Large List of Notable and Famous Australian Freemasons

Famous &/or Notable Australian Freemasons
Compiled by WBro D Hudson, PM Lodge Devotion 723, PM Lodge Evolution 931
Copyright  2015 DL Hudson,
Version One First Published 2007
This Version 8, updated Friday, January 09, 2015
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This list began as a short list of Famous Australian Freemasons in an edition of our Lodge Newsletter and has now grown to include over 200 notable and/or famous Australian Freemasons.


There are many lists readily available of famous Freemasons on the internet, but at the time this list was started, no extensive list dedicated to just Australians existed. Never keen to simply duplicate web content from other web sites on our site  I set out to compile a list concerned with only Australian members of “The Craft”.  My list is now widely used by others – please cite our web address when using our content.


This list has been compiled over years. For some time, references were not recorded, but as the list grew, it was realized it could become an authoritative and comprehensive record of Australian Freemasons. References are now being progressively added, but readers should note names have only been included when the source of the same was considered reliable. Unfortunately, not all of those named have reflected the greatest credit on our Craft, but the test for inclusion is reasonable proof of membership, not subjective opinion on their actions or the lives they led.


It is hard to organize such a list – where do you put a Governor General who won a Victoria Cross? An Archbishop with a Military Cross? An actor who was Grand Master and a State Politician, or a “military man” who was a doctor, humanitarian and community leader? We suggest if you are looking for something specific either peruse the list or hold the Ctrl key and press “F” to search it, or if you have a hardcopy version – use the index. I do not (knowingly!) duplicate names in the list with the exception of those under the first heading.


Some inclusions are not Australians – but such men have been added for their strong link and influence on Australia; early Governor Generals who were not Australian being a good example. Keep in mind this is a list of names, not a biography, I try to keep entries short but some details have been added for context and/or interest.


Note - If you reproduce all or part of this list, you MUST cite the source. Good manners and the Law aside, my internet research is being greatly slowed by Google searches returning my own list quoted but not cited on other sites, especially lodge web site. We do not add a name unless the person is deceased or agreed to be in the public eye as a Freemason.


A note on footnotes; Footnotes mention the Masonic Membership of the individual in conjunction to the specific item footnoted. All Footnoted material mentions their membership of Freemasonry.


Table of Contents

House Hold Names of Men who were not Primarily Politicians  3

Famous Freemasons; Australian Prime Ministers. 3

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers. 4

Famous Freemasons; Australian Governors. 4

Famous Freemasons; Australian Entertainers. 6

Famous Freemasons; Australian (and Foreign) Explorers of Australia. 7

Famous Freemasons; Australian Sport. 7

Famous Australian Freemasons - Military Men – Victoria Cross Winners. 8

Famous Freemasons; Australian Military Men of Rank or Note. 9

Famous Freemasons; Australian Inventors/Business People. 10

Famous Australian Freemasons; Religious Leaders. 10

Famous Australian Freemasons; The Law.. 11

Famous Australian Freemasons; Architects. 12

Famous Australian Freemasons; Artists. 12

Famous Australian Freemasons; Medicine. 13

Famous Australian Freemasons; Aviation. 13

Famous (irregular) Female Australian Freemasons. 13

Famous Australian Freemasons; Still more.. 13

Suggested names needing further  research . 17

Suggested names needing further evidence, without further evidence currently being found. 17

Sometimes Claimed, Unlikely to be Freemasons. 18

The Sources of this list are many including; 18

Web Sites of Note. 18

Useful books heavily used. 19

Articles acknowledged with special thanks. 19

A Note on punctuation and some.. other stuff. 20



House Hold Names of Men who were not Primarily Politicians
(see sections below this one for references establishing Masonic membership)

Ø  "Smokey Dawson" Herbert Henry MBE AM (1913 –2008), country music entertainer and community leader

Ø  Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935), aviator first to cross the Pacific from the US to Brisbane in about 1928.

Ø  "Chips Rafferty" John William Pilbeam Goffage (1909-1971) Film actor

Ø  Graham Kennedy (1934-2005), entertainer and the "King of Television". Lodge of St Kilda, 1955

Ø  Charles "Bud" Tingwell (1923-2009) actor and spitfire pilot.

Ø  Sir Donald Bradman AC (1908-2001), world famous Australian cricketer.

Ø  Sir Hubert Opperman (1904-1996) world's fastest bicyclist in 1930s

Ø  Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820).."Father Of Australia", botanist

Ø  John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866), explorer,  claimed he recognised a Masonic greeting when he encountered a party of traditional owners in northern Australia.

Ø  Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), Governor of NSW (1810 to 1821)

Ø  James Boag (c.1822-1890), brewer, founded  J. Boag & Son” in 1883.

Ø  Charles Brownlow

Famous Freemasons; Australian Prime Ministers

Ø  Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920), 1st Australian Prime Minister (1901-1903). Initiated into Australian Lodge of Harmony No 555 English Constitution on 13 March 1878.

Ø  Sir George Reid (1845-1918), 4th Prime Minister of Australia, Lodge Centennial No. 169, UGL of NSW on 16 Nov 1896

Ø  Sir Joseph Cook GCMG (1860-1947) 6th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Lodge Independent No 8 UGLNSW 12 Feb 1892.

Ø  Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883- 1967) 8th Prime Minister of Australia. Only Prime Minister to lose his seat at an election  in 1929. First Australian to sit in the House of Lords. Initiated at Old Melbournians Lodge No 317 UGLV on 12 June 1925.

Ø  Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page (1880-1961) 11th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated at Lodge Prince Leopold No 87 UGLNSW on 4 Dec 1917

Ø  Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978), 12th Prime Minister of Australia, Initiated into Austral Temple Lodge No. 110, UGLV on 10 March 1910. (Initiated 1920?) Received a 50 Year Jewel

Ø  Sir Arthur William Fadden (1894-1972) 13th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Caledonia Lodge No 737 Scottish Constitution in Queensland on 20 July 1915

Ø  Sir John McEwen (1900-1980) 18th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Lauderdale Lodge No 361 UGLV on 28 July 1926

Ø  Sir John Grey Gorton (1911-2002) 19th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated into Freemasonry at Kerrange Lodge No 100 UGLV on 5 Feb 1948.

Ø  Sir William McMahon (1908-1988) 20th Prime Minister of Australia. Initiated at Lodge University of Sydney No 544 UGLNSW on 22 March 1974.

Famous Freemasons; Australian State Premiers

Ø  Sir Alexander James Peacock KCMG (1861-1933), Premier of Victoria and member of fourteen ministries. Grand Master (1900-05) of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria

Ø  Sir George Turner KCMG (1851-1916)  privy counselor, Victoria's first Australian-born Premier of Victoria , Commonwealth Treasurer  & Minister, Mayor of St Kilda 1887-88. Introduced income tax (1894) Initiated 1882 , at The Brighton District Lodge No37

Ø  Sir Harry Lawson KMCG (1875-1952), 27th Premier of Victoria 1918-1924, Scotch Collegians Lodge

Ø  Hon. Robert Stanley “Bob” Richards (1885-1967), 32nd Premier of South Australia.

Ø  Major General Sir Newton James Moore KCMG(1870-1936), Premier of Western Australia, soldier and businessman, President of the Western Australian Municipal Association in 1904

Ø  Sir John William Evans (1855-1943), seaman, businessman and politician, Premier of Tasmania

Ø  Sir Samuel Walker Griffith KCMG(1845-1920), Chief Justice and Premier of Queensland (twice), Grand Master

Ø  George David Langridge (1829-1891) Victorian politician and public figure. Premier of Victoria. “His public meetings at Collingwood were gala occasions: he never lost the common touch, and artisans and labourers mourned his death in impressive numbers.”

