FREEMASONS MELBOURNE | 26 – 28 AUGUST
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Bro. Andrew Hammer
Washington DC, USA
Author of 'Observing the Craft'

Bro. Andrew’s keynote speech will centre on his book 'Observing the Craft' and will outline the utmost personal effort and commitment to be put into the operation of a Lodge, and the experience of a meeting, in search of the transformational experience.

“Observing the Craft is understanding that the things we do definitely have meaning, and when we discover that meaning, we understand why it is important that the meaning be observed and respected as we go about our Masonic Labour”
Freemasonry in many jurisdictions, including Australia, is in decline and Bro. Andrew argues that by inspiring brethren to learn and return to the historical elements of Freemasonry we can renew and restore the energy of those Lodges.
"The idea of Masonic dining has devolved to the point where it has become more akin to a workman’s lunch break than the classic Masonic festive board. Freemasonry should return to the glorious and deeply philosophical past instead of being a social supper club that cannot distinguish itself from other charitable service organisations.”
Bro. Andrew calls for nothing but the utmost personal effort and commitment to be put into the operation of a Masonic Lodge, and the experience of a Masonic meeting, in search of the transformational experience which Masons define as making good men better.
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Bro. Dr Mike Kearsley
Middlesex, UK
Author of 'On the Square'

Focusing on his four years as editor of the Square Magazine, Bro. Mike will cover everything from some HQ’s ‘grip and grin’ magazines to the articles that generated the most interest, whilst looking at some of the more humorous foibles of some Freemasons.

Bro. Mike is an experienced Masonic speaker who has spoken at Masonic conferences and events throughout the world. He is a member of the prestigious premier Lodge of Masonic Research, the Quatuor Coronati Lodge (London).
Bro Andrew's Hammer’s opening keynote will set the tone of excellence in all our Masonic pursuits, whereas Bro. Mike's closing keynote will be much more light-hearted and humorous, focusing on his four years as editor of the Square Magazine.
Bro. Mike is PAGDC under UGLE and PDGDC in GLNZ. He is a Prestonian and Kellerman lecturer, Past Grand Orator, former editor of The Square, member of Quatuor Coronati, and a Norman Spencer winner. He has presented to Masonic audiences throughout the world, and is an or honorary member of Lodges under many constitutions.
Bro. Mike will deliver a presentation that reflects upon aspects of Freemasonry throughout the world with a more humorous and light-hearted approach, and will enlighten all that Freemasonry is a wonderful organisation that does still have a future.
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PROGRAM OF EVENTS
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SYMBOLISM OF WORKINGS

Learn more about the symbolism of workings in the Craft, Mark and Chapter. Dedicated sessions will break-down and explain elements of significance in their respective Ritual and Ceremonial work.

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

These awards will recognise and showcase the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of the people behind the organisation which promotes and enhances the experience of Freemasonry and demonstrates the tenets and principles of the organisation – Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Click here to learn more about each award and how to apply. 

To recognise the contribution made to their community, their Lodge/Chapter and Freemasonry in Victoria. They will epitomise the principles of Freemasonry, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

To recognise the significant improvement Lodges/Chapters have made over the past 12 months supporting their community, their members & families, or  demonstrating great ritual.

To celebrate how this metropolitan Lodge/Chapter has been able to overcome challenges and achieve ongoing sustainable partnerships that have supported the community.

To celebrate how this regional and rural Lodge/Chapter has been able to overcome challenges and achieve ongoing sustainable partnerships that have supported the community.

To celebrate innovative and sustainable ways Lodges/Chapters have been able to stay engaged with the community, members, and their families over the last two years.

All Nominees MUST be active members of a Lodge, or Chapter in Victoria and are encouraged to attend the Convention.
To learn more about each award, please click here.