On Wednesday 23rd April 2014, the Lodge of St. John held an Anzac Ceremony

of Remembrance in the Lodge Room.


The President  of the RSL, Kate Goodall and several returned members of the RSL were invited guests. One of the recipients of a Lodge Scholarship and his parents also attended along with Lodge members from several country and city Lodges and Colin Hallenstein Senior Grand Warden who hails from Darwin.


The ceremony was conducted by the Master of the Lodge Walter Hirschausen and was  particularly well received and honoured by all. After the ceremony a supper of bangers, mash and peas followed by apple pie and custard and the usual Anzac biscuits.  Several toasts were honoured during the meal. A raffle was held with the proceeds being donated to the RSL.


Colin Hallenstein responded to the toast to the visitors and explained he was a Past Master of Lodge Foelsche, his Lodge being named after the second master of the Lodge of St. John, Paul Foelsche in 1867.  Paul Foelsche was a Policeman in the Strahalbyn District having been in the Prussian Army before emigrating to Australia and joining SA Police looking for a better life.


He married a local girl and was soon after offered the position as the first Police Inspector in the Northern Territory.  During his life in Darwin, he took many photos of the Aboriginals in the Territory and recorded the evolution of the Top End in photos which have recorded a valuable history of how it was in the 1870’s.


The SA Museum and the Mortlock Library compiled a travelling exhibition of his life which is still moving around Australia. The Lodge in Strathalbyn will celebrate 150 years in 2016.


Pictured above Norm Goodall, Les Falkai, Cate Goodall, Robert Beer, Brian and Raelene Wakefield

(photo  courtesy of The Southern Argus)