Deposit Z87 - Friendly Societies deposit

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Friendly Societies deposit


  • 1846 - 1983 (Creation)

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94 boxes

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(c. 1844 - 2005)

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The Grand United Order of Oddfellows (GUOOF), which was originally established in England in the late 1700s, began in Australia around 1844. The first Sydney lodge—Travellers' Home No 731—was operating in 1845 and by 1848 there were three additional lodges. In 1854, the Port Phillip District of Grand United separated from the New South Wales branch to establish Grand United in Victoria. In 1877, the Queensland lodges also separated and established their own management committee. Eventually the Queensland and NSW branches merged to form Grand United Friendly Society (NSW), and in 1986, Grand United (Vic) merged with Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows (Vic). In March 2005, the Grand United Friendly Society (NSW) merged with Australian Unity.

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(1840 - 1993)

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Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows (MUIOOF) had its origins in Manchester, England. It was established in Melbourne on 7 December 1840 when Augustus Greeves, a member of the MUIOOF in England, migrated to Australia and formed the first lodge, Australia Felix Lodge, with journalist Thomas Strode. By the late nineteenth century, Manchester Unity had an extensive network of lodges in metropolitan and country Victoria. The Society was governed by its Annual Moveable Conference (AMC) which, as its name implies, was held in a different Victorian country centre each year. Lodges sent delegates to the AMC, where they voted on policies and rules, and elected the new Board of Directors for the coming year. In 1993 Manchester Unity (Victoria) merged with the Australian Natives Association to form Australian Unity Friendly Society Limited, now known as Australian Unity Limited.

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(c. 1862 -)

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The United Ancient Order of Druids (UAOD) was founded in Victoria around 1862. By 1867 the Society had 11 Lodges in Victoria. The Order of Druids was originally a male society until a Juvenile Lodge was opened in Prahran in 1886 by the Loyal Canterbury Lodge. Other lodges were formed in South Melbourne, Footscray, and others in New Zealand. The first female Lodge was established in Launceston, Tasmania in October 1899. The Victorian Grand Lodge held the title of Grand Lodge of Australia and was responsible for the establishment of Druid’s House in Melbourne on 4 April 1927.

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(1849 -)

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The Ancient Order of Foresters, which originated in England in the mid 1700s, established its first branch (Court) in Victoria in 1849. Foresters was set up as a non-profit organisation, the founding principles of the Society being to provide financial and social benefits as well as support to members and their families in times of unemployment, sickness, death, disability and old age. The Society is now known as the Foresters Friendly Society and in July 1999 was incorporated as a public company limited by shares and guarantee.

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(c. 1902 - c. 1982)

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Minutes, reports, correspondence, letter books, night books, financial records, conference papers, rules and ritual books, membership books and registers, funeral registers, contributions books, dispensary books, certificates, badges, photograph and printed material.

Grand United Order of Oddfellows records (1855-1977) from Pride of Ferndale Branch, Tighes Hill; Minter Home Branch, Wallsend; Pride of Kogarah Branch; Manilla Lodge No.10801; City of Newcastle Lodge No.1086; Federal Lodge No.3296; Star of Carrington Lodge No.3297; Belmont Lodge; Pride of Cardiff Lodge No.5392; GUOOF New South Wales; GUOOF Victoria; Hunter River District; Rose of Hamilton Lodge No.1846; Flower of Arncliffe Lodge No.8854; Princess of Wales Lodge No. 6768; Cumberland Lodge; Pride of Dandenong Lodge.

Manchestor Unity Indpendepent Order of Oddfellows records (1846-1982) from Prince of Wales Lodge, Newcastle; Loyal Bondi Lodge No.303; Goulburn District; Loyal Alexander Lodge, Penrith; Loyal Coffs Harbour Lodge No.243; Loyal Coffs Harbour Jetty Lodge No.439; Loyal Coffs Harbour Jetty Junior Lodge No.146; Loyal Woolgoolga Lodge No.891; Sawtell Lodge No.804; Loyal Star of the South Lodge, Kiama No.68; Loyal Home Hill Lodge, Nth Queensland; Past Grands Lodge No.60, Queanbeyan District; Central Southern Past Grands Lodge No.62; Loyal Coronation Lodge No.16, Goulburn District; Port Melbourne Dispensary; Friendly Societies Medical Institutes and Dispensaries Association of New South Wales; Loyal Hope of Charleville Lodge; Rose of West Lodge; Loyal Katoomba Lodge No.356; Happy Home Lodge No.18, Goulburn District; Pride of West Wallsend Lodge No.156; Loyal Paterson Union Lodge No.12 and No.4225; Loyal Cobargo Lodge; Loyal Prince Alfred Lodge.

United Ancient Order of Druids records (1902-1927) from Victoria.

Ancient Order of Foresters records (1861-1950) from Victoria; Court Clarendon No.3545; Court Perserverance; United Melbourne District.

Includes a history of PAFSOA (Protestant Alliance Friendly Benefit Society of Australia), formed in 1867, but no records are held for this society or the lodges, but many of the lodges are named in the history (box 63).


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Entered from deposit description on 19 June 2012




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