Saturday, August 13, 2011

Australian TV: Whatever happened to the Freemasons?


The Australian Broadcasting Company's news program "Compass" will air a show this Sunday on ABC-1, "Whatever happened to the Freemasons?" about the past and future of Freemasonry Down Under.

From the ABC website:

Whatever happened to... the Freemasons
Compass delves behind the aprons and funny handshakes to find out how Australian Freemasons are reinventing themselves to survive in the 21st Century.

Freemasons arrived in Australia with the First Fleet and up until quite recently were shrouded in secrecy and strictly maintained traditions. Freemasonry is not a religion, although in its heyday most Freemasons were either Protestants or Jews. Catholics were forbidden by their church from joining. Now, faced with declining membership the Masons have had to relax some of their rules and reinvent themselves. So, what does this silent band of brothers actually do? Are they even viable anymore? If so, who belongs and why?


A preview of the show can be seen here.

A radio interview with the Grand Master of Victoria, MWBro. Vaughan Werner can be heard here.

They lose 10 points in my book for the use of the hackneyed "funny handshake" meme.

1 comment:

CapnEddy said...

Brother Bob James, Has a very interesting read from Australia " They Call Each Other Brother". That details the decline of Freemasonry down under. He also delivered " The Dilemmas of Freemasonry and Masonic Education" on weofm.com its there in the VIDEO LIBRARY. 7.24.365 ENJOY.


Capn Eddy