News and events from our Tasmanian Members

Members from north-western and southern Tasmania took time out from their busy pre-Christmas schedule to conduct Sausage Sizzles in aid of charity.

Charities to benefit were the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Diabetes Australia.

On Friday 16th December Tasman Chapter held a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings, Devonport, while the following day Hobart Chapter members sizzled sausages at Bunnings, Kingston.

It was the first occasion Tasman Chapter had conducted a Sausage Sizzle.  Now they have the experience, they’re hoping to be able to secure future dates.

Hobart Chapter was able to obtain two bookings for Sausage Sizzles in December.  Members also provided support to the Caledonian Society by assisting them in conducting a Sausage Sizzle.  In doing so, the Chapter was able to share the profits.

Members of Tamar Chapter and Hobart Chapter continued their practice of donating in December to Benevolent Societies in Launceston and Hobart.

At Christmas, when people are encouraged to assist the less fortunate, members of the Order in Tasmania have answered the call.

Helping Flood Victims in Forbes NSW

During the recent floods our WG Treasurer contacted The Anglican Diocese in Bathurst to see if we could assist their parish members and they directed her to Rev Reily in the Forbes area.  Assistance of $5,000 was provided and a thank you card was recently received.


Thank you from Mallacoota District Health & Support Services

During the 2020 fires in Victoria, the little town of Mallacoota was wiped out leaving many folks homeless and many without a job.  Our WG Treasurer, Sister Margaret Down, took it upon herself to reached out to the post mistress, Pam Estella, to see if we could give financial help to the community. That enquiry led to the Mallacoota Community Health Centre.  Ms Anne Mwagiru, Chief Executive Officer of the centre confirmed that the Mallacoota community were in desperate need of funds with many people still without homes, had little food and basic medications.  At that time, the UGCA assisted with funds, and they were so grateful to think that an organisation such as ours would assist their little town. Later that year the UGCA also send further funds towards Christmas for their food bank as many still had no homes and no promised assistance.

In June of this year Margaret reached out again to see how the townsfolk were coping only to be told that many folks still have no homes and are living in tents, boats, house ruins or wherever than could find shelter. Anne mentioned they invited folks in once a week to have a hot meal and get warm and just a general check-up and chat to let them know they are cared about and not forgotten.

Funds were required by Mallacoota District Health & Support Service to enable them purchase blankets, food, everyday hygienic products and medicines so the UGCA donated another $6,000.00.

So often we see these events on the television and in the months that follow we forget about those left behind to pick up the pieces.  Ms Anne Mwagiru would like to thank all Members of the Order of the Eastern Star for their gratitude and for the difference the UGCA has made to Mallacoota District Health and Support Service. 


Remembering you this festive season, a time for gratitude for the difference your organisation made to Mallacoota District Health and Support Service

Illawarra DG Committee celebrating 2023

An exciting year lays before us as we come into what we have termed the “O-DEARS/O-YEARS for Woonona, Illawarra Daylight and Wollongong Chapters.

The youngest “0” being Illawarra Daylight Chapter No 220 who has reached its 20th year.  The Installation of Sister Norah Mitchell and Brother Paul Smith took place on 11 November 2022 at the Mortdale Village Hall.  The installation ceremony was so ably carried out with no rehearsal and a number of smooth swaps that had the continuity keeping us with a time frame that allowed for a very delicious lunch and great time of fellowship.  The birthday celebration is in September.

The middle “0” going to Woonona Chapter No 119 celebrating their 70th year.  The Installation of Sister Jennifer Shepherd and Brother Raymond McIntosh was carried out with dignity and with purpose for a very harmonious 70th year.  Our grateful thanks goes to Sister Joy Swattridge PWDGM who ably stepped into the Worthy Matron’s position at the last minute.  Thank you, Sister Swattridge and Sister Betty Griffiths, Secretary for setting a calming tone from beginning to end with Sister Jennifer Shepherd accepting the gavel to conclude a very happy meeting.  The birthday celebration will be 4th February with an open meeting and a dinner at the Woonona Bulli RSL Club. 

