What is Freemasonry?

As you will find a plethora of answers to this question on line, presented here is a quick overview, for what it means be a Freemason, only time can teach you.

For more detailed information, we recommend you read answers provided by the United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT, links to which can be found by clicking here.


Freemasonry is unique. It cannot be likened to any institution in that it offers experiences not found anywhere else.

Freemasons are ordinary men in the community, 18 years and over, of all religions and backgrounds, who share a concern for human values, moral standards and the rights of individuals.

It offers members with an insight and knowledge of history and philosophy, an appreciation for ancient ritual and symbolism, personal development, public service and hands on involvement in charitable activities and community issues. Freemasonry also provides opportunities to socialise with men from all walks of life, without religious and political barriers.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal societies. There are approximately five million Freemasons worldwide and 60,000 in Australia and New Zealand.

Freemasonry provides a code of conduct, based on moral and ethical standards, for living in today’s society. Freemasonry is an organisation of men who strive to live by the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill and charity. It is a not for profit organisation that is heavily involve in supporting charity and community service.

Freemasons in the Australian Capital Territory actively participate in the community through a number of community service projects. These can be by one Lodge acting alone or in conjunction with others in the District.

Charities supported by Freemasons include: