What is Freemasonry?

Q. What is Freemasonry?

A. Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest caring societies. It's a unique society concerned with moral and spiritual values; it seeks to make good men better; it teaches morality through symbolism; and uses ancient ceremonies to instruct its members.

Q. Who are the Freemasons?

A. They are ordinary people in the community who care about the welfare of others.

Q. Are Freemasons a secret society?

A. No. Until recently, our policy was rather to be discreet about ourselves; our community works and even our membership. However, times have changed and so have we. Today, Freemasons will often talk freely about their activities and their membership. Lodge rooms are often opened to visitors and enquiries about Masons and their valuable community work are always welcomed.

Q. Why do you have secrets at all?

A. The 'secrets' of Freemasonry are the traditional modes of recognition, just like pin numbers and computer passwords and today are widely known through many books freely available.

Q. Is it a religion?

A. No. Freemasonry does not instruct its members in what their religious beliefs should be, nor is it a substitute for religion.

Q. What do you believe in?

A. Freemasons have a common belief in a Supreme Being, believe in high moral standards and believe in honesty in everyday life.

Q. What do you wear?

A. Just like your local club, Freemasons have a dress code at their meetings.

Q. Why do you wear an apron?

A. It is a traditional and ceremonial form of recognition within the membership.

Q. Where do you meet?

A. Upwards of five million Freemasons meet worldwide in buildings known as lodges. The word 'lodge' has been traditional name for a meeting place since the Middle Ages. Most Masonic lodges can be found in prominent locations in the community.

Q. What do you do as meetings?

A. The same as the business meeting of any other organization. Instruction is given in the form of ancient ceremonies that teach the value of high moral standards. Social gatherings promote fellowship.

Q. I have heard that some of your ceremonies are embarrassing.

A. No. The ceremonies are not embarrassing to members. In fact, they are memorable experiences that members treasure and respect.

Q. I am told that if I am a Freemason, it will be an advantage in my job. Is that true?

A. No. Masons are under a strict obligation not to use their connections to obtain any personal advantage, but of course, being known as a Freemason means that you will be recognized as a person of integrity who can be relied upon.

Q. Why do some people criticize Freemasonry?

A. Because of the lack of knowledge. If you have any questions, just ask; because, today, Freemasons will talk openly about their beliefs.

Q. How must does it cost?

A. Certain fees are expected from members. However, the fees are structured so as not to exclude any member of society.

Q. How old is Freemasonry?

A. It dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Its present form began in the 18th century in Britain and came to Australia in 1803. There are many books available to the general public on the subject of Freemasonry.

Q. How much time do I need?

A. Initially two nights a month. As you progress, further time may be needed but this is optional.

Q. Why can't women join?

A. There is a place for women in Freemasonry. Traditionally, Freemasonry has been just for men. However, within the Masonic family there are various individual orders that cater for all members of the family.

Q. Are you like Rotary or Lions?

A. In some respects it is similar, such as in our charitable works, but Masonry can be distinguished from service organizations by its emphasis on the traditional manner in which it passes on its ancient beliefs.