The elder “0” is Wollongong Chapter No 52 who will be celebrating their 90th year.  The spirit of youth Brother Benjamin Sweeney was the Installing Officer with his mother, Sister Angela Sweeney as Installing Marshal.  A beautiful rendition of the Installation ceremony.  Sister Janelle Love and Brother Robert Mitchell were installed as Worthy Matron & Worthy Patron.  Wollongong Chapter’s 90th Birthday is in August. 

Margaret Smith PWGM/PWDGM.


Sister Jeanette Farrant PWDGM deputising for WDGM Sister Lorna Dunkley, WP Brother Robert Mitchell, WM Sister Janelle Love, WDGP Brother Ian Dunkley.
Office bearers of Wollongong Chapter. A great start to their 90th year with a photo that you can see all of their happy faces.

WDGP Brother Ian Dunkley, WM Sister Jennifer Shepherd & Sister Norah Mitchell PWDGM deputising for the WDGM Sister Lorna Dunkley.

Look at these happy faces. Woonona Chapter Office bearers Order of the Eastern Star Installation Meeting. Completely wonderful day followed by a delicious banquet. This being our 70th year we are looking forward to many happy meetings and socials. Go TEAM WOONONA.
Illawarra Daylight Members with those who had helped out on the day. Thank you everyone.

Illawarra Daylight Chapter – a unique day

A unique and special meeting at Illawarra Daylight Chapter of 10th of June 2022.

Not only was there a special celebration for Sister Homer celebrating her 100th Birthday, but members of the Chapter in attendance were holding office in the three governing levels of our Order ie Most Worthy Grand Patron Brother Paul Smith, Worthy Grand Matron Sister Marilyn Auld, Worthy District Grand Matron Sister Lorna Dunkley and Worthy District Grand Patron Brother Ian Dunkley.  It was also the last Chapter visit of the MWGM Sister Blanche Watt and MWGP Brother Paul Smith prior to the 2022 United Grand Chapter Session.

Sister Homer will be celebrating 70 years in the Order soon and still does her all ritual as Adah word perfect as well as sign of the degree.


WM Sister Lois Allen and Sister Alma Homer cutting Sister Homers 100th birthday cake.

Sister Homer and her 100th year birthday cake.

Left to right Sister Elizabeth Watt PMWGM, Sister Margaret Smith Worthy Grand Martha (acting as Worthy Grand Marshal), Sister Blanche Watt Most Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Lois Allen Past Most Worthy Grand Matron Worthy Matron, Brother Kenneth Auld Past Worthy Grand Patron Worthy Patron, Brother Paul Smith Most Worthy Grand Patron and Sister Jean Law Past Worthy Matron Chapter Marshal.

Golden Wattle Chapter No 4 Celebrates!

Golden Wattle Chapter No 4, Order of the Eastern Star was instituted 18 March 1922

The Members of Golden Wattle Chapter welcomed visiting Members from all over Queensland as well as several distinguished Members from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales for their Centennial Celebration held on Saturday 26 March 2022. Several Members of the Masonic Fraternity, distinguished Members of the Grand Court of Amaranth and White Shrine of Jerusalem as well as family and friends also attended, just over one hundred people in the Ipswich Masonic Lodge Room. The morning began with the Grand Entrance of the Most Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Blanche Watt, Most Worthy Grand Patron, Brother Paul Smith, Past Most Worthy Grand Matrons, Past Most Worthy Grand Patron and Worthy Grand Office-bearers of the United Grand Chapter of Australia. The Worthy Matron of Golden Wattle Chapter No 4, Sister Barbara Hartman, offered the Golden Wattle gavel to Sister Blanche Watt. Sister Watt returned the gavel, with thanks and offered Sister Hartman the use of the United Grand Chapter Travelling Gavel for the Celebration.

Sister Barbara Hartman Worthy Matron, introduced the visiting Distinguished Members of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Order of Amaranth and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Brother Timothy Powys Worthy Patron, Introduced the Members of the visiting Masonic Orders.

