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BURNIE STUDENTS GAIN MASONIC SCHOLARSHIPS CERTIFICATES


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
28/6/18

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

 

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

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.

 

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
Secretary
Burnie Masonic Lodge

Brain Cancer Appeal

Very Worshipful Brother Rick Goninon has issued an appeal to support Brain Cancer research. Information can be found here

Burnie Student Gains Masonic Scholarship

Esha Cornish a former pupil of Hellyer College became the successful candidate in her selection as the 2018 winner of the $2000 00 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 is enrolled in a degree course to study Nursing at the Launceston Campus of the University of Tasmania.
Her cheque will be presented to her at the forth coming Hellyer College Evening of Excellence at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.
The Burnie Masonic D.I. Bartley Memorial Scholarships were awarded this year to Grade 9 students at both Burnie and Parklands High Schools as selected by their respective schools, each receiving a cheque for $300.00 as a financial aid towards their ongoing education.  Davina Holness of Burnie High School was presented with her award by the Burnie Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master, R.W. Bro. Mark Stillman.  Cameron Barry of Parklands High with his by the Lodge Secretary V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton.
Gerry Gunton
Secretary Burnie Masonic Lodge
Ph 64351477.

Esha Cornish can be contacted at mobile 0427186055

Southern Masters Christmas 2017 Newsletter

The Southern Masters Christmas Newsletter for 2017 can be found here

Burnie Masonic Lodge

Pictured from left: Ald Anita Dow Mayor of Burnie, Max Halfacre ,Montanna Hodgetts, Josh Downey  and Wor Bro Richard Kern

The June meeting of the lodge featured the Annual Burnie Masonic Scholarships Certificate presentations, which this year were  presented to the recipients by Mayor of Burnie Ald Anita Dow.

The  Wor Master of Burnie Lodge  Wor Bro R Kern welcome the students, their families and their educators  together with the Lodge Ladies and the Ladies of visiting masons.

The meeting was addressed by Ald Dow who stressed the importance attached to all areas of education in this modern age and congratulated the  Scholarship Recipients on their Achievements.

The Wor Master outlined the history  of  the scholarships , making particular reference to the D.I.Bartley Burnie Masonic Memorial Scholarship, which was established by the former Burnie Rechab Lodge from a suggestion by Bro D.I.Bartley who unfortunately died before its inception and the Hilton Sharpe Burnie Masonic Memorial Scholarship which was established by the former Gill Memorial  Lodge and named after a prominent freemason. Rt Wor Bro Hilton Sharpe, remarking that both Scholarships commenced in 1991
Winner of the Hilton Sharpe  Scholarship  and ex Hellyer College  student Josh Downey  is now studying  at the University of Tasmania and outlined his progress to date.

The winners of the D.I.Bartley Scholarships were Grade Nine Pupils from both Parklands and Burnie High Schools.  Max Halfacre Parklands High   and from Burnie  High Montanna Hodgetts,  both thanked the members for the financial support they had received.

Cheques of $2000 for the Hilton Sharpe Scholarship and $300 for each of D.I.Bartley  Winners  had already been  presented  at an earliar date from monies raised by the lodge Members and bequests from the estates of the late Bros Ernest West and Roy Conroy.

A very successful evening which was concluded by the Mayor, Educators, Students and Guests  joining  the Lodge Members for a Buffet Supper.
    
Gerry Gunton
Secretary Burnie Masonic Lodge.

2017 Lodge Esk Annual Friends’ Night

                         

M.W. Bro. John Slore and R.W. Bro. Bob Edwards          V.W. Bro. Norm Warburton        M.W. Bro. John Slore and R.W. Bro. Ron Whittle

 

About 75 people were present for the 2017 Lodge Esk Annual Friends’ Night which was held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. M.W. Bro. John Slore, the M.W. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tasmania was in attendance to make three presentations.

The Lodge was opened in the usual manner admitting three Visiting Sitting Masters and a number of visiting Brethren. It was also the first meeting of Lodge Esk incorporating Lodge Scotch College and it was pleasing to see a contingent of former Lodge Scotch College members who were welcomed by the W. Master, W. Bro. Charles Watson.

