Australia

Map of AustraliaThe Order began in Australia with the Institution of Sarah Chapter in Queensland in 1912, and was followed by Southern Cross and Hartford Chapters in New South Wales in 1913.

Sydney District Grand Chapter was Instituted in 1924 and for several years had jurisdiction over all Chapters in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.  In 1946/47, the Sydney District Grand Chapter divided into a number of Districts to enable more efficient management. Subsequently, after lengthy negotiations, the Grand Chapter of New South Wales was Instituted in 1951 as the governing body of the Order in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.  The Grand Chapter was renamed to the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT Inc. in 2003.

In 1947, the Brisbane District Grand Chapter was formed in Queensland and was subsequently split into 5 Districts to cover the vast State of Queensland.  On Australia Day in 1985 ,the Grand Chapter of Queensland was Instituted as the governing body of the Chapters and the Districts in that State.

The Melbourne District Grand Chapter was Instituted in 1954 and had jurisdiction over the Chapters in Victoria until 22nd July, 2016, when the Grand Chapter of Victoria was Instituted.  Chapters have also been established in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Order in Australia was directly administered by the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland until June 1985 when The United Grand Chapter of Australia was formed.

A Jubilee History – 1904-1954” documents the growth of the Order in Australia and New Zealand from the perspective of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland. Also of interest, are excerpts from the same publication, covering the time of WWII and the impact of Chapters and their members in Scotland.