October 2015 Luncheon – Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Sydney Masonic Centre – Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Association is privileged to have Bro Simon Bouda, journalist and television presenter as its guest speaker at the October Luncheon.
Simon began1007_simonbouda his career in journalism in 1976 with News Limited. Over the years he has worked for the Daily Telegraph, the Northern Daily Leader, the Daily Mirror and The Sun covering everything from finance to police rounds
In 1990, he joined Nine News as an assistant chief of staff and in 1992, began an eight-year-stint as chief crime reporter for Nine News. He reported on high-profile stories including the Sydney bushfires, the Ivan Milat backpacker murders case and the Thredbo landslide tragedy.
In 2000, he moved to London to work as a Nine News correspondent and reported on all major news events in Europe and the Middle East including the war in Afghanistan, September 11, the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Simon also at the moment is travelling across America on his motorbike in support to Black Dog Ride from Sunday 13th September – Saturday 3rd October 2015.

simon_bouda1 Simon Bouda BDR TSL BDR USA 2015 BDR Winston

Black Dog Ride across America – Channel 9, Today Show Live Cross 12th September 2015

“Black Dog Ride began in 2009 as one man’s ride to raise awareness of depression, developing into the national suicide prevention charity involving thousands of Australian motorcycle riders who’ve raised over $2,000,000 for mental health services, fostering mental health awareness around the country. Join us as we ride for awareness”.  For more info & to donate please visit: http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/2015-usa/2015-usa

The Committee of Management hopes you are able to attend this very special lunch meeting.


  • Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015
  • Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre.
  • Time: 12.00 for 12.30 pm.
  • Dress: Appropriate for the occasion (Coat and tie for men).
  • Cost: $35.00 pp includes a two course meal; tea/coffee; beverages.
  • RSVP: Thursday 7 October 2015.

Direct Deposit may be made through: NAB – BSB 082 445 Account No 392829386 Freemasons Association (NSW & ACT) – Please indicate: October 2015 Luncheon.

Please direct any enquiries to the Secretary, Alan Farrell, telephone (02) 9525 6391; email afarrell@bigpond.net.au

For Booking Form please click here

Photos & Video courtesy of Simon Bouda, Rich Moran, Ramindar Barr, Black Dog Ride & Chanel 9 Today Show.

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UGL NSW & ACT Grand Installation – 8 August 2015

New Dawn UGL


Before I begin my address, I would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Grand Masters, Past Grand Masters, leaders of concordat and associated orders, ladies gentleman and brethren.

I stand here before you, with the feeling of humility and pride as this month also marks my 23rd anniversary as a freemason.

I am honoured that the membership of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have placed their trust in me to lead this jurisdiction.

Seeing our Sydney Town Hall so full, makes me feel proud that Freemasonry today has made and is making a tremendous contribution to society. We should all be proud of our history, but also be excited about our future. I would also like to thank all of our friends and families that are here today to witness this wonderful ceremony.

The strength of any organisation is of course, it’s membership. Our biggest assets are our members, and I thank those brethren from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory who have made the trip to be here today. Many masons have travelled great distances to be here, from Bondi to Broken Hill, thank you all.

Our grand lodge will continue to work with lodges across our state, recognising that some feel the tyranny of distance. We are a great fraternity, and geographical divisions between good brothers, must be bridged.

Our connection with our local community is something we have done well and community leaders after joining our ranks have become wonderful examples for us all. After travelling extensively within our state and being received by these leaders, I feel a great sense of pride on how our image is presented as a whole.

126 years ago we became known as the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, several years later we included the words Australian Capital Territory. We originally became a United Grand Lodge, when the English, Irish and Scottish lodges came together to unite the different ceremonies and degrees that were being worked. Our society, the family unit and the way we lived our lives was so different to how we see things today.

Today I see the word “United” as embracing all cultures and religions that now make Australia their home. Our specialised and cultural masonic lodges are maintaining growth, and I will continue to support those lodges with the Freemasons Annual Multicultural Exchange nights (FAME).

One initiative in my statement to the jurisdiction when I nominated for Grand Master, was to have a Masonic Open House. A date in 2016 will be set to welcome the community inside our doors. I will encourage all city and country Masonic Centres to take part in this special day. Every centre will receive the literature and marketing tools which are readily available in our Grand Lodge. I want to encourage and involve other community groups to participate in this event. This is not only to assist Freemasonry, but to promote that community spirit many of us have. Our Chairman of the Board of Management, RW Bro Bruce Munro and the board members have already accepted the challenge in this and other programmes.

