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Worshipful Brother


An interview with the new

National Commodore of the

volunteer coastguard


Our Heroes

Freemasons Victoria honours

the emergency services

Our Principles Make a Difference


2009 Scholarships

Record total of grants


Print Post Approved No. PP349181-00010

Front Cover: MWBro Garry Sebo and RWBro Trevor

Burkitt pictured with the Scholarship recipients for 2009.

From the Editor

It may be well worn ground but what do we

mean when we talk about the landmarks

of the order? Arguably, some of us use

the phrase as a shield to validate our

own personal prejudices and opinions. It

should be asked though, does the hazy

definition of the term, intentionally give

us freedom to interpret the Craft or is it

an unanticipated loop hole that enables

a kind of reactionary fundamentalism.

Landmarks define where a building is to

stand and where other elements in the

landscape are in relation to it. It is a term

that implies solidity and permanence. But

it should also be considered that, over a

long enough period of time, even the most

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3 From the Grand Master

4 Travelling South

5 – 11 News

12 – 14 Main Feature

15 – 16 History and Knowledge

18 Task Force


20 – 21 International

22 – 23 Board of Benevolence

24 – 27 In Brief

28 Homes

29 Book review

30 Telecomm Fidelity Club

permanent seeming of landmarks will have

shifted and moved. In fact, when one takes

into account continental drift, the land marks

of our planet are constantly in motion.

With this in mind, perhaps a deeper

understanding of the concept of landmarks

of the order is worth developing. Those

defining concepts without which our

order would cease to be Freemasonry,

perhaps are not meant to be immutable

and impermeable in the face of eternity,

but instead are intended to gradually

change with the passage of time. �

WBro Robert Reid


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From the Grand Master

MWBro Garry J Sebo

Grand Master.

The three

months since

my reinstallation

last March have

passed very

quickly indeed

and have been

very busy

Pictured: The interior of

the Melbourne Hebrew

Congregation Synagogue

On 25 th April 2009, accompanied by MWBro

Maj Gen Frank Poke, Past Grand Master,

I again had the privilege of laying a wreath

at the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC

Day as part of formal proceedings on that

day. This is an honour that is afforded to

very few organisations, and all Freemasons

in Victoria should be very proud that

such an honour is bestowed on us.

On 6 th May 2009, I hosted the regular

quarterly Senior Grand Officer’s forum.

The overwhelming impression I was left

with at the conclusion of the forum was

one of great industry and enthusiasm.

Brethren, I assure you our Senior Grand

Officers are working very hard in the

cause of Freemasonry in Victoria.

I should also take this opportunity to

bring you up to date on a number of

matters that are of importance. These

are in addition to the Grand Master’s

Bushfire Appeal, which is a separate

component of this Communication.

Brethren, this year’s remarkably successful

Scholarship Presentation function conducted

on 13 th May 2009 under the auspices of the

Board of Benevolence saw 56 Scholarships

presented to young students in Victoria. The

total value of these Scholarships was in the

region of $200,000. Of particular note were

the newly created Year 7 Entry Scholarships.

The feedback we have received from

these students and their parents has

been overwhelming. Unfortunately, I do

not possess the eloquence to adequately

convey to you the pride I felt as the leader

of our wonderful Craft on this occasion. It

was a truly exhilarating evening. I extend

my congratulations to the President of the

Board of Benevolence, the members of his

Board and the members of the Scholarship

Committee for their continuing support of

this very worthwhile charitable initiative.

Victorian Freemasons, together with

their wives and partners, have been

invited to attend the Melbourne Hebrew

Congregation Synagogue in Toorak Road

South Yarra on Saturday 1 st August 2009

at 9am to join with the members of that

congregation in a Masonic Synagogue

Service, and afterwards for refreshments.

This invitation is extended to all our

members, not just those of the Jewish faith.

At a time when relations between

Freemasonry and some sectors of the various

religious orders that practise in Victoria are

not as close as we would like them to be,

I welcome this initiative by the Melbourne

Hebrew Congregation and I urge you all

to reciprocate through your attendance.

I also commend Right Worshipful Brother

Hillel Benedykt, PSGW, President

Board of General Purposes for his

efforts in facilitating this invitation.

I particularly want to thank those country

Brethren who have travelled considerable

distances to meet with me and the other

Brethren I mentioned earlier, to discuss

the future of their Masonic Centres and

Freemasonry in their area. Following these

meetings, quite a number of the provisional

classifications of country buildings have

been revised with the approval of the

representatives of those buildings.

Work will shortly commence on the

development of our Strategic Plan for the

next triennium. Brethren, none of us in

senior leadership positions in the Craft

are in any doubt that the success of this

Strategic Plan will be crucial to our survival

and in providing the springboard for our

regeneration. I believe that the current

Strategic Plan has laid the foundations for

this, but the next plan must capitalise on the

achievements during the current triennium. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


The Spirit of


travels the globe

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Travelling South.

Freemasons Victoria has become the fourth

country in the path being criss-crossed around

the globe by the Travelling Gavel of The Vulcan

Lodge No 299 of Kansas. MWBro Garry Sebo

became the seventh Grand Master to hold the

Gavel at the installation of the Athenaeum-

University Lodge in June and it will now

be returning home in time for the Grand

Master of Kansas’ Cruise of the Caribbean.

Passing through the UK, Canada, the US

and now Australia, the gavel has travelled

over 16,944 miles. Its tour to Australia

was arranged by WBro Rick Antisdel of

Vulcan Lodge in Walnut, Kansas and Bob

Morcomb of Plenty Valley Lodge in Victoria.

Officially, the Travelling Gavel goes by the full

title, The Vulcan Lodge Travelling Gavel of

Fraternal Love and Brotherhood. Located in

Walnut Kansas, a small farming community

in the south-east corner of Kansas, Vulcan

Lodge has 32 members of which several

are 4th and 5th generation Masons. The

gavel began its journey in Oct 2006 when

it was used at the bi-annual meeting of

the four Vulcan Lodges of England.

The idea for bringing the gavel to Australia

developed when WBro Antisdel, travelling

to Melbourne on business and wanting

to attend a lodge meeting while in town,

met WBro Morcomb, a Past Master of

Plenty Valley. WBro Antisdel was staying

in a motel near the airport so it was only

natural that WBro Morcomb, a senior

customs official, be arranged to transport

the visiting American to the Ivalda Masonic

Centre where Plenty Valley meet.

Pictured: Grand Master Garry

Sebo and Grand Craft Ceremonial

Team with Travelling Gavel

WBro Morcomb told Freemasonry Victoria,

“During the journey home WBro Antisdel

mentioned the Travelling Gavel and asked if

I would like to receive it and take it around

to a few lodges in Melbourne. Another

WBro in Kansas, WBro Don Wheeler, has

recently asked if I can send the gavel up

to Queensland where there is a lodge

expecting a visitor from the UK who is

flying in to attend the installation of his son.

It’s a particular coincidence that all three

lodges involved, in the UK, the US and in

Queensland, all share the name Vulcan.”

In the spirit of Masonic charity, the Vulcan

Lodge asks that any Lodge that has

possession of the gavel beyond 10 days

make a $100 donation to the Kansas Masonic

Foundation Cancer Research Centre. �


Pictured: Grant Hackett,

Olympic Gold Medal

winner opens Special




Clubs meet

Summer Games

Special Olympics is an international

organisation providing year-round sports

training and competition to people with an

intellectual disability. The organisation has

attracted around 4,500 athletes in 46 regions

throughout Australia and currently there are

six metropolitan regions active in Victoria.

In April, the 2009 State Summer Games

were conducted with the opening

ceremony being held at the Meadow Glen

Athletics Stadium in Epping. The special

guest invited to conduct the opening

was Olympic Gold Medal swimming

champion Grant Hackett who proved to

be an instant hit with the competitors.

Caravan of


Members of the Masonic Caravan Clubs from

South Australia, Queensland and Victoria will

gather, with their ‘vans’ in Canberra for five

days of Masonic fellowship in September.