Ø  Thomas Price (1852-1909), Premier of South Australia,  reformist, trade unionist

Ø  Sir Henry Edward Bolte GCMG (1908-1990), was the 38th and longest serving Premier of Victoria. Initiated into Lodge Meredith No 163 UGLV 9 October 1946

Ø  Archibald Henry Peake (1859-1920), Premier of South Australia

Ø  Sir Robert Philip KCMG(1851-1922), businessman and Premier of Queensland,

Ø  John Greeley Jenkins (1851-1923), 22nd  Premier of South Australia

Ø  Sir John Alexander Cockburn KCMG (1850-1929), 18th Premier of South Australia , Federationalist and medical practitioner Initiation in 1876, helped establish the Grand Lodge of South Australia, and served in several high offices within it initiated Friendship Lodge 423 South Australian 1876

Ø  William Forgan-Smith (1887-1952) Premier of Queensland 1932-1940, initiated into Prince Albert Lodge No 248 UGLQLD.

Ø  William Alexander Watt (1871-1946) politician, Premier of Victoria, Acting Prime Minister post WW1. initiated North Melbourne Lodge 2 Dec 1901

Ø  Sir Thomas Playford IV GCMG (1896-1981), Premier of South Australia  (not to be confused with Thomas Playford II (1837-1915) who was also a Premier of South Australia and grandfather of Sir Thomas Playford IV) Premier of South Australia from 5 November 1938 to 10 March 1965, the longest term of any elected government leader in the history of Australia

Ø  Sir Charles Court AK KCMG OBE (1911 –2007),  Western Australian Premier    .

Ø  Sir Eric Willis KBE, CMG (1922-99), Premier New South Wales

Ø  Sir Robert Askin, GCMG, (1907 – 1981) 32nd Premier of New South Wales,  member Boree Lodge 335 & Prince Edward Lodge 349  In 1973 Askin became the first premier of New South Wales to win a fourth successive term.





Famous Freemasons; Australian Governors

Ø  Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), Governor of NSW “Served as the last autocratic Governor of NSW (1810 to 1821) and played a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of the colony” Initiated January 1793 at Bombay, India in Lodge No1

Ø  Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855–1948), Governor-General, Attorney-General, High Court Judge and politician Elected to the first Federal Parliament of Australia. Initiated Antrim No 349 Irish Const, member of Australia Felix, first Grand Register(1889-1890) of UGLV

Ø  Sir Ernest Clark (1864-1951), Governor of Tasmania, installed Grand Master of Tasmania in 1935

Ø  Lord Huntingfield, William Charles Arcedeckne KCMG (1883-1969), Governor of Victoria (1931-1939). 14th Grand Master UGLV 1935-1939 Grand Master when Freemasons Hospital East Melbourne Opened. Initiated United Lodge # 1629 EC

Ø  Sir Robert William Duff GCMG, PC (1835-1895), Governor of NSW, Grand Master of NSW

Ø  Air Vice Marshal Sir Robert Allingham George KCMG, KCVO, KBE, CB, MC (1896-1967)South Australian Governor Grand Master South Australia 1956-1958

Ø  Major-General Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks KCB CMG DSO KStJ KCVO KCMG(1896-1966), Governor of Victoria, 19th Grand Master UGLV 1951-1963  . Victoria's longest serving Governor and Masonic Grand Master “was possibly the most popular Governor in Victoria's history” initiated in the Clarke Lodge # 98 on 6 February 1950 Dallas Brooks Hall 300 Albert St East Melb is named after him

Ø  Sir John Northcott KCMG, CB, MVO, KStJ (1890-1966). NSW State Governor & Grand Master

Ø  Lord Somers, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Herbert Tennyson Somers-Cocks KCMG, DSO, MC (1887-1944), Governor of Victoria, 12th Grand Master Victoria 1927-1932 Chief Scout of Victoria and succeeded Baden-Powell as Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth Initiated Household Brigade Lodge

Ø  George Edward John Mowbray Rous, 3rd Earl of Stradbroke CB CVO CBE KCMG ADC (1862-1947) KCMG CB CVO CBE VD TD  (1862-1947), Soldier & Governor of Victoria(1920-?) Initiated Lodge of Prudence # 388 10th Grand Master UGLV 1922-1929

Ø  Sir Neil Elliott Lewis, KCMG (1858 –1935) Lt Governor of Tasmania

Ø  Lord Stonehaven, Major-General Michael Jeffery, Governor General 1925-1930, Grand Master UGLNSW

Ø  Major-General Jeffery AC, CVO, MC.( 1937- ), Governor General of Western Australia (1993 –2002) and then Australia (2003–2008), Former CO of SAS Regiment (Australia).  Initiated in St George’s Lodge No 6 on 23 November 1994,

Ø  Sir Samuel J Way (1836-1916), South Australian Lt Governor, Grand Master South Australia 1884-

Ø  Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (1890-1969), South Australian Governor, Grand Master South Australia 1941-1943 95th Grand Master Mason of Scotland (1949-54) initiated in Apollo University Lodge No. 357 (E.C.) in 1908

Ø  Sir William Ellison-Macartney KCMG (1852-1924) Governor of Tasmania (1912-1917), Governor of Western Australia (1917-1920). Grand Master WA 1918-?, Grand Master Tasmania Initiated Apollo University Lodge # 357 EC on 6 June 1872

Ø  Sir Eric Neal (1924-) AC CVO  South Australian Governor 1996-2001, Chair Wespac

Ø  Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO KStJ (1902-1980) Chief Justice, Governor of Queensland 1966-1972, chief Australian prosecutor 1946-47 at the trials of war criminals in Tokyo, Chancellor The University of Queensland 1966-76, Grand Master QLD

Ø  Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE, PC (1868 - 1933) British statesman served as Governor of Queensland (1905–1909), Governor of NSW (1909 -1913). Viceroy of India.  Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW 1910-1913. Initiated on 1 June 1898 in Lodge of Amity # 137 EC

Ø  Sir Gerard Smith KCMG (1839-1920), Governor of Western Australia (1895-1900) Initiated into Freemasonry on 4 May 1880 in the United Studholme Alliance Lodge # 1591 EC

Ø  Lord Kintore, Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer (1852- 1930) Governor of South Australia and Grand Master South Australia 1889-1895

Ø  Lord Carrington, Charles Robert Carrington (1843-1928), Governor of NSW and District Grand Master NSW in 1888 to 1890 First Grand Master United Grand Lodge NSW Initiated 28 October 1861 in Sir Isaac Newton Lodge # 859 EC

Ø  Sir Thomas Mellis Napier (1882-1976) , Judge, Lieutenant Governor (1942-73) , Grand Master of South Australia 1928-1930

Ø  Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson (1843-1910), Admiral, Governor of NSW (1902-1909) “He promoted 'the ultimate formation of a separate navy' for Australia” Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (1905-09). Initiated in Royal Sussex Lodge # 501 EC in November

Ø  Lord Brassey. Thomas Brassey KCB (1836-?), first Governor of Victoria to be elected Grand Master (1896-1900) help found Volunteer Naval Reserves. Initiated Oxford University Lodge 1850. In Melbourne he joined the Clarke Lodge # 98

Ø  Sir John Goodwin KCB, CMG, DSO, Queensland Governor and Queensland Grand Master.

Ø  Lord Gowrie , Sir Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven VC DSO with Bar (1872-1955) Victoria Cross Winner, and Australia's longest serving Governor-General. Grand Master of NSW Initiated into Freemasonry at Lodge St Andrews Military Lodge No 668 on 15 March 1893.

