Armidale’s freemasons attended a banquet last month, where a new leader was installed and two of their members were recognised for 60 years of service.
Most Worshipful Brother James Melville, grand master of the United Granbd Lodge of NSW & ACT was in Armidale last month for the installation of Brother Adam Edwards as the local lodge’s worshipful master for the next 12 months.
The grand master also presented Geoff Morley and Charles Gibbon with their 60-year certificates in freemasonry.
The banquet was held in the Masonic Hall and there were 29 Grand Lodge officers and 32 freemasons from surrounding districts there to witness the ceremony.
The service group has a very long, rich, history.
While Freemasons lodges doing similar things existed beforehand, it was in 1717 that four lodge grand masters came together on June 24 at the Goose and Gridiron Pub in England to formalise the organisation. Three of these original four are still operating, and the thousands of lodges worldwide – including in Armidale – descend from that first meeting.
Most Worshipful Brother Melville is the youngest grand master in the history of Freemasonry in NSW. He was accompanied in Armidale by his ceremonial team from Sydney, with Right Worship Brother Lous Reyes as his grand director of ceremonies.