With a worldwide membership of six million, the common denominator between North Queensland Freemasons and members elsewhere is their desire to fulfill the legacy of their forebears.
Today’s Freemasons come from all walks of life, cultures and age groups – working to improve themselves and contribute to society to make it a more equitable place. As they progress through their Masonic journey, members can reach out to each other for support – making their experience richer.
In times gone by, Freemasonry was thought to have been very secretive. This is no longer so. Today their defining features include, being upstanding men and wanting to make a difference in the community.
Freemasons follow a centuries-old tradition that started with the guilds of stonemasons in medieval times and evolved into an influential organisation that welcomed a broader membership in the 1700s in England. Today, Freemasonry is more relevant than ever, giving men support to navigate changing times and become the best they can be.
Throughout history, there have been many renowned Australian Freemasons including, Sir Edmund Barton; Henry Lawson; Sir Charles Kingsford- Smith; Sir Robert Menzies and; Sir Donald Bradman to name a few.
The evolution of Freemasonry is well documented. The traditions followed by the fraternity today, are believed to have emerged in the middle ages when the stone masons first began meeting to test and hone their skills. They are responsible for having come up with a set of rules for members to follow. A commitment to these codes was obtained from all new members during an initiation ceremony.
It is founded on a system of knowledge that uses many ancient symbols and stories to pass on its humanitarian values and timeless wisdom. The tradition provides values that transcend materialism and complement the codes of all great faiths.
Likewise, Freemasons live by the belief that all men are equal and strive to be inclusive and tolerant people in their lives both inside and outside the craft. Other qualities integral to the fraternity include the desire to improve oneself and to have a positive impact on the community through charitable and benevolent activities.
While Freemasonry was born several thousand years ago, its traditions and teachings continue to add meaning to the lives of millions of members throughout the world today.
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