Sister Barbara Hartman Worthy Matron gave a brief address on the Order of the Eastern Star and this was further explained by the modified Chapter Opening Ceremony delivered by the Chapter Office-bearers.

Each Member of Golden Wattle Chapter No 4 was presented with a commemorative certificate and this was followed by a special Centennial Service delivered by the Office-bearers of the Chapter and lead by the Chapter Historian, Sister Heather Noble. The service concluded with a special song sung by all present. Golden Wattle Chapter does not have our own Organist so we were treated to music from Sister Gillian Mason, Worthy Grand Organist and Grand Organist of the Grand Chapter of Queensland. That final song to finish the celebration sounded so good – and of course, was not recorded.

The Celebration concluded with a modified Closing Ceremony, followed by the drawing of the raffle and the Grand Retiral of the United Grand Chapter. Everyone then made their way to the supper room for the buffet lunch provided by the Members of Golden Wattle Chapter No 4.

Hartford Chapter No 3 was the first Chapter to reach 100 years but then went into dormancy within a few days of the anniversary. Golden Wattle Chapter No 4 is the second Chapter to reach 100 years and is looking forward to our 101st Installation of Officer-bearers in July with plans in place for a term that is not overshadowed with centennial planning!


Back – Bro Jim Hanson, Bro Stuart Schulz, Bro John Lindsay, Sis Judy Barker, Sis Doreen Coker, Bro Glenn Farrell, Sis Janice Logan, Bro Ian Dunkley, Bro Ian Blyth. Middle – Sis Katrina Holden-Schulz, Sis Yvonne Bassett, Sis Heather Noble, Sis Lorraine White, Sis Janette Hanson, Sis Judy Bennett, Sis Lorna Dunkley, Sis Cecile Blyth, Sis Gillian Mason WG Organist. Front – Sis Gillian Powys Secretary, Sis Barbara Hartman WM, Bro Timothy Powys WP, Sis Roslyn Lumsden Treasurer.

Back – Sis Jenny Fawns, Sis Robin Rielly WG Assoc Matron, Bro Jonathan, Nantes WG Assoc Patron, Bro Sydney Down PMWGP. Middle – Sis Evelyn Hood PMWGM, Sis Beryl Ross WG Adah, Sis Gail Reed WG Electa, Sis Elizabeth Watt PMWGM, Sis Margaret Down WG Treasurer, Sis Lois Allen PMWGM, Sis Gillian Mason WG Organist. Front – Sis Blanche Watt MWGM, Sis Barbara Hartman WM, Bro Timothy Powys WP, Bro Paul Smith MWGP.

Back – Bro Jonathan Nantes PWGP, Sis Moya Nantes Em Gr Sec, Sis Carita Swann PWGM, Sis Edwina Tatnell Gr Marshal, Sis Beryl Ross PWGM, Sis Dorothy Russell PWGM, Bro Spencer Swann Gr AP, Bro David Carlin WGP Victoria. Middle – Sis Rosalind Russ A/WGM NSW/ACT, Sis Penny Bell WDGM NW, Sis Anne Vickers WDGM BR, Sis Janice Dorber WDGM SB, Bro Alan Dorber WDGP SB, Bro Paul Pietzner WDGP NW, Sis Heather Gennings Shrine, Bro Ross Barlow Shrine. Front – Sis Leigh Kennedy WGM, Sis Barbara Hartman WM, Bro Timothy Powys WP, Bro Norman Butler WGP, Sis Gillian Mason Gr Organist, Sis Jennifer Nielsen Amaranth.

Back Row: V Ex Comp Greg Broad SGRACQ, Ex Comp Peter Gow SGRACQ, V Ex Comp Nigel Pittaway GDC SGRACQ, R Ex Comp Merv Gray GSE SGRACQ, V Wor Bro Glenn Farrell Grand Secretary of GLMMMQ, R Wor Bro Reg Langusch GDC GLMMMQ, Wor Bro Matthew Grace GLMMMQ. Front Row: R Wor Bro Paul Southon DGM GLMMMQ, Barbara Hartman Worthy Matron, Timothy Powys Worthy Patron, R.E. Sir Knight Alan Coleman Grand Council of Knight Masons.

