Southern Division
This is the Craft Masonry Education Website for all Freemasons in New Zealand. Welcome.
Dr George Allan
Education Pillar Head
This website is maintained by VW Bro. George Allan who firmly believes that Freemasonry is Universal, so, you can share anything good on this website with any other Mason in the world.

I realise that "education" is not every Mason's cup-of-tea but there is a ground-swell that indicates that many Masons join with a thirst for knowledge and then walk away when they can't find that knowledge. So, this website aims to fill that gap on a regular basis with articles to inform you of masonic learning, masonic educational events that are happening or going to happen in all three Divisions and ideas to try for yourself and your Lodge.

You are encouraged to use the information you find here as discussion points with other Masons in your Lodge, other Lodges in your Division and other Masons throughout the world. Your feedback is especially welcome - e-mail me by clicking here and tell we what you and your Masonic friends are doing.

Click the dropdown above to visit the collection of Masonic Education Pages we have put together for you.
About this Website

This is the "Main Page" on which new articles appear each month along with a new QUIZ each month. Then they are moved to the "Archive Page" so this Main Page doesn't get clogged up. To see all the pages available to you click in the drop-down box in the grey rectangle called " a page to view " top left of the photo above.

To see the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree web-pages click on the appropriate degree shown in the drop-down box. Read the I.T. password instructions carefully to get in.

We now have a Masonic Knowledge Course on this website: the "Introduction" is now on the Archive Page, the 1st degree material is under the 1st degree page, the 2nd and 3rd degree materials are under their relevant pages. Have a look and make your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.

We need your questions about Freemasonry, any points you want clarified, any issues you want discussed - send them to me at and through this webpage we will find answers for you.


An new version of the 1st Degree Questions and Answers known as The Catechism.

In former times the questions were asked by members around the Lodge starting with the Senior Warden and going round with the sun, and answered by the mason on his left. 

Go to the 1st Degree webpage, use the Pass Word of that Degree and make an advancement in daily knowledge.  Our grateful thanks to VW Bro Martin McGregor in SOuthland for all his hard work.


Masonic Education is an old fashioned term, out of date, induces boredom.

So, we are moving the emphasis to Masonic Knowledge.