September 2014 – Freemasons New Zealand

September 2014

NEW BOOKS From September 2014 ONWARDS


FREEMASONRY DECODED by Kevin Gest

Does freemasonry have secrets? – Yes it does!
Secrets and mysteries veiled in allegory – an ancient code – a means of cunning deception that hides one thing behind something else.
In Masonry things are not always what they appear to be!
The key to understanding the secrets of Freemasonry lies in a mysterious ritual known as the Royal Arch, believed to have existed for 300 years – at least.
Masonic regalia, plain and decorative, contain allegories that reveal the works of ancient philosophers, or record momentous events in British history.
Decoding the allegory of the Royal Arch Legend reveals the story of a momentous discovery in an ancient monastery at the heart of Europe in the 15th century, a revelation that changed the world. Images displayed in the Chapter room allegorically link to the historic Irish manuscript known as The Book of Kells, and furnishings that reveal the solving of an age-old problem by Sir Isaac Newton.
• Why has the prestigious role of the Master of the Lodge been virtually side-lined? It is not a degree or part of a degree.
• Who were the two men, their memory overshadowed by others of title and ancestral position, that 200 years ago had a significant influence on modern Freemasonry?
• Why does the apprentice apron have its unusual shape?
After 20 years of research and problem solving, the internationally acclaimed author, Kevin L. Gest, in this his fourth ground breaking book, reveals how Freemasonry and the shape of its ceremonies developed against the backdrop of religious conflict; the influence of dynastic families of great power and wealth and wars and revolution in Europe and America


A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DISTRCT GRAND LODGE OF CARPENTARIA by Right Worshipful Brother Lyndon Brandt

This book tells the story of the history of the District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria (Northern Queensland) from its inception 1924 to the present day. It also describes freemasonry in the area prior to the formation of the District Grand Lodge. The book is well illustrated with Photographs.


DISTRICT GRAND MASTERS OF THE DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF CARPENTARIA 1924 – 2014 by Right Worshipful Brother Lyndon Brandt

This book gives the biographies and photographs of all the men who have occupied the Position of Right Worshipful Brother District Grand Master in the District Grand lodge of Carpentaria (Northern Queensland) from 1924 until today


PROCEEDINGS OF THE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND MASONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL AT CAIRNS 2014 edited by Tony Pope

This volume contains the Kellerman Lectures presented as follows
“The District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria, the Formative Years” by Lyndon Brandt
“An Investigation into the First Three Degrees of New Zealand Craft Masonry “by George Allan
“A short History of Esoteric Societies in New Zealand” by Phil Ivamy
“Origin of the Craft Ritual in New South Wales” by Ian Shanley
“Before Freemasonry” by Rex Hesline
“Re-thinking the Origins of Modern Freemasonry” by Murray Treseder
“Looking through a Glass Onion” – Freemasonry in the Digital Age by Daniel Ganon


ARS QUATUOR CORONATORUM – The Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 Volume 126 (2013)



ARS QUATUOR CORONATORUM – The Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 Volume 127 (2014)



LODGE UNITED WAIUKU No 90 1983 – 2011 by Reginald J. Watt

A history of Freemasonry in the Waiuku area and Lodges Waiuku No 90, Lodge Pierce No 480 and Lodge United Waiuku No 90.


THE WINDING STAIRCASE – A VISUAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM OF THE CRAFT AND THE ROYAL ARCH DEGREES by Wuw Prichard

Freemasonry is one of the World’s oldest secular associations with its modern origins dating to the remnants of the medieval stonemasons’ guilds in the late seventeenth century. Today it is a major contributor to charities and promotes high levels of moral conduct and integrity in its members, who number about a quarter of a million in England and Wales. In the past, over-zealous notions of privacy created an impression of secrecy and mystery which led to misplaced accusations of corruption and improper behaviour by its members; the resulting and very welcome, official policy of openness and transparency has led to a wider understanding of its aims and ideals. One of the most important aspects of Freemasonry is to provide its members with tools to enable them to embark on a voyage of self-discovery and self-improvement, ultimately enabling them to gain a better understanding of their spirituality.
This book looks at some of the images and objects used in Masonic ritual to illuminate the Freemason’s journey of self-discovery and examines how Freemasonry’s use of symbolism and allegory can provide the Freemason with tools to assist him in both facing the challenges of his everyday life and in exploring his spirituality. By looking at the development of these symbols and ritual objects and by the examination of contemporary images it also sheds light on the evolution of English Freemasonry itself.


THE GRAND PRIORY OF NEW ZEALAND – HISTORY – CONSECRATION AND ADDRESS BY FIRST GRAND MASTER

A booklet outlining the History of the Grand Priory of New Zealand Movement (from 11869) including a copy of the Consecration and Dedication Ceremony of the Grand Priory of New Zealand on 3rd July 1971 including an address by the First Grand Master