Previous events, the first of which was held

thirty years ago at Naracoorte SA, in 1979

and every two years since, is hosted by each

State in turn and historically has attracted

thirty to forty vans on each occasion.

Whilst these rallies primarily consist of

Masonic Club Carravanners, the event is

Led by Keith Morgan, the District Coordinator

of the Northern District #116

and co-ordinated over the weekend by

Frank Jenkins, a total of 28 Freemasons

and members of their families lent

their support by assisting with catering

and marshalling the athletes.

True to form, Keith who is presently

recuperating from major heart surgery

had again organised support from

several local businesses and benevolent

Freemasons. He managed to attend the

opening and presented medals to some

of the athletes before returning home. �

open to all caravanning Freemasons and

on this occasion the Victorian Club as

hosts, have invited the “Mobile Masons”

of New South Wales to join them and will

likewise welcome, Travelling Freemasons,

if they contact Ray Stevens of the Masonic

Caravan Club of Victoria on 03 9870 9175 �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009




Victoria speaks

with the new


Commodore for

the Volunteer

Coast Guard

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Worshipful Brother Commodore

Brilliant sunlight reflects off the deep blue

green water all around St Kilda pier as

WBro Ray Campbell, PGStdB surveys

the bay with a calm and watchful eye.

Unsurprisingly, WBro Campbell, clearly

in his element surrounded by the water,

has been elected National Commodore of

the Australian Volunteer Coastguard.

“We’ve recently established a complete

radio repeater network all around the coast

of Victoria,” he says, proudly looking out to

sea, “until now you could be in and out of

radio contact coming into Melbourne.”

Australia has over 19,600 kilometres of

coastline and roughly 90 percent of its

population live within 120ks of the coast.

With this in mind, the purely volunteer

organisation has its work cut out for them.

“We work in concert with the State Water

Police and other state emergency services

in Search and Rescue operations, and

we’re not just restricted to the coastline

itself. We monitor the inland lakes too.”

Each flotilla of the coast guard has radio

facilities monitoring many of the marine distress

frequencies. They can often be found patrolling

the waterways, assisting public with safe

boating advice and responding to distress calls.

The Volunteer Coast Guard was formed

in 1960 to promote safety in the operation

of small craft and guard the coastline

through education, examination and

search and rescue. Following a meeting

at the Beaumaris Yacht Club, members

came together to form an organisation

similar to the United State Coast Guard.

WBro Campbell was initiated into the

Lodge of Confidence in 1977 and was its

Worshipful Master in 1988. He has since

been Master twice more, once more in

Lodge of Confidence and subsequently

in his new Lodge, Preston Northcote.

Freemasonry helped build my confidence to

speak in public. Its also been great when I’ve

been overseas on business for the coast guard,

to have a connection with other communities.”

Pictured: WBro Ray

Campbell, National

Commodore for the

Volunteer Coast guard

WBro Campbell joined the St Kilda Flotilla in

1983 and formed the Lake Eppalock Flotilla in

1995. He was appointed State Commodore

for Victoria in 1995 and was serving his

fourth term as Squadron Commodore when

he was elected National Commodore.

Through his ongoing efforts working alliances

and strategic partnerships have been

established between the Coast Guard and the

Bendigo Base Hospital, the Rural Ambulance

Service, the SES, and the Marine Police.

The Victorian Squadron has recently signed

a Memorandum of Understanding with the

Victorian CFA, aiming to foster a cooperative

working relationship. That relationship was

demonstrated during the recent Black Saturday

bushfires to which the Coast Guard contributed

a large percentage of their land vehicles, trucks

and other transport to the fire fighting effort.

“We can show up in places you’d least

expect but all the emergency services

have got the same goal. It makes

sense to be working together.” �


Victoria honours

the life of Past

Grand Director,

Wayne Henry

Vale Wayne Henry, PGDC

VWBro Wayne David Henry, Past Grand

Director of Ceremonies was born on the 29 th

of July, 1950. He attended Mentone Primary

School and Cheltenham High School where

he was a prefect and represented them in

football, athletics, swimming and volleyball.

He gained a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

and began work as an industrial chemist with

Plumrose, then on to Petersville and Rosella.

While working there he enrolled in part time

study and graduated with a Bachelor of

Education then took up a teaching position

at Clayton Technical School, where he later

became head of the maths and science

department and a qualified PE teacher. He

then moved to working with his brother and

father at Melbourne Trailer and Caravan

Supplies where he became a Director.

In his youth he ran marathons and

competed as a professional athlete,

sprinting over the gift distance of 120

metres and in 400, 800 and 1600 metre

events. Later he took on umpiring with

the VAFA and umpired over 400 games.

Wayne married his great love Joy, and

together they had three children, Leisa, Craig

and Jodi who were the light of his life.

He was initiated into Freemasonry at the

Mentone Lodge, No 285 on the 7 th of

November 1979, joining his father Tom and

his brother Denis and became its Master

on the 3 rd of August, 1988. He also served

on the Unknown Soldier team and joined

the Mordialloc Mark Lodge in 2001.

He was selected as a Junior Grand Deacon

in 1998 and further served as Senior Grand

Deacon in 2004, Deputy Grand Director

in 2007 and finally as Grand Director of

Ceremonies in 2008 following a family

tradition set by RWBro Denis Henry, PJGW

who served as Grand Director in 2002.

During his time as Grand Director, Wayne

and Joy became close confidants of the

Grand Master and Pat. He passed suddenly

on the 5 th of July, 2009 after proclaiming

at an installation at the Masonic Centre

of Victoria and will be sadly missed

by the Freemasons of Victoria. �

Pictured: VWBro Henry on the floor of Grand Lodge

as Grand Director

To the large number of Brethren who

attended the funeral service of our

dearly loved Wayne and to all who have

shared our time of sadness in so many

different ways, we wish to extend our

most sincere thanks and appreciation

for your overwhelming support.

To RWBro Trevor Burkitt and RWBro Rev

Dr Ian Hunter, we express our gratitude for

their personal and invaluable participation.

The Henry Family.

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009



Giving a face

lift to a vital



Pictured: Keith Broadbent

with Lara Lodge secretary

Larry Fraim

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A New Look for Lara

Established at the end of the second world

war, during a period of substantial growth in

the Geelong area, Lara Lodge was formed in

1963 to cater for the increasing population

of North Geelong and Corio. The foundation

members resolved to meet on the 2 nd Friday

of each month in the RSL Hall in Lara.

The Lodge was consecrated at the

Little Ryrie Street Masonic Centre in

Geelong with 31 brethren signing as

petitioners on the 20 th July 1963.

In his response to the toast to the Worshipful

Master, the foundation WM, WBro Evan

Caddy, said “May the skilful and charitable

Brethren who follow me in the chair of

this Lodge, be like the upholsterers and

hide my mistakes, and because my work

will be as perfect as I am capable of

producing, may they polish and adorn it,

and by their skill and ability may this Lodge

become a jewel worthy of Freemasonry.”

The new Lara Masonic centre was

originally opened in 1971 by MWBro

Professor Sir Lance Townsend and,

after more than thirty years of use, in

2003 the Lodge Planning Committee

began to consider plans for a series of

extensions and upgrades to the centre.

It was proposed that the extension be

constructed the brethren and friends

of the Lodge, including skilled trades

people with expertise in sheet metal

fixing, plumbing, electrics, plaster sheet

fitting and woodwork. In 2006 the Lodge

approved an offer of financial assistance

from the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, the

planning permit was accepted in 2007 and

construction proceeded throughout 2008.

Under the supervision of the lodge,

and particularly guided by VWBro Keith

Broadbent, PGIWkgs, the volunteers installed

a new kitchen, upgraded the dining hall,

built entirely new extensions for robing

rooms and toilets and have significantly

improved on the original building.

Over the years Lara Lodge has become

a vital asset to the community hosting

meetings of the local Lions Club, TOWN club

and many other groups. Freemasonry also

has a public presence in Geelong through

their sponsoring of the local football club.

