Freemasons are ordinary Australians who care for our community and believe that a shared set of values helps make better people. There is a reason why your grandfather, father or uncle was a member and why there are tens of thousands of members in Australia today. Freemasonry holds many rich traditions dating back centuries, together with a moral code. It is still relevant today, as being a good bloke never goes out of fashion.

 

However, Freemasonry is not for everyone. We are a society who value a system that illustrates the importance of high moral values to its members; that we should support and look out for other members and their families, and support the greater community through charity and benevolence.

 

Freemasons are men who value good, but will you will never find them marketing their deeds to the world or knocking on peoples doors. We are much more discreet than that. We do these things because it is right, and not for publicity.

 

Most people would never know that in South Australia the Freemasons Foundation gives away some $500,000 a year through charities and scholarships, and that we have established a groundbreaking men’s health research centre, headed by Dr Vanessa Glennon (a woman !). Or that we have established over $330 million in aged care facilities for all South Australians (not just Freemasons), and are now the largest provider of this service in SA/NT outside of the government. Masonic Homes Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, in a world where profit and money seem to rule. All of this right here in our home town.

 

Many people overlook the key role Freemasons played in the founding of South Australia. The first SA lodge was actually created in London before the South Australian Company’s ships even set sail. Many of those founding fathers were Freemasons, and their legacy to the state is remembered by roads named after them – Gouger, Morphett, and Wakefield to name but a few.

 

This quiet achievement has been to our detriment over the years, as the press or public choose to focus on our perceived mystery or secrets. However our lodges are open to the public, in fact our Grand Lodge building in Adelaide runs free public tours every week to take in the heritage listed architecture and lodge meeting rooms.

 

Freemasonry is believed to be the oldest surviving fraternity in the world, and as such many of its ceremonies have ancient teachings and references that survived the decades. This rich tradition helps make Freemasonry what it is. These teachings are designed to help members improve themselves as men – to be better partners, fathers, brothers, sons and friends.

 

Fundamentally to be a member you have to have a belief in a ‘supreme being’ or God (whatever you call Him). You will never be asked what religion you are or what your specific beliefs are - in fact the discussion of both religion and politics is strictly forbidden within lodges to ensure all members socialise in harmony.

 

Freemasonry is a life long commitment and there are no easy lessons to take away quickly. Each individual is asked to make up their own mind and not conform to a wider view - we encourage independent thought. As with anything, you will get out of it what you put in.

 

Freemasonry is not exclusive. Rather, it is one of the most inclusive organisations in the world, welcoming members no matter what culture, religion, economic background or employment. We ask only that you value Truth, Honour and Virtue above the advantages of rank and fortune. None of the 110 lodges in South Australia will solicit membership, but warmly welcome all who ask.

 

To be one, ask one.