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Ask any of the 15,000 Freemasons in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory this question, and you’ll probably get 15,000 different answers!

Freemasonry means different things to each member.

Some would say it’s a personal development program which promotes family and community values.

Others would describe Freemasonry as a chance for both social interaction and "philosophical brainstorming".

Freemasonry also provides an opportunity for public service, and hands-on involvement in charitable or community issues.

The short answer to the question, "What is Freemasonry" is that it’s one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organisations.

Made up of 5 million Freemasons around the world, it has adopted the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill, and charity as foundations for an individual’s life and character.

So, a Freemason strives to be moral and ethical.

He strives to show justice, act honourably, and be loyal.

A Freemason teaches and practices concern for people.

He cares for the less fortunate, and helps those in need.

And all this is done irrespective of cultural or ethnic background.

Irrespective of religious beliefs.


Masons usually gather once a month for a daytime or evening meeting lasting two to three hours.

Like any organisation there’s a business element, with minutes, accounts, and plans for upcoming events to be read and discussed among the members.

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Freemasonry makes symbolic use of various practices and implements of those guilds from the Middle Ages.

The craftsmen of yesteryear adopted a series of exclusive signs and words to be able to demonstrate

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Freemasons are proud supporters of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Annually, that support is spread across a number of high profile events, including "Beach to Bush" Surf Education Tours, the Surf Rescue Challenge, and the World Surf Boat Championships.

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Some people, and maybe a few surprises ...

 Sir Donald Bradman

 Matthew Flinders

 Sir James Hardy

 Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith

 Chips Rafferty

 Sir Joseph Banks

 Walt Disney

Lodge Wallis Plains No.4

Victoria St, Maitland NSW 2320

Contact Bill Lennox

Ph. 02 4933 1602

Email : wslennox@tpg.com.au

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Becoming a Freemason is a commitment to develop your own potential, to values that see all humankind as equal, and to helping others in our community.

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