Learn­ing the truth of Ma­sons

Cu­rios­ity led to fra­ter­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

IT WAS Bill Turner’s mem­ber­ship with the Freema­sons that made it eas­ier for him to in­te­grate into life in a new com­mu­nity when he moved to Gayn­dah eight years ago.

“It’s a com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause that’s where our mem­bers come from,” Mr Turner said.

“And with a town like Gayn­dah, you have com­mu­nity-minded peo­ple all over the place in­volved in different things. You find some who are in­volved in two or three or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Gayn­dah has its own Ma­sonic Lodge, which meant Mr Turner al­ready had a com­mon link with a por­tion of the new com­mu­nity he’d de­cided to call home.

“The term lodge doesn’t ac­tu­ally re­fer to the build­ing that meet­ings are held, in­stead it means the group of Freema­sons them­selves,” he ex­plained.

The Freema­sons are in­volved with a num­ber of char­ity and fundrais­ing projects, most re­cently do­nat­ing five new cool­ers to the Gayn­dah Scout Group.

“One of the main pil­lars of Freema­sonry is char­ity, the other two be­ing faith and hope,” Mr Turner said.

Mr Turner said he wanted to high­light the char­ity and com­mu­nity work the Freema­sons did, cit­ing the of­ten mis­in­ter­preted mean­ing of the fra­ter­nity.

“The more you put in, the more you get out,” Mr Turner said.

That credo ap­plies to both the fra­ter­nity and its work within the com­mu­nity, which Mr Turner said gave him a sense of ful­fil­ment.

Mr Turner is a teacher by trade and through that ca­reer path he spent many years do­ing pri­vate study of his own, which led him down the path to Freema­sonry.

“One of my pri­vate stud­ies is re­li­gion and reli­gious his­tory,” Mr Turner said.

“And wher­ever I went in my study I kept hit­ting a brick wall, as in I couldn’t go any fur­ther with that re­search be­cause it was stuff re­lated to Freema­sonry.

“It hap­pened a cou­ple of times and it got me frus­trated, so I spoke to a friend of mine who I knew was a Ma­son and it all sort of flowed from there.”

While Freema­sonry is known as a fra­ter­nity, Mr Turner said each mem­ber em­barked on their own in­di­vid­ual jour­ney within that fra­ter­nity.

“Ma­sonry is there as an or­gan­i­sa­tion of self­de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“You do things and gain things by your­self. In other words, you go and read books to get knowl­edge, you’re not shar­ing it with any­one else re­ally.”

Mr Turner said mem­bers gen­er­ally joined the Freema­sons with the same goal in mind as many other com­mu­nity groups.

“Peo­ple get in­volved for their own in­ter­ests but also to keep the clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions go­ing in the com­mu­nity.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

COM­MU­NITY-MINDED: Be­ing a Freema­son helped Bill Turner set­tle into Gayn­dah.

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