Master of the lodge in 1950 and again in 1996. At present he also holds a Life Vice Patron’s Charity Jewel. Last year he travelled back to Britain to help celebrate the Battle of Britain festivities.

60-Year Jewel Presented Recently Bro Len Baker of Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge No 521 was presented with his 60-yr service Jewel by an old friend WorBro Gordon Whitaker PJGD in company with Mrs Doreen Baker and some lodge members at the Hervey Bay Fair Haven Aged Care facility. Pictured in the happy group are (left to right) Hervey Bay Daylight Lodge Master, WorBro David Mungomery PSGD, WorBro David Jackson PSGD, Bro Baker (in the wheelchair), Mrs Baker, VWBro Rex Bowman PAGSWks, and the presenter, WorBro Gordon Whitaker PJDG. 26


Fraser Coast United Lodge member receives 60-year jewel VWBro. Paul Goener of Fraser Coast United Lodge is shown with the Grand Master after receiving his 60-year jewel at the special Jamboree lodge meeting supper in Maryborough.

Sixty-Year Jewel for Charlie Wray Rt Ex Companion Charlie Wray is shown receiving a 60-year jewel from V Ex Companion Allan Verran at the regular meeting of Brisbane, Queensland No3 R.A.C. on April 26 (60 years and two days after joining on April 24, 1953). Charlie Wray has served many Offices in the Chapter, including Director of Ceremonies and Treasurer for many years, as well as several offices in Grand Chapter.

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Annual Evensong Church Service The annual church service for Freemasons, their families and friends was held on Palm Sunday at St Barnabas Anglican Church on March 24. The Service Convenor, WorBro Harry Cummings OM PSGD has expressed his thanks on behalf of the Worshipful Master and brethren of Ionic Prudence Lodge to all who attended the service, in particular the MW Grand Master, the two Grand Wardens and also the masonic choir members. Prior to the service there was an hour of fellowship which provided an opportunity for all thos present to meet and greet.

Caloundra Lodge Third Degree Bro James (Jim) Armstrong was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason at Caloundra Masonic Lodge No 387 meeting in February. He is continuing a very long tradition of Freemasonry in his family. His Late father, VWBro. Tom Armstrong, PDGDC, was a prominent member of Darling Downs Lodge No. 66, for many years. His late grandfather, John Armstrong, was proposed and seconded as a candidate for

Freemasonry at the inaugural meeting of The Charleville Masonic Lodge No. 70 on October 22, 1890, and became Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1903. He served in the lodge for many years and eventually became VWBro. John Armstrong, PDGDC. Those present in the picture are (left to right): VWBro Ken Currey (IPM of the lodge, Jim’s proposer), the man himself (Bro Jim Armstrong) and WorBro Bob Haslam (Worshipful Master of Caloundra Lodge, Jim’s seconder).

The service was conducted by RWBro Tom Treherne and the lessons were read by the Grand Master and two members of Ionic Prudence Lodge. The sermon given by RWBro Treherne was very interesting to Freemasons and those who know the North East (Charity) charge would have recognised his theme. A collection taken at the service amounted to $115.10 and a cheque for this amount has been forwarded to Grand Lodge to be added to the Grand Master’s Disaster Relief Fund. Next year the service will be held on Palm Sunday which will be April 13. It is hoped brethren will place this date in their diaries so that the service will be a successful one.

Tragic Death provides impetus for Parkland Memorial Quite a number of readers will remember the article which appeared in the August issue of our magazine regarding Wor Bro Warren Black whose father is RWBro John Black PJGW, a member of AIF Memorial Lodge in Brisbane.

pregnant wife and two children.

Warren was initiated passed, raised and installed as Worshipful Master in the presence of his father on each occasion. Tragically, Wor Bro Warren Black, 37 was killed in a work accident in the town of Aberdeen in the upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales on October 5 last year. He was loading drill rods onto his truck when one of the rods fell from a forklift and knocked him to the ground and killed him instantly.

An article appeared in the “Union Unity”, a magazine published by the CFMEU, the union to which Warren belonged.

He was married and left behind a

Warren was Worshipful Master of Lodge Prince of Wales No. 102 NSW&ACT in Muswellbrook (12 miles south of Aberdeen)

This article referred to Warren’s death and the fact that it had led to the establishment of a parkland memorial in Newcastle to those killed on construction sites. The CFMEU Assistant State Secretary said that his death had provided the impetus to get the memorial park happening. Newcastle City Council agreed to the plan.