Grand Chapter of Queensland – Installation

The Grand Chapter held our Annual Meeting on Friday 1 April at the Arana Leagues Club followed by the Installation on Saturday afternoon. We welcomed Eastern Star visitors from other states on Friday evening. The visiting delegations included: the Most Worthy Grand Matron Sister Blanche Watt (SA), Most Worthy Grand Patron Brother Paul Smith (NSW), Worthy Grand Associate Matron Sister Robyn Reily (NSW), Worthy Grand Associate Patron Brother Jonathan Nantes (QLD), Worthy Grand Secretary Sister Elizabeth Taylor (TAS), Worthy Grand Treasurer Sister Margaret Down (NSW), Worthy Grand Adah Sister Beryl Ross (QLD), Worthy Grand Electa Sister Gail Reed (SA), Past Most Worthy Grand Matrons Sisters Evelyn Hood (VIC), Elizabeth Watt (SA) and Lois Allen (NSW), Past Most Worthy Grand Patron Brother Sydney Down (NSW) and Assistant to the Worthy Grand Treasurer Sister Jennifer Fawns (NSW); from the Grand Chapter of NSW and ACT, the Worthy Grand Matron Sister Marliyn Auld, Brother Ken Auld PWGP representing the Worthy Grand Patron and Sister Kathy Mitchell Grand Marshal; from the Grand Chapter of Victoria the Worthy Grand Matron Sister Maureen King, Worthy Grand Patron Brother David Carlin, Grand Secretary Sister Iris Carlin and Grand Marshal Sister Kerryn Dixon-Ward; from the Illawarra District Grand Committee Worthy District Grand Matron Sister Lorna Dunkley and Worthy District Grand Patron Brother Ian Dunkley.

The business of the Annual Meeting was well managed by our Worthy Grand Matron Sister Leigh Kennedy and Worthy Grand Patron Brother Norman Butler and culminated in the election and appointment of the Grand Office-bearers for 2022-2023.

The afternoon session on Saturday opened with entry and introductions of our invited guests which included family and friends of our Worthy Grand Matron Elect and Worthy Grand Patron Elect, distinguished Office-bearers of several Orders within the Masonic Family as well as board members and recipients of the 2022 grants of the Eastern Star Foundation.

We were pleased and honoured to welcome the following: from the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, VW Jeffrey Harper, Most Worshipful Grand Master Elect accompanied by Mrs Dorothy Harper and Wayne Warry. From the SGRACQ, RE Ian Hodgson, Deputy First Grand Principal accompanied by Mervyn Gray, John Ellsworth, William Tupou, Greg Broad, Vaughan McInnes, John Edwards and Timothy Powys. From the GLMMMQ, RW Paul Southon Deputy Grand Master accompanied by Ms Narelle Zielke and Reg Langusch. From AASRA the Most Illustrious Regional Commander M.Ill. Bro Greg Goding accompanied by John Ross and Brian Stanley King. From GICQ the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign David Lauder accompanied by Mrs Roslyn Lauder, Edward O’Neil and Cyril Leitch. From the District Grand Priory of Queensland and PNG the Most Eminent & Reverend Grand Master of the Temple, the Right Eminent Fra. Duncan McGregor accompanied by Murray Diaz, Stephen Olsson and Jock Lowson. From the Royal Order of Scotland the Provincial Grand Master Alan Godsmark. From the Grand Council of Knight Masons, the R.E. Sir Knight Alan Coleman accompanied by Leanne MacDonald. From the Grand Court of Amaranth, the Grand Royal Matron HL Jennifer Nielsen and from the Grand White Shrine of Jerusalem Past Grand Worthy High Priestess Joan Roberts and Grand Watchman of Shepherds Ross Barlow.