Pictured: Some of the recent improvements at Lara Lodge

The most recent improvements were opened

by MWBro Garry Sebo in November last

year, but with construction still ongoing

including the installation of new recycled

water tanks, and plans for a new verandah,

air conditioning in the hall, landscaping and

paving of the car park area and rebuilding of

the front entrance, Lara Lodge looks set to be

a hive of activity for some time to come. �




1858 - 2008

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the brethren

honoured in this

years Queen’s

Birthday list.

Honoured Brethren

WBro Roger Buick Wilson, OAM, for

services to the sport of rowing, particularly as

a media commentator, to business and to the

community. WBro Roger has been a rowing

commentator since 1966 at various regattas

and competitions including the World Rowing

Championships, World Masters Rowing and

the ABC’s coverage of the Olympic Games.

He became a Life Member of Rowing Victoria

in 2003, was inducted into the Franchise

Council of Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2006

and was General Manager of Forty Winks

for 21 years. WBro Roger was initiated at

Lodge Henty in 1970 and is a past master

of Brighton Grammarians Lodge, having

served as its Worshipful Master four times

and is currently serving as Senior Warden.

WBro Geoffrey William Audsley, AFSM,

(Australian Fire Service Medal) for leadership

promoting the work of

the Metropolitan Fire

Brigade. WBro Audsley

is a highly qualified

Station Officer in a wide

range of disciplines

including Road Accident

Rescue. As a senior

Rescue Operator,

he has continuously


outstanding leadership

in the mentoring of newly

graduated firefighters.

WBro Geoffrey was

initiated into Rosebank

Lodge in 1998 and was

installed as Worshipful

Master there in 2004.

He is also involved with

many other degrees

and orders including

the Mark, Chapter,

Ark Mariners, Royal

and Select Masters,

Knights Templar and

The Brass Hat Club. �

Also honoured this year were WBro Douglas

J Higgins, OAM, of Guiding Star Lodge No

922, for services to Veterans and their families

and WBro Robin B Jones, OAM, of Brighton

District Lodge No 37, for Community Service.

Royal Freemasons’ Homes of Victoria Limited

30 th Masonic Charity Golf Day

Monday, 16th November, 2009

Rossdale Golf Club

Sixth Avenue, Aspendale

Assembly 11.30 am for

Si Siren start at 12.00 noon

Competition - Stableford

Members and visitors welcome

Entry Fee: $65.00 per player

covers all events and includes Green fees and food

Entries close on Wednesday,

18th November, 2009

Tournament Director:

GS (Spencer) Sherwood

Ph: 0439 757 873 to register,

Or P O Box 7007,

Aspendale, 3195

Pictured: WBro Roger Buick Wilson, OAM and WBro

Geoffrey William Audsley, AFSM,

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009



The next

phase of the


Victoria Website

is now complete

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Into the Future

The Grand Superintendent of Communication

has announced that the next phase of

development of the Freemasons Victoria

website is now complete. Two major

upgrades have been in development

since the website’s launch last year and

were made live at the end of June adding

considerable functionality to the main site.

The new Interactive Lodge Finder can be

accessed through the Contact Us button.

The Lodge Finder contains the same

information as the Masonic Guide, and can

be navigated either alphabetically, via district

or meeting date. For the convenience of

visitors from interstate the Finder is located

on both the public and members online sites,

however contact information is restricted

to a general number on the public site.

Accessed via the Membership button, the

Lodge Portal is a two page web presence

being offered free of charge to every

lodge within Victoria. In effect the Lodge

Portal is a mini-website hosted within

the main Freemasons Victoria website

and gives every lodge the opportunity

to publicise itself online directly to

visitors to

A demonstration template is currently online

for the Hearts of Oak Lodge. Interested

Lodges should prepare three photographs

including any Lodge logo, a short by-line

summing up what makes the Lodge unique,

a short lodge history and description of no

more than a hundred and fifty words and

contact details. Lodges wishing to take up

this offer should contact the Communications

Officer, WBro Robert Reid, and work

with him to develop their submission.

Upgrades to the website are ongoing and

the next phase is currently in development

in order to offer even greater functionality

focused on developing online business

tools to make the day to day operation of

Lodge Business less time consuming. �

It was after

5:00 pm when

the package

arrived at my

work, the day

before I flew

out to England

From Belgrave to Belgrave

Freemasonry is universally spread and I have

been fortunate to experience this first hand.

I was initiated into Belgrave Lodge

Number 439 in 2004 on the eastern

edge of Melbourne. Little did I realise at

the time, this first step would open the

opportunity to connect with brethren

throughout the world and such a opportunity

presented itself one night in Bangkok.

I was discussing with my father the new

Belgrave Lodge website and, after a quick

google search to check on its progress, I

was surprised to see a link for a Belgrave

Lodge, Number 749. A couple of emails

later and we had established a connection

with our namesake in the UK. An invitation

from Belgrave 749 was extended to any

brethren of Belgrave 439 to join in their 150 th

anniversary celebrations but, with a job in

Bangkok at the time, I didn’t think it’d be me..

It was after 5:00 pm when the package

arrived at my work, the day before I flew out

to England. It represented the goodwill of the

brethren of my mother lodge and I was to be

the messenger from Belgrave to Belgrave.

Negotiating the stuffy underground trains of

London, complete with unexpected delays,

I arrived at the United Grand Lodge of

England with some minutes to spare. A grand

Pictured: Bro. Rod

Abson with WM Martin

Keith Partridge.

stone building, the atmosphere it generated

seemed greater even than the enormous

pillars that adorned the auditorium.

Though it was the first time I had ever

met these brethren in person, the hand

of friendship was extended to me with

warmth and good humour as though

we were of the same Belgrave Lodge,

some 17,000 kilometres away.

With the festive board in full swing and

a dining hall of brethren chatting and

laughing, formal toasts blended with

British jokes. Listening to some of the

other speeches given during the night,

the nature of 150 years – the changes

seen in society in that time – made the

achievement all the more remarkable.

Then it was my turn to be called up, I reached

for my package, with many eyes curiously

looking forward. The brethren erupted

with cheers shortly into my speech when

announcing that this year also marked the

celebration of 80 years of another Belgrave

Lodge. In fact, there I stood, a 28 year old

Master Mason from the other side of the

world, for the first time in our Lodge’s history,

to meet with the brethren of our namesake

Lodge at such an historic juncture. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


Main Feature

Our Heroes

Freemasons Victoria salutes its emergency

services workers and volunteers

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This Page: 1) AsstCommisioner; 2) Grand Master with Paul Van Rooyen, leading

senior Const, police academy, Rick Durra, Sgt ret, John Patterson, CFA; 3) The Task

Force’s Eddie Rogers with the Bairnsdale Fire brigades, Alan Somerville and John

Goodall, 4) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Deputy 1st Grand Principals with Bruce Wilde, Regional

Ambo paramedic St Johns, Garrie Carman, Rural Ambo, Vic paramedic, Ern Holland

CFA volunteer, Crew leader, Fire Brigade and Russel King, Ambulance services

Vic; 5) MFB’s WBro James Jackson, RWBro Stan Marshall, Bro Stan Kneeshaw,

Bro John Tullis, Bro Col McHugh; 6) Grand Master of Mark Master Masons with

Jason Goldsmith CFA, Ray Flemming CFA and Robert Callant, Melbourne Water

Facing Page: Emergency Services workers arranged on the floor of Grand Lodge;

Overleaf: 1) The Freemasons Task Force; 2) Lt G I Ballinger – Stawell urban, Capt Mick

Nunweek JP, Stawell urband, Ex Captain K Walker, Ararat, fire brigade and chairman of the

Freemasons Task Force, Neil Price; 3) Aerial view of the commemoration; 4) Barry Minster

at the controls; 5) behind the scenes with Merv Dyer, Barry Brooks and Don Kinsey

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History and Knowledge


some of


most ancient


The Schaw Statutes

WBro Iain Taylor

Sir William Schaw of Schawpark near Alloa

Scotland was appointed by King James

VI of Scotland as Scotland’s Master of

the Works and Warden General in 1583.

