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Published 29 January 2020

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From the Grand Master

Brethren, last weekend on Australia Day we marked the announcement of the Australian of the Year and Australia Day Honours.

On your behalf, I congratulate all recipients and especially the members of our great masonic family who all showcased not just the peculiar challenges our island country presents, but more so the fighting spirit and resilience that characterises our people.

It follows that I also thank all lodges for standing up for this spirit and getting involved in their communities by supporting the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal.

The effects of these bushfires, and indeed the drought, will remain with us for a long time and we must not let our guard down.

We are truly all of one company and we must work on this together as a united team putting our personal ambitions aside for the benefit of our communities.

Cessnock Freemasons Australia Day Community Award

Congratulations to Cessnock Freemasons for being awarded the the Australia Day 2020 Community Award for their constant community involvement.

Among many activities Freemasons were recognised for innumerous community donations, sponsorships of a local junior cricket club, the RSL sub branch website and the School Spectacular Indigenous Dancer.

Cessnock Freemasons also created and presented the Masonic Values Student Awards at nine local primary schools and two high schools.

"Such an appeal, on behalf of our poor and distressed Brethren, I now make to you."


Balmain Lodge

I have forwarded the last two Grand Master's Newsletters to two prospective candidates and one called off member. As a result, Balmain Lodge now has two applications for membership and one application for affiliation.

These newsletters are very informative of what Freemasons do in the community.

Please keep them coming!

Peter Gourlie
Balmain Lodge 23

GM's Disaster Relief Canberra Fundraising

The first of the Masonic Action Days at the Canberra Masonic Centre in support of the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal took place on Saturday, 25 January.

Activities included of a fundraising BBQ along with tours of the lodge. It was a great opportunity to meet masons, to learn about Freemasonry and its role in the community.

Volunteers from many lodges accepted the challenge of manning the various 'stations' between 10AM and 2PM. The Grand Master and his partner Gael were in attendance and supporting the event.

A steady stream of masons, friends and family, along with shoppers from the nearby Mawson Shopping Centre attended and enjoyed the sausage sizzle in support of the GM's appeal.

One unattached mason who did not drive at night was delighted to learn of the creation of a new daylight lodge. His affiliation papers were signed on the day. Others showed interest in joining and we may just get a few new members from this day.

Donations from masons in terms of all drinks, BBQ supplies, sausages and loaves of bread ensured that we maximised the takings for the day.

Lodge Caledonia of Canberra had determined that the proceeds of the raffle and Alms collected at its Burns Night, coupled with set-aside funds would be donated to the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal.

Other Canberra lodges have also made arrangements to organise donations to assist the appeal. Individuals made their own donations via the website on the day.

"I shall at once proceed to put your principles in some measure to the test, by calling upon you to exercise that virtue which may justly be denominated the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason's heart -

I mean Charity"

Support the Grand Master's Disaster Relief Appeal

The best way to contribute financially to the Disaster Relief fund is via the Masonicare donate page on

A tax deduction receipt for all donations of $2 or more will be automatically provided to you.

Coming Up


Autumn Market Day and Fundraiser Saturday, 9 May 2020 at Harden Masonic Centre.


Freemasons Park Dedication and Fundraising dinner Saturday, 13 June 2020.

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