Following the presentation of the Eastern Star Grants, the Shield was presented to the two Chapters who initiated more Members that any other Chapter in Queensland during 2021: Bundaberg Chapter No 131 and Electa Chapter No 160 each initiated three Members. The Installation of Sister Elaine Gray Worthy Grand Matron and Brother Spencer Swann Worthy Grand Patron and Grand Office-bearers for 2022-2023 was the main event of the afternoon followed by remarks from selected dignitaries, a closing ceremony photographs and a banquet.

Back Row: Sis Edwina Tatnell G A/Con, Bro Richard Kennedy GAP, Sis Barbara Hartman G Sec, Sis Rhonda Nelson G Adah, Sis Roslyn Lumsden G Esther, Sis Clare Parry G Tre, Sis Patricia Hess G Electa, Sis Gillian Powys G Warder, Sis Gillian Mason G Org, Sis Pamela Lewis G Con, Bro Alex Pringle G Jun Chap, Bro Richie Probyn G Sent, Sis Jenny Probyn G Martha Front Row: Bro Norman Butler IPWGP, Bro Spencer Swann WGP, Sis Elaine Gray WGM, Sis Leigh Kennedy IPWGM, Sis Wileena Seymour G Marshal

Back Row Sis Leigh Kennedy IPWGM 2021, Sis Beryl Ross PWGM 2010, Bro Richard Kennedy PWGP 2011, Sis Margaret Kennedy PWGM 2014, Sis Joan Currie PWGM 2018, Bro Jonathan Nantes PWGP 2006 & 2018, Sis Barbara Hartman PWGM 2005, Sis Felecity Manderson PWGM 2016 Front Row Bro Norman Butler IPWGP 2021, Sis Carita Swann PWGM 2003, Bro Spencer Swann WGP, Sis Elaine Gray WGM, Sis Winnie Mitchell PWGM 2017

Donating to communities in need

The United Grand Chapter of Australia has recently donated $6,000 to the Mallacoota Community Health Services Centre who continue to assist their community since the devastating bush fires of January 2020.  Our Worthy Grand Secretary Emeritus, Sister Lorraine Ellison adds “I fully support this grant to an isolated community, I have had the pleasure of visiting and spending time in this community who made the decision to be heavily involved in their own recovery.  The ABC screened a 5 part series on the Recovery of Mallacoota and covered the excellent work the community elected Recovery Committee did in making decisions every member of the community could be involved in, through the opportunity to vote for the 12 projects selected as the most valuable to the whole community.  The committee of 12 was led by an ex-naval officer and included people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including a local minister of religion, retired policeman, young person interested in the environment and a local artist.  A local photographer recorded a lot of the progress and emotions faced by this community during this time”.

Congratulations Mallacoota, and we hope our donation will help.

Charity Donations – July 2019 through December 2021

The Charity donation figures submitted by Chapters and Governing Levels for 2019 through 2021 are summarised below.  The total amount for this period was $2,616,998.  Some of the recipients were:

  • St George and Sunderland hospital equipment $500,000.
  • Australian War Widows $220,000
  • Guide/Integra Service Dogs $210.000
  • Care Groups/Benevolent Soc/Community groups $199,603
  • Children’s medical research//hospitals $151,320
  • Cancer research/various types $140,232
  • Special Schools $128,000
  • Homeless Women and Adults $126,000
  • Widdon Masonic Homes $95,857.
  • Fire Services/Equipment $93,415
  • Angel Flight/Flying Doctors/Care Flight $90,629
  • Victims of Crime $16,000.
  • Disaster Appeal Fire/Floods $41,550

Many other organisations received donations and the variety of charity donations was extremely varied across the board. The Order of The Eastern Star members devotes many hours of work and dedication to help raise these funds for very worthy causes and others less fortunate in the communities. They do not look for and sometimes do not receive recognition for all this, however it is part of the core of the Order of the Eastern Star and done with Charity and Love of their fellow man.

Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT Installation

The Annual Installation of the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT was held on Saturday 20th March 2022.  Pictures from this event showing the newly installed WGM Sister Marylin Auld and WGP Brother Joseph Vavra and their Grand Office-bearers are below. Congratulations to all !!