As masons, on the night of our initiation we are taught about the grand principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Relief or charity is something that masons have done well and through our involvement with our Grand Charity, MasoniCare, we are now able to provide substantial donations to those nominated charities through our interaction grants.

During my term, it is my desire to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. This is a serious men’s health issue. Freemasons have supported this program through local initiatives and their involvement with the Movember campaign. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males and will affect 1 in 7 men by the time they turn 75, this risk increases to 1 in 5 by the age of 85. I wish to thank the chairman of MasoniCare RW Bro Andrew Fraser MP PDGM and the board of MasoniCare for their support. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has also provided their support to Freemasonry. I wish to thank Mr Tony Sonneveld OAM and Miss Cassandra Birch from the Prostate Cancer Foundation for their attendance here today.

To assist in our fundraising efforts, it is my wish to have a Masonic Cruise. This cruise will be of a 5 to 7 day duration. Many masons I speak to have recently returned from or are going on a cruise, so I see this as an opportunity for further interaction. The cruise will include a masonic meeting and a number of group activities.

There are many people who I wish to thank for making today possible.

To our Immediate Past Grand Master MW Bro Derek Robson AM, I am honoured to have been a part of your leadership team. There have been many initiatives and programmes that have been undertaken and I intend to continue with this momentum. I have my own directions that I wish to pursue during my term which I hope will inspire masons to higher endeavours and shake any thoughts of masonic apathy. On behalf of all the membership, I would like to thank you for your guidance and leadership of our Grand Lodge over the last four years. To both you and Gael, I thank you for your friendship.

To our retiring Grand Secretary, RW Bro Kevin McGlinn PDGM, I thank you for your commitment having served this Grand Lodge for the past 11 years, the role of Grand Secretary involves many aspects and your skill and expertise has provided great leadership and stability for the staff within Grand Lodge. I wish you and Irene all the best for the future.

To our outgoing Chairman of the Board of Management, RW Bro Greg Mason, I thank you for you dedication and commitment to Freemasonry, the board has worked well under your leadership. I wish both you and Barbara all the best in your move to Victoria.

I would like to acknowledge our retiring Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, RW Bro Peter Ratcliff and RW Bro Peter Howlett. Thank you for your service and commitment to the Ceremonial Team.

To our Grand Director of Ceremonies, RW Bro John Begbie, I thank you for continuing in your role, I particularly would like to offer you and the ceremonial team my congratulations for the way they performed today. The rehearsals started many weeks ago and involved many people, thanks for putting it all together and making this possible.

To all the staff and volunteers in the Sydney Masonic Centre who have worked so hard to put the events over the weekend together, I thank you for your dedication and many hours that you have spent for us all.

I would like to thanks the ladies, I thank you for the time you dedicate to Freemasonry. I would especially like to thank my partner. Yuana has always been a great support to me and I thank her for being there with me in this journey. Finally, I am excited to be your 38th Grand Master, thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the craft.

I wish to announce my theme during my term will be:


Thank you all

MW Bro Jamie Melville
Grand Master


For GM’s Address in pdf please click here


Video of Grand Installation 2015:


Photos of the Grand Installation of UGL of NSW & ACT on 8 August 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall and GM’s Team 2015-16 (click to enlarge):

Photos & Video courtesy of Robbie Pesiwarissa & UGL of NSW & ACT.

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Help the people of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan – Saturday, 11 July 2015

Typhoon Hayan

Dear Members and friends,

Deputy Grand Master RWBro Jamie Melville (GMElect) seeks your support for a charity group known as The Australian Masonic Friends of The Philippines (AMFOP), who has been moved by the devastating effect of the typhoon Haiyan in Bantayan Island, province of Cebu, The Philippines.

People on the region have been devastatingly impacted by the typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and again in 2014, before they had a chance to stand and rebuild their lives.

Unfortunately, with so much happening in the world of today, once the media coverage and exposure have moved on, the people of Bantayan Island and Cebu have been forgotten.

For the first beneficiary of the association, they have chosen the people of Bantayan Island and the province of Cebu, to help rebuild the victims’ lives directly and indirectly.