The Lodge was closed and a large group of visiting family and friends were admitted and welcomed. They could not fail to be impressed by the reception of M.W. Bro. Slore and a retinue of Grand Lodge Officers. The Grand Master presented a Past Master’s Jewel (with bar) to R.W. Bro. Robert Edwards which related to his time as Master of Lodge Scotch College. V.W. Bro. Norm Warburton was presented with a 50 year jewel and R.W. Bro. Ron Whittle was presented with his 60 year bar. It was particularly pleasing for all recipients to be able to have members of their families in attendance for these public presentations.

Three short talks about Freemasonry were presented by Bro. Nathan Groves, Bro. Baden Latta and V.W. Bro. Ray Chell which were very well received. The Brethren and visitors were then invited to retire to the South where they enjoyed an excellent buffet. The Lodge Esk usual visitors and members draws were a surprise to the visitors and the new members and the toasts were even more interesting. The evening was very enjoyable and has prompted several enquiries about membership.

W. Bro. D G Dearinger
01/06/17

Latest Newsletter from Pacific Lodge - May 2017

BURNIE STUDENTS GAIN MASONIC SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDS


Josh Downey a former pupil of Hellyer College became the successful candidate in his selection as the 2017 winner of the for $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.

Josh is enrolled in a degree course to study Business and Law at the Hobart Campus of the University of Tasmania.

His cheque will be presented to him at the forth coming Hellyer College Evening of Excellence at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.

The 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 receiving a cheque for $300 as a financial aid towards their ongoing education.

Montanna Hodgetts of Burnie High School was presented with her award by member Gerry Gunton representing the Lodge and Maximus Halfacre of Parklands High received his cheque from lodge member Richard Kern.

Gerry Gunton
Secretary Burnie Masonic Lodge
11/01/2017

 

PRESENTATIONS WESTWARD GO.

Left to right: Rt. Wor. Bro. J.Windram; V.Wor. Bro. J.Young; Wor. Master I.Petty; Wor. Bro. D.Couzins & Rt. Wor. Bro. J.Porter

At the recent September regular meeting of Mt Lyell Lodge, the highlight of the meeting was that of having two of their Brethren being presented with Service Certificates and Bars.

The atmosphere was electric what with W. Bro. D Couzins an electrical engineer being presented with a 40 year Certificate and Bar by a retired electrician, R.W. Bro. J B Porter P.G.W. and V.W. Bro. J L W Young PGIL, a retired electrical contractor being presented with a 60 year Certificate and Bar by R.W. Bro. J Windram PDGM (non-electrician.)

R.W. Bro. J Windram addressed the Brethren on the impressive history acquired by V.W. Bro. James Leslie William Young, formerly of the West Coast but now living in New Town. He was initiated into Zeehan Lodge No. 20TC in March 1955 and raised in January 1956, a mere 4 months to become a Master Mason. He was installed as the Worshipful Master of Zeehan Lodge in March 1977, March 1990, March 1999 and again in March 2005. He affiliated with both Mt Lyell Lodge 24TC and Rosebery Lodge 52TC in 1991 and was installed as Worshipful Master of Rosebery Lodge. Due to lack of members, the Zeehan and Rosebery Lodges consolidated as Zeehan Lodge 20TC in 1994 and unfortunately, later handed in their Charter in 2008.

V.W. Bro. Young has been installed as Worshipful Master no less than on six occasions and before the Zeehan and Rosebery Lodges handed in their Charter, each time that he was Master, he also held an Office in each of the other Lodges. A truly remarkable effort when you consider, similar to W. Bro. Couzins, he was managing his own electrical business. V.W. Bro. Young boasts that he is the only one that has held the Office of Worshipful Master in all three West Coast Lodges.

V.W. Bro. Young was invested as Grand Steward in 1984 and later as Grand Inspector of Lodges in 1992, an office which he held until 1994.

He was presented with a 40 year Certificate in 2008 and enigmatically a 50 year Certificate in 2005.

R.W. Bro. Windram finished the historic account by saying:-
“V.W. Bro. Young, Grand Lodge is indebted to you and the Brethren of your Lodge for maintaining a Masonic presence on the West Coast despite a very inclement industrial atmosphere. You have been an extremely active member of the Craft and are held in high esteem by your Brethren. You have a history that few will surpass and a character that is quite unique. 10 Years ago I presented you with your 50 year Certificate and not for a minute did I think that one day I would be standing here holding your 60 year Certificate and Bar. Dare I consider standing here in 10 years’ time presenting you with your 70 year Certificate?

V.W. Bro. Young, I am extremely pleased in the presence of the Brethren of your Lodge to present to you on behalf of the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of Tasmania this Certificate and Bar honouring your 60 year membership.”
V.W. Bro. Young in his inimitable fashion (enjoyed by many of our Brethren at West Coast Installations) responded by expressing his pleasure at having been able to participate and enjoy the company of “Wonderful Masons”.

R.W. Bro. Porter gave an entertaining address on the Masonic history of W. Bro. Couzins by commenting on his many years of friendship with W. Bro. Couzins both in and out of Freemasonry while working on the Coast. He recalled being invited by W. Bro. Couzins to come along to a regular meeting but unfortunately he only had working clothes. W. Bro. Couzins assured him that this was not a problem and R.W. Bro. Porter duly turned up at the meeting feeling reasonably comfortable until the labour of the evening was announced which was an address on “Masonic Dress”.

W. Bro. Couzins was Initiated into Zeehan Lodge No. 20TC in September 1974 and raised in November 1975. He was installed in the Chair as Worshipful Master in March 1983. He affiliated with Rosebery Lodge 52TC in 1977 and was installed as Worshipful Master in 1991, holding that Office for two successive years. He then served as Secretary of Rosebery Lodge for some 15 years. Zeehan Lodge handed in their Charter 2008 and W. Bro. Couzins immediately affiliated with Mt Lyell Lodge 24TC. W. Bro. Couzins had also been deeply involved with the highly successful development of the Lodge Room in the Zeehan Museum which involved many hours of his time despite running his own business as an electrician. R. W. Bro. Porter, on behalf of the Grand Master, congratulated W. Bro. Couzins not only on achieving 40 years in the Craft but also on his active participation throughout those years.
W. Bro. Couzins replied in kind and assured the Brethren of his continuing participation in the Lodge’s activities.

The labour of the evening was continued with R. W. Bros. Windram and Porter explaining and demonstrating the manner of proving oneself when visiting distant Lodges. The Lodge was closed in peace and harmony by the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Petty followed by a most enjoyable Festive Board.


V.W. Bro. G Gunton
Secretary
Burnie Masonic Lodge 89TC
29/10/16

 

Presentation of a 50 Year Service Jewel to Bro. William Leslie Shields OAM - 23rd August 2016
Member of the Tasmania Holding Lodge No. 199TC

It has been my pleasure to present a number of Jewels and Certificates but I don’t think any have given me more pleasure than this particular presentation. Having spent more than 30 years working with and for Bill I am delighted to have this opportunity.

Bill was initiated in Remembrance Lodge on 26 August 1966, passed to the second degree in April 1967 and raised to the third degree in February 1968. He did not aspire to office in the lodge which is a great pity as he would have been an excellent Master. He was, however regular in his attendance as his comradeship with chaps like Billy King, Bruce Duffy, Syd Harwood and others was very important to him.

Remembrance Lodge was one of three lodges that amalgamated to form St Paul’s Lodge and when that lodge closed recently Bill transferred to the Tasmania Holding Lodge.

You often hear of someone being referred to as a self-made man and I can assure that this is the case with Bill Shields.

I first met Bill when I joined Hansen Yuncken in 1961 as a draftsman and administrator. At the time Bill was General Foreman on the construction of Cox Bros in Launceston, now Myers. I visited the job on a regular basis to collect details of labour costings and information for the pricing of variations to contract.

I also was involved in the administration of the Kerby Art Woodware factory at Glenorchy and the Kraft Food Factory at Scottsdale where Bill was the General Foreman.

By 1964 Bill had progressed to Construction Manager and was suddenly, without warning thrust into the position of General Manager. This was a real challenge which Bill took on with enthusiasm, going on to serve as State President of both the Master Builders Association and the Institute of Building. He was a prominent member of the Institute of Arbitrators and served for a number of years on the Building Appeals Board and was instrumental in the formation of the Builders Registration Board.

Bill had a great memory for dates and facts and I am sure that this was due to the fact that he rarely left the office at the end of the day without writing an extensive diary of the day’s activities. If circumstances dictated otherwise it would be the first thing he did the following morning.

Bill was well known in the industry for his strength of character. This was epitomised shortly before his retirement in the late 90’s when following a heart attack the company was embroiled in an arbitration with the Commonwealth of Australia. What started out to be a fairly minor claim against the Commonwealth turned into a multimillion claim against the Company. Due largely to Bill’s determination and strength of character, following some very serious intimidation by Commonwealth public servants, the Company was successful in receiving every cent it was entitled to.

