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posted Oct 22, 2017, 9:00 PM by Damien Bookings

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Famous Australian Freemasons

posted Aug 31, 2017, 1:41 AM by Damien Bookings   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 2:21 AM ]

The Ringwood Masonic Centre is a place Freemasons meet. It is also offered to the public for hire.

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the World, uniting diverse men together in Brotherhood and friendship, all interested in benevolence and self improvement.

Forget the conspiracy theories and allegations of devil worship, as one article in The Age said, its unlikely that the lovable Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Chips Rafferty and Smokey Dawson, pioneers like Kingsford Smith, and humanitarians such as Sir Weary Dunlop were devil worshipers... However they were all Freemasons.

If you're interested in finding out more about Freemasonry, I suggest you contact our peak body - Grand Lodge Victoria.

You might be interested in other names of notable Australian Freemason, there is a list below;

Some House Hold Names of Men who were not Primarily Politicians


·       "Smokey Dawson" Herbert Henry MBE, AM (1913 –2008), country music entertainer and community leader

·       Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935), aviator first to cross the Pacific from the US to Brisbane in about 1928.

·       "Chips Rafferty" John William Pilbeam Goffage (1909-1971) Film actor

·       Graham Kennedy (1934-2005), entertainer and the "King of Television". Lodge of St Kilda, 1955

·       Charles "Bud" Tingwell (1923-2009) actor and spitfire pilot.

·       Sir Donald Bradman AC (1908-2001), world famous Australian cricketer.

·       Sir Hubert Opperman (1904-1996) world's fastest bicyclist in 1930s

·       Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820).."Father Of Australia", botanist

·       John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866), explorer, claimed he recognised a Masonic greeting when he encountered a party of traditional owners in northern Australia.

·       Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), Governor of NSW (1810 to 1821)

·       James Boag (c.1822-1890), brewer, founded “J. Boag & Son” in 1883.

·       Charles Brownlow, football legend.

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian Prime Ministers

 

·       Sir Edmund Barton GCMG, KC (1849-1920), 1st Australian Prime Minister (1901-1903).     Initiated into Australian Lodge of Harmony No 555 English Constitution on 13 March 1878.  

·       Sir George Reid GCB, GCMG, KC (1845-1918), 4th Prime Minister of Australia, Lodge Centennial No. 169, UGL of NSW on 16 Nov 1896 

·       Sir Joseph Cook GCMG (1860-1947) 6th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Lodge Independent No 8 UGLNSW 12 Feb 1892.

·       Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883- 1967) 8th Prime Minister of Australia. Only Prime Minister to lose his seat at an election in 1929. First Australian to sit in the House of Lords. Initiated at Old Melbournians Lodge No 317 UGLV on 12 June 1925.     

·       Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page GCMG, CH (1880-1961) 11th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated at Lodge Prince Leopold No 87 UGLNSW on 4 Dec 1917

·       Sir Robert Menzies KT AK CH FAA FRS QC (1894-1978), 12th Prime Minister of Australia, Initiated into Austral Temple Lodge No. 110, UGLV on 10 March 1920. Received a 50 Year Jewel

·       Sir Arthur William Fadden GCMG (1894-1972) 13th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Caledonia Lodge No 737 Scottish Constitution in Queensland on 20 July 1915

·       Sir John McEwen, GCMG, CH (1900-1980) 18th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Lauderdale Lodge No 361 UGLV on 28 July 1926

·       Sir John Grey Gorton (1911-2002) 19th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Kerrang Lodge No 100 UGLV on 5 Feb 1948.      

·       Sir William McMahon GCMG, CH (1908-1988) 20th Prime Minister of Australia.      Initiated at Lodge University of Sydney No 544 UGLNSW on 22 March 1974.

FAMOUS FREEMASONS; AUSTRALIAN STATE PREMIERS

 

The list of Premiers has been expanded enough to warrant subsections. There are several below which generally do not appear in lists of Freemasons yet have reliable sources for inclusion.

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – NSW

·       Sir Charles Cowper KCMG (1807-1875), 2nd Premier of New South Wales five times, was initiated in The Lodge of Australia in 1862

·       Sir John Robertson KCMG (1816 - 1891) MLA MLC 5th Premier of NSW and Premier 5 times. Colonial Secretary. President Local Branch Irish (National) League from 1864 until 1865 Led squatter protest against Governor Gipps' attempt to restrict expansion beyond boundaries of location in North-West in 1838. Opposed Federation  Best remembered for land reform and in particular the Robertson Land Acts of 1861, which sought to open up the selection of Crown land and break the monopoly of the squatters.

·       James Squire Farnell (1825-1888), MLA, MLC 8th Premier NSW, politician, drover, bushman.  Provincial Grand Master of the Irish Constitution, First Grand Master GL of NSW, Member Leinster Marine Lodge..

·       Sir Robert Askin GCMG, (1907 - 1981) 32nd Premier of New South Wales, member Boree Lodge 335 & Prince Edward Lodge 349  In 1973 Askin became the first Premier of New South Wales to win a fourth successive term.

