Brunswick United Lodge - 924

What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest existing fraternal organisation in the world It comprises an estimated 5 million members worldwide.

The principles of Freemasonry are based on:

  • Tolerance
  • Equality
  • Charity
  • Honour
  • Morality
  • Individual self development

Our Mission

The Mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that brings like-minded men together in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences by teaching the principles of respect, tolerance and understanding. Freemasons demonstrate these principles by showing tolerance and respect for the opinions of others, behaving with kindness and understanding and practicing charity and care in the community.

Where did Freemasonry start?

The first national assembly of Freemasons was officially established in England in 1717 and thereafter Freemasonry spread rapidly throughout the world.

Scholastic research suggests that the symbolism, beliefs and practices of modern freemasonry can be traced to the stone masons’ guilds of England during the Middle Ages.

Freemasonry was brought to Australia by military lodges granted travelling warrants.

The first lodge established and resident in Australia is the Australian Social Lodge, which held its first meeting in Sydney on 4th of January 1820 and continues to meet to this day.

Where did Freemasonry start?

The first national assembly of Freemasons was officially established in England in 1717 and thereafter Freemasonry spread rapidly throughout the world.

Scholastic research suggests that the symbolism, beliefs and practices of modern freemasonry can be traced to the stone masons’ guilds of England during the Middle Ages.

Freemasonry was brought to Australia by military lodges granted travelling warrants.

The first lodge established and resident in Australia is the Australian Social Lodge, which held its first meeting in Sydney on 4th of January 1820 and continues to meet to this day.

Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?

No! The existence of Freemasonry and its work in the community has a high public profile and membership of Freemasonry is no more secret than belonging to a football club or service organisation.

Freemasonry and Religion

Freemasonry is a non-sectarian organisation that encourages tolerance and inter-faith understanding. The various religions represented amongst Freemasons include, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism.

Freemasonry recognises the richness of all cultural beliefs and does not exclude membership on the basis of race or politics.

Freemasonry does require its members to express a belief in a Supreme Being and encourages tolerance of a wide range of spiritual beliefs.

Women and Freemasonry

Although Freemasonry does not accept female applicants there are many activities and groups within Freemasonry that welcome and encourage the participation of women.

The Order of the Eastern Star offers partners and wives of Freemasons a unique group where they can be involved in a wide variety of Masonic activities.

Does being a Freemason give me any business advantages?

No! Freemasons believe in the principles of equality and a fair go.

Freemasons are strictly forbidden from using Freemasonry as a tool for social or financial advancement and to do so would be considered contrary to the nature and essence of Freemasonry.

Similarly, Freemasons are taught that first and foremost they must be law-abiding citizens of the country in which they live and that they must follow the statutes and regulations of that country before any Masonic obligation.

Freemasonry in the Community

Freemasons pursue their personal development by working towards the betterment of all humanity through widespread community involvement.

Freemasonry offers its support at all levels from local fund raising to international relief efforts such as the “Tools For Timor” project and the Grand Master’s Victorian Bushfires Appeal which provided over $1,000,000 in aid to victims and towns of the devastating bushfires in Victoria on February 7th 2009 that claimed so many lives and caused untold damage to so many others.

Freemasons have been active in the Victorian Community for over 160 years. They established the Royal Freemasons Homes of Victoria in 1867 (now Royal Freemasons) for care of the elderly and the Freemasons Hospital (now Epworth Freemasons) in 1937, both community based organisations.

Who can become a Freemason?

Freemasons are principled men in the community, 18 years and over, from all backgrounds. They share the principles of tolerance, equality, charity and honesty. They are law abiding and share a common spiritual belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

If you already know a Freemason, simply express your interest and they can sponsor your membership.

If you are not already acquainted with a member and would like further information on becoming Freemason you can contact us here or Freemasons Victoria on 9411 0111