Ø  Sir Leslie Wilson DSO GCIE GCSI. (1876-1955), Governor (1932-1946) and Grand Master of Queensland (1934-1946).         Governor of Bombay (1923-28). Initiated in Lodge Ionic # 65 NSWC on 17 January 1904

Ø  Sir Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey GCB, GCMG, PC, DL, JP (1845-1915), Governor of NSW, Grand Master UGLNSW (installed 1891) initiated into Apollo University Lodge # 357 EC, on 25 October 1865 affiliated with Lodge Ionic # 65 NSWC

Ø  General Sir Charles Gairdner GBE, KCMG, KCVO, CB (1898–1983) Governor of Western Australia in 1951-63,  Governor of Tasmania 1963-68. Initiated in Shamrock Lodge No. 101 (Irish constitution)

Ø  Lord Carmichael, Thomas Gibson Carmichael, GCSI KCMG (1859-1926) Governor Victoria (1908-?) Governor of Madras, India, Governor of Bengal.  Grand Master UGLV 1909-1912 . Initiated 1895 in Lodge Dramatic and Arts # 757 SC

Ø  Sir Douglas Nicholls KCVO, OBE (1906-1988), Governor of South Australia and prominent Australian Aboriginal, pioneering reconciliation. First Australian Aboriginal to be knighted and first to serve in vice regal office. In 1934, 3rd in Brownlow count 1935 first Aboriginal selected Victorian Interstate Team. Initiated Lodge Antoc in 1954


Famous Freemasons; Australian Entertainers

Ø  Herbert Henry "Smokey Dawson" MBE AM (1913 –2008), country music entertainer and community leader

Ø  Graham Kennedy (1934-2005), entertainer and "King of Television". Lodge of St Kilda, 1955

Ø  "Chips Rafferty" John William Pilbeam Goffage (1909-1971) Film actor. Initiated at Lodge Literature No 500 UGLNSW in 1957

Ø  Charles "Bud" Tingwell (1923-2009) actor and spitfire pilot. Initiated Lodge Carinya No 785 on 27 Jan 1950

Ø  Ken G Hall (1901-1994). Australian film producer and was the first Australian to win an Oscar. Initiated into Freemasonry at Lodge Anima No 421 on 12 Dec 1922.

Ø  George Seth Coppin (1819-1906), politician, comic actor and entrepreneur. An energetic Freemason he became the first Grand Master of Victoria (Grand Lodge Victoria later dissolved when United Grand Lodge Victoria was formed, Coppin presided over the first (and last (1889) meeting of the GL). Coppin has been credited with fathering the Australian theatre Initiated St Johns Lodge No 346 IC

Ø  " Roy Rene Mo" (born Harry Van Der Sluys) (1892-1954) better known as 'Mo' the clown. Thespian No.256, NSW Australia

Ø  Nathan Phillips better known as “Stiffy” the clown

Ø  Raymond Charles "Ray" Barrett (1927 –2009) movie actor and voice of John Tracey in “Thunderbirds”.  Initiated in 1949 in Empire Lodge #197 of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

Famous Freemasons; Australian (and Foreign) Explorers of Australia

Ø  Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), explorer

Ø  Hamilton Hume (1797-1873) first Australian explorer to be born here. Initiated at Leinster Marine Lodge of Australia No 266, Irish Const on 12 Sept 1825.

Ø  William Wentworth (1790-1872) explorer, poet, journalist and politician. Member Lodge Amis Incorruptibles of Orient de Paris in 1818.

Ø  Lieutenant John Oxley (1783-1828) RN explorer. Member Lodge of Social and Military Virtues No 277 Irish Const.

Ø  John McDouall Stuart (1815-1866) explorer. Initiated into the Lodge of Truth No.933 E.C. North Adelaide on 1 August 1859. Stuart claimed he recognised a Masonic greeting when he encountered a party of traditional owners in northern Australia.

Ø  Charles Karius Explorer initiated New Guinea Lodge (292 UGLQ) 29 Nov 1926,

Ø  Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820)  "Father Of Australia", botanist  Member Inverness Lodge, No. 4

Ø  Augustus C. Gregory KCMG (1819-1905)  Explorer Surveyor-General of Queensland, found coal in Western Australia English District Grand Master

Ø  Inspector-General Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis CVO (1837 – 1922) Royal Navy surgeon, surveyor, Arctic explorer, and leading Freemason. Served as part of a surveying expedition to the Northern Territory of South Australia, helping to chart the area to the west of the Adelaide River and returning biological specimens to Adelaide for study. Initiated 1872 in Zetland Lodge No 515 Malta Died by accident Antarctica in December 1912 aged 25 years.


Famous Freemasons; Australian Sport

Ø  Sir Donald Bradman AC (1908-2001), world famous Australian cricketer. Initiated Lodge Tarbolton No 12 UGLNSW 26 Nov 1929.

Ø  Bert Oldfield (1894-1976), cricketer,  Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1927. Initiated Lodge Arcadia No 177 UGLNSW on 11 June 1920

Ø  Sir Hubert Opperman, (1904-1996) world's fastest bicyclist in 1930s; Government Minister; High Commissioner to Malta. Initiated into Stonnington Lodge No 368 UGLV on 23 Dec 1925.

Ø  Bill Ponsford (1900-1991), MBE test cricketer Charles Brownlow (1861-1924) football Unity and Prudence Lodge initiated in 1885

Ø  John Treloar (1928- ) one of the fastest sprinters in the world of his time, winner of three track sprint gold medals at the Auckland 1950 Empire Games. Initiated at Lodge Frank McDowell No 362 on 4 March 1948

Ø  Sir James Gilbert Hardy (1932- ) winemaker and businessman noted for his yachting achievements.Initiated Lodge City of Sydney 952 on 21 November 1962  

Ø  Jack Plummer, sprinter, Australian 1500m track champion and also at Auckland 1950 Empire Games

Ø  Ray Land, who competed in sprints and relays at Melbourne 1956

Ø  Vic Patrick (1920-2006) "the best Australian boxer never to have won a world title". . Australian Lightweight Title in 1941. Initiated at Lodge Fellowship No 623 on 28 Jan 1942

Ø  Mickey (Roy) Tollis. ( 1927 – 2007), boxer

Ø  Jimmy Hill, boxer

Ø  Edward (Eddie) Charlton AM (1929-2004) professional snooker and billiards champion. Initiated into Lodge Swansea No 755 UGL of NSW&ACT 14 July 1961.

Ø  Walter Albert Lindrum CBE (1898 - 1960) professional billiards player. Initiated Crimea Lodge No 432 8 Oct 1934

Ø  Henry Messenger (1883-1959), Rugby player. Initiated at Lodge Thespian No 265 in 1915 

Ø  William John Truscott 'Nipper' (1886-1966), footballer inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996

Ø  Deverick John (Mick) Cronin (1911-1979), Australian Rules footballer and commentator

Ø  William Hender Hellings, swimmer one of the founders of the NSW Swimming Association

Ø  John Hill (1925?), member Victorian Boxing Hall of Fame, 50 Year Jewel holder.

Ø  Edgar Laurence ( Dunc) Grey (1906-1996), Olympic bicyclist

Ø  Mervyn (Merv) Thomas Wood, LVO, MBE, QPM (1917 –2006) Eight-time Australian national sculling champion, four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist. Held 28 State Sculling titles  Australian athlete of the year. Later  Police Commissioner of the NSW Police Force.

