The Influence of Kings on Craft Freemasonry

‘From time immemorial’ we have been very fortunate in that our Craft has had the support of Royalty. Without that support I doubt that we would be in the same position as we are today, even taking into account our declining numbers. Royalty brought and registered a degree of class, charisma & gentlemanly behaviour to … Read more

Portuguese Odyssey: The Lodge of the Oldest Ally 9524

When WBro David Nicholls of Danetre Lodge No 8594 went to visit WBro Bill Mead one night back in 2012, little did he know it would set him on a Portuguese Odyssey! Bill surprised him by saying that he and his wife Betty were off to Portugal for a rather different Lodge meeting at The … Read more

Sure and Stedfast Lodge No 9326 bow out with Two Donations

The closure of Sure and Stedfast Lodge No 9326 was not the final act of this former Boy’s Brigade lodge at Liverpool. Renowned for their generosity of spirit across the years, the members on closure settled all bills, ensured a provision to lodge widows and contemplated where the residue would be best placed. It was agreed to make two pecuniary donations, the recipients chosen being Liverpool Masonic Hall and the Kindred Lodges Association.

Sir William J Clarke – First Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria

The foundation stone of the Freemasons Hall in Melbourne was laid by him in March 1885, the finished building being consecrated by him to Masonic purposes in March 1887. In 1889 he became the very first Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, an amalgamation of the three bodies that had operated at that time under their own constitutions. In 1885 he had largely financed the building of the Freemasons’ Hall at 25 Collins Street.

60 years in the Royal Arch for E. Comp. Arthur Back

On a bright Wednesday morning, looking out on to fields with horses, we met with E.Comp.Arthur Charles Back. The ‘we’ being E.Comp.Alan Peters PAGDC, outgoing Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comp.Andrew Elliott AGDC, the newly appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, and E.Comp.Mike Purdy PPrGSN, Scribe E of Argus Chapter No.5903. Our reason … Read more