King James VI of Scotland was a very

intellectual person and well educated. He

was forward thinking and made a lot of

changes to Scotland from 1585 and England

after he became king of England in 1603.

It is assumed that in the year of 1598 King

James VI of Scotland gave instruction to

his Master of Works and Warden General

to regulate the stonemason trade. To do

this William Schaw issued what is now

known as the Schaw Statutes. These

rules were an enactment, laying down

the duties of all members of the Lodge

(a Lodge being a collective name within

the stonemasons trade) and to the public.

These enactments imposed penalties

for inadequate safety and unsatisfactory

work. They also required that Lodges

keep written accounts of their work and

employees and Lodges to meet on certain

dates of the year, laying the foundation for

future static Lodge as they are today.

The first twenty two enactments were

introduced originally on 28 th December 1598.

It would appear that the content of the

original document of 1598 did not take

into account ancient liberties and certain

privileges associated with the Lodge

of Kilwinning. From their history they

state the following: “William Schaw the

“Master of’ Work” and “Warden o’er a’

the masons” wrote that Kilwinnin was

the “Heid (head) Lodge of’ Scotland.”

With the above statement it appears that

Lodge Kilwinning, unhappy with their

terms of reference in the document sent

Archibald Barclay to lay the matter before

the King at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh,

to plead their case for certain privileges

and “ancient rights” which was not taken

into account in the original document. The

King being absent from Edinburgh at this

time, Archibald Barclay laid the Lodge’s

case before the “Maister o’ Work” and

“Warden o’er a’ the masons”, William Schaw.

Schaw issued thirteen additional ordnances

for the benefit of Lodge Kilwinning. In

a postscript Schaw explains that other

requests made by Lodge Kilwinning (not

mentioned here) would be refer to the

King “when occasion may be offered.”

The Schaw Statutes applied to the

Scottish Masons only. For some reason

they never went south of the border.

The Original Statutes had a great bearing

on the operation of the masons and their

lodges. It could be said that these were

the first step towards trade unionism for

employer, contractor and employee. It laid

down the rules of engagement for Employers,

Contractors and Employees, including hours

of work, site safety regulations and expected

Employee behaviours. Included among these

regulations were some of the following; no

stealing another Masters work; employment

of trade masons, rules for apprentices and

their engagement and no employment

of cowans; employees to be true to one

another, and live in peace and harmony as

brothers in arms; rules for amicably settling

any variance, strife or quarrel; undertakers

of work to inspect scaffolds and walkways

and ensure they are secure; that Lodges

each year should elect a Warden chosen

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


History and Knowledge


some of


most ancient


Pictured: RWBro

Maurice Herman (Harry)

Kellerman, OBE, PDGM,


16 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

by the votes of the masters of the Lodge;

and that members of the Lodge are to be

of good memory with all Craft matters.

An additional thirteen enactments were

added to the original statutes and were

written for the Lodge Kilwinning and its

surrounding districts. William Schaw also

laid down seniority for the three main

Lodges, writing “Edinburgh shall be, in the

future as in the past, the first and principal

lodge in Scotland; Kilwinning, the second

‘as it is established in our ancient writings’

and Stirling shall be the third Lodge,

‘conformably to the old privileges thereof.”

These second statutes encompassed the

following; Wardens within the bounds of

Kilwinning will be elected at the Kirk of

Kilwinning on 20 December and the wardens

of Kilwinning shall be present at other

wardens elections within other areas of

Glasgow and Ayr; they will be answerable

to the presbyters of the sheriffdom for all

offences committed by masons subject

to their lodges and one third of their fines

applied to Godly uses; they shall appoint six

worthy and perfect masons to inquire into

the qualifications of all masons within their

jurisdiction; they shall have authority with the

deacons of Kilwinning to exclude form lodges

in the district masons who are disobedient

Kellerman Lecturer

Applications are hereby called for

candidates for selection as Kellerman

Lecturer for Victoria, in relation to the next

biennial conference of the Australian and

New Zealand Research Council, which

is scheduled to be held from Friday,

September 3 rd to Sunday, September 6 th ,

2010, in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Every financial member of a Victorian

Lodge who is ordinarily resident in

Victoria, is eligible to nominate himself

for selection as Kellerman Lecturer,

unless he has been previously appointed

a Kellerman Lecturer for Victoria.

The spoken version of the lecture must

be of sufficient length (without padding)

to occupy the 90 minutes allocated for

the lecture and subsequent discussion.

to their church, council and other rules

promulgated for good order; in conjunction

with the deacons of the second lodge of

Scotland they shall obligate by oath all

masters and fellows of Craft within the district

not to association with cowans nor work

with or employ them or allow their servants

and apprentices to do the same; and other

regulation. With respect to apprentices and

fellows of the craft, the second statutes

included the direction that, before being

admitted they shall pay an amount to be

applied to the common banquet and, in

the case of fellows of the craft, an extra

amount for the purchase of gloves.

Some eight of the enactments of the First

Schaw statutes and five of the Second can

be seen reflected in the constitution and ritual

of contemporary Freemasonry today. Entered

Apprentices still have an initiation fee as

well as Lodge and Grand Lodge dues. In the

ritual across the three degrees the obligation,

charges and regulations encompass many

of the statutes including; the observance

and keeping of all good ordnances; to

be obedient to all masters, wardens and

deacons; to be honest, faithful and diligent;

that the lodge shall annually elect a warden to

be Master; and that no cowan (in this context

a non mason) be admitted into the lodge. �

It must be on a subject of interest

to researchers in the jurisdictions of

other Affiliates, and of sufficient merit

to reflect honour upon his Lodge

The selected lecturer must be prepared

to attend the ANZMRC conference at his

own expense and to deliver the lecture in

person. He must comply with all relevant

requirements of the ANZMC constitution, a

copy of which will be supplied on request

and he must submit his completed paper

by the deadline of 15 th January, 2010.

Application forms are available from

Alan E Jennings, Secretary, Victorian

Lodge of Research, No 218.

Applications close on 15 th January, 2010. �


The Ladies of


join the fight

against Breast



meeting of the

Grand Master’s

Young Masons


Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Freemasons Victoria is known for its

charitable work and it seemed like a logical

extension therefore that the ladies could

use this vast network in a positive and

constructive way also. Glynis Bucca, the

wife of RWBro Tony Bucca, SGW, has had

a previous involvement in conducting Pink

Ribbon Breakfasts to raise money for the

National Breast Cancer Foundation. From

this background Glynis suggested to Pat

Sebo, the Grand Master’s wife, that a Pink

Ribbon Breakfast under Pat’s patronage

should be held. Pat readily agreed. As

a result Glynis, together with the ladies

of 2009 Grand Lodge Team, are holding

the inaugural ‘Freemason’s Victoria Pink

Ribbon Breakfast’ on the 18th October at

Dallas Brooks Hall beginning at 9.00 am.

The morning will be both a time for reflection

and for fun. There will be a speaker from

the Breast Cancer Foundation but also

the breakfast will consist of great food,

games, raffles and a time to catch up with

old friends and acquaintances. It would

be of great assistance if bookings could

be made by tables of 10 but of course

smaller bookings are most welcome.

Finding their Voice

In his second Installation Address the Grand

Master drew attention to the issues facing

younger members saying, “the complaint

I most often receive from our younger

members is that they do not have a voice in

their Lodges. If we continue to ignore this

complaint, we will do so at our peril.” At the

March 2009 Quarterly Communication, the

Grand Master’s Young Masons Committee,

chaired by WBro Chris Miras was established.

This committee held its inaugural

meeting in June and the Chairman told

Freemasonry Victoria afterwards that

“It’s vital that the younger members have

a voice within Freemasonry. They’re

the future of the Craft in Victoria.”