Ø  William M Lawry AM (1937- ) cricket  initiated Manangatang lodge 705 UGLV in  1962

Ø  Wally Grout (1927-1968), test cricketer

Ø  Charles George "Charlie" Macartney (1886 – 1958) cricket “known as "The Governor-General"




Famous Australian Freemasons - Military Men – Victoria Cross Winners

Ø  Lt William Dunstan VC, Victoria Cross Winner

Ø  John Hutton Bisbee VC (1869-1930), first Australian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross (in Boer War, South Africa). Initiated Lodge Bulwer No 1068 England on 6 Jan 1917

Ø  Lt Neville R Howse VC (1863-1930), Australia's first Victoria Cross Winner and only medical member of the Australian Forces to be awarded the VC. Initiated Lodge Ophir on 29 Aug 1901

Ø  Captain Albert Jacka, VC, MC with Bar (1893-1932) Australia’s first WW1 VC

Ø  John Hurst Edmondson (1914-1941) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Lodge Liverpool No 197 on 3 April 1935, first Australian VC of WW2

Ø  Arthur Blackburn VC (1892-1960) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated Peter's Collegiate Lodge No 58 South Australia on 9 Dec 1918.

Ø  Walter (Walley) Brown VC (1885-1942) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated Lodge Godeldrie No 558 on 7 April 1931.

Ø  George Cartwright VC (1894-1978) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated  Lodge Merrylands No 479 on 1 Nov 1923.

Ø  William Currey VC (1895-1948) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Lodge Carlton No 382 on 11 March 1930.

Ø  James Heather Gordon VC (1907-1986) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge United Service No 307 WA on 2 April 1959

Ø  Blair A Wark VC (1894-1941) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Lane Cove No 338 on 8 Nov 1921

Ø  James Gorman VC (1834-1882) Victoria Cross Winner initiated at The Leinster Marine Lodge Of Australia in 1878.

Ø  John Woods Whittle VC (1882-1946) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Sydney St Andrew no 7 on 1 Nov 1923

Ø  James Rogers VC (1873-1961) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Robbie Burns No 88 UGLV on 11 Nov 1913

Ø  Hugo Throssell VC (1884-1933) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Lodge Bulwer No 1068 England on 15 June 1917

Ø  William Donovan Joynt VC (1889-1986) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated at Old Melbournians Lodge no 317 UGLV on 12 Oct 1923

Ø  George J Howell VC (1893-1964) Victoria Cross Winner. Initiated into Freemasonry on 2 Dec 1920.

Ø  Major Frederick Harold Tubb VC(1881 - 1917) Victoria Cross Winner



Famous Freemasons; Australian Military Men of Rank or Note

Ø  Col Dr Sir Weary Dunlop AC, CMG, OBE (1907-1993) , War Hero & Doctor WW2 Japanese POW, Changi Railway - saved hundreds including Sir William Clavel (author of Shogun) Initiated in Lodge Liberation, No 674 in 1954 UGLV

Ø  Major-General Harold Edward "Pompey" Elliott CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD (1878–1931), a legend among 1st AIF soldiers, and later a Senator for Victoria

Ø  Jack Lockett, was Australia's oldest man and oldest war veteran when he died at the age of 111 and was honoured with a State Funeral in Victoria  80 years as a Freemason.

Ø   Bro. Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Scherger, KBE, CB, DSO, AFC  (1904-1984) Held equivalent of a Four Star Rank in the Australian Defence Forces – making him the highest military ranking Australian Freemason known. Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) 1961–66:, the senior Australian military position at the time


Ø  Air Commodore Rex Taylor CBE, John Knox Lodge

Ø  Brigadier Sir William Hall KBE DSO ED

Ø  Major-General Sir Robert Risson DSO CBE CB OStJ Kt(1901-1992),. Chairman Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board. Joined Freemasonry in 1961 and  25th Grand Master of the UGLV 1974 - 1976  chief commissioner of the Boy Scouts Association 1958-1963 Initiated Baden Powell 24 July 1961

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir John Lavarack, Grand Master QLD   Governor of Queensland from 1946-1957.

Ø  Allan Gordon Cameron (1909-1960), bank officer and soldier was awarded the DSO with Bar in New Guinea

Ø  Brigadier Sir Bernard Evans (1905-1981) architect, Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1959-1961

Ø  Chap-General Rev Albert Thomas Holden CBE (1866-1935), 7th Grand Master UGLV 1912-1914. Leader in the Methodist Church Initiated Grange Lodge 27 Sept 1898  Holden Masonic Research Circle in named in his honour.

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Carl Jess CB, CMG, CBE, DSO (1884-1948)

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED (1889-1959), Commander Rats of Tobruk and New Guinea and Borneo Campaigns

Ø  Brigadier The Hon MWJ Bourchier CMG, DSO, VD, MLA (1881-1937)  led his Regiment, the 4th Australian Light Horse, in the Charge at Beersheba

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Berryman

Ø  Lieutenant-General Rudlolph Bierwirth (1899-1993)  Commander in Chief, British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK),

Ø  Major-General EJ Milford CB, (1894-1972) Divisional Commander (5th & 7th) WW2, noon on 8 September 1945 Milford accepted the surrender of all Japanese troops in Borneo

Ø  Major-General RE Jackson

Ø  Major-General AG Wilson

Ø  Major-General RE Wade CB CBE (1924-1995)  

Ø  Rear-Admiral Guy Griffiths AO, DSO, DSC, RAN  He was on the HMS Repulse, which was hit by a bomb and five torpedoes on December 10, 1941. It went down with the loss of 513 lives.

Ø  Major-General Frank E. Poke AO, RFD ED PDGM

Ø  Major-General Sir Alan Ramsay

Ø  Major-General R Kendall

Ø  Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Harold Stokes

Ø  Major-General Paul Alfred Cullen AC, CBE, DSO & Bar, ED (1909 – 2007) Battalion commander on the Kokoda Track, founder and first chairman of Austcare and a noted philanthropist (born Paul Cohen to Judah Cohen, a member of a long standing Australian Jewish Family)

Ø  Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Harold Luxton, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne (1888-1957)

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Horace Robertson

Ø  Lieutenant-Colonel George Francis Murphy (1883-1962) CMG DSO with bar, soldier, teacher and administrator.  DSO with Bar  foundation member of Sydney Legacy

Ø  Wing Commander William Lloyd Brill DSO, DFC with Bar (1916-1964), RAAF officer

Ø  Major Alexander Thomas Paterson MC (1886-1950), soldier and businessman.

Ø  Bruce Ruxton (1926-2011), former President of Victorian RSL.


Famous Freemasons; Australian Inventors/Business People

Ø  Thomas Mayne (1901-1995) developed the drink "Milo" still sold today. Initiated into Lodge King Edward No 189 UGLV.

Ø  Harry Melbourne (1913-2007) invented the "Freddo Frog" chocolate. Initiated into Freemasonry at Victoria Park Lodge No 388 UGLV on 24 April 1944.

Ø  Frederick Peters (1836-1937) founded Peter's Ice-cream. Initiated into Terre Coupee Lodge No 204 Grand Lodge of Indiana on 27 Dec 1890

Ø  Fred Walker (1884-1935) best remembered for creating "Vegemite" Spread. Initiated at Austral Temple Lodge No 110 UGLV on 9 July 1919

Ø  Cecil Albert Gregory (1894-1974) Founder of "Gregory's Street Directory of Sydney and Suburbs". Initiated Lodge Arcadia No 177 UGLNSW on 12 May 1922

Ø  Mervyn Richardson (1893-1972) invented the Victa Lawn Mower. Initiated Lodge Wentworth no 89 on 6 Feb 1945.

Ø  James Boag (c.1822-1890), brewer, founded  J. Boag & Son” in February 1883.