Of course Bill had other interests apart from the Building Industry. One was golf and the other was horse racing. Col Heron who is here today had a long association with Bill in the Hornibrook Golf Tournament held throughout the Master Builders Associations of Australia.

Bill was a long serving member of the Tasmanian Racing Club and a successful owner for part of that time. My wife Jacqui and my two girls were delighted to take ownership of Apache Red when his racing days were over.

Bill’s involvement, tenacity and leadership in the Building Industry was rewarded when in 2007 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia. An award well and truly earned.

I would like to finish by passing on a note of congratulations from our Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Slore. John commenced his carpentry apprenticeship with Hansen Yuncken in 1966 and has held Bill in great respect from that time.

Bill it gives me a great deal of pleasure to present you with this 50 Year Service Jewel and this 50 Year lapel badge. Congratulations and all the very best for the future.

R.W. Bro. Terry D Dann ODS, PDGM

Installation of V.W. Bro. Peter J Wise, PGIL as Worshipful Master of Army and Navy Lodge No. 50TC


On Saturday the 13th August 2016 Masonic Brethren from the North, South and North West of Tasmania travelled to the Brisbane Street Masonic Centre in Launceston. The event was the Installation of V.W. Bro. Peter J Wise into the chair of King Solomon in the Army and Navy Lodge
No. 50 T.C.

The M.W. Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Allan J Sangwell was the Installing Master with a rare and impressive appearance in the North of the State by the Southern Grand Lodge Ceremonial Team under the Direction of V.W. Bro. David A Louez.

The ceremony was slightly different from that the Northern Team displays, however, it was as stated, most impressive.

V.W. Bro. Wise was surprised to meet up with W. Bro. John (Jack) Clark who was the Secretary when Peter was initiated at Lodge of Hope.

In attendance to support Peter were eight Sitting Masters with seventeen visiting brethren from numerous lodges for all areas.

Afterwards, the evening was celebrated with the Banquet being held at the Trevallyn Bowling Club with over seventy members, partners and friends in attendance.

W. Bro. D G Dearinger

 

Scholarship Presentations - Burnie Masonic Lodge No 89TC

From Left: Worshipful Master, M.W. Bro. Paul Hodges, Shelby Bonnefin Burnie High School, Olivia King Parklands High School, Jasper Quilliam Melbourne University Ex Hellyer College.

The June 2016 meeting of the Lodge featured the Annual Burnie Masonic Scholarships Certificate presentations which this year were presented to the recipients by the Burnie Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master,
M.W. Bro. Bro. P G Hodges.

He welcomed the students, their families and their educators together with the Lodge Ladies and the Ladies of visiting masons. M.W. Bro. Hodges outlined the history of the scholarships and made particular reference to the D I Bartley Burnie Masonic Memorial Scholarship, which was established by the former Burnie Rechab Lodge from a suggestion by Bro. D I Bartley who unfortunately died before its inception. Also, the Hilton Sharpe Burnie Masonic Memorial Scholarship was established by the former Gill Memorial Lodge and named after a prominent freemason R.W. Bro. Hilton Sharpe, remarking that both Scholarships commenced in 1991. The greater part of the initial funds came from bequests from the estates of the Late Bros. Ernest West and Roy Conroy.

The winner of the Hilton Sharpe Scholarship and ex Hellyer College student Jasper Quilliam, is now studying for a Science Degree at the University of Melbourne. Jasper outlined his progress to date and in thanking the Freemasons for their support, reminded them that whilst at Burnie High School he had also won the other Masonic Scholarship as a Grade Nine Pupil.

The winners of the D I Bartley Scholarships for 2016 were Grade Nine Pupils from both Parklands and Burnie High Schools. Shelby Bonnefin from Burnie High and Olivia King from Parklands High thanked the members for the financial support they had received.

The guest speaker, Advocate Newspapers Editor Courtney Griesbach delivered an inspirational address outlining her own experiences and the vital importance of education.

A very successful evening which was concluded by the Educators, Students and Guests joining the Lodge Members for a Buffet Supper.

Gerry Gunton
Lodge Secretary.

 

Lake Lodge 94 TC

(Left to right facing) V.W. Bro. R J Hesline, Bro. S P Sutherland and the M.W. Grand Master, M.W. Bro. A J Sangwell, ODS.

