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Back Row Grand Master, Greg Cornish (representing his daughter), Adrian Drane  (Principal Marist College)
Front Row Fiona Gaby A/Principal Burnie High School.Rebecca Holness Mother. Davina Holness, Scholarship recipient. Fiona Barry ( representing her son) Magella Dudley (Principal of Parklands High School.)

Burnie Masonic Lodge members and friends welcomed the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tasmania M.W. Bro. John Slore to the Burnie Masonic Hall in order to present the Annual  Masonic Scholarship Certificates and to relate to the gathering on his attendance at the Tercentenary (300 years) of Freemasonry World-wide Celebration in London.

Esha Cornish a former pupil of Hellyer College became the successful candidate in her selection as the 2018 recipient of the $2000 Burnie Masonic Lodge Hilton Sharpe Masonic Memorial Scholarship.

This award is presented annually to a Student who must be resident in Burnie and attends either Hellyer or Marist Colleges prior to gaining entry to a university.
Esha has enrolled in a degree course to study Nursing at the Launceston Campus of the University of Tasmania.

Her Certificate and a Voucher from a leading Burnie Warehouse Store was accepted in her absence by her Father.

Burnie Masonic D.I. Bartley Memorial Scholarships were awarded this year to Grade 9 students at both Burnie and Parklands High School as selected by their respective schools each having received a cheque for $300 as a financial aid towards their ongoing education.  Davina Holness from Burnie High School and Cameron Barry of Parklands High.  Both of whom received with their Certificates $100 vouchers.

V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton O.D.S.
Secretary Burnie Masonic Lodge

60 Year Jewel Presentation in Burnie Masonic Lodge

 R.W. Bro. James Moran Cameron the Bard of Craigie-lea in the Clyde Side town of Paisley, uprooted himself and first graced the Tasmanian scene in 1962. Retained the membership of his mother lodge in Scotland affiliating with the former Gill Memorial Lodge in Burnie in 1978.

His introduction to what was to become his best friend and presenter of his 60 Year Jewel on behalf of the Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Windram occurred within one week of his arrival.

Completion of his National Service as a member of the RAF Regiment in a sunny and rather inhospitable Egypt saw him return home to Scotland to be introduced into Lodge Craigie-lea No. 1218 in the Scottish Constitution in 1958.

Elevated from Initiate to Master Mason in a mere two months and as such commenced a very active Masonic Career in Tasmania with the former Gill Memorial Lodge in 1978 and a founder member of Burnie Masonic Lodge at the amalgamation in 1992, becoming the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, for the first time in 1993 and again in 2005.

R.W. Bro. Cameron has an ongoing involvement with the Grand Lodge North West Ceremonial Team which commenced in 1966 and had the rank of Past Grand Warden conferred on him in 2016.

A great exponent of the round ball game, he played regularly for Burnie Rovers and the North West Tasmanian Soccer team and with the termination of his playing days took up refereeing.

A strong supporter of Ex Service organisations, he is a Past President and a Life Member of Wynyard R.S.L. and a Past President of Parklands High School Parents and Friends.  A great exponent of the works of Robbie Burns and Life Member of Burnie Burns Club.

In Freemasonry we are taught to practice out of the lodge those things we have learnt in it and R.W. Bro. James Moran Cameron is an excellent example of this concept.

Gerry Gunton
Secretary Burnie Masonic Lodge  28/05/2018

Southern Masters June 2018 Newsletter

The Southern Masters June Newsletter for 2018 can be found here

June Meeting Dates and Agendas for Southern Lodges

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Raising of Bro. Craig Foster at Roland Lodge – 15th March 2018

L-R   M.W. Bro. John Slore, W. Bro. Scott Whiley, Bro. Craig Foster and V.W. Bro. Allan Braid.

Brother Craig Foster being congratulated by the Worshipful Master W. Bro. Scott Whiley at his Raising to the Degree of a Master Mason, flanked by his proposer and Seconder at Roland Lodge on the 15th March 2018.

Army & Navy Lodge attended as a fraternal visit and Lake Lodge attended as an official visit, a very good meeting was enjoyed by 42 Brethren which included 9 visiting Worshipful Masters.

Visiting U.K. Mason

Information about visitng U.K Mason W Bro Barry Sampson PPJGW of Furnival Lodge can be found here


Acknowledgment of Gift from United Grand Lodge of England

The Grand Lodge of Tasmania recently received a letter from the M.W. Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, (HRH the Duke of Kent KG, CGMG. GCVO, ADC) acknowledging the gift presented by our Grand Master, M.W. Bro. John Slore on behalf of the Masons of Tasmania at the UGLE Tercentenary Celebrations in London. A copy of that letter can be viewed here




Above are photos of the presented item, of which the base is constructed from our unique Tasmanian timbers in the form of the golden ratio or phi and forms a perfect ashlar.  It also has a Tasmanian masonic penny set into it.

Burnie Masonic Intercontinental Celebrations

Every chair was taken by members, guests, ladies and friends in a crowded lively south following the closure of the January Meeting.

The room was adorned with mementos of Scotland including an original Pastel Portrait of the Bard himself Bro. Robbie Burns whose birthday would be celebrated later in the evening.

It was the duty of R.W. Bro. John Windram to honour R.W. Bro. Brian Gould Poulter on behalf of Grand Lodge with the presentation his 60 year Bar and Certificate, stating, our R.W. Bro. was Initiated in Mersey Lodge No. 21 T.C. on 15/1/1958, Passed: 23/8/1958 Raised: 20/5/1959

R.W. Bro. Poulter Affiliated with Gill Memorial Lodge on the 28/4/1964 and is currently an active member of both Burnie Masonic and Devonport Masonic Lodges, whose members attended on an Official visit.

Now retired after a vocation of teaching Mathematics and also Deputy Principal at Wynyard High School.

R.W. Bro. Poulter went through all the Offices before being Installed as Worshipful Master in 1972.  The only surviving Past W.M. of his year, V.W. Bro. Ken Knight and his wife were also present.  R.W. Bro. Poulter has since held the office of Treasurer.  He has also been this Lodge’s Preceptor since its Amalgamation.

Grand Lodge Offices started with G. Sword Bearer, G. Deacon, G. Chaplain,
G. Director of Ceremonies, G. Inspector of Lodges and Junior Grand Warden culminating in the high Office of Past Deputy Grand Master in 1992.

R.W. Bro. Poulter has also served on the Board of General Purposes and is the current Grand Lodge Representative for Colorado.

He supervised the restructuring of this Lodge room to its present condition and has since been a continuous member of its Board of Management.

Without a doubt, Scholarships provided by this Lodge are the flagship of our charitable donations and has proved to be highly successful predominantly because of Brian’s background as a teacher and indeed his expertise in the selection of recipients.

In reply, giving thanks for the acknowledgement, he made reference to the pleasure he gained from his Masonic experiences and the unfailing support from his wife Ann.

The room was filled with the sound of the Pipes as R.W. Bro. Joe Porter piped in the Haggis carried aloft by Bro. Stewart Freeman.

R.W. Bro James Cameron addressed the Haggis in the traditional manner as dictated by the bard himself using his native language together with deft plunges of the cleaver.

Having devoured the Neeps, Tatties, Haggis and all, as prepared and served by the ladies group, washed down by a wee drop of renowned Scottish liquid we were entertained by a rendition of Robbie Burns songs led by James and John. Auld Lang Syne brought a memorable evening to a close.

V.W. Bro. G Gunton
Burnie Masonic Lodge


The Grand Master's 2017 United Kingdom Trip

Highlights from the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John Slore's trip to United Kingdom for the Tercentenary can be found here