It was hoped the memorial, which would become the focal point for a Day of Mourning services would be located next to the Seafarers’ Memorial Anchor in Newcastle. We have been advised that the late WorBro Warren Black’s wife gave birth to a baby boy on February 21 this year. The proud grandparents, RWBro Black and his wife Janet have been down to see him. Aberdeen is a small town in the upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia, in Upper Hunter Shire. It is located about 12 kilometres north of Muswellbrook on the New England Highway. Aberdeen is named after Aberdeen, Scotland. Wikipedia


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“High Tea” for Lodge Tullibardine Ladies The “gathering” of the Tullibardine ladies for High tea was the first of a series of functions scheduled by the lodge to celebrate their Centenary year.

Qld. Masonic Touring Club Promotes Freemasonry Qld. Masonic Touring Club President WorBro Phil Bishop is shown presenting a cheque to Julie-Ann Slatter representing the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This presentation will enable the nursing manager to purchase an educational device to be used in the training of RFDS nurses. Julie-Ann said the donation was very much appreciated. The presentation was made at QMTC’s Australia Day rally at Rocky Creek Scout Camp, Landsborough. Those club members who were at the rally venue attended a Third Degree working at Landsborough Lodge and were made most welcome. The rally programme was slightly disrupted by wet and wild weather, but Australia Day was celebrated in style and everyone returned home safely even though some were delayed by flooded roads. The club’s new email contact is and travelling Freemasons are always welcome to join the club members at any of their rallies.

Crows nest-Cooyar Masonic Bursary This photograph was taken of RW Bro Ron Simonds PJGW presenting the Crows Nest-Cooyar Masonic Bursary to Year 7 pupil Brooke Barron. The Bursary was presented at the Cooyar State School’s presentation evening at the end of the school year.



There is something so beautiful and civilised about a traditional “High Tea” --- the fine bone china; three tiered cake stands, the crust-free cucumber sandwiches, the strawberries, the scones, the cream and oh! the chocolate. Originally enjoyed in the early evening at the “high’’ or kitchen table, hence its name, the well-loved high tea has been around since the 1700s and is still going strong. Recently a number of the ladies of Lodge Tullibardine gathered for an afternoon of chatter, laughter and high tea! They enjoyed a selection of sweet treats and savoury delicacies along with a range of teas and a glass of sparkling wine (or two) to top off the afternoon. A very memorable gathering! The High Tea proved to be very special experience and a great time to catch up with friends over afternoon tea. When done in a classy, elegant style it all goes to make it a truly memorable afternoon, which it was. All thanks to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (17881861) who is credited as the creator of teatime. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon and had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs.

A spokesman for the Lodge Tullibardine Centenary Committee is quoted as saying “an event as momentous as the Centenary of the lodge is deserving of continuous celebration throughout the year, not just one function on one day, and we are certainly going to make this a special year” The next scheduled “Gathering” will be the Centenary Lodge Meeting on the June 29, 2013 when the lodge will host a “Celebration of the Family” and this is open to all members, friends and their families. No charge. Come one, come all. The “Celebration of the Family” will be followed by a Ceilidh (pronounced KayLee). The Ceilidh is a social dance party incorporating many features of traditional Scottish entertainment. The Tullibardine Ceilidh will be open to those who wish to attend but will be a ticketed affair. Admission will be $10 per person. It promises to be a fun filled evening and tickets are expected to go like hot cakes (not a High Tea joke). It is widely known that the family that prays together stays together but it is equally true that the Masonic family that plays together stays together. Be a part of that family...come and play with Tullibardine. You’ll be glad you did.

Lodge Tullibardine ladies on the grand staircase at the Stamford.

June 5 Quarterly Communication Grand Hall, Masonic Memorial Centre, 311 Ann Street Brisbane Commencing at 7:30pm. Your attendance at this Quarterly meeting would be greatly appreciated

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Sausage Sizzle raises money for Charity

Dennistoun and Yeronga story The Worshipful Master and brethren of Duke of Leinster Lodge recently raised Dennistoun Lodge member, Bro Peter Adderson in a third degree ceremony at Stones Corner Masonic Centre. At the same time, across the way in Lodge Room No 1 the WM and brethren of Yeronga Lodge were performing a double third degree on two of their own brethren. The newly raised Bro Adderson and the Master of Dennistoun Lodge (WorBro Mark

Paterson) ducked across to the Yeronga Lodge festive board to congratulate Yeronga’s WM (WorBro Peter Ryan) and their two new master masons (Bro Matt Callow and Bro Damian Poi). The picture shows WorBro Ryan (left) with his two master masons and WorBro Paterson (far right) with his master mason. (Picture by VWBro Paul Holland, Yeronga Lodge)

Queensland’s oldest Masonic Lodge helps Swimming Club

Recently North Australian Masonic Lodge No.1 became aware that the Ferny Hills and District Swimming Club needed a portable public address system, to assist in conducting swimming meeting. The lodge has been running fund raising sausage sizzles and saw this as an ideal way to give something back to the community. With the assistance of the Board of Benevolence “dollar for dollar” scheme a suitable system was purchased at a cost of $2,243 and presented to the club at their January meeting. Club President, Mrs Leonie Poile, said that the system would greatly assist the club as they were having to borrow an un-reliable system and were having trouble raising the funds to purchase a replacement.

