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USGCNSW » History

History

Royal Arch Freemasonry in NSW originated from Irish, English and Scottish Freemasonry, each of which established separate Orders during the 1800s.

From the 1880s, ten attempts were made to unify the various Royal Arch Orders without success.

It was not until 1980 – and the eleventh attempt – that unification was achieved with the Consecration and Dedication of the United Supreme Grand Chapter (USGC).

This united:

  • Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New South Wales (Constituted 1889)
  • District Grand Scottish Royal Arch Chapter of New South Wales (Constituted 1863)
  • Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of New South Wales (Constituted 1889)
  • Grand Council for Royal and Select Masters of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (Constituted 1972)

The Consecrating First Grand Principal was the Rt.Hon. The Earl of ELGIN and KINCARDINE, KT, LL.D, JP, DL, MA the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland. The Installing First Grand Principal was M.Em.Comp. George Alexander SHEA, OBE, the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Western Australia.

Contact us today to learn more about the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of NSW and the ACT.

 
 
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