Ø  Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom (1886-1970) famous philanthropist and invented the "Silent Knight Refrigerator". Initiated at Lodge Roseville No 344 on 24 Aug 1922

Famous Australian Freemasons; Religious Leaders

Ø  Charles Edward Camidge (1837-1911), Anglican Bishop

Ø  Dr Harrington Clare Lees (1870-1929), Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne 1921-1929, foundation member of the Old Melburnians' Masonic Lodge.

Ø  Rev HG Cranswick, Bishop of Gippsland

Ø  Henry Lowther Clarke (1850-1926), Bishop of Melbourne Provincial Grand Master of Masonic Province of the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire .

Ø  Charles . L. Riley (1855-1930 or 1854-1929?) Archbishop of Perth. He served as Chaplain General of the Australian army units during WW1. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia, “ his spiritual influence in the development of the Australian lodges still exists” Initiated into Peace and Unity 314 Lancaster

Ø  Moses Rintel (1823-1880) Jewish minister & philanthropist first Rabbi of Melbourne

Ø  Sir Israel Brody(Brodie,?)  (Very Rev) Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth. Duke of Sussex Lodge No 48 UGLV

Ø  Rabbi Raymond Apple AO RFD (1935-) The Great Synagogue Sydney “retired in 2005 after many years as Australia’s highest-profile rabbi”

Ø  Christopher Thomas Frow Goy MBE (1897-1982) Moderator Presbyterian Church in Victoria 1956-?

Ø  Joseph John Booth MC (1886-1965) Fourth Archbishop of Melbourne and Bishop of Geelong (Church of England), Initiated 15 September 1914 Footscray St John's Lodge N 71

Ø  Chap Archdeacon GE Lambie, Past Grand Chaplain

Ø  Horace Crotty (1886-1951) Church of England Bishop of Bathhurst (N.S.W.) 1928-1936

Ø  Rabbi Jacob Danglow CMG OBE VD (1880-1962), Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Army Chaplain

Ø  Rev T.J. Riddle, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria

Ø  George C. Barber President-General of Methodist Church of Australia (1948-51)


Famous Australian Freemasons; The Law

Ø  Sir Redmond Barry KCMG (1813-1880) philanthropist & Judge, Victoria’s first Solicitor-General later Justice of the Supreme Court, founder Melbourne University and its first Chancellor, Founder Victoria State Library. The judge who sentenced Ned Kelly.

Ø  Sir William Clarke (1831-1897) , landowner, stud-breeder and philanthropist, first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria (1889-1896) Initiated Tasmanian Union Lodge 356 on 11 Oct 1855

Ø  Sir James Cockle (1819-1895) lawyer and mathematician. first Chief Justice of Queensland, Australia from 1863-79

Ø  William James Byrne (1871-1951) 15th Grand Master UGLV  1939-1942 “Established one of Melbourne’s most respected law firms” Initiated Kent Lodge - 28 feb 1907

Ø  Justice Charles Stumm KC (1965?-1929) Queensland  Supreme Court Judge, Grand Master QLD 1922-1929

Ø  Charles Edward de Boos (1819-1900) journalist and police magistrate, mining warden and in 1881 presented with a gold medal 'as a mark of esteem' by Chinese miners in the Braidwood district

Ø  Justice Hayden Erskine Starke KCMG (1871 – 1958), High Court Judge Not to be confused with his son John Erskine Starke (1913 - 1994) – both Judges. H.E. Starke “Between 1903 (when the High Court was created) and 1920, he appeared before the court 211 times, more than any other justice of the court”

Ø  Oliver James Gillard Kt (1906-1984) Supreme Court Judge. 21st Grand Master UGLV 1965-1968 Initiated Eros Lodge 7 April 1934

Ø  Chief Justice Thomas Slaney Poole (1873-1927) Grand Master South Australia GL

Ø  Sir Leslie James Herron (1902-1973), Chief Justice,

Ø  Sir Wilfred Kelsham Fullagar (1892-1961), Judge

Ø  William John Fookes (?-1925) President Law Institute of Victoria 1902-03

Ø  Justice Arthur Piper(?-1936, 70 when he died), Judge Supreme Court South Australia, Grand Master South Australia Freemasons

Ø  Norman Thomas William Allan (1909-1977), Police Commissioner

Ø  Francis Erich (Frank) Bischof (1904-1979), Police Commissioner QLD (I guess we need to claim the bad with the good).

Ø  Clifford Henry Book KC (1895-1954) Judge  Crown Prosecutor 1926-1942. 16th Grand Master UGLV.  Initiated Melbourne University Lodge 11 Dec 1919

Ø  Athol James Kennedy (?-?) Corporate Lawyer, Magistrate. Initiated United Accountants Lodge 13 Dec 1927

Ø  Francis Robert Nelson (1906-1985) Supreme Court Judge

Ø  Justice Keith John Austin Asche AC QC (1928-) Senior Judge Family Court. President of RMIT & Chancellor Deakin University,  30th Grand Master UGLV 1984 – 1986 Fourteenth Administrator of the Northern Territory 1993-1997 (Initiated 30 Sept 1967 Lodge of Famonsel  OR Initiated Sir Samuel Walker Griffith Lodge 408QC  ?)

Ø  Hon. Mr Justice Howard E Zelling, CBE QC Grand Master South Australia 1972-1976

Ø  Hon. Mr Justice Samuel J Jacobs, AO QC Grand Master South Australia 1979-1982

Ø  Clive William Harris (1918-) County Court Judge, Chairman Workers Compensation Board. 24 Grand Master of UGLV. Initiated East Camberwell Lodge 19 Dec 1946

Ø  Frederick Charles Standish (1824-) District Grand Master Victoria(1861-?). Assistance Commissioner Goldfields (1854-?)  Chinese Protector  (1858-?), Chief Commissioner of Police for Victoria (1858-?)

Ø  Paul Heinrich Matthias Foelsche (1831-1914) Magistrate, Police Inspector, notable historic photographer

Ø  Robert Cleghorn MacKenzie, Goldfield Warden Victoria

Ø  Eustace Beardoe Grundy KC (1849-1938) Lawyer ,  Pro Grand Master South Australia, initiated Mt Gambier Lodge 1207 EC 1877


Famous Australian Freemasons; Architects

Ø  Francis Howard Greenway (1777-1837), colonial era architect

Ø  Robert Flack Richards (?-1938, 72 when he died), Hobart architect

Ø  Lange Leopold Powell (1886-1938), architect

Ø  Eric Hughes (1901-1964) President Royal Victorian Institute of Architects 20th Grand Master UGLV 1963-1964 Initiated Lodge Amity 22 Feb 1934

Ø  John Petrie (1822-1992), architect, politician, first Mayor of Brisbane, active member of the first Masonic lodge in Queensland.

Ø  Percy William Harrison (1864-1951) notable architect, President of WAIA from 1907-1909

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Talbot Hobbs KCB, KCMG, VD (1864-1938) ,  soldier,  notable architect,  involved in many community organizations such as Surf  Life-Saving, RSL, Boy Scouts and Rotary and Legacy

Ø  William Charles Vahland (1828 – 1915) City of Sandhurst councilor, Chairman and Managing director of the Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society  , Freemason and acclaimed architect , Bendigo’s Alexandra Fountain, Town Hall, Capital Theatre and the Anne Caudle Centre were all designed by Vahland who is credited with designing around 100 buildings and landmarks throughout the region

Ø  Thomas English MLC  (1819 -  1884). Gawler Mayor .  Colonial Architect


Famous Australian Freemasons; Artists

Ø  Henry William Mobsby (1860-1933), artist, photographer and motion picture pioneer. took the first moving picture footage in Queensland in 1898 using Lumiere cinematograph, Member of the Lodge, Indooroopilly, No.155, United Grand Lodge of Queensland

Ø  Carl Magnus Oscar Friström (1856-1918), artist,

Ø  Sir William Alexander Dargie , CBE (1912-2003) artist, portrait painter, holds the current record for the most Archibald Prizes won (eight). Official artist during WW2. Initiated June 1951 Lodge Arboreal No 641 UGLV, received a 50 year Jewel of Service in the Craft.

Famous Australian Freemasons; Medicine

Ø  George Bankin Bearham OBE (1899-) leading Melbourne surgeon, gynecologist and obstetrician. Past Grand MasterInitiated Clarke Lodge I June 1927

Ø  Walter Balls-Headley (1841{1842?}-1918), gynecologist, Grand Master Victoria in 1905-07 initiated Sir Isaac Newton Lodge 1161 14 June 1861

Ø  Col Dr Sir Weary Dunlop is listed under “Military Men”

Ø  Caleb Soul (1817-1894), druggist and chemist,

Famous Australian Freemasons; Aviation

Ø  Air Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935), aviator who was first to cross the Pacific from the US to Brisbane in about 1928. He was a MM of a Brisbane lodge, and, as a matter of interest, it is his MM apron which is perambulated in the memorial service each Anzac Day in the Brisbane Memorial Masonic Centre. Initiated at Gascoyne Lodge on 9 April 1925.

Ø  Lawrence Hargrave (1850-1915) aviation pioneer. Initiated at United Service Lodge of New South Wales No 937 English Const on 2 April 1877 

Famous (irregular) Female Australian Freemasons

Ø  Edith Cowan, first woman elected to Australian Parliament, women's activist, Member of St Cuthberts Lodge Perth Australia (Le Droit Humain) (Although an “irregular” Freemason – I think she is worth mentioning!)

Famous Australian Freemasons; Still more..

Ø  Adolphus Appleroth (1886-1952) wrote the famous jingle "I like aeroplane Jelly". Initiated at Lodge Vaucluse 15 March 1928.

Ø  Hugh Webster, once Prof of Physics at Uni Qld and for a time Australia's Science Rep to the United Nations. Hugh worked with Rutherford and actually 'split the atom' shortly before him, Rutherford got into print while Hugh cautiously checked and rechecked his results

Ø  John Hosking (1806-1882), first Mayor of Sydney initiated Lodge of Australia

Ø  Frederick Thomas Hickford (1862-1929) Politician, Mayor of Brunswick, President Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Chairman Tramways Trust 9th Grand Master UGLV

Ø  Sir Albert John Gould (1847-1936), lawyer and politician. Minister for justice under Sir Henry Parkes (1889-91) and (Sir) George Reid (1894-98).

Ø  Mei Quong Tart(1850–1903), philanthropist, first Chinese Initiate in Australia in 1885   was one of Sydney’s most famous philanthropists and well-loved personalities” initiated into the Lodge of Tranquility in 1885.

Ø  Sir Ernest Fisk (1886-1965) radio pioneer. Initiated into Freemasonry at St John Lodge No 579, UGLE on 28 April 1910

Ø  Alfred Carson (1859-1944), journalist and social worker

Ø  Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley George Savige (1890-1954) soldier and founder of Legacy

Ø  Sir John Quick (1852-?) Federationalist  and member Sandhurst for 9 years. Member first Parliament of Australia Initiated Lodge Judah 5 Nov 1879

Ø  Herbert Brayley Collett (1877-1947), librarian, soldier and politician

Ø  David Isaac Freedman (1874–1939) Politician & chaplain in the Australian Imperial Force, he served on Gallipoli, in Egypt and France throughout which he wrote to the family of every Jewish soldier he met. Two thousand mourners attended his burial in Karrakatta cemetery

Ø  Arthur Rudolph Bailey (1863-1938), pharmacist was a driving force behind the Pure Foods Act

Ø  G. E. Hudson (1862-1926, Chairman of Tariff Board, Chief Surveyor Victoria

Ø  Philip Blashki, born Favel Wagczewski (1837-1916) Silversmith. Initiated Lodge Judah circa 1865

Ø  A Blashki (?-1938) prominent business man, founded the Jewish Aid society , “Past Grand Master Victorian Grand Lodge”

Ø  Charles Carty Salmon (1860-1917), politician & Federationalist. Speaker of the House, 8th Grand Master UGLV Initiated Talbot Lodge 12 Dec 1852

Ø  Sir Robert Wilson Knox (1890-1973), businessman

Ø  Allan Robert Stanley Vickers OBE, MB, ChM (1901-1967), flying doctor

Ø  James Ernest Ogden (1868-1932), miner, unionist and politician

Ø  Frederick John Ludowici (1873-1969), businessman and conservationist

Ø  James Larra (1749-1839), Jewish emancipist and merchant” certainly the most prominent Jew in the earliest years of the colony”

Ø  John Paul Sennitt (1851-1922), Local Councilor South Melbourne City Council, JP engineer and ice-cream manufacturer Admiral Collingwood Lodge

Ø  Leslie George (Les) Cole (1892-1978), magician,

Ø  Sir Andrew Clarke (1824-1902), military engineer, politician and public servant. Surveyor-General.. Initiated Lodge Happiness

Ø  Ernest Henry Farrar (1879-1952), trade unionist and politician

Ø  James Squire Farnell (1825-1888), politician, drover, bushman, Provincial Grand Master of the Irish Constitution  First GM GL of NSW . Member Leinster Marine Lodge

Ø  T.S. Burston(?-1928, 71 when he died), three times Mayor of Toowoomba, Past Grand Master

Ø  John Tuthill Bagot (1819- 1870 ) MP , Solicitor-General (1857), Commissioner of Crown. Lands (1860/61). Provincial Grand Master Irish Constitution, member first Parliament of 1857

Ø  William Dixon Campbell Denovan (1829-1906), miner, reformer, politician and public servant

Ø  Sir James Anderson Murdoch (1867-1939), retail trader, politician and philanthropist

Ø  Sir William John Macleay (1820-1891), pastoralist, politician and patron of science

Ø  Sir George Eccles Kelso King (1853-1943) , businessman, initiated on 7 June 1878 in the Prince of Wales Lodge, Sydney, influential in establishing the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons , became Grand Mark Master Mason of New South Wales (1892-95).

Ø  Sir William Lawrence Baillieu (1859-1936), financier and politician. On the death of Prince Bailieu “he told his nephew that 'everything the Baillieu family has they owe to your Uncle Willie'; and one-fifth of his estate of almost £500,000 was left to the University of Melbourne Library 'in memory of William Lawrence Baillieu'.

Ø  Sir Clive Latham  Baillieu (1889–1967) , K.B. financier and politician,

Ø  Sir John (Jack) Frew (1912–1985) OBE. Medicine, Dr on Burma-Thailand Railway , teacher Melbourne University, “`one of the last giants in general medicine’

Ø  Francis Ormond (1829-1889) philanthropist, politician, grazier, founded RMIT (then known as Working Men’s College), Ormond Hall at the Victorian Institute of the Blind, Ormond College at Melbourne University are named after him.

