Compass - 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?
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