The first mission delivery was successfully accepted by the Governor of Cebu, Governor Hilario P. Davide III.  AMFOP were able to donate equipment which includes a portable mechanical ventilator, amalgamator and light cure machine. The replacement value of the ventilator is $55,000 in Australia, while the amalgamator and light cure machine are estimated to cost $7000 and $2000, respectively.

You might read more from the visiting the below website address:


Since then, AMFOP, along with the support of NSW Masonic lodges, have also donated 15 boats for the local fishermen, which enable them to work again and provide for their families.

They currently have a container full of medical equipment, school chairs, and desks, as well as books, set to sail, awaiting freight funding and sponsors.

To support AMFOP goal’s, we are holding a Casino Royale Charity Dinner, which is our inaugural fundraising event, on Saturday, 11th July 2015, at 7pm. Tickets are $75 per person.  The highlights of the evening are fine dining, dancing, live performance, Art auction and raffles.

Casino Royale flyer framed

The funds raised from the night will further assist to build hospital wings and schools; Essential infrastructures which damaged and destroyed by the typhoon.

He invite you to be one of our special sponsors, who will help to make a difference for thousands of lives in need?

Please extend your support by:

· Placing and ad on the Souvenir Program (Advertisement placement form attached)

· Hosting a table/tables

· Donating an item(s) for the raffles

· Giving a cash donation or a gift voucher

· Participating in the art auction and raffles

Through AMFOP, we hope to be able to help the people of Bantayan Island and Province of Cebu, to rebuild their homes and their future.

Do join us in making this possible.

Patron : MW Derek Robson AM GM

President: Rt WBro Jamie Melville DGM

Secretary: Rt WBro Rey Porras

Mob: 0422435520

Email: rey.porras@gmail.com

Please click here for the links to: AMFOP sponsor letter, Casino Royale Flyer and AMFOP Advertisement Placement Form.

Your contributions will be much appreciated.

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The Lucky Starr Dinner Show – Saturday 30 May 2015


Lucky Starr Slide

St George Masonic Club – Mortdale
Saturday 30th May 2015

The Freemasons’ Association will hold a fund raising night in aid of Macquarie University Motor Neuron Disease Research, on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the St George Masonic Club, 86 Roberts Road, Mortdale.

Motor Neuron Disease is an aggressive terminal neurological disease which strips sufferers of their ability to use their limbs, speak, swallow and eventually breathe and all this while they remain mentally aware. Professor Dominic Rowe, chairman of the research committee of MotorNeuron Disease Australia said that there are about 1,400 Australians with the disease and the average survival is three or four years from diagnosis to death.

The night features well-known Australian entertainer, Lucky Starr who is well-known for the hit record “I’ve Been Everywhere” but whose style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz. In addition to touring Australia’s capitals and regional centres, Lucky has performed extensively in the United States on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe. As a result of his success in America, Lucky was invited to perform with the Hilton Chain world-wide and spent several years on tour. He was the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam and made five subsequent trips to the war zone.

This is an event not to be missed and the President and members of the Committee of Management look forward to your company on this special night.

Price $55 per person includes a two course meal served in the club auditorium at 7.00 pm. Tea, coffee and beverages are at own cost. Please note that seating arrangements will be on the basis of first come, first served. The Dinner Show will commence at 8.30 pm sharp.

Please direct any enquiries to the Secretary, Alan Farrell, telephone (02) 9525 6391; email afarrell@bigpond.net.au

Click here for Flyer & Event Registration Form

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Mother’s Day Luncheon – Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mothers Day 2015 C Slide


Carrington Room, 3rd floor, Sydney Masonic Centre.

Tuesday 12th May 2015, Time: 12:00pm

The Association is privileged to have Ms Helen Zerefos, OAM, as its guest speaker, details of which are included on the Flyer & Event Registration Form below.

As a result of a high number of commercial bookings by clients of the Sydney Masonic Centre on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the Mother’s Day Luncheon has been transferred to the Carrington Room on the 3rd floor of the Centre. Unfortunately, the room can only accommodate 40 people and as a result bookings will be accepted on a first-come basis.

This is an event not to be missed and the President and members of the Committee of Management look forward to your company on this special day.

Price $35 per person includes: Two course meal, Tea/Coffee and Beverages.

Please direct any enquiries to the Secretary, Alan Farrell, telephone (02) 9525 6391; email afarrell@bigpond.net.au

Click here for Flyer & Event Registration Form

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