1935: Memorandum of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS and Articles of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS 1935 00206B9B9BA8160208064107.pdf

Post date: Feb 29, 2016 11:25:52 AM

I now have

Memorandum of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS and Articles of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS 1935

Thanks to a contact at the Smith Family for supplying this document.

This document is dated 24 April 1935 with the above two titles within a single document, sequentially numbered pages 3 to 21.

This means I am missing pages 1 and 2, although page 3 does start with the title Memorandum of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS. Pages 18 & 19 are also missing, their content unknown, with the last clause on page 17 being 62 (g) which seems to continue on the next page, and page 20 starting with clause 79. Hence I am missing the balance of clause 62 and clauses 63-78.

The Memorandum of Association runs pages 3-7 and appears complete. I will refer to that as the Memorandum.

Articles of Association runs pages 8- 21, pages 18 & 19 missing. I will refer to that as the Articles.

Each of the two documents above carry signature and witness pages which are almost identical with a single variation with an address, only "Sydney" being omitted. They do not carry any signatures and at this point I cannot confirm if the document was adopted nor lodged with the relevant authorities.

The Memorandum of Association signature page is on page number 7 .

Articles of Association signature page is on the page numbered 21 (the last page).

As it is kept on file by the Smith Family, let's assume the document was executed.

The Articles are essentially procedural but on the second page (page 9 of the two documents) clause 6 does record the "MORAL OBLIGATIONS OF A MEMBER" immediately following clause 5 which offer operational and legal definitions.

Clause 6 of the Articles has three sub-clauses which read;

Articles

6 (a) To devote at lease one whole day or its equivalent in 365 to the other fellow.

(b) When engages in the official work of The Family at no time to reveal his true identity

(c) To personally do all in his power to live up to the principles of The Family in his daily walks of life.

Clause 6 (b) is consistent with other documents but makes research hard. That said, because these are executable legal documents, they both record names and addresses. These names are identical in both the Memorandum and Articles. These names are;

Hence only one of the seven above is known to be a Freemason.

R E Orchard appears in newspaper sources and a Smith and Freemason from 1926. That's noted here from newspaper sources.

3. S E Chatterton, Market Street, Sydney, Merchant

A Stanley Chatterton was one of 5 founders of Woolworths on 2 December 1924. "Percy Christmas and Stanley Chatterton had opened a first-floor Frock Salon in the Queen Victoria

Markets (now the Queen Victoria Building) at the corner of Market and George Streets, Sydney..... By 1924 it was obvious that the premises of S.E. Chatterton were too small and another branch seemed the solution. Chatterton and Christmas were offered portion of the basement of Imperial Arcade currently occupied by the newspaper, ‘Smith’s Weekly’ and a billiard saloon". Source of this is here

There is no evidence that Stanley Chatterton was a Freemason.

4. Ernest Albert Laurence, No 6 Wynyard Street, Sydney, Solicitor

Charles Albert Laurence and Ernest Albert Laurence operated the business of Laurence and Laurence. Source here.

There is no evidence that Ernest Albert Laurence was a Freemason.

5. Harry Brisbane Jamieson, 115 Pitt Street, Sydney, Chartered Accountant (Aust.)

Ald. Harry Brisbane JAMIESON,Prospect and Sherwood Municipal Council (Holroyd)

and his ward was Guildford 1895-1901. Found that here.

JAMIESON. —November 22, 1932, at a private hospital, suddenly, Ella Lillian, eldest daughter of Mrs. H. B. Jamieson, of Hunter's Hill, aged 35.

1932 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 November, p. 12, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28029720

Mr. H. B. Jamieson~ chairman of directors of Monier Industries Limited From Estimates,1937-1938. Found here

There is no evidence that Harry Brisbane Jamieson was a Freemason

6. D McNeill, 142a Brook Street, Coogee, Staff Manager

At that address, there are "three-storey Art Deco flats, late 1930s" Source here

I cannot identify this man from this information, hence there is no evidence that D McNeill was a Freemason.

7. Raymond John Sands, 17 O'Connell Street, Sydney, Chartered Accountant (Aust.)

Messrs R J SANDS and JUNIOR selling Shop fittings in;

1934 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 May, p. 1, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17071631

1st WAVERTON, S.C.E.G.S., BOY SCOUTS. President : R. J. Sands, Esq. "THE TORCH-BEARER" THE MAGAZINE OF THE SYDNEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND GRAMMAR SCHOOL No. 2. SEPTEMBER 1, 1935. Vol. XXXIX. Pages 119

There is no evidence that Raymond John Sands was a Freemason.

Let us examine these names

Names, Addresses and Descriptions of Subscribers

1. Laurence H Hughes, 193 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Physician

I suspect the above is Laurence Hugh Hughes MB ChM Syd (1912) MD Syd (1921) FRACP (1938) (Foundation) who lived (1980-1973). There are details on the roll of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians here and interestingly "He had a special interest in rheumatic fever and was instrumental with Dr RAR Green in establishing the Smith Family Home". There is no mention of Freemasonry in that biography.