Ø  George Edwin Emery CMG (1859-1937), 5th Grand Master UGLV (1907-1909) Commissioner of both Savings Bank  and Post Office Savings Bank, becoming General Manager when both merged, one of the founders of Rotary in Victoria Initiated Lodge if Australasia 20 Dec 1894

Ø  Sir John W Hackett KCMG (1848-1916),  politician, principal proprietor of the West Australian Newspaper Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Western Australia in 1901-03

Ø  Sir Joseph Abbot, Grand Master

Ø  Sir Manuel Hornibrook (1893-1970), eminent civic construction engineer, Prince Albert Lodge No 248 UGLQLD

Ø  Sir Henry Weedon (1859-1921) , philanthropist and politician, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor 1905-1908 Chair Tramways Trust Initiated Duke of Manchester Lodge 13 March 1885

Ø  Sir Henry Browne Hayes (1762-1832), convict , transported to New South Wales for kidnapping the Quaker, Mary Pike, heiress to a fortune of £20,000  Attempted in 1803 to found a Masonic Lodge for which he incurred the displeasure of Governor King. It is doubtful if Hayes had a warrant to establish a lodge, though he claimed he did, but his meeting on 14 May 1803 is regarded as the foundation day of Freemasonry in Australia. The very first St Patrick's day ceremony held in  New South Wales was on the 17th March 1810 at Sir Henry Browne Hayes's  Vaucluse home,

Ø  William Warren Kerr CMC CBE (1864-1949) 13th Grand Master UGLV 1932-1935. President of both Victorian and Australian Chamber of Commerce, President State Bank Victoria  founding council-member of Swinburne Technical College 1908, Mayor of Kew 1907.  Initiated Austral-Temple Lodge 11 Nov 1908

Ø  Alexander Corrie (1886 -1941) One of founders of Launceston Stock Exchange & first President and one of the founders of the Brisbane Stock Exchange, first QLD Grand Master

Ø  Richard Arnold Rowe (1890-1960) 18th Grand Master of UGLV 1947-1951. Chairman Melbourne Stock Exchange and also Associated Stock Exchangers of Australia. President RACV  Initiated Rechab Lodge 14 May 1917

Ø  John William Israel, Auditor General of Tasmania, first Auditor General of the Commonwealth

Ø  Edward Hargraves 1816–1891  – discoverer of gold in Australia

Ø  Sir William Brunton KCB (1867-1938) Lord Mayor Melbourne 1923-1926 Foundation Chairman of Freemasons Hospital. Initiated Victorian Naval and Military Lodge 1905

Ø  Phillip Cohen (1852-?) Chief Clerk Dept of Mines Victoria for 22 years. Initiated Duke of Sussex Oct 1878.

Ø  William Henry(?-1903), owned the “South Melbourne Citizen’s Newspaper”

Ø  Sir Thomas Hiley, QLD Treasurer, Prince Albert Lodge No 248 UGLQLD

Ø  Angell Ellis (1831–1916), foundation Editor “Victorian Craftsman”

Ø  Frank Ernest Pettifer (1873-1946) 17th Grand Master of UGLV 1945-1946 President Braille Writers Association Initiated Austral-Temple Lodge 8 Dec 1920

Ø  William Player Bice (1855-1933) 11th Grand Master UGLV 1926-1927. Initiated Earl of Carnarvon 26 Oct 1886 Of particular note for effectively banning public wearing of regalia and putting temples “off limits to the general community”. His name is on Gipps St Foundation Stone.

Ø  Charles Roger Darvall CBE Kt(1906-) State Electricity Commissioner  22 Grand Master UGLV 1968-1970. Initiated Wimmera Lodge 20 Oct 1944

Ø  Sydney Lance Townsend Kt. (1912-1983) Dean of Medicine Melbourne University. 23rd Grand Master UGLV 1970-1972 Initiated 24 Sept 1948 Philatelic Lodge

Ø  James W Jackobs, Secretary of the Royal Freemasons Homes 1947-1967

Ø  Christopher Robert Barnes James (1899-) 26th Grand Master UGLV Initiated 7 Feb 1945 into City of Kew Lodge

Ø  Francis Arthur Macarthur-Onslow (1879-1938), three times mayor of Camden, Queen's medal with five clasps.

Ø  Reginald Edward Gregory MBE(1911 -) honorary Secretary Girl Guide Association, 27th Grand Master UGLV 1978-1980

Ø  Neville Leonard Colbran AM (1928-2007) President Law Institute of Victoria 28th Grand Master UGLV 1980-1982 initiated Lodge of Precision 17 Dec 1949

Ø  Henry John Nathan (1927-) 29th Grand Master UGLV 1982-1984 Initiated Lodge Fraternal 1948

Ø  John William Connell OA (1913-) 31st Grand Master UGLV 1986-1989 Initiated 27 Sept 1946 Francis Ormond Lodge

Ø  George Brunswick Smythe, Magistrate, first Master of a Lodge in Victoria, Australia Felix 1839

Ø  John Stephenson, “Father of Freemasonry.. (in Victoria), Assistant Editor ‘Port Philip Gazette”

Ø  Henry Melville (1799-1873), journalist, publisher and author

Ø  William Herbert Green OBE (1878-1968) businessman, philanthropist, politician Mayor of Townsville,  Foundation District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of North Queensland

Ø  David Davies(1862-?), politician, owner “South Wales Daily Post”

Ø  William Edwin Black, ( ? - 1884) assisted Colon Light layout Adelaide Streets . “To him (Black) belongs the distinction of being the father of the first white boy born in South Australia.”

Ø  Finch, Prof George Ingle, MBE, DSc, (1888-1970), chemist and mountaineer, Fellow of the Royal Society Initiated, aged 40 Hampstead L. No. 2408 EC

Ø  Frederick Thomas Wimble (1846-1936) , politician, ink-maker, type-founder and printers’ furnisher, founding editor Cairns Post, Lodge Austral, No. 194, United Grand Lodge of New South Wimble Street Brinsmead Cairns is named after him

Ø  Ray Campbell, National Commodore of the Australian Volunteer Coastguard, initiated Lodge of Confidence in 1977

Ø  Reginald John Burchell (1913-1922) MC, politician

Ø  Anthony Raymond 'Tony' Lauer, APM, JP (1935- )  was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 1991 until 1996.

Ø  Bruce Skeggs OAM, KSJ (1932 -2013)  Journalist, trotting commentator, publisher, mayor, state MP  

Ø  Francis (Frank) Clune OBE (1893-1971), author

Ø  Henry Condell (1797 - 1871) First mayor of Melbourne.

Ø  Harold Coates OBE (1917-2002) NSW politician Grand Master NSW

Ø  Maurice Herman Kellerman OBE (1902-2000) NSW Board of Jewish Education Initiated Lodge Apsley

Ø  Robert Dunbar  Scott, Surveyor (? – 7 March 1898 Laid out the township of Camperdown

Ø  Gordon Lewis, Radio

Ø  Charles Richmond John Glover (1870-1936) director or governor of several organizations including Municipal Tramways Trust, Bank of Adelaide, Adelaide Children’s Hospital,, National Parks Board and St John's Ambulance Association. Elected Mayor of Adelaide (the first to be called Lord Mayor) in 1917,

Ø  Mr. John Daniels, (1818 - 1887). Colonist; sergeant in a regiment in charge of convicts at Norfolk Island; a prominent Freemason

Ø  W Oldham (1811- 1883) , Magistrate,  founder of Kapunda , “Protector of Aborigines, and in that capacity compiled a grammar of the Adelaide aboriginal tongue.” , Organized the  military volunteer Mines Rifle Company,

Ø  Charles William Ferdinand, (generally recorded as “C.W.F.” ) Trapmann, (1838-1885) brewer, Mayor of Hindmarsh,  Major in V.M.F. 

Ø  William Lawes Ware (1847 – 1921(?) ) , Auditor for the City of Adelaide 1878 -1885(?)