·       Sir Eric Willis KBE, CMG (1922-99),   34th Premier of New South Wales

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – Queensland

 

·       Sir Samuel Walker Griffith KCMG (1845-1920), Chief Justice and 9th Premier of Queensland (twice), Grand Master     

·       Sir Robert Philip KCMG(1851-1922), businessman and 15th Premier of Queensland,

·       William Forgan Smith (1887-1953) 24th Premier of Queensland 1932-1940, trade unionist and anti-conscriptionist, initiated into Prince Albert Lodge No 248 UGLQLD. MLA

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – South Australia

 

·       Maj Robert Torrens, (1780–1864), political economist, Member Royal Society, 1st Premier of South Australia and later [1872] Sir Robert Torrens, Initiated, 24 Nov 1824, then of Woolwich, L. of Antiquity No. 2, London. 

·       Sir Richard Davies Hanson (1805-1876), solicitor founding member of the South Australian Literary Society in August 1834, initiated Lodge of Friendship in 1834. 4th Premier (1857-1860) South Australia, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (from 1861) and as acting Governor (1872-1873).  Hanson St & Road Adelaide are named after him.

·       Sir John Hart CMG (1809-1873), SC Provincial Grand Master SA   10th Premier of South Australia three times, MLA MLC    Hart's Mill (1855) and the Adelaide Milling Company flour mill (c.1890) are prominent landmarks adjacent to the southern wharf of the Inner Harbour at Port Adelaide

·       Justice Sir James Boucaut KCMG (1831-1916) MLA. 11th Premier South Australia, Premier three times 

·       Sir John Alexander Cockburn KCMG (1850-1929), 18th Premier of South Australia, Federationalist and medical practitioner  Initiated in 1876, helped establish the Grand Lodge of South Australia and served in several high offices within it    Initiated Friendship Lodge No. 423 South Australian 1876

·       John Greeley Jenkins (1851-1923), 22nd Premier of South Australia 

·       Thomas Price (1852-1909), 24th Premier of South Australia, reformist, trade unionist

·       Archibald Henry Peake (1859-1920), 25th Premier of South Australia 

·       Robert Stanley “Bob” Richards (1885-1967), 32nd Premier of South Australia.    

·       Sir Thomas Playford IV GCMG (1896-1981), 33rd Premier of South Australia    (not to be confused with Thomas Playford II (1837-1915) who was also a Premier of South Australia and grandfather of Sir Thomas Playford IV ) Premier of South Australia from 5 November 1938 to 10 March 1965, the longest term of any elected government leader in the history of Australia


Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – Tasmania

 

·       Sir Neil Elliott Lewis KCMG (1858-1935),    lawyer and 19th Tasmanian Premier three times. MLA. Attorney-General. Federationalist. Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania 1933-35. Chancellor of the University of Tasmania 1924-33 

·       Sir John William Evans CMG (1855-1943), seaman, businessman and politician, 21st Premier of Tasmania

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – Victoria

 

·       Sir James Brown Patterson KCMG (1833-1895), butcher, real estate agent & auctioneer, politician, 17th Victorian Premier, 2nd Grand Master of Grand Lodge Victoria (GLV)1886-88. Mayor of Chewton, MLA    

·       Sir George Turner KCMG (1851-1916) Privy Councilor, Victoria's first Australian-born Premier of Victoria (18th), Commonwealth Treasurer  & Minister, Mayor of St Kilda 1887-88. Introduced income tax (1894)  Initiated 1882 at The Brighton District Lodge No37 

·       Sir Alexander James Peacock KCMG (1861-1933), 20th Premier of Victoria and member of fourteen ministries. Grand Master (1900-05) of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria (UGLV)     

·       William Alexander Watt (1871-1946) politician, 24th Premier of Victoria, Acting Prime Minister post WW1. initiated North Melbourne Lodge 2 Dec 1901

·       Sir Harry Lawson KMCG (1875-1952), 27th Premier of Victoria 1918-1924, Scotch Collegians Lodge   

·       Sir Henry Edward Bolte GCMG (1908-1990), was the 38th and longest serving Premier of Victoria. Initiated into Lodge Meredith No 163 UGLV 9 October 1946

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers – Western Australia

 

·       Major General Sir Newton James Moore KCMG(1870-1936), 8th Premier of Western Australia, soldier and businessman, President of the Western Australian Municipal Association in 1904 

·       John Scaddan CMG (1876-1934) mine-engine driver, MLA. Known as “Happy Jack”  10th Western  Australian Premier  Youngest WA Premier   The town Scaddan is named after him.

·       Sir Charles Court AK, KCMG, OBE (1911 –2007), 21st Western Australian Premier  Past Master Lathom Lodge.