Pictured: Freemasons Victoria Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Patron Pat Sebo

Glynis hopes that a Freemasons Victoria

Pink Ribbon Breakfast will become an annual

event. They are seeking support from Past

Teams, Lodges and the community in general

to make this a success. It is not just for the

Ladies but their partners, family and friends

are all welcome. There will be information

on the website www.pinkribbonbreakfast. and the booking form will be online

also. Information will be sent via the Lodges

about the event; when and how to book. �

Use of interactive and online media is

already a topic of some discussion as

well as the increased active presence of

Freemasonry at local community events.

It’s hoped that young masons around the

State will introduce themselves to committee

members as they begin to visit lodges.

The Young Masons Committee is keen to

hear from any young member who has a

suggestion to make or a story to tell.

An annual Young Members Forum is

being developed as is an online feedback

procedure to ensure all younger members

can have their voices heard. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


Task Force

It would be fair

to say that we all

know someone

affected by

the fires

18 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Black Saturday Recovery

WBro Neil W Price, PGStdB

It is 6 months since the blackest day in

Australian bushfire history and still the

survivors are struggling to find ways

to lead normal lives. They have been

affected with loss of family, friends, homes,

fencing, sheds, and stock to name a

few. We must ask ourselves, “How can

we help?” It would be fair to say that we

all know someone affected by the fires

and if each of us found one person to

help, imagine what we could achieve.

Brethren from Bendigo, Alexandra,

Gippsland, Geelong, Mornington

Peninsula and the metropolitan area

are continuing to give their time

helping to repair lost infrastructure.

Over the coming year the focus of the Task

Force will shift from working around Kilmore

East to other areas such as Kinglake, Buxton,

Dixons Creek, Labertouche, Jindivick,

Delburn and Boolara. We can’t do this

unless we have more volunteers, so I ask,

if you want to be part of the action or can

arrange a group from your lodge contact

the executive by email giving your details.

I stress “by email” as it leaves a trail for

the executive enabling contact with you to

keep you informed of coming activities. �

Pictured: Freemasons Task Force Bushfire Volunteers


Neil W Price PGStdB

10 Meaby Drive, Pakenham 3810

Phone 5941 9554 Mobile 0428 529 108


Dr Peter Prideaux

1/14 Parring Road, Balwyn 3103

Phone 9830 5019 Mobile 0418 136 243


Merv Dyer PJGD Mobile 0417 344 271

Ian McMurtrie Phone 9836 9463

Eddie Rodgers PJGD Phone 5244 3554

Malcolm Hurst Mobile 0407 008 008

Graeme Kitney PGIWkgs


News of a lung

transplant could

wait another 2

minutes after

waiting for

over 2 years

Pictured: Glenn Tebble,

CFV Ambassador


Leaving them Breathless

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria was absolutely

breathless when they were presented with

the proceeds of the “Breathless” 8 Day Ride

that involved twenty one VMMA members

riding 3800 kms around Victoria to raise

awareness of CF and much needed funds.

The presentation took place on Saturday

20 th June at the Melbourne Aquarium

and was part of CFV 2009 Dinner Dance

named “The Depths of Winter”.

The VMMA was represented by members

who activity assisted in the organisation

of the “Breathless” Ride, MWBro John

Wilson attended with his wife Lois along

with Trevor & Pat Burkitt representing the

Board of Benevolence who supported the

“Breathless” 8 Day Ride by contributing

$1 for $1 to a maximum of $15,000.

This event was a sell out and the

evenings MC’s were Zara & Troy,

two of Australia’s most experienced

facilitators and corporate presenters.

The CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria Stephen

Murby was introduced and gave a very

informative introduction to the evening with

some surprising facts that CF numbers

in Australia are growing. Stephen then

enlightened us that the birth rate of CF

suffers has remained constant which

proves that those who have CF are living

longer, hence the increase in numbers.

Zara & Troy then introduced to everyone

Mr Glenn Tebble, CFV Ambassador

extraordinaire who sourced a majority of all

donated items for the evening. Glenn has

CF and enlightened us of the challenge he

currently faces with advanced CF. It had been

suggested to Glenn that he would most likely

not leave the hospital again and attending the

CFV Dinner Dance was very unlikely. Not to

be deterred, Glenn did attend with his wheel

chair and oxygen bottle and his lovely wife.

Glenn has been on the list for a double

lung transplant for the past 2 years

and whilst talking about that his mobile

rang and he suggested that may be the

hospital with news of a lung transplant

but that could wait another 2 minutes for

he has been waiting for over 2 years.

The VMMA has assisted in raising and

donating over $300k to community-based

organisations since its inception. Raising

the awareness of CF within the community

continues to be a high priority of the VMMA

and this donation of $45038.85 to us

represents only a small part of what was

achieved during the ”Breathless” 8 Day Ride.

CFV and the VMMA have entered into

discussions for another “Breathless” 8 Day

Ride to take place November 2010 and your

support once again will be appreciated. �

WBro Chris Wells

Myrtleford Masonic Centre Holiday Units

An Excellent Holiday Opportunity for Brethren and Friends.

In the heart of the Ovens Valley; only 100km from

Mt Hotham and Falls Creek with Beechworth, Bright

and the wineries only a short drive away.

For details ring Ted Ludbrook on 57522342 and send a

stamped self addressed envelope to PO Box 344 Myrtleford

3737 to obtain full details.

Fishing, Cycling, Tennis, Snow and Water sking, Bushwalking,

Golf, Bowls, Winerys and 4 Wheel Driving available.

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009



RWBro Murray Yaxley PDG(Tas)

Pictured: WBro Brent

Morris Grand Abbot of

the Blue Friars pictures

with WBro Yasha


20 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Society of Blue Friars

The Society of Blue Friars is a masonic

fraternity that was formed in 1932

to recognise distinguished masonic

authors. There have been only 97

members to date, 24 current.

The Society has some unusual features - one

meeting per year, no dues, no ritual and only

three officers -the Grand Abbot, his Deputy

and the Secretary- General. One new Friar

A bequest in your Will to the Victorian Scout Foundation

helps make sure young Australians will continue to learn

the values and principles of good citizenship

well into the 21st century.

The Scout Foundation can assist in the writing

of your bequest. We also welcome direct donations

and new members to the Foundation.

is appointed each year but additional Friars

may be appointed to fill vacancies caused

by demise or resignation when the total

membership is not over twenty. The current

Grand Abbot is S Brent Morris, the tenth

person to hold the office. His predecessor

was Wallace E McLeod (Canada) who is well

remembered by members of the Australian

and New Zealand Masonic Research Council.

The most recently appointed Friar is also

well known to us, Yasha Beresiner (England).

He was admitted to the Society when it

met in Washington DC in February. Each

newly admitted Friar is expected to deliver

a research paper. Yasha Beresiner chose to

speak on “The Scottish Influence on the early

development of Speculative Masonry.” �

For train, tram and

bus entrhusiasts,

Australian and overseas,

Magazines, books

badges, DVD’s

CD’s, models, train

sets, calendars,

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Tank Engine,



and more!


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Ph/fax: 03 9621 2238

Pictured: Familiar sights

associated with the

Netherlands - tulips and


If we believe that


contributes to

the well being

of society as a

whole then we

should not be

reticent about

discussing it

An International Perspective

When the Grand Master of the Order of

Freemasons under the Grand East of

the Netherlands, MW Bro Diederik van

Rossum, addressed the Grand Lodge

of the State of Israel in April 2008 his

observations were frank, challenging and

stimulating. Here are some major points.

“When man discovered the mirror he

gradually lost his soul. He started to be more

troubled with his image than with himself.

Is this what has happened to freemasonry

in our different cultures? The autonomy

practised by freemasonry is a unique

management formula. On the one hand it

makes freemasonry appear leaderless and

on the other it maximises the individual

Each Grand Lodge has its own story

concerning membership statistics. For the

most part, in the English speaking world, they

do not make good reading. One of the few

Grand Lodges to publish its data for all to

see is the United Grand Lodge of England.

In the last ten years, the number of London

lodges has dropped from 1,617 to 1,458

(9.8% fall) with a more marked drop in the

last three years 2006 to 2008. The number

of Provincial lodges has decreased from

6,245 to 5,811 (6.9% fall). The corresponding

figures for the “District and Abroad”

category are 800 and 736 (8% fall).