On Wednesday the 6th July, 2016, the newly formed Lake Lodge conducted their first working evening performing a Ceremony of Initiation for Mr. Shane Sutherland of Longford, Tasmania.

The M.W. Grand Master, M.W. Bro. A J Sangwell, ODS was in attendance, as was the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. J W Slore together with a number of Grand Lodge Officers. There were over 30 Brethren present, including a fraternal visit by W. Bro. Malcolm Murray along with Officers and Brethren of Devonport Masonic Lodge. Following the ceremony we were joined by a number of wives and partners who enjoyed an excellent supper before returning home.


W. Bro. D G Dearinger.
Secretary Lake Lodge.

N.W Masonic Benevolence Society.
Supporting young people hearing difficulties.

Our constitution enables us as a body to assist organizations on King Island, North West and West Coasts involved in the care of the Aged and Disabled.

The resources of the society have been made available to finance the attendance of nine profoundly deaf children to attend a three day camp for the State deaf children at Hagley Farm School in November of this year.

Three of this number, sisters Jazmyn and Savannah, together with their profoundly deaf friend Chelsea are Pupils at Somerset Primary School. Their day was somewhat unusual as they participated in the schools free dress and hair style day.

They were unaware that three Society Committee stalwarts, President R.W. Bro. Dick McKenna, Secretary V.W. Bro. Ken Knight and Committee Member V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton had come to the school to meet them, with, and by arrangement of the N.W. Teacher for the deaf, Michelle Dazeley.

The value of these State-wide camps as an exchange venue of good supportive information for both the students and their families was stressed by the teacher and backed up by the elder of the pupils who had attended such a camp previously.

Pictured with the $900 cheque in his hand prior to the hand over is President R.W. Bro. Dick McKenna together with Secretary,
V.W. Bro. Ken Knight, V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton and the three Somerset pupils. From the left Chelsea Savannah and Jazmyn.

V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton

Masonic Support for Rehabilitation Services


From the left front R.W. Bro. Dick McKenna and Nellie Cole Charge Sister. Back R.W. Bro. John Horton, V.W. Bro. Ken Knight and V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton.

President R.W. Bro. Dick McKenna accompanied by Secretary V.W. Bro Ken Knight and Burnie Masonic members R.W. Bro. John Horton and V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton from the North West Masonic Benevolence Society, recently visited the North West General Hospital following a decision by the Society to support a financial request.

A donation of $5000 was approved to be made available to the new Rehabilitation Unit at the Hospital. The money to be used to assist with the purchase of necessary equipment for an in house therapy unit which will enable rehabilitation treatments to be on going at weekends when normally, therapy services are unavailable.

R.W. Bro. McKenna pointed out that it is the aim of the Society to make donations in support of organizations designed to assist the aged and disabled and recognised the importance to the community of the work carried out by the Rehabilitation Unit.

The Society has now donated over $178,000 to various North West and West Coast organisations including King Island.

On receipt of the cheque, Nellie Cole, the Nursing Sister in charge of the unit, out lined the difficulties encountered by the cessation of weekend therapies and suggested with the benefits of continuity, the ultimate return to good health would be achieved sooner, to the greater benefit of residents both in the Rehabilitation section and other areas of the hospital.

V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton.

 

 

THE GRAND MASTER’S VISIT TO DEVONPORT MASONIC LODGE

The Grand Master took the Northern Grand Lodge Ceremonial team to Install W. Bro. M.K. Murray in the chair at Devonport Masonic Lodge on 14th May 2016. The Grand Master welcomed a delegation of 21 members of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, led by their Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. Keith Murray.
The installation was so well attended that there were insufficient seats to accommodate all the brethren. The Grand Director for the day was V.W. Bro. R.G. Frost.




The Grand Master of Tasmania, M.W. Bro. Allan Sangwell, delivering a reply to the toast to Grand Lodge.

L. to R. Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Slore, the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Allan Sangwell, Master of the Lodge, W. Bro. Malcolm Murray, Deputy Grand Master of Victoria, R.W. Bro. Keith Murray.

L. to R. Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Slore, the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Allan Sangwell, Deputy Grand Master of Victoria, R.W. Bro. Keith Murray. Front row L. to R. Dot Foley, Pam Sangwell and Mrs. Fiona Murray.

The Grand Master was very pleased with the camaraderie and good spirits displayed throughout the installation and in the south afterwards. It was a pleasure to see the ladies attending in good numbers.