 

Famous Freemasons; Australian & State Governors

 

·       Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824),  Governor of NSW       “Served as the last autocratic Governor of NSW (1810 to 1821) and played a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of the colony”. Initiated January 1793 at Bombay, India in Lodge No1

·       Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855–1948), Governor-General, Attorney-General, High Court Judge and politician    Elected to the first Federal Parliament of Australia. Initiated Antrim No 349 Irish Const, member of Australia Felix, first Grand Register(1889-1890) of UGLV

·       Sir Ernest Clark (1864-1951), Governor of Tasmania, installed Grand Master of Tasmania in 1935     

·       Sir  Frederick Napier Broome KCMG (1842-1896)   Governor of Western Australia 1882-89    The town of Broome in Western Australia is named for him

·       Lord Huntingfield, William Charles Arcedeckne KCMG (1883-1969), Governor of Victoria (1931-1939).   14th Grand Master UGLV 1935-1939     Grand Master when Freemasons Hospital East Melbourne Opened.  Initiated United Lodge No. 1629 EC

·       Sir Robert William Duff GCMG, PC (1835-1895), Governor of NSW, Grand Master of NSW

·       Air Vice Marshal Sir Robert Allingham George KCMG, KCVO, KBE, CB, MC (1896-1967) South Australian Governor   Grand Master South Australia 1956-1958 

·       Major-General Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks KCB CMG DSO KStJ KCVO KCMG (1896-1966), Governor of Victoria, 19th Grand Master UGLV 1951-1963. Victoria's longest serving Governor and Masonic Grand Master “was possibly the most popular Governor in Victoria's history” initiated in the Clarke Lodge No. 98 on 6 February 1950  Dallas Brooks Hall 300 Albert St East Melb was named after him

·       Lt General Sir John Northcott KCMG, CB, MVO, KStJ (1890-1966). NSW State Governor & Grand Master. Wounded at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915        

·       Lord Somers, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Herbert Tennyson Somers-Cocks KCMG, DSO, MC (1887-1944), Governor of Victoria, 12th Grand Master Victoria 1927-1932     Chief Scout of Victoria and succeeded Baden-Powell as Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth Initiated Household Brigade Lodge

·       George Edward John Mowbray Rous, 3rd Earl of Stradbroke CB CVO CBE KCMG ADC (1862-1947) KCMG, CB, CVO, CBE, VD, TD (1862-1947), Soldier & Governor of Victoria 1921-26       Initiated Lodge of Prudence No. 388 10th Grand Master UGLV 1922-1929

·       Lord Stonehaven, Major-General Michael Jeffery, Governor General 1925-1930, Grand Master UGLNSW   

·       Major-General Jeffery AC, CVO, MC.( 1937- ), Governor General of Western Australia 1993 –2002 and then Australia 2003–2008, Former CO of SAS Regiment (Australia). Initiated in St George’s Lodge No 6 on 23 November 1994,   

·       Sir Samuel J Way (1836-1916), South Australian Lt Governor, Grand Master South Australia 1884-       

·       Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (1890-1969), South Australian Governor, Grand Master South Australia 1941-1943      95th Grand Master Mason of Scotland (1949-54)  initiated in Apollo University Lodge No. 357 (E.C.) in 1908

·       Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG (1852-1924) Governor of Tasmania 1912-1917, Governor of Western Australia 1917-1920. Grand Master WA 1918-?, Grand Master Tasmania    Initiated Apollo University Lodge No. 357 EC on 6 June 1872

·       Sir Eric Neal (1924-) AC CVO South Australian Governor 1996-2001, Chair Wespac

·       Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO KStJ (1902-1980) Chief Justice, Governor of Queensland 1966-1972, Chief Australian Prosecutor 1946-47 at the trials of war criminals in Tokyo, Chancellor The University of Queensland 1966-76, Grand Master QLD

·       Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE, PC (1868 - 1933) British statesman served as Governor of Queensland 1905–1909, Governor of NSW 1909 -1913. Viceroy of India. Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW 1910-1913.   Initiated 1 June 1898 in Lodge of Amity No. 137 EC

·       Sir Gerard Smith KCMG (1839-1920), Governor of Western Australia (1895-1900)      First Grand Master of Western Australia Grand Lodge. Initiated into Freemasonry on 4 May 1880 in the United Studholme Alliance Lodge No. 1591 EC

·       Lord Kintore, Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer (1852- 1930) Governor of South Australia and Grand Master South Australia 1889-1895  

·       Lord Carrington, Charles Robert Carrington KG GCMG PC DL JP (1843-1928), Governor of NSW and District Grand Master NSW in 1888 to 1890    First Grand Master United Grand Lodge NSW Initiated 28 October 1861 in Sir Isaac Newton Lodge No. 859 EC

·       Sir Thomas Mellis Napier KCMG (1882-1976), Judge, Lieutenant Governor 1942-73, Grand Master of South Australia 1928-1930   

·       Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson GCB GCMG (1843-1910), Admiral, Governor of NSW 1902-1909. “He promoted 'the ultimate formation of a separate navy' for Australia” Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (1905-09). Initiated in Royal Sussex Lodge No. 501 EC in November    

·       Lord Brassey. Thomas Brassey KCB (1836-1916), first Governor of Victoria to be elected Grand Master 1896-1900, help found Volunteer Naval Reserves. Initiated Oxford University Lodge 1850. In Melbourne he joined the Clarke Lodge No. 98

·       Sir John Goodwin KCB, CMG, DSO, Queensland Governor and Queensland Grand Master.     

