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35 Facts and Myths about Freemasons in Australia

ZN FREEMASONS IN AUSTRALIA Timeline In the first 20 years from 1788 Freemasonry had tentative beginnings in Australia - private meet- ings were against law. 1904-1920 6 Grand lodges formed successfully across Australian states, with their own masonic self governement 1990 to 2013 11 biennial conferences were held to deliver lectures, known as Kellerman Lectures. 1802 First Masonic meetings held on board English ships 1820 First civilian lodge formed in a tavern at Circular Quay, Sydney. 1801 1803 1904 1945 2013 1788 1802 1820 1921 1990 1801 Oldest surviving Masonic grave in Australia being that of American Captain John Haynes of the American ship, the General Boyd 1803 Captain Anthony Fenn Kemp being the first candidate initiated and oldest surviving Masonic document in Australia 1820-1921 Many more lodges were formed throughout Australia as population expanded. 1945 Membership to Freemasons Lodges peaked at close to 400,000 2013 dramatic decreases on the number of freemasons in Australia, currently estimated at 88,000 mem- bers. Fun Facts 5 myth about Freemasonry MYTH The emblem on the 1 dollar bill is 10 out of 26 Australian Prime Minister were Freemasons. 1 said to be Masonic MYTH Masons Descend From the Knights Templar Joseph Cook ( 1860 – 1947) • Robert Menzies ( 1894 - 1978) • John McEwan ( 1900 - 1980) • Earle Page ( 1880-1961) • Edmund Barton (1849-1920) Stanley Bruce (1883 - 1967) • John Gorton ( 1911 - 2002) • George Reid (1845–1918) • Arthur Fadden (1895 - 1973) • William McMahon (1908 -1988) MYTH Freemasons Rule the World MYTH In 1892 the world's tallest building was the Masonic Temple in Chicago (height 92 metres) 4 Freemasonry Is a Religion In 1955, 1 out of 16 Australians was a freemason MYTH Membership Requires 5 Shadowy Connections A man was initiated in 1879 by Lodge #239 in a balloon flying over Paris. Geographic Location in Australia Freemasons principles suggest that one cannot testify truthfully against his brother Mason on a trial. They admit that it may be perjury, but to them, it is a far greater sin to not protect one of their own. аАЛ FREEMASONS Queensland The Grand Lodge of WESTERN AUSTRALIA FREEMASONS South Australia & Northern Territory FREEMASONS NSW & ACT National Lodges FREEMASONS Victoria - New South Wales 258 - Tasmania 10 - Victoria 284 - Queensland 187 - Western Australia 124 - South Australia and NT around 110 FREEMASONS T ia State Membership in Australia Membership by Continent State Population Number of Masons Continent Number of Masons Australia - New South Wales 7,381,100 North America 2,146,049 727,046 30,000 Australia - Queensland 4,638,100 16,254 Europe South America 235,028 Australia - South Australia 1,667,500 6,500 Oceania 103,398 Australia - Tasmania 512,900 3,357 %3D Asia 48,682 Australia - Victoria 2,497,500 6,700 Africa 6,100 Australia - Western Australia 5,713,000 25,987 3,266,303 Total Mason Worldwide Conference & Function Čentre Reference: http://www.masons.org.au/ http://www.freemasonswa.org.au http://www.32nddegreemasons.org/what-is-the-scottish-rite/little-known-facts/ http://bessel.org/intstats.htm http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2009/09/090915-lost-symbol-dan-brown-freemasons-book.html http://www.santfreemasons.org.au http://www.freemasonsvic.net.au http://www.aboutfreemasons.com/Freemasons_in_Statistics www.smcfc.com.au

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