The two ends meet on one memorable night at Burnie Masonic Lodge.

Left to Right facing are R.W. Bro. J H Horton, Bro. H D B Rouse and R.W. Bro. B G Poulter.

The May Regular Meeting attracted a large attendance with Official Visits from both Emu Lodge and Poulett Lodges. Including the hosting W. Master, M.W. Bro. Paul Hodges, ten current W. Masters were in attendance.

The Initiation of Bro. Harry David Benjiman Rouse saw the twenty year old coming from a family with previous Masonic connections welcomed into membership.

Now resident in Burnie Bro. Rouse originates from the Sheffield district and in support of him, the Master and the Secretary of Roland Lodge W. Bro. Braid and V.W. Bro. Appleby honoured us with their presence.

As we moved into the First Rising we encountered one who had once been a very young member, again with powerful family connections. This time, through his in-laws gaining entry into the craft.

Occupying the top spot in our Lodge members list, R.Wor. Bro. John Henry Horton was to receive recognition for his 60 year service to the Craft.

Initiated into the former Gill Memorial Lodge in April 1956, he was fast tracked, taking his Second Degree at Concord Lodge Latrobe in August 1956. (courtesy of his in-laws) and his Third Degree in Gill Memorial one month later in September 1956. From that day to this it has been one direction only as he persevered through the Offices of his Mother Lodge.

R.Wor. Bro. Horton served two terms as its W. Master and in the second period successful led it into the amalgamation process that saw the creation of Burnie Masonic Lodge No 89TC.

His progression through the ranks of Grand Lodge was continuous from Grand Steward in 1980 to Senior Grand Warden in 1987. He had the rank of Past Deputy Grand Master conferred on him in 2000. R.Wor. Bro. Horton took on the role of Grand Organist for 2013/14.

He is the Grand Lodge Representative for Finland and holds an award from that Constitution. He has also given service to Royal Arch, Rose Croix and the Northern Sovereign Council. A 32 Degree holder who has been awarded the Order of Merit.

In making the presentation of the 60 year Certificate and Jewel, his long time friend and fellow Lodge member R.Wor. Bro. Brian G Poulter paid tribute to the skills of our respected brother who in addition to his Masonry had found time to progress through his trade in the electrical field at APPM, built his own house plus a wooden boat, a Fibreglass aeroplane and also raising a family of three at the same time.
Whilst as Lodge Organist we still benefit from his musical attributes, the fact that he is a very accomplished and admired Ritualist is often called on in other orders.

Gerry Gunton
Sec: Burnie Masonic Lodge 89T.C,

 

THE HUTCHINS OLD BOYS’ LODGE CELEBRATES 90 YEARS


Ninety years ago a group of Old Boys’ petitioned The Grand Lodge of Tasmania to form The Hutchins Old Boys’ Lodge. They convened an informal meeting of Old Boys of Hutchins, Queen’s College, Kings Grammar School and Franklin House on 16 April 1926. The meeting decided to present a petition on behalf of the School to the Grand Master for a Warrant of Constitution empowering the petitioners to form “The Hutchins Lodge.” Bro. Waring was appointed as acting Secretary and the Consecration Ceremony was conducted on the 3 August 1926, by the Grand Master (Most Worshipful Brother Claude James). Since that date the Lodge has continued with a new Wor. Master each year and it is the only School Old Boys’ Lodge in Tasmania in its own right. The Hutchins School continues to support the Lodge aiding us to ensure this long standing tradition continues.


On 22 January The Hutchins Old Boys’ Lodge held it’s fourth (now annual) Commencement Dinner at Burbury House. Lodge members and their partners were joined by the Grand Master Most. Wor. Bro. Allan Sangwell and his wife Pam, who evidently had a great evening. Lodge Members from all over the State also attended with their partners including several Northern Worshipful Masters. For the last four years the numbers have increased and to our knowledge all had a very enjoyable evening, ensuring future annual dinners.
Today anyone of a good character can apply to join the Lodge and this can be very rewarding for them. We would welcome any interested people to contact us.

Presentation of a 60 Year Bar and Certificate to W. Bro. I G L (Leigh) Bishop

Burnie Masonic Lodge moved into new ground when for the first time in its history it made use of the Call Off system, so seldom seen in Lodges these days.
This enabled non Mason, Mr Craig Bishop, to enter the Lodge Room in the company of his father to witness our long term member W. Bro. I.G.L. (Leigh) Bishop be presented with his 60 year Pin and Certificate.

