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RW Bro John Armfield

John is a barrister primarily practising in the area of family provision and estate litigation. He is married to Philippa who before her retirement was a member of the management team for the reading rooms in the State Library of New South Wales.

They enjoy a shared passion for travel, history, art and music.

John and Philippa are active members of Christ Church Lavender Bay.

Educated at Summer Hill and Gladesville Public Schools, Newington College and the University of Sydney, John was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1983.

He was for many years a director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Freemasonry is in his blood; his father, both grandfathers and two of his great-grandfathers were members of the Craft.

Initiated into Lodge University of Sydney 544 in 1983 he became a Master of that Lodge in 1987.

He is currently a member of Lodge Wyvern 813 and The Sydney Lodge 1020, the latter Lodge of which he was Master in 2003.

Appointed Deputy Grand Registrar by Most Worshipful Brother R. L. H. Johnson in 1989 he was subsequently elected to that office in 1990. John became Grand Registrar in 1994 and served in that office prior to becoming Deputy Grand Master during the period 2000–2001. He subsequently served as Grand Registrar from 2003 to 2017.

He is the representative of the United Grand Lodge of England in this jurisdiction and an honorary member of Australia Lodge 6505 E.C.

He is a member of other Orders and in particular is a member of University of Sydney Royal Arch Chapter 15.

John and Philippa look forward to meeting members of the jurisdiction and in particular look forward to socialising with country brethren.


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