What is Freemasonry
A brief History
The actual origins of Freemasonry have been lost in time, but it is known that it arose from the guilds of stonemasons which constructed Europe’s castles and cathedrals during the Middle Ages.
These craftsmen were in possession of highly prized skills in mathematics and architecture, which they in turn passed on to apprentices who had been accepted as being worthy of being taught the secrets of their trade.
These trainees advanced, depending on their proficiency, to become Master Masons.
In England in 1717 four Lodges decided to create a formal organisation by forming the first Grand Lodge. Freemasonry then spread across Europe and to other countries with amazing speed.
In Australia, Freemasonry can be traced to the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788.
The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales was officially formed in 1888, and later became responsible for Freemasonry in the Australian Capital Territory.
What is Freemasonry
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.
- And irrespective of any differences in social standing or education.
This information is taken from the United Grand Lodge website and you can find out more information there by clicking on the button below or contacting this Lodge.