A "LH Hughes" attends several funerals of Freemasons, but never in the masonic party and always listed under "other mourners"

There is no evidence that Laurence H Hughes was a Freemason.

2. (A Freemason) R E Orchard, 101 Yarranabee Road, Darling Point

Names, Addresses and Descriptions of Subscribers

Laurence H Hughes

193 Macqaurie Street

Sydney

Physician

R E Orchard

101 Yarranabee Road

Darling Point

S E Chatterton

Market Street

Sydney

Merchant

Ernest Albert Laurence

No 6 Wynyard Street

Sydney

Solicitor

Harry Brisbane Jamieson

115 Pitt Street

Sydney

Chartered Accountant (Aust.)

D McNeill

142a Brook Street

Coogee

Staff Manager

Raymond John Sands

17 O'Connell Street

Sydney

Chartered Accountant (Aust.)

Witness to Signatures

A. Coyne

193 Macquarie Street

Sydney

H. J Hiller

81 Pitt Street

Sydney

H. J Hiller

81 Pitt Street

Sydney

J Bruce Ferguson

1 Veret Street

Hunter's Hill

A K Paterson

115 Pitt Street

Sydney

R W Bindolf

24 Huntley's Point Road

Huntley's Point

J Glasson

Carabella Street

Kirribilli

Sydney

Let us examine these names

Witness to Signatures

1A) A. Coyne, 193 Macquarie Street, Sydney

I cannot identify this man from this information, hence there is no evidence that A Coyne was a Freemason.

2A & 3A) (A Freemason) H. J Hiller, 81 Pitt Street, Sydney

Hiller is interesting, being a witness to two signatures. Unfortunately he was not one of the subscribers, but witnesses two signatures, showing he was willing to travel to execute the document... and yes, he appears to have been a Freemason.

Ah-HA ! H J Hiller was recorded as a Masonic Representative at a funeral noted here on our web site I think that is quite significant but unfortunately we can only match the initials and not the full name... 1931 'MR. A. W. FLEMING.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 March, p. 13, viewed 9 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16763263 I've noted this article before. Not only is he a Freemason - but look at the address which is the same as The Smith Family.

4A) J Bruce Ferguson, 1 Veret Street, Hunter's Hill

This is proving a difficult name to research....

In the Will of HERBERT CARRINGTON STREET late of Balgowlah retired postal inspector, seeking probate to Isabella Jane Street, the Executrix. J Bruce Ferguson is the Proctor for the Executrix, 11c Castlereagh street Sydney

1953 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 13 November, p. 16, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27522574

In the will of ALFRED NAPOLEON GILBERT, Retired Salesman, Mary Oxley Gilbert the Executrix, a J Bruce Ferguson is the Proctor, Hosking House, Hosking Place Sydney

1947 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 13 January, p. 11, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18017243

In the Estate of ELIZABETH MARY, married woman, Married Woman, deceased interstate, administration of the estate to be granted to John Joseph Leahy the widower of the said deceased, a J Bruce Ferguson is the Proctor

1948 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 April, p. 6, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29762561

IN the Will of PHILLIP HENRY RUTLIDGE late of Artarmon NSW, probate of a will dated 30th June 1937, may be granted to Margery Rutlidge, the Executrix. A J Bruce Ferguson is the Proctor, Hosking House, Hosking Place Sydney.

1950 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 24 August, p. 15, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18181932

There is a JB Ferguson of Melbourne.

There is more than one JB Ferguson of NSW. Here and here and here and

There is a Dr J B Ferguson mentioned in the below

1930 'TUBERCULOSIS BUREAU.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 21 May, p. 7, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4088591

A Boolean search of Trove give 2,909 results for "JB Ferguson"

There are simply too many JB Fergusons to use the initials.

J. Bruce Ferguson, Solicitor, of 84 Pitt Street,

1954 'Advertising.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 30 October, p. 14, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50622813

Pitt Street is interesting... being the official address of the Smiths some 20 years prior

J. BRUCE FERGUSON, Solicitor, 11c Castlereagh Street, Sydney

1953 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 9 July, p. 11, viewed 10 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18382408

There is also a man in America "J. Bruce Ferguson" circa 1907

5A) A K Paterson, 115 Pitt Street,Sydney

The 1923 Sands Directory has several businesses listed at the above address but I can find scant detail on the man above, hence

There is no evidence that A K Paterson, was a Freemason

6A) R W Bindolf, 24 Huntley's Point Road, Huntley's Point

I cannot identify this man from this information.

7A) J Glasson, Carabella Street, Kirribilli, Sydney

I cannot identify this man from this information.

Hence only one of the six witnesses was a Freemason

Of the 13 names on the document of 1935, currently only two can be identified as Freemasons, but at least six of those names are yet to be identified.

115 Pitt Street is used as an address twice, as is 193 Macquarie Street, these being for Subscribers and their Witnesses, probably being business addresses and I would say insignificant at this time.

If anyone has information on the above names, especially the unidentified ones, please contact the web master.

A copy of the document is attached for those wishing to access and read 1935: Memorandum of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS and Articles of Association of THE SMITH FAMILY JOYSPREADERS 1935