·       Lord Gowrie, Sir Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven VC DSO with Bar (1872-1955) Victoria Cross Winner, and Australia's longest serving Governor-General. Grand Master of NSW Initiated into Freemasonry at Lodge St Andrews Military Lodge No 668 on 15 March 1893.         

·       Sir Leslie Orme Wilson DSO GCIE GCSI. (1876-1955), Governor 1932-1946 and Grand Master of Queensland 1934-1946.       Governor of Bombay 1923-28. Initiated in Lodge Ionic No. 65 NSWC on 17 January 1904

·       Sir Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey GCB, GCMG, PC, DL, JP (1845-1915), Governor of NSW, Grand Master UGLNSW (installed 1891)    initiated into Apollo University Lodge No. 357 EC, on 25 October 1865 affiliated with Lodge Ionic No. 65 NSWC

·       General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE, KCMG, KCVO, CB (1898–1983) Governor of Western Australia in 1951-63, Governor of Tasmania 1963-68. Initiated in Shamrock Lodge No. 101 (Irish constitution)  Grand Master

·       Lord Carmichael, Thomas Gibson Carmichael, GCSI KCMG (1859-1926) Governor Victoria 1908-11  Governor of Madras, India, Governor of Bengal. Grand Master UGLV 1909-1912. Initiated 1895 in Lodge Dramatic and Arts No. 757 SC

·       Sir Douglas Nicholls KCVO, OBE (1906-1988), Governor of South Australia   and prominent Indigenous Australian, pioneering reconciliation. First Australian Aboriginal to be knighted and first to serve in vice regal office. In 1934, 3rd in Brownlow count 1935 first Aboriginal selected Victorian Interstate Team. Initiated Lodge Antoc in 1954

·       Sir George Cumine Strahan KCMG. (1838-1887), Governor of Tasmania.

·       Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross KCMG (1896-1968), British Parliamentarian. British High Commissioner to Australia 1941. Governor of Tasmania 1951

·       Lieutenant-Colonel George James Molle (1773-1823), soldier and Lieutenant-Governor NSW, commander 46th Regiment in February, 1814 Sydney Took part in the first public Masonic ceremony in Australia, at the laying of the foundation stone of Captain John Piper's new house on what is now Point Piper   Lodge of Social and Military Virtues in late 1816.

·       Hercules George Robert Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead GCMG PC (1824-1887), was a British colonial administrator who became the 5th Governor of Hong Kong and subsequently, the 14th Governor of New South Wales  

·       Col James Erskine CB (1765-1825)fought at the Battle of Vinegar Hill (Ireland) in June 1798. Lieutenant-Governor Port Jackson & NSW. Presented silver trowel to Australian Social Lodge No. 260

·       John Hutt (1795-1880) Governor of Western Australia   Presided over first Masonic Meeting in WA Foundation Master of Lodge of Saint John No 712 EC first Lodge in WA  Persuaded first Freemason (Francis Lochée (1811-1893)) to be initiated in Western Australian Colony

·       Lieutenant-General Sir John Lavarack, Grand Master QLD   Governor of Queensland from 1946-1957.

 

NOTE – Two Governors not noted above appear in the Premiers lists.

 

 

Famous Australian Freemasons; Australians of the Year..

 

·       Major General Alan Bishop Stretton AO CBE (DSO Vietnamese) (1922-2012), Australian of the Year 1975

·       Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, Australian of the Year 1976 (see military men section for footnotes)

 

Famous Australian Freemasons; Australian (and Foreign) Explo

 

·       Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), explorer 

·       Hamilton Hume (1797-1873)  first Australian explorer to be born here. Initiated at Leinster Marine Lodge of Australia No 266, Irish Const on 12 Sept 1825.

·       William Wentworth (1790-1872) explorer, poet, journalist and politician. Member Lodge Amis Incorruptibles of Orient de Paris in 1818.  Member The Lodge of Australia No 3`

·       Lieutenant John Oxley (1783-1828) RN explorer. Surveyor-General. Member Lodge of Social and Military Virtues No 277 Irish Const.   

·       John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866) explorer. Initiated into the Lodge of Truth No.933 E.C. North Adelaide on 1 August 1859. Stuart claimed he recognised a Masonic greeting when he encountered a party of traditional owners in northern Australia.

