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The proposed introduction of a light rail system, similar to the trams of yesteryear, has prompted many memories of the days when trams provided the major means of transportation in Sydney.

Trams were first introduced in Sydney in 1879 with various improvements over the years until the State Government ordered their removal in 1961. The final runs in that year were attended by huge crowds to farewell a system which had overseen major changes to the city of Sydney.

The stonemason’s lewis is a device used in raising and lowering stone blocks in the course of building construction as exemplified by the smooth ashlar in the tripod usually found on or by the Senior Warden’s chair.

The Romans, in their day, are thought to have used it in the building of the Flavian Amphitheatre and the Saxons in the building of Whitby Abbey in the seventh century.

Tonight is perhaps not the night to explore the machinations resulting in the formation of the United Grand Lodge of NSW. Formed in 1877 from Lodges previously owing allegiance to Ireland and Scotland.

Before our United Grand Lodge was established, masonic unity had been a known preoccupation of Lord Carrington.

Lodge Independent Lewis No 592

W Bro Geoff Ferguson of Lodge Independent Lewis 592 has extended a helping hand and a load of books to a needy school in Fiji.

On a visit to Malolo Island Resort, he and his wife Judi visited the primary school on the island which is half an hour by boat from the resort.

In the current times of expressing a desire to be healthy in mind and body, it is fitting to see that a young group of masons, family and friends participated in the Sydney to Wollongong, 2012 MS Gong Ride. Supported by the STEP program and Lodge Capitol 612, in Canberra, this team diligently met their fundraising requirements, as a token to participate.

Ready to Rescue!

Whether it be saving the life of a person stuck in flood water, chain-sawing through a large tree which has fallen onto someone’s home or rescuing a victim of a road crash, the volunteers of the New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) are always ready to come to the rescue.

When the Minister for Home Affairs, King O’Malley wrote his introduction to the milestone volume Canberra – Capital City of the Commonwealth of Australia he declared for posterity that ‘Such an opportunity as this, the Commonwealth selecting a site for its national city in almost virgin country, comes to few nations and comes but once in a history.’

It’s wonderful that the masons are now part of the Aboriginal culture of this area.

These words, spoken by Les Bursill OAM, an elder from the Dharawal nation, completed a Naming and Smoking Ceremony for Lodge Kirrawee at Sutherland in March.

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