In May 1912, authority was granted by the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland, to a Brother Fred T Pedersen, residing in Lithgow NSW, to confer the degrees and form the first Chapter in NSW.  In the end, two petitions for Chapters were approved of and both Southern Cross Chapter No 33 (in Sydney), and Hartford Chapter No 34 (in Lithgow) were instituted on 13th March, 1913.

In 1924, the Supreme Grand Chapter approved a petition for Sydney District Grand Chapter to be formed, and to have the power to supervise 9 Chapters in NSW and the ‘Federal Capital Territory’.  By 1946, NSW had 80 Chapters, and in 1946/47, the Sydney District Grand Chapter was divided into a number of Districts to enable more efficient management.

Illawarra District Grand Chapter (14/12/1946);
Eastern District Grand Chapter (21/12/1946);
Parramatta District Grand Chapter (11/1/1947);
Bankstown District Grand Chapter (1/2/1947);
Northern District Grand Chapter (22/2/1947); and
Hunter Valley District Grand Chapter (13/12/1947).

After lengthy negotiations, the Grand Chapter of New South Wales was Instituted on the 28th April 1951, as the governing body of the Order in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.  The ceremony took place in the Sydney Town Hall with representation from other Australian states, New Zealand and a total of 2,370 members in attendance.

On 15th May 1954, Western District Grand Chapter was formed and on 28th September 1985, Southern District Grand Chapter.  The Grand Chapter was renamed to the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT Inc. in 2003.

The Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT is represented by 19 Grand Office-bearers and the term of office is 1 year.  The Annual General Meeting and Installation is held in Sydney on the 3rd Saturday in March.  Click here to view the current board of Grand Office-bearers for 2023-2024.

The following is a listing of the Chapters under the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT:

Report to Chapter Name & Number Meets
Parramatta District Grand CommitteeConstellation # 423rd Saturday 12:30 pm Except 1 Sat in March and 2 Sat in September, Recess June 2024
Grand Chapter of NSW & ACTCapital # 524th Saturday at 1:30 pm except December, 3rd Saturday. Recess January
Sydney District Grand CommitteeMayfield # 532nd Saturday 1:30 pm
Parramatta District Grand CommitteeMalvern # 604th Saturday 1:00 pm, except recess in December
Grand Chapter of NSW & ACTLithgow # 392nd Tuesday 2:00 pm except October (2nd Saturday 2:00 pm) and Recess July
Sydney District Grand CommitteeLakemba # 112nd Saturday 1:00 pm, Recess June
Illawarra District Grand CommitteeIllawarra-Daylight # 2202nd Friday 10:30 am
Parramatta District Grand CommitteeHolroyd # 202nd Saturday 1:00 pm
Grand Chapter of NSW & ACTGoulburn # 941st Saturday 2:00 pm. Recess January
Illawarra District Grand CommitteeWoonona # 1191st Saturday 1:00 pm except 2nd Saturday if Public Holiday
Illawarra District Grand CommitteeWollongong # 593rd Saturday 1:00 pm
Grand Chapter of NSW & ACTBathurst # 152nd Saturday 2:00 pm, except October 1st Saturday, 1st Saturday June in even years., July at 11:00am. Recess January
Sydney District Grand CommitteeAmity # 271st Monday 7:30 pm, 1st Monday November 7:00 pm, Recess January
Sydney District Grand CommitteeWallsend # 984th Saturday 1:30 pm, Recess June and December.