·       Charles Karius (?-?) Explorer in PNG. Initiated New Guinea Lodge (292 UGLQ) 29 Nov 1926,  

·       Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820)  "Father Of Australia", botanist      Member Inverness Lodge, No. 4

·       Augustus C. Gregory KCMG (1819-1905)  Explorer   Surveyor-General of Queensland,   found coal in Western Australia  English District Grand Master

·       Inspector-General Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis CVO (1837 – 1922) Royal Navy Surgeon, surveyor, Arctic explorer, and leading Freemason. Served as part of a surveying expedition to the Northern Territory of South Australia, helping to chart the area to the west of the Adelaide River and returning biological specimens to Adelaide for study. Initiated 1872 in Zetland Lodge No 515 Malta Died by accident Antarctica in December 1912 aged 25 years.

·       Charles Archibald Brookes Hoadley CBE (1887-1947), explorer, educationist and scout leader. Member Australasian Antarctic Exploration Expedition led by Mawson. first principal of Footscray Technical School. King's Polar Medal (1915) and the Order of the Silver Wolf (1931). Cape Hoadley in Antarctica is named after him. Initiated 1915

·       Arthur Todd Holroyd MD, MB, FZS, FLS, FRGS (1806-1887),   physician, explorer and jurist. Fellow, Zoological Society of London. First European to cross the Bayuda desert to Khartoum and the first Englishman to visit Kordofan. Fellow Royal Geographical Society. MLC MLA. First Mayor municipality of Prospect and Sherwood ( now Holroyd). District Grand Master of the English constitution (1867-77) 

·       Albert Frederick Calvert (1872-1946), author, explorer, traveler and mining engineer. Initiated 1893

·       Edmund Albert Colson (1881-1950), explorer and bushman. “..understood the rites, customs and dialects of several Aboriginal tribes”. Crossed of the Simpson Desert accompanied by Eringa Peter of the Antakurinya tribe (1936)

·       Michael Terry (1899–1981), explorer and author. In 1923 he and his companion Richard Yockney drove from Winton, Queensland, to Broome, Western Australia, in a 1913 T-model Ford

 

Famous Australian Freemasons; Actors, Entertainers & Musicians

 

·       Herbert Henry "Smokey Dawson" MBE AM (1913 –2008), country music entertainer and community leader     

·       Graham Kennedy AO (1934-2005), entertainer and "King of Television". Lodge of St Kilda, 1955     

·       "Chips Rafferty" John William Pilbeam Goffage (1909-1971) Film actor. Initiated at Lodge Literature No 500 UGLNSW in 1957     

·       Charles "Bud" Tingwell AM (1923-2009) actor and spitfire pilot. Initiated Lodge Carinya No 785 on 27 Jan 1950   

·       George Seth Coppin (1819-1906),  politician, comic actor and entrepreneur. An energetic Freemason he became the first Grand Master of Victoria (Grand Lodge Victoria later dissolved when United Grand Lodge Victoria was formed, Coppin presided over the first (and last (1889) meeting of the GL). Coppin has been credited with fathering the Australian theatre     Initiated St Johns Lodge No 346 IC

·       Harry Van Der Sluys, aka "Roy Rene Mo (1892-1954) better known as “Mo” the clown. Lodge Thespian No 256 NSW, NSW Australia     

·       Nathan Phillips better known as “Stiffy” the clown (?-1932), Lodge Thespian No 256 NSW   

·       Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett (1927 –2009) movie actor and voice of John Tracey in “Thunderbirds”. Initiated in 1949 in Empire Lodge No.197 of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

·        Philip Peter Jacob Wirth (1864-1937) bandsman and circus proprietor, with his brother, founded Wirth Bros Ltd Circus (1913-1963)

·       Friedrich Wilhelm August Klauer ( 1829 -1906)  Band musician, composer, arranger, publican, gold miner, played at the Eureka Stockade. Oldest publican in Adelaide. He was a prominent Freemason, Past Master of the Duke of Leinster Lodge   Member of the Adelaide City Council.

·       Walter Malcolm Neil McEachern (1883-1945), singer, one half of the comic musical duo Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam. Toured with Nellie Melba

·       George Bennett (c1817-1854) Singer, pianist, organist, concert presenter, composer. Born UK c.1817 Arrived Adelaide, South Australia 1839 Died Adelaide, 22 September 1854, aged 37

·       Arthur King (?-1908) prominent musician & conductor on the Goldfields. Kalgoorie Masonic Lodge 24

·       Mr St John Caws, first secretary of the Musical Society of Victoria, of which he was one of the founders   Lodge Judah No. 20

·       Samuel KAYE, Singing-master, Professor of Music, organist, music seller, organ builder, arranger, music publisher, Active Melbourne, by 1860 Departed Melbourne, after July 1876. Music for the Masonic Order, being Ritual No 1 selected and arranged by Bro. Samuel Kaye

·       Henry (de) Burgh, (1841-1869?) Amateur vocalist, pianist, composer 

·       Edward Ralph de Tisne (1890-1931) American Actor, Initiated into Freemasonry in Thespian Lodge No. 256, UGL of NSW on November 22, 1921, later affiliated with Thespian Lodge No. 268 in Brisbane 1922  