The club caters for swimmers from 6 to 40 years of age and has a total membership of 84, comprising competition swimmers and those who just wish to train for fitness. The club provides morning and afternoon training sessions most days of the week, depending on the needs of the swimmers. The training is conducted under the supervision of head coach, Sean Williams. Recently the club sent nine members to the national open water competition held at Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle. Despite not having competed in open water competition before all nine completed the course and the club is planning to send a team along to the next event. Worshipful Master of North Australian Lodge No.1, WorBro Tim Sullivan was assisted with the presentation by RWBro Neil Jones, who has three grand daughters who are club members. WorBro Sullivan, in making the presentation, said that the lodge was happy to assist youth organsations and this was an appropriate way to use the funds raised by the lodge members’ hard work. The lodge is planning to undertake more sausage sizzles and hopes to be able to fund similar projects in the future.

Pictured above is the regular DG-OES “Sizzlers” team. Seated is Ailsa Armbrust (District Grand Worthy Matron. Standing, in front are Sisters Dawn van Leeuwen and Dorothy Russell. Second row is Katrina (Bunnings staff member), Sister Rosita Player DG Electa, Ivor Player District Grand Worthy Patron, Bill Armbrust (volunteer). This is the far northern district Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, District Grand Worthy Matron’s charities fund raiser for childhood cancer and prostate cancer. Total funds raised in Ailsa Armbrust’s term as District Grand Worthy Matron is just under $3000. (Her term finishes in June this year.

With thanks from two lodges

We read quite a bit about lodges assisting Charitable organisations and raising money for various needy causes. Here is a story about a lodge member helping two different lodges (at no cost). WorBro Keith Bennett (Millmerrin Lodge) who is a retired Master Builder, gave a great amount of assistance to Ashlar Lodge No 127 and Jondaryan Lodge No 350 in regard to assessing their buildings. He holds an Asbestos Accreditation Licence. In appreciation for his efforts WorBro Bennett was the recipient of an AMW&O Fund Life vice Patron’s Jewel provided by Ashlar and Jondaryan Lodge members. Picture shows VWBro Chris Binding AGSWks (right) making the presentation to WorBro Bennett..


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levels. This is one of the world’s most amazing engineering projects providing a unique travel experience across some of the most amazing topography on the planet. More than a week of this fascinating tour is spent in Tibet seeing the most significant icons and experiencing the unique cultural lifestyles of the nomadic and semi-nomadic Tibetan people - visiting their homes, walking through their villages, observing monastic life, and appreciating the historic roots of this unbelievable part of the world. Despite the off-the-beaten-track nature of these remote regions visited, Travel Masters have maintained their focus on comfort and style by selecting the very best hotels in each place and incorporating domestic air, scenic rail and spacious coach transport along the journey. Managing Director Bob Malcolm will again lead the tour for the sixth time assisted by Travel Masters’ very experienced local and national guides. As with all Travel Masters tours, there are no ‘optional extras’ with all the sights and experiences included in the tour price. Personally selected favourite dining venues offer a combination of cultural insights and traditional food designed to appeal to our western palates. Numbers are limited to just 20 guests, so early booking is essential. Cost is $8,480pp twin share, including all air ex Brisbane, meals, accommodation, transport, activities, even tips! This is a totally unique high-quality travel experience with comprehensive sightseeing, special personalised activities, and the highest comfort levels.

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Baden-Powell Founder’s Night Baden-Powell Lodge, No. 505 held its annual Founder’s Night meeting on February 13 at the Stones Corner Masonic Centre. This commemorates the birth of Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Founder of the Scout and Guide Movements. Just over 110 brethren, family members and scouts, along with leaders attended. The Assistant Grand Master, RWBro. Greg Short, was unable to attend due to illness, but was ably represented by Past Assistant Grand Master, RWBro. Geoff Walker and a team of 15 past and current Grand Officers. The annual Rover Scouts Report was also well-received. The Chief Commissioner’s representative, Peter Blatch, in an address to the gathering, gave a great insight to the practical side of Scouting in developing countries, where the Movement is much more a part of national welfare and development programmes than it is in countries such as Australia. As always, the scouts from Wonargo Revue gave those present some delightful items of harmony.



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ALL AREAS 24 HOURS A DAY Pictured at the Founder’s Night ceremony were (l to r): Bro Karl Lingard (JD), WorBro. Des Allen (WM), RWBro. Charles Reich (JW), WorBro. Kerry Crawford (SD), WorBro. Wayne Warry (SW).

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