Adelaide Masonic Centre Museum

Freemasonry has been a part of South Australian life since planning of the colony commenced in 1834, prior to arrival of the first British settlers in 1836.

As the leading repository of the material cultural heritage of Freemasonry in South Australia, the Adelaide Masonic Museum seeks to celebrate the contributions of Freemasonry and of individual Freemasons to the life and development of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Australia. It does this by collecting, documenting, preserving, displaying and interpreting Masonic records and the material culture of Freemasonry for the community of the State of South Australia and Australia generally.

The Museum is located in the Freemasons Hall on North Terrace, Adelaide and displays it collections on several floors in the building.

The Museum's core collection consists of many hundreds of items of memorabilia relating to Freemasonry in South Australia and the Northern Territory, including regalia, jewels, furniture, glassware, paintings, warrants, documents, photographs, illuminated manuscripts and video tapes. The Archives can be viewed by appointment only.

Permanent displays of banners and artefacts tell the story of the development of Freemasonry since 1836 and can be viewed during public tours. One can also see the collection of the John McDouall Stuart Society. Australia's most famous inland explorer, John McDouall Stuart became a Freemason when he joined the Lodge of Truth in North Adelaide's Belmont House on 1 August 1859. The collection includes Stuart's Masonic Certificate and two Warden's gavels crafted from a limb of "Stuart's Tree" which stood at Chamber's Bay, Van Diemen Gulf, Northern Territory, and on which Stuart had carved his initials "JMDS" on 24 July 1865, to record the crossing of the continent from south to north.

The Museum Curator and contact officer is Mr Murray Olsson, who can be contacted through the Grand Lodge office.

Museum registration: The Museum participates in the Museums Accreditation and Grants Program of the History Trust of South Australia.

Operating hours of the Museum are Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


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