·       William Ellsworth Robinson “Chung Ling Soo“ aka “Ching Ling Soo” 1861-1918  International “Chinese” Magician, his death on stage was widely reported in Australia,  Lodge Thespian No 256 NSW       

·       Lancelot Sherlock Fitzgerald aka. Lance Vane (1884-1942) actor. Initiated Thespian No. 268  UGLQ  December 7, 1922, later affilicated affiliated with Thespian Lodge 256 UGLNSW

·       Hugh Huxham - English actor, vaudevillian, politician, leader Hugh Huxham's Serenaders,  Thespian Lodge No. 73 QC

·       Clarence Alphonse Lambert aka Lou Vernon (1888-1971), screen, stage and radio actor and entertainer, appeared in Bonanza and Gunsmoke, and Australian TV dramas Homicide, Division 4  and movies such as The Power and the Glory (1940) and  “On the Beech” 1959. Initiated  Thespian Lodge No. 268, UGLQ December 1919 

·       Claude Holland (1901-1984)- Australian actor, movie star, broadcaster, radio station manager. member Hugh Huxham's Serenaders. Initiated Thespian Lodge No. 268 on November 1, 1923.

·       John Vyvyan Ormonde Dobbie (1903-1952), Australian actor, movie star, broadcaster, auctioneer. Leading parting in “His Royal Highness” 1932,  Australia's first musical film Initiated Thespian Lodge No. 268  UGLV  3 May 1945

·       Lt George Patrick (Pat) Hanna (1888-1973), New Zealand army officer, actor, movie star, cartoonist. Initiated into Thespian Lodge No. 268 on July 3, 1924

·       Arthur Phillips Hemsley (1891-1954) actor, comic and radio, part of comic act “Brull & Hemsley”. Initiated Thespian Lodge No. 268, UGLQ 1920

 

Famous Australian Freemasons; Sport

 

·       Sir Donald Bradman AC (1908-2001), world famous Australian cricketer. Initiated Lodge Tarbolton No 12 UGLNSW 26 Nov 1929.     

·       William Albert Stanley (Bert) Oldfield MBE (1894-1976), cricketer     Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1927. Initiated Lodge Arcadia No 177 UGLNSW on 11 June 1920 

·       Sir Hubert Opperman, OBE (1904-1996) world's fastest bicyclist in 1930s; Government Minister; High Commissioner to Malta. Initiated into Stonnington Lodge No 368 UGLV on 23 Dec 1925.     Member Peace and Loyalty Lodge

·       Bill Ponsford MBE (1900-1991), test cricketer      

·       Charles Brownlow (1861-1924) football  Unity and Prudence Lodge initiated in 1885  

·       John Treloar (1928- ) one of the fastest sprinters in the world of his time, winner of three track sprint gold medals at the Auckland 1950 Empire Games. Initiated at Lodge Frank McDowell No 362 on 4 March 1948

·       Edward (Eddie) Charlton AM (1929-2004) professional snooker and billiards champion. Initiated into Lodge Swansea No 755 UGL of NSW&ACT 14 July 1961.

·       Walter Albert Lindrum CBE (1898 - 1960) professional billiards player. Initiated Crimea Lodge No 432 8 Oct 1934

·       Jack Plummer, sprinter, Australian 1500m track champion and also at Auckland 1950 Empire Games

·       Aaron Treve (Tommy) Woodcock (1905-1985), horseracing, Australian handler of the racehorse Phar Lap  Initiated 11 Nov 1943 in Smithfield Lodge 414 UGLV

·       Ray Land, who competed in sprints and relays at Melbourne 1956

·       Vic Patrick (1920-2006) "the best Australian boxer never to have won a world title". Australian Lightweight Title in 1941. Initiated at Lodge Fellowship No 623 on 28 Jan 1942

·       Mickey (Roy) Tollis ( 1927 – 2007), boxer

·       John “Jimmy” Hill (c1925- ), boxer, holds 50 year jewel   

·       Henry Messenger (1883-1959), Rugby player. Initiated at Lodge Thespian No 265 in 1915

·       William John Truscott 'Nipper' (1886-1966), footballer inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996

·       Deverick John (Mick) Cronin (1911-1979), Australian Rules footballer and commentator

·       William Hender Hellings, swimmer one of the founders of the NSW Swimming Association

·       John Hill (b1925?), member Victorian Boxing Hall of Fame, 50 Year Jewel holder.

·       Edgar Laurence ( Dunc) Grey (1906-1996), Olympic bicyclist 

·       Mervyn (Merv) Thomas Wood, LVO, MBE, QPM (1917 –2006) Eight-time Australian national sculling champion, four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist. Held 28 State Sculling titles. Australian athlete of the year. Later Police Commissioner of the NSW Police Force. 