The ceremony was performed on behalf of Grand Lodge by R.W. Bro. John H. Horton who joined Freemasonry himself some four months after W. Bro. Bishop.  W. Bro. Bishop was Initiated into Burnie Rechab Lodge No 47 T.C. on the 28th January 1956, proposed by W. Bro. Rex Viney and seconded by V.W. Bro. Merv Harrison.  At that time Burnie Rechab had 139 members and in that year a further 9 members were Initiated.

 

Left to right are:-
Bro. Andrew Miller – JD, R.W. Bro. John Horton - PDGM, W. Bro. Leigh Bishop, Bro. Stewart Freeman – SD

 

W. Bro. Bishop was Passed to Second Degree on the 20th September 1955 being the final degree working night for W. Bro. George MacDonald and Raised to the Third Degree 26th January1957 with English born W. Bro. Sydney Wall in the Chair of the Lodge.

He was Installed as the Worshipful Master in 1964 by R.W. Bro. A M Marshall and of his team at that time only one survives, namely, Bro Brian Chamley who then, as today occupied the position of Steward.

The highlight of his Masonic career in recent times, (which has always attracted admiration,) is his deliverance of the Charity Charge in the First degree.

His working career saw him as a much respected clerical member of the Public Service.  During that time he devoted his attention to the wellbeing of his fellow employees as local Secretary of the Public Service Association for many years.

Very active in the sporting world both as a player and a coach, he transferred with ease from the world of Football to Bowls and gained fame on a national level representing Australia as a player and an Administrator.

The recent relocation, together with his wife to Rubicon Grove Care Facility at Port Sorell was largely the result of failing health and will bring them to a closer location to members of their family.  It is no doubt they will both be missed in many circles in Burnie.

In thanking the Lodge for the presentation, our W. Bro. recalled the many happy memories of his Masonic career and the fine men that he had encountered on his Masonic journey.
He left the Lodge room to applause in the company of his son, his very meaningful address being an inspiration to our younger members.

The Lodge Called On and standing orders were resumed.

V.W. Bro. Gerry Gunton
Secretary

Opening of Molesworth Community Hall, Stage 2 Extension

Open Invitation to all Brethren of Freemasons Tasmania

The Molesworth Community Hall Inc. committee has recently completed construction of Stage 2 of our community hall, situated at 560 Molesworth Road, Molesworth sited on the Molesworth Recreation Reserve. The extension was funded in the main part by money donated from the Rotary International Tasmanian Bushfire Relief Fund and the Grand Lodge of Tasmania, Grand Master’s Bushfire Relief Fund.

The committee will be holding an opening ceremony on Saturday January 16th 2016, at which we can acknowledge the significant contributions of both Rotary International and Freemasonry Tasmania.

The unveiling of a plaque will be conducted by both the District Governor of Rotary Tasmania and the Grand Master of Freemasonry in Tasmania.

We invite all Freemasons to attend the opening ceremony and support M.W. Bro Allan Sangwell on the occasion.

Come and see how some of your donations to the Grand Master’s Bushfire Relief Fund have been spent to benefit the community. There will be a sausage sizzle at 11.00 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 12 noon.

Sue Farley
President
Molesworth Community Hall Inc
1st December 2015

 

Our Masonic lecturer from Switzerland

L to R:  W. Bro. L. King, R. W. Bro. J. Slore, M. W. Bro. A. Sangwell, W. Bro M. Jaccard, W. Bro. R. Hesline, W. Bro. D. Simpson,

In the background – W. Bro. C. Hogan.

 

The Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council (ANZMRC) assists Freemasons to make advancements in their Masonic knowledge by promoting Masonic research and education within Freemasonry on an inter-jurisdictional basis. It acts as a liaison body between its affiliated Masonic research lodges and chapters, and organises research lodge conference amongst its affiliates. In Tasmania there are affiliated research lodges in both Hobart and Launceston. The ANZMRC also organises and coordinates tours by international Masonic speakers.
Our Swiss friend W. Bro Dr. Michel Jaccard, Past President of the Alpina Research Group of Switzerland, will shortly be leaving Australian shores on his way home, via a few final speaking engagements in Asia. His recent visit to Tasmania was a great success and enjoyed by the many Tasmanians who met him. Especially, those fortunate enough to hear him speak on some of his varied topics of Masonic Research, and in particular his talk about Sir Isaac Newton, Solomon’s Temple and the Craft of the Moderns. The lucky ones who purchased a copy of his book “Continental Freemasonry” were also delighted where he was available to personally dedicate their copy to them.