Ø  William Fiveash (? – 1892),  connected with J. E. Seppelt (father of B. Seppelt), of Seppeltsfield, and through that connection was instrumental in building up one of the largest wine businesses in the Australias. Founder of Irish Const in Colony and central in construction of Alfred Masonic Hall Waymouth-street, Chairman of their Trustees for the same

Ø  James Elliott ( - 1883) J.P., co-founder, editor and part proprietor of the Kapunda Herald.  Chairman of the Hospital Board, Vice-President of the Institute, member of the School Board of Advice, the Horticultural Society, and Dutton Park Committees, and Director of the Marble and Building Company, all of Kapunda. founder of Dutton Park and the Kapunda Hospital;

Ø  James Scandrett ( - 1903) co-founder Kapunda Herald 

Ø  Henry Edward Downer (1836–1905), member of parliament and attorney general deputy district grandmaster under the English constitution ,


Suggested names needing further  research .


Ø  Bro. R.S. Brittain, is Manager in London of the Bank of New South Wales.

Ø  Dr William Hull  Lewis (1806-1875) Doctor and magistrate in Gawler

Ø  Alexander Hamilton sea lord. He commanded the Australian navy from 1918-20.

Ø  Mr. F. F. Turner. R.M, Attorney general

Ø  Graham “Polly” Farmer MBE (1935-, footballer

Ø  Rev. F Poole, M.A.

Ø  Rev. Frederic Slaney Poole, 

Ø  Sir William Anglise, food industry (Check issue 122 Vic freemason)

Ø  George Avery, Olympics

Ø  Harry Beitzel, football

Ø  W.Bro. Major-General Ian Hay Beith, C.B.E., M.C., P.G.D., the famous novelist and playwright, more popularly known under his pen-name of Ian Hay

Ø  Major General J K Forsyth (1867-1928) commander Fourth Light Horse Regiment

Ø  Arthur Wade (? – 2015)– MP for Newcastle from 1968 to 1988

Ø  Bob Skilton football

Ø  George Syme KBE (1873-1942) Managing Editor of "The Age" and "The Leader" newspapers from 1908 until 1942 Membership in question.

Ø  Maj Robert Torrens, ,(1780–1864), political economist, Member Royal Society, first Premier of South Australia and later [1872] Sir Robert Torrens, Initiated, 24 Nov 1824, then of Woolwich, L. of Antiquity No. 2, London.

Ø  Sir Robert Richard Torrens, GCMG (31 May 1814 – 31 August 1884), land titles law reformer was the third Premier of South Australia and a pioneer and author of simplified system of transferring land. author of the Real Property Act 1857 (‘the Torrens Act’),

Ø  Alan Davidson , cricket

Ø  James Page, originator of the Volunteer Movement when war with Russia Declared 1854

Ø  Capt. James Croker Ferguson, J.P., “ONE of the most expert riflemen in the colony”


Suggested names needing further evidence, without further evidence currently being found.

Ø  George Furphy. Industry

Ø  Sir Eric Pearce (1905-1997), broadcaster, entertainer

Ø  Edward Henty 1810–1878 , pioneer farmer

Ø  Sir Henry Gullett (1878-1940), farmer, journalist, historian and Cabinet Minister politician

Ø  Air Vice Marshal Sir George Jones (1896 –1992)  KBECBDFC  RAAF 

Ø  Sid Patterson 1927- 1999) cycling

Ø  Charles Heath (1867-1948 ?), Prominent local architect,  designed the red brick lodge in Davies Street, Brunswick, which was built by fellow mason W.H. Cooper in 1923  May have designed Cobury soldier's memorial and Town Hall.

Ø  Jack Iverson (1915 – 1973)  cricket

Ø  Sir Ian Clunies Ross (1899 – 1959)- science. His Image was on the $50 Australian Bank Note, 1973 until 1992

Ø  Jack Thompson jockey

Ø  Tommy Woodcock horseracing

Ø  Bob Haynes commentator

Ø  Walter Burley Griffin

Ø  Sir Kenneth Luke football administration

Ø  Dick French, cricket umpire

Ø  Sir Charles Brunton Lord Mayor

Ø  Sir Bruce Small (1895–1980)  cycling, mayor of the City of the Gold Coast

Ø  Glyn de Villiers Bosisto MBE (1899-1990). Lawn Bowls, “created so many records that he was dubbed the (Sir Donald) `Bradman of bowls’

Ø  Lionel Rose Former multiple world boxing champion

Ø  Bobby Simpson cricket

Ø  Alan McGilvray AM MBE (1909 –1996) cricket

Ø  Ian Craig, Captained Australian Cricket team)

Ø  William (Billy) Lloyd Murdoch (1854 –1911), cricket , Australian Second Test Captain in 1882  

Ø  Mr. J. W. Tolmie, Gippsland Pioneer

Ø  Victor Trumper  (1877- 1915) , cricket

Ø  James Hardie, businessman  founder Hardie Industries

Ø  Tibby Cotter (1883–1917)  cricket

Ø  Neville Wran

Ø  Les Slee axeman

Ø  Lou Richards, football

Ø  Brighton Diggins FOOTBALL

Ø  Bob Pratt (1912-2001), FOOTBALL

Ø  Sid Sewell

Ø  Dick Reynolds (1915-2002) Essendon Football Club

Ø  Howard Okey  (12 February 1906 - 3 March 1985

Ø  Ron Barassi

Ø  Sir Howard Florey, medicine  (1898 –1968) was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Sir Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for his role in the making of penicillin.

Ø  Colonel Lawrence (Laurie) James Newell AM CStJ QPM ED, (1920-2011), Deputy Police Commissioner,, soldier, Chair CFA (VIC) 1978-?, Community Leader. commanded the search for Prime Minister Harold Holt

Ø  Leslie Arthur Logan politician

Ø  Neil Roberts football

Ø  Jack Patten, boxer claimed as first Australian Aboriginal Freemason



Sometimes Claimed, Unlikely to be Freemasons

Ø  A.B. “Banjo” Patterson

Ø  Henry Lawson, Australian poet Looks like “Knights of Labor secret society” – but not sure if he was a Freemason

Ø  James Cook (1728-1779) English explorer (Editors note – UGLE has never been able to substantiate his membership nor has any other Grand Lodge.)





The Sources of this list are many including;


Web Sites of Note


United Grand Lodge Victoria's Web Site


National Archives’ of Australia

National Library of Australia, Trove, Digitised Newspapers and more

Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library



Useful books heavily used


It's No Secret, Real Men Wear Aprons,
Edited Peter Lazar,
Published by Masonic Care Ltd Australia 2009
ISBN 978-0-646-52446-7


A Century of Union
By PT Thornton,
published by United Grand Lodge Victoria 1989
ISBN 0 7316 5791 8


The History of Freemasonry in Victoria
by P.T. Thorton.
Published by United Grand Lodge of Ancient and Free Accepted Masons Victoria 1978
ISBN 0 9596128 0 7


Notable South Australians: or, Colonist - Past and Present .

By George E Loyau,

Carey, Page and Co, Printers, Waymouth Street Adelaide 1885

as found at  on Friday, January 09, 2015



Articles acknowledged with special thanks


"Vice Regal Grand Masters - Who and Why?" by Kent Henderson. Retrieved 4 April 2012 via


A Note on punctuation and some.. other stuff.

Firstly, apologies for removing as many full stops from the list as possible, hence C.B.E  becomes CBE, with footnotes and such, they were removed to the list more readable


Also, “masonic ranks” have generally not been added with the exception of Grand Masters, and even then, appellations have been omitted, again to make the list more readable.



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