·       William (Bill) M Lawry AM (1937- ) cricket  initiated Manangatang lodge 705 UGLV in 1962

·       Wally Grout (1927-1968), test cricketer 

·       Charles George "Charlie" Macartney (1886 – 1958) cricket  “known as "The Governor-General"

·       Stanley Rupert Rowley (1876-1924), Olympic Sprinter Paris 1900, member Lodge Austral

·       Leo Ejner Jensen (1912-1978), wrestler and physiotherapist. Australian Heavy Weight Champion 1952

·       Dr William Caldwell McClelland CBE (1875-1957) Melbourne Football Club captain 1901-04, President of the Victorian Football League in 1926-55 and of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1944-57  Australian Football Hall of Fame.

·       Glyn de Villiers Bosisto MBE (1899-1990). Lawn Bowls, “created so many records that he was dubbed the (Sir Donald) `Bradman of bowls’

·       Bob Jones (1952-) Racing Car Driver & Businessman, Grand Master of Victoria, V8s at Sandown and Bathurst  represented Victoria in basketball and played for Williamstown in the VFA and South Melbourne under-19s in the VFL

·       Arthur Tunstall OBE (1922-2016), Boxing & Sports Administration.

·       John James “Jack” Lyons (1863-1927), state and international cricket batsman, household name.      

·       Peter Jackson aka "Black Prince" aka “'Peter the Great'” (3 July 1861 – 13 July 1901) “Australian pugilist” “a man of colour” heavy weight champion of Australia. Buried in The Brisbane General Cemetery also known as Toowong Cemetery, A magnificent tomb was erected by subscription with the words, 'This was a man'.  

 

Famous Australian Freemasons; Military Men – Victoria Cross Recipients

 

·       Lord Gowrie, Sir Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven VC DSO with Bar (1872-1955) Victoria Cross Winner, and Australia's longest serving Governor-General (see Governor General Section above)

·       Lt William Dunstan VC (1895–1957), Victoria Cross Winner. Victorian Naval and Military Lodge.  

·       John Hutton Bisbee VC (1869-1930), first Australian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross (in Boer War, South Africa). Initiated Lodge Bulwer No 1068 England on 6 Jan 1917

·       Major General Neville R Howse VC, KCB, KCMG (1863-1930), surgeon & soldier, politician  first Victoria Cross Winner in Australian Services and only medical member of the Australian Forces to be awarded the VC. MLA Initiated Lodge Ophir on 29 Aug 1901

·       Captain Albert Jacka, VC, MC with Bar (1893-1932)  Australia’s first WW1 VC  

·       John Hurst Edmondson (1914-1941) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Lodge Liverpool No 197 on 3 April 1935,   first Australian VC of WW2  

·       Arthur Blackburn VC (1892-1960) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated Peter's Collegiate Lodge No 58 South Australia on 9 Dec 1918.

·       Walter (Walley) Brown VC (1885-1942) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated Lodge Godeldrie No 558 on 7 April 1931.

·       George Cartwright VC (1894-1978) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated Lodge Merrylands No 479 on 1 Nov 1923.

·       William Currey VC (1895-1948) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Lodge Carlton No 382 on 11 March 1930.

·       James Heather Gordon VC (1907-1986) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge United Service No 307 WA on 2 April 1959

·       Blair A Wark VC (1894-1941) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Lane Cove No 338 on 8 Nov 1921

·       James Gorman VC (1834-1882) Victoria Cross Winner initiated at The Leinster Marine Lodge of Australia in 1878.

·       John Woods Whittle VC (1882-1946) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Sydney St Andrew no 7 on 1 Nov 1923

·       James Rogers VC (1873-1961) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Robbie Burns No 88 UGLV on 11 Nov 1913 

·       Hugo Throssell VC (1884-1933) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Bulwer No 1068 UGLE on 15 June 1917

·       William Donovan Joynt VC (1889-1986) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Old Melbournians Lodge no 317 UGLV on 12 Oct 1923.

·       George J Howell VC (1893-1964) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Freemasonry on 2 Dec 1920.

·       Major Frederick Harold Tubb VC(1881 - 1917)  Victoria Cross Winner 

·        Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG (1981-2013), Initiated 23 Sept 2006 Lodge Thespian No. 256 ULG NSW & ACT


The Source of this list, and many other names can be found below

http://www.lodgedevotion.net/devotionnews/famous-australian-freemasons/large-list-of-notable-and-famous-australian-freemasons






Freemasons Victoria - Starting the Conversation - Men's Health Week Launch

posted Jun 13, 2017, 1:35 AM by Damien Bookings   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 1:37 AM ]

This month, Victorian Freemasons embrace Men’s Health Week 12-18 June. Leading up to the week, there has been a focus on prostate cancer screening and especially mental health.