These figures are derived from the notice

paper for the March 2009 Quarterly

Communication of Grand Lodge. Members

are also advised that an additional 20 lodges

have surrendered their warrants whilst

three new lodges have been established.

The number of Grand Lodge Certificates

issued annually at Freemasons’ Hall steadily

declined from 9,323 in 1999 to 7,336 in

2006 with a slight up turn to 7,539 in 2008.

responsibilities of each member of each

lodge, of each lodge within Grand Lodge

jurisdictions, and of individual Grand Lodges

that make up freemasonry universal.

Through ritual Freemasons learn to value

their inner world, they learn how important

it is to use their insights in themselves to

support their fellowmen and finally they

learn to invest the best of who they are

into the world without asking for reward.

Finally we should not think of ourselves as

human beings on a spiritual path but that

we are spiritual beings on a human path. �

Membership Worldwide

The reduction in the number of certificates

issued by District Grand Masters has been

more significant, from 1,007 to 695 (30.9%).

If we believe that Freemasonry contributes

to the well being of its members and

to society as a whole, then we should

not be reticent about discussing the

matter with family and friends.

On the other hand we need to examine the

situation in other places. In jurisdictions

where there is a very strong focus on

discretion and stringent selection, admissions

are still being restricted. The fact is that these

lodges are not so “ritual centric”. They give

a great deal of attention to the presentation

of papers and discussion. Mentoring

and training is carried out diligently.

The legacy that our forebears left us, as

a result of their emphasis on acquiring

real estate and building edifices that

we now find difficult to maintain, may

be at the root of our problem. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


Board of Benevolence




this years 56



22 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Scholarships 2009

Pictured: MWBro Garry Sebo and RWBro Trevor Burkitt pictured with the Scholarship recipients for 2009.

On Wednesday 13 May, MWBro Garry

Sebo, Grand Master and RWBro Trevor

Burkitt, PBB award a record 56 scholarships

and bursaries to students from around

Victoria. Cheques totalling $181,300 for

this years awards plus renewals were

given in a packed ceremony. Additional

bursaries are currently being discussed

by the committee and announcements

will be made when applications are

called for at the end of the year.

Freemasonry Victoria congratulates the

recipients Jake Always, Melissa Austin,Tony

Balfe, Natalie Benedykt, Madeleine Blaikie,

Madeleine Buchner, Courtney Callister,

Emma Carmody, Danielle Cartney, Alysse

Chan, Brahma Clare, Benjamin Cohen,

Courtney Collins, Byron Davies, Loren Deller,

Cameron Dimeck, James Douglass, Callan

Drew, Shae Ettridge, Jeremy Finkelstein,

Jessica Fishburn, Jacquie Fordham,

Simon Golding, Benjamin Gommers, Celia

Harbridge, Meg Haycox, Daniel Hinton,

Sebastian Howarth, Laura Irving, Alanna

Johnson, Timothy Knight, Duncan Knowles,

Emily Leversha, Justin Lewis, Hannah

Lipshut, Bethany Major, Claire McLaren,

Eva Metzeling, Emily Miranda, Thomas

Mogg Miko Morell, Sarah Moyes, Lewis

Orr, Christie Parkinson, Amanda Paulin,

Kyle Robinson, Eloise Roche, Heather

Stevenson,Toby Taylor, Harry Tibballs, Louisa

Trewartha, Paul Tyson, Lachlan Watson,

Hilary Wensor and Tamara Williams. �

Winner of the




for 2009

Laura Irving, Scholar

Laura Irving, who has been awarded the

Freemasons Victoria Scholarship” for

2009, has had a number of associations

with Freemasonry throughout her life.

Laura has always been a conscientious

student and she together with her parents

Janet and Chris Irving and brother Riley,

was delighted with her VCE results. At an

earlier time she was pleased to be awarded

a scholarship to attend Korowa Anglican

Girls’ School, the school that her mother and

three aunts attended a generation earlier.

Laura is the granddaughter of Norah

and MWBro Neville Smith and when

Neville was Grand Master and President

of the Royal Freemasons Homes, Laura

presented the floral bouquet to Libby

Chanter, wife of RWBro John Chanter, the

Chairman of the Board of Management.

Throughout her younger years Laura

attended and enjoyed the annual children’s

Christmas Picnic of Lodge Liberation.

Laura’s paternal great grandmother,

in her final years was a resident of the

Royal Freemasons Homes and received

excellent care at the Centennial Lodge

Nursing Home at Wantirna South. Bill

Irving, Laura’s grandfather has been a

generous regular donor to the homes

and in 2001 he received an “Appreciation

Award” for his continuing support.

Pictured: the young scholar at an early age

Pictured: Grand Master Garry Sebo awarding Laura the

Freemasons Victoria Scholarship for 2009

Laura plays tennis and enjoys skiing.

In 2004 the family went to Canada for

a skiing holiday at Whistler, the site

of the 2010 Winter Olympics. On this

holiday they also visited Disneyland.

Travel has always been high on Laura’s

list of things to do, and in 2007 she

travelled to Brittany, France, where she

lived with a French family for six weeks.

She is now continuing her studies,

pursuing a commerce degree at the

University of Melbourne, and her extended

family wish her well and congratulate

her on receiving this scholarship. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


In Brief

A high

reputation as

a caring and



24 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

No child left off line.

WBro Stuart Neilsen

and RWBro Trevor

Burkett attended St.

Albans Meadows

Primary School on

behalf of the Board

of Benevolence and

the Western Masonic


St Albans was

established in 1980

and is situated in the

City of Brimbank,

approximately fifteen

kilometres to the

west of Melbourne

just beyond the

Western Ring Road.

Many young families

occupy houses in the

estate and the majority

of their children attend the school. Some

students also attend the school from as far

afield as Sydenham. St. Albans Meadows has

a high reputation as a caring and progressive

school and parents of students with gifted

academic ability, learning difficulties and/

or behavioural problems, in particular,

choose the school because of the quality

of its educational and welfare programs.

Pictured: Stuart Neilsen, Trevor Burkitt and, with their computers, Kordelia Hollands-Paiti,

Vanessa Milinkovic, Monika Krstevski, Shaiden Newton, Bailee Blake, Caleb Poniris, Tony

Le, Michael Sialoga and Danny Lieu.

The school is very poorly serviced by

public transport so it runs its own bus

service to accommodate the students.

As part of its commitment to excellence

in education, St Albans Meadows offers

a programme of laptop hire in order that

every student has access to a computer.

Freemasons Victoria, through the

Board of Benevolence and the Western

Masonic Association, contributed

$2000 to assist in ensuring every family

has access to the programme.�

Partners also attend and are

joined in the South by the

Brethren for dinner at 6pm

Tyler’s toast at approx 8.30pm

For further information telephone

A range

of sensory


through visual

images, sound

and smell

Task Force

and Lodges

collect supplies

to support


Timor L’este

Pictured: Taskforce

volunteers and chairman

Neil W Price with a

walking frame destined

for East Timor

Up in Lights

A dedicated and fully equipped Snoezelen

environment has recently been completed

at Darvall Lodge Nursing Home, with the

Official Opening of this Room attended by

patrons, staff and supporters of this project.

Snoezelen Therapy delivers a range

of sensory experience through visual

images, sound and smell to reduce

anxiety in elderly persons whose quality

of life is negatively impacted by such

conditions as the agitation often associated

with dementia and chronic pain.

This room is the culmination of the efforts

of many people and has been jointly funded

through the generosity of the Brunswick

United Lodge, No. 924 and a one for one

grant from the Board of Benevolence

of The United Grand Lodge of Victoria.

Former Trustee and Past Chairman of the

RFHV Board of Management, RWBro Kevin

Duckett, PDGM was instrumental in seeking

the joint donations and we also thank

Aboard the ARK!

