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  • Outside the Freemasons Lodge Russell

    An Antipodean Adventure

    Freemasonry on the other side of the World

    Peter Beck, a member of St Oswald’s Lodge No 5170 and a volunteer at the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry has recently returned from an extended holiday in New Zealand and Australia, with his wife Janet. During his time away, Peter was able to extend his Masonic research, sometimes by accident, as his journey progressed. Peter has kindly provided a summary of his discoveries and reflections, as detailed below.

    They arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of February with intentions after staying with relatives in Wellsford on the North Island, to do some travelling and take in a short visit to Australia.

    Having driven north to Paihia, they took the ferry crossing to the old capital of New Zealand, Russell. This part of New Zealand is called the Bay of Islands and is quite spectacular with its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking views and of course is where the infamous Treaty of Waitangi between the British Government and the Maori tribes was signed.

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    We are fortunate that in Warrington Masonic Hall we have a set of Master and Wardens throne chairs for each of the three temples, the chair styles span 3 centuries.