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Book-Freemasons on the Goldfields
Freemasons on the Goldfields: Ballarat & District 1853 - 2013
by Dorothy Wickham ISBN 978 1 876478 89 6
240pp, paperback, full colour illustrations, 9 chapters, 6 appendices, comprehensive index, alphabetical list of lodges in central highlands district, with short histories and biographies.
Freemasons on the Goldfields is an intriguing story of men and lodges, secrets, symbols, jealousies, achievements and civic pride. It traces the craft from the early stonemasons and cathedral builders of Europe to the establishments of lodges in Australia and Victoria.
This book shows how the growth of freemasonry in Ballarat reflected the rapid expansion in welfare and services, the growth of commerce, the interest and support for education and the arts, and the beautification of the environment.
Brilliant! Beautifully illustrated throughout! Not just a history of the goldfields masons but much more!
“This book gives all those interested in the history of Australia a rare opportunity to understand a long hidden aspect of our history."
Dr Val Noone
Origins of Freemasonry
Establishment of Freemasonry in Australia and Victoria
Freemasonry on the Early Victorian Goldfields
Freemasons in Ballarat and District
Establishing Charitable Institutions
Contribution in Civic Affairs
Contribution in Commerce and Public Office
The Twentieth Century: One Hundred Years of Freemasonry
APPENDICES 1 - 6
4. Lodges: Ballarat and District (Aphabetical Order)
5. Orders of Freemasonry in Victoria