The precise origins of Freemasonry are unknown.
While theories abound, the most widely held belief is that modern Freemasonry evolved out of stonemasons' guilds in 17th century England.
The Freemasons suffered persecution under the Nazi regime. On 8 January 1934, the German Ministry of the Interior under Adolf Hitler ordered the complete dismantling of Freemasonry, the destruction of Masonic Lodges and the incarceration of convicted Freemasons in concentration camps.
Freemasons were forced to wear an inverted Red Triangle to identify themselves as political prisoners. It is estimated that between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were murdered.
There have been many works of fiction that are inspired by Freemasonry, from the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown to video games like Assassins Creed. Each fictional work creates more interest in the Masons, but can also perpetrate myths and falsehoods, as they tend to concentrate on the fanciful conspiracy theories that have been around almost as long as Freemasonry itself.
We enjoy a good story as much as anyone, but we prefer people come and learn the truth for themselves.
Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920), 1st Australian Prime Minister,
Sir George Reid (1845-1918), 4th Prime Minister of Australia,
Sir Joseph Cook (1860-1947) 6th Prime Minister of Australia,
Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883- 1967) 8th Prime Minister of Australia
Sir Earle Grafton Page (1880-1961)11th Prime Minister of Australia
Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978), 12th Prime Minister of Australia,
Sir Arthur William Fadden (1894-1972) 13th Prime Minister of Australia.
Sir John McEwen (1900-1980) 18th Prime Minister of Australia.
Sir John Grey Gorton (1911-2002) 19th Prime Minister of Australia.
Sir William McMahon (1908-1988) 20th Prime Minister of Australia.
Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) Explorer
Sir William Clarke, former Chief Justice of Victoria,
Sir Donald Bradman (1908-2001),World Famous Australian Cricketer.
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935), aviator first to cross the Pacific from the US to Brisbane in1928
Col Dr Sir Weary Dunlop, WWII Japanese POW Changi Railway
Graham Kennedy, Entertainer and the "King of Television".
Freemason, Victoria Cross Recipients
John Bisdee (1869-1930)
Lt Neville Howse (1863-1930),
Arthur Blackburn (1892-1960)
George Cartwright (1894-1978)
William Currey (1895-1948)
John Edmondson (1914-1941)
James Gordon (1907-1986)
Blair Wark (1894-1941)
James Gorman (1834-1882)
John Whittle (1882-1946)
James Rogers (1873-1961)
Hugo Throssell (1884-1933)
William Donovan Joynt (1889-1986)
Lord Gowrie (1872-1955)
Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC
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