On 7 June, in conjunction with Mirvac, Freemasons Victoria launched “Starting the Conversation” at Victoria’s Parliament House; the conversation about suicide prevention. The launch featured John Patterson, a farmer and Freemason from the Mingay district near
Lismore in western Victoria. Bro John lost his brother Charles, a sheep farmer, to suicide 23 years ago and has spent the last two years travelling and speaking to Lodges and community groups about suicide prevention. Two years ago just before facing an audience, John decided to ditch a written speech on suicide prevention in favour of reciting a moving poem titled Rain from Nowhere. I’ve placed a link following to John’s recital on youtube below    .
The Launch

Freemasons Victoria - Starting the Conversation


Rain from Nowhere.

Poem - Rain from Nowhere


Antiques Valuation Day, Sat 18 March 2017

posted Feb 13, 2017, 7:06 PM by Damien Bookings   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 7:10 PM ]

Rotary Club of Ringwood Antiques Valuation day
The Rotary Club of Ringwood is holding a fundraiser to support mental health services - Antiques Valuation Day on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Bring your items (up to 4) for a valuation at the bargain price of $5 per item.

Antiques Valuation Day, Sat 18 March 2017.
10 am - 4 pm
Lot's of on site parking.
Ringwood Masonic Centre
24 Warrandyte Road  Ringwood VIC 3134
(on the corner of Aird Street and Warrandyte Road)

http://www.ringwoodrotary.org.au/

Ringwood Rotary Valuations Day March 2017








Buses replacing Trains; Tuesday 27 December 2016 - Sunday 5 February 2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 3:13 PM by Damien Bookings   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 3:14 PM ]

Ringwood Venue Hire

With our Centre only a short walk from Ringwood Train Station, rail is a great way to get to us but track and crossing upgrades will see buses replacing all train services between Ringwood and Box Hill Station until 27 Jan 2017. From that date, it is expected buses will replace trains after 8:45pm each night until Sunday 5th February 2017.

With bookings getting back into the normal swing next week, please take note of the above.

Updates and the above information with more detail including timetables, can be accessed by clicking here.


New Wheels on Chair Trolley

posted Nov 1, 2016, 4:29 PM by Damien Bookings

We recently discovered a broken wheel on the chair trolley used in the supper room.

Many thanks to WBro Bruce J who has repaired the above. Bruce advises that the wheels are rated at 30Kg, and with the trolley weighing 12Kgs, would limit the loading to approx 4 Chairs.

Please make sure you report any damage to me on discovery, as frequent visitors, we rely on lodges and regular users for feedback. Based on that feedback we’ve asked our cleaner to give some extra attention to cleaning the lodge room.

Rotary Club of Ringwood - Antiques Valuation Day, 10th September 2016

posted Aug 5, 2016, 10:22 PM by Damien Bookings   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 10:25 PM ]

Rotary Club of Ringwood Antiques Valuation day
The Rotary Club of Ringwood is holding a fundraiser to support mental health services - Antiques Valuation Day, 10th September 2016.

Bring your items (up to 3) for a valuation at the bargain price of $5 per item.

Antiques Valuation Day, 10th September 2016.
10 am - 4 pm
Lot's of on site parking.
Ringwood Masonic Centre
24 Warrandyte Road  Ringwood VIC 3134
(on the corner of Aird Street and Warrandyte Road)

http://www.ringwoodrotary.org.au/


Antiques Valuation Day Ringwood Masonic Centre





Belgrave and Lilydale Lines: Buses replacing trains from Saturday 2 July to Sunday, 10 July 2016

posted Jul 4, 2016, 5:05 PM by Damien Bookings

I got caught by this on Sunday

Due to level crossing removal works on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines, buses will replace trains on sections of the Belgrave/Lilydale lines from the first service on Saturday 2 July, until the last service on Sunday, 10 July.

Please note that this may increase your journey by up to 45 minutes.

See further details on buses replacing trains here.

June 2016 - dates still clear

posted May 18, 2016, 10:15 PM by Damien Bookings

Greetings !

Just looking at the diary and although we have some sort of activity in every weekend in June, it is still a very lightly booked month. I came on the site to tell the world about this, to find I already have !

Saturday 4 June, Saturday 11 June and Saturday 18 June still do not have functions booked on those Saturdays!  Strange ! In December 2016 - almost every Saturday before Christmas is already booked 24 December is not though, but I've not decided if we will hire the hall that night...

We're offering a discounted hire rate for the above Saturdays in June 2016 to give people a chance to try our fantastic community hall. Recently we had a user in for their fifth hire since I took over the bookings - they keep coming back year after year because they know how good our hall is and how easy we are to deal with.

For your function hire in Ringwood, especially in June 2016, contact us !

Ringwood Hall Hire - June 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 11:06 PM by Damien Bookings

There are not many dates in April into mid May 2016 left to hire the hall on a Saturday, but Saturday 21 May is still available. That said, so far we still have three Saturdays in June when the hall is not booked.

I just got another wonderful testimonial from a happy customer who has hired the hall many times, last weekend the family in question had a 50th. Please do consider hiring the Ringwood Masonic Centre - we've got several families who found us on the web and just keep coming back because they know how great our venue is.

Why don't you give us a try ?

Check out our testimonial page here.

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