Michel was invited on his 2015 Lecture Tour by the Australian and New Zealand Research Council. Coincidentally, this tour coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Swiss Group, the Groupe de Reserche Alpina (GRA) – founded in September 1985. Numerous literary and lecturer exchanges have been practiced over the years with other renowned research lodges in Europe; Quatuor Coronati in London being an outstanding example. Despite the language barrier, as English is not the mother language for Dr. Jaccard; with the help of slides and English subtitled text, full comprehension was guaranteed for all attendees. As a calendar note, the next Australian and New Zealand Research Council Conference will be held in Tasmania’s North late next year. See http://www.launcestonresearchlodge.org.au for more info.

Michel was also most impressed in meeting with our Grand Master M. W. Bro. Allan Sangwell and those members of his Grand Lodge team who attended the Launceston Lodge of Research lecture. Swiss/Tasmanian masonic relations gained extra cordial connection with M. W. Bro. Allan Sangwell making a special trip up from Hobart for that evening. W. Bro. Jaccard, as the ‘emissary’ of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Alpina of Switzerland, M.W. Bro.  Maurice Zahnd, made a special presentation on behalf of his Grand Master to our Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tasmania. A letter and gift from our Grand Master’s counterpart in Switzerland was warmly received. Michel was treated by Lodge Phoenix to their dining lodge experience, and he was welcomed at Dorset lodge where he discovered country lodge hospitality.

Michel had a most enjoyable stay and told how he was overcome by the warmth of the people and with the beauty of Tasmania during his short visit. He commented how fortunate Tasmanians are to live in such a picturesque Island. His sightseeing highlights included a visit to the top of Mount Wellington to see the sweeping vista of Hobart and its outlying regions and the countryside around Scottsdale country side as viewed from the Sideling lookout. Switzerland, being covered with the massive Alps, is similar to Tasmania in that Swiss people reside mainly on the flat lands. More than 75% of their population of 8 million live on the central plain, which stretches between the Alps and the Jura Mountains and from Geneva in the southwest to the Rhine River and Lake Constance in the northeast.

During his stay Michel’s camera was constantly snapping as he captured many memories to share with his wife once back home. He visited the unique Reliquaire at Latrobe (there is nothing like this in Europe!!!), he sampled fine Tasmanian cheeses and raspberries from the farm gate, he saw a number of Tasmanian Devils and he saw a Tiger Snake up close in the Wild. All, very exciting. And according to Michel “The observation of the pingouins at night was also an outstanding expérience!” 

As a point of interest to our readers, our Grand Secretary informs us that in 2015 there were recorded 82 Lodges under the Grand Lodge Alpina of Switzerland with a membership of 3612 and they variously work in all four language regions of the country being German, French, Italian and English.

Rose Croix Presentation

Rt Wor Bro Merv Keen has not been enjoying the best of health in recent times and has taken up residence in Umina Park Care Home in Burnie.

The 1st of December saw him celebrating his birthday and much to his surprise his family and his Masonic friends gathered in strength at Burnie Masonic Hall, by the time he made his entry in the company of family members.

He was given time to meet some guests and find a comfortable seat when another surprise was in store for him.

In his capacity as a  31st Degree  member of the Ancient and Accepted  Scottish Rite of the Rose Croix of Heredom he was entitled to be present at a recent ceremony in Hobart to be elevated to the 32nd Degree. However his state of health disappointedly prevented this from eventuating.

A number of North West based 32 degree men from Coronation Chapter No 66 were joined by Regional Commander Most Ill Bro G.W.(Bill) Morgan and District Commander Bass V. Ill Bro Ray Chell who accompanied Ill Bro Keen into the lodge room and there invested him with his 32 nd Degree .

The afternoon concluded with a buffet tea provide by the family and the ladies group from the lodge.

Picture Back Row. Ill Bro Gerry Gunton, Ill Bro Barry Squibb, EmBro Maurice Lawson,Ill Bro Chris Dyer,Em Bro John Horton.

               Front Row. Most Ill Bro .G.W Bill Morgan, Ill Bro Merv Keen, V Ill Bro Ray Chel