The Freemasons Task Force, along with

volunteers from Lodges around the

state, have been busy collecting and

cleaning beds, wheelchairs and crutches,

as well as gathering up toothpaste,

toothbrushes and wound dressings in

support of Kid’s Ark – Timor L’este.

Kids’ Ark works with the poor and needy in

the district of Hera which encompasses the

three villages we work with - Hera, Sidara

and Motakiik in East Timor - Timor L’este.

Pictured: Nadiya Storojenko, Lifestyle Manager, Darvall

Lodge Nursing Home with the Snoezelen room lights

Wor Bro Albert Smith,PJGD, a resident at

Darvall Lodge, for his generous support.

The Director of Nursing of Darvall

Lodge, Ms Irene Lepustin, together

with Lifestyle Program Manager, Nadiya

Storojenko, who herself has previous

experience of Snoezelen Therapy, have

been responsible for the implementation

of this therapeutic program.�

Initially Kids’ Ark set up two preschools,

one in the coastal village of Hera where

we live and another in Sidara near the

mountain foothills. They have since added

two primary grades to the Hera school

and hope to continue a further grade

each year so that the preschoolers can

remain at Kids’ Ark until high school.

Task Force members, along with volunteers

from lodges including Ringwood, Quest,

Evolution and Old Scotch Collegians

have worked on weekends for the past

few months preparing the donations to

be transported in shipping containers

also donated by individual Freemasons

in the import/export industry.�

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009



Think outside

the square

and make our

Lodges a place

where men

want to be.

26 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Our Membership Challenges

It is true that our membership numbers

continue to fall, and due to our ageing

membership, this trend may continue over

the next few years unless we as Freemasons

are prepared to think outside the square and

make our Lodges a place where men want to

be. Freemasonry should be an organisation

that we are all proud of and where we want

to introduce our family and friends to.

In visiting Lodges over many years I find

that a number of our brethren appear to

share the view that Grand Lodge has a

magic wand and that there is reluctance

from Grand Lodge to wave that magic

wand and suddenly produce candidates

for their lodge. Let me assure all brethren

there is no magic wand, and the growth

and viability of our lodges can only

come from hard work from all of us.

The challenge that we as Freemasons

face today is not only the recruitment of

new members but also that of looking

after and retaining our existing members,

making our lodge meetings and our

south interesting and enjoyable.

If we are to be successful it will require

team work from many and in this regard

I am pleased to advise that a new

Membership Management Committee

has been formed to work with and

assist lodges as we move forward.

The committee members have

experience within the Craft ranging

from 2 through to 40 plus years.

Open Nights are one of our most successful

means in communicating with the community

and showcasing Freemasonry to the public.

Over recent times these nights have

resulted in a number of potential

candidates being introduced to the Craft.

I have now sought the cooperation of all

District Coordinators to take responsibility

for the arranging of at least two open nights

within their district over the next 12 months.

As an update to the Grand Master’s letter

I am pleased to advise that all brethren

who responded to the questionnaire

have now received a letter of reply.

Brethren who expressed interest in working

towards the establishment of a new lodge

are being invited to attend meetings

within their district. Initially meetings

have been arranged at Baxter, Waverley

and Greensborough with a steering

committee already working at Mildura.

At the time a candidate submits his papers

seeking initiation into Freemasonry he is

required to submit the names of a number

of referees. These referees are contacted

by the Lodge Secretary seeking a character

reference. In many instances this is the

first and only contact these referees have

with Freemasonry as often they are not

given the courtesy of a thank you reply.

I would like to suggest to Lodge

Secretary’s that we adopt the following:

We acknowledge receipt of the

reference by means of a well

prepared letter of appreciation.

When the result of the Lodge ballot is known

the Lodge Secretary again communicates

with the referee advising him that the Lodge

has now agreed for his friend to be admitted

into Freemasonry and that he will be initiated

into the Lodge on a particular date.

I believe it is well within our interest to

invite these referees to the south on the

evening of the initiation to share in the

celebrations and supply added support

to our new brother. We never know these

friends may well be our next candidate. �

RWBro Alan Francis, PJGW

Grand Superintendent of Membership



you wanted to

know about


but weren’t sure

how to ask

Masonic fundamentals

As our Education Committee is becoming

increasingly focused on facilitating the

Masonic Advancement Programme, we will

take the opportunity to present in the journal,

a series of short dissertations on subjects

of Masonic interest that we hope will inspire

readers of Freemasonry Victoria to conduct

some research of their own or act as talking

points to start a discussion in Lodge.

How Old Is Masonry?

This question cannot be definitely answered.

For Masonry was not created at a given

moment, or even in a single day, month,

or year. Its distant origins, the actual

beginnings of our Craft, are veiled in the

mists of antiquity. We find striking similarities

in the Solar Mysteries of Egypt, which it

is believed may have been evolved as

early as the year 2000 BCE. Pythagoras,

Plutarch, Plato, and Pindar were among the

initiates into the Greater Mysteries, which

were the repository of the highest then

known “secrets” of astronomy, geometry,

religion, the fine arts and the laws of nature.

Centuries later, the Roman Collegia emerged;

these were small, local groups of artisans

– goldsmiths, dyers, builders, potters,

and others. They acted upon petitions for

membership, received members through

initiation, had rooms like those of present

day fraternities, divided the membership

into grades, had a common table, had

a charity fund, used passwords, grips,

tokens, and symbols. Each group was selfgoverning.

Some were religious (often pagan)

in nature; others were socially inclined,

while still others were mostly concerned

with their particular trade or profession.

The Guilds

About the third century CE, there began a

series of incursions of warlike tribes from east

of Europe, who finally overran the Roman

Empire and destroyed the civilization of the

time. For more than seven centuries the socalled

Dark Ages ensued. Then Europe began

gradually to re-erect its civilization, and one

of the first features of this process was the

development and training of craftsmen of all

kinds. Later these craftsmen formed societies

called “guilds,” comprising the men in a

particular locality who performed a definite

and specific type of work or service. These

were much like the old Collegia, though

there seems to have been no connection

between the two. Most of them had carefully

guarded secrets, which members were

bound not to reveal to non-members. It is

to be remembered that printing had not

yet been invented, and only a relatively few

people outside the clergy could read or write;

therefore much of the practical knowledge

and also of the learning of that day reposed

within the crafts as trade secrets, and

were handed down by word of mouth. �

RWBro Mervyn Hallam, PSGW

Grand Superintendent. of Education

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009



Coppin Hostel

ladies donate

hand crafted

toys for children

affected by

the bushfire

28 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Stuffed Toys and Milestones

A group of Coppin Community Hostel

ladies have rallied in continued support of

the Bushfire Appeal through the donation

of an assortment of handcrafted stuffed

toys for children whose possessions were

lost during the February 7 bushfires.

Bro Michael Zeeng, Homes’ Representative

of Gardenvale Mobility Lodge, No. 243,

has enabled this to happen through the

gift of a quantity of materials and fabrics

needed to make these toys. Under the

leadership of RFHV’s Craft group, a variety

of colourful and very splendid stuffed toys

have resulted through the talents and

handiwork of four of CCH’s residents.

The Redmond Park project to build 61

quality apartments for retired persons

in North Carlton is progressing well

with completion due in mid September.

Pleasingly the rate of sales at Redmond

Park is well ahead of expectations with

only 6 units remaining to be sold. We are

now in a position to achieve the rare feat

of selling all units before completion.

Projects such as Redmond Park generate

both a development profit and the ongoing

operating surpluses necessary to financially

support our residential aged care facilities.

Aaron (Ron) and Rose Hoffman are two

of Coppin Community Hostel’s long term

Cambodia, Vietnam and China

February 2010

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on a 28 day tour commencing 8 February 2010

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Pictured: Coppin Community Hostel residents Mrs. Ursula

Griffiths, Mrs Pat Skillern, Mrs Alma Patterson and Mrs

Avis Gross with Bro Michael Zeeng

residents, ninety and ninety-one years of

age respectively, who will celebrate their

69th Wedding Anniversary in September this

year. Their two children, four grandchildren

and six great-grand children look forward

to sharing this milestone with them.

Bro. Ron was initiated 63 years ago, and

was the first candidate for the Fraternal

Lodge, No 603, later becoming a member

of the Lodge of Tradition, 746. Bro Ron

now attends as a regular member of the

Hand of Friendship Lodge of Instruction

which meets on a monthly basis for

Brethren of Coppin Community Hostel. �


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Book Review

York Mysteries Revealed

Bro Brendan Kyne

Amongst the many myths and legends

dealing with the earliest beginnings

of “non-operative Freemasonry” are

the enduring traditions of Ancient York

Masonry. Dr James Andersons “Book of

Constitutions”, first published in 1723,

gave new life to the York Masonic legends,

whilst the discovery of manuscript versions

of the “Ancient Charges” of Masons (eg,

the Regius Manuscript and the Cooke

Manuscript) appeared to provide further

credence to the antiquity of York Masonry.

In the United States an entire branch of

Freemasonry, the York Rite, is based on the

premise that “… it is generally accepted that

York, in the North of England, is the origin of

what became modern Freemasonry.” With

these York “legends” in view RWBro Cryer

sets out to examine and detail the history

and customs of Ancient York Masonry.

RWBro Cryer carefully examines the

development of the York legends and

the history of King Athelstan and his

connections to the

legend. Unfortunately,

although Athelstan did

issue many charters

there is no evidence

of him issuing a

charter to Craft

masons, although

York Masons believed

that Athelstan was in

someway a “crucial

and formative

influence upon

their history.”

However, RWBro

Cryer suggests

the possibility

that what lies

at the heart of

the York legend

in the many

manuscripts is

not so much the


legend, as

the earlier reputation of York as a centre for

instruction in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

RWBro Cryer successfully shows that York

has a long history of civil and religious

stone building projects, and he meticulously

sets-out the available records to support

the contention that in England, and more

particularly in York, there were guild

lodges of masons building cathedrals

and other ecclesiastical buildings.

From the outset RWBro Cryer seeks to prove

that York has evidence of stone mason’s

“lodges” practicing operative masonry,

evidence that rivals the solid Scottish

evidence. Or as he states “…masonry was

English, not Scottish, guild not working

operative, widespread and not just local…”

He suggests a plausible hypothesis for the

development of non-operative free and

accepted lodges in York – in that working

masons in the mid 1600’s began to seek

new craft associations and they withdrew

from the older guilds, which had become

private as more and more non-operatives

joined. However, for those sceptical of the

whole operative to speculative Freemason

story, RWBro Cryer does make the

pertinent observation “…that whiles it is

evident that what persists in York and its

surroundings is not the direct continuation

or development o the operative lodges

it is nonetheless related to an earlier set

of traditions with regard to both the form

and the ‘history’ of the ‘ancient craft’.

RWBro Cryer also details some interesting

aspects of “Ancient York” ritual and believes

so much of ancient masonry was omitted

from normal Grand Lodge practice, that

what Freemasons have inherited is only

part of a larger and more complete whole.

Although written for a wider audience,

RWBro Cryer does assume a degree

of Masonic knowledge by the reader,

nevertheless this is a highly recommended

read, especially for the serious Masonic

student/researcher, and also for members

of the Masonic Order of Athelvstan. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


Featured Club

New friendships

and better




30 Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009

Telecomm Fidelity

In 1944 four Freemasons employed in the

Engineering Branch of the Post Master

General’s Department decided to form a

fidelity club from the very large numbers

of staff employed by the engineering and

telephone Branches of the department.

An organisation outside the working

environment would provide the medium

for fraternisation away from the pressures

of business and could lead to new

friendships and better understanding

between individuals of the two staffs.

This would be the more likely given the

common link provided by Freemasonry.

The inaugural meeting was held on Friday

September 29, 1944 at the Grand Lodge

building in Collins Street, Melbourne.

100 members were present and eight

applications for membership were received.

Other fidelity clubs that existed at the

time included the Brass Hats for the firebrigade,

Hersun representing employees

of the Herald Sun Newspapers, the Amicus

Club, City of Melbourne, Olympic, Mailma

representing the postal service, Industry and

Commerce, the Railways and the Unanimity

club representing the police. Few of these

fidelity clubs remain today, a number of them

having merged with the Telecomm Fidelity

Club, and now accept any brethren once

eligible to join a now defunct fidelity club.

The first regular meeting was held at the

Masonic Hall at 59 Johnston Street Fitzroy on

the 17 th November 1944. In the first annual

President’s report of the club, it was noted

that the formation of Lodge Hermes, No 573,

could be attributed to the inauguration of the

Telecomm Fidelity Club, as it was responsible

for the re-affiliation of a considerable

number of unaffiliated members.

In May 1946 a motion was passed that the

Club work for the benefit of charities and

the Austin Hospital was nominated as the

first institution to be visited and entertained

with a concert party. These visits to the

hospital continued for almost twenty years.

At the third Annual General Meeting, Bro

Ted Eckhardt took over as secretary and

held that position for twenty years. During

that time the membership of the club

reached its peak of 420 members in 1962.”

In 1948 Britain was seen to be still short

of much nourishing food, and there was

considerable discussion of ways and means

of sending food parcels there. A motion

was passed that ten pounds be used to

send parcels to members of the Telephone

Lodge, to distribute to the needy. This was

done under the auspices of the Lord Mayor

of Sydney’s “Food for Britain” appeal and

the sending of relief packages to Britain

was continued by the club until 1952.

The Telecomm Fidelity Club still

maintains regular fraternal association

with the Brass Hasts and the Unanimity

Club and meets regularly on the 4 th

Friday of the month quarterly. �

Pictured: Scott Patterson

& Bob Rampling



a century of


A tale about a tail …

Bob Rampling’s pet dog Zac has been known

as “Zac Attack” in his local neighbourhood

for quite some time but on the 15 th February

this year he earned his knick name when he

mauled a blue-tongue lizard at his home in

Lalor. The lizard lost its tail, had fractured

ribs and puncture wounds to its body and,

as if that weren’t enough, a collapsed lung.

The lizard was dubbed “Larry the Lizard”

after the fictional computer game hero

“Leisure Suit Larry- the Lounge Room

Lizard” circa 1985. Since the attack Larry

has become a minor local celebrity, and

has been mentioned in several newspapers

articles relating to his care and well being.

Larry was picked up by Scott Patterson, a

representative of Wildlife Victoria and taken

Brothers in Scouting

Four years of work preceded

celebrations to mark one hundred years

of Scouting in Ballarat during May

this year. These celebrations included

the launch of a book specially written

to commemorate the centenary.

Among those to attend the ceremony at the

Paz Hill Scout Camp was WBro. Hon Michael

Baden-Powell, a member of Baden Powell

Lodge and grandson of Lord Robert Baden-

Powell, founder of the Scouting movement.

WBro Michael had

been in Ballarat only

a few weeks earlier

to attend the opening

of an exhibition

of Scouting at the

Gold Museum.

Pictured: Ballarat Scouts

celebrate centenary with

WBro Michael Baden


to their Vet at the Healesville Sanctuary

Wild Life Centre, where Larry was intricately

operated on. He has now recovered and is

due to be released into the wild very soon.

Bob has been in contact with Melanie

Fraser at Healseville to follow Larry’s

progress and it became obvious through

discussions that Wildlife Victoria is always

in need of funds to help rehabilitate injured

and sick animals. In order to assist Wildlife

Victoria therefore the Revival Lodge

Social Committee will donate $250 and

Freemasons Victoria donated another

$250. These two cheques were presented

to Scott Patterson on the 1 st June. �

Chairman of the Pax Hill Heritage Committee

and Honorary Commissioner Bro. Basil

Bowman OAM, Guiding Star Lodge No

922, said “Scouting stands out from

most other youth activities as it is the

bridge for young men to Service Clubs

and other community organisations.”

The book, Golden Centenary of Scouting,

was written by Ballarat author Phil Roberts

and contains many pictures and stories

spanning one hundred years. �

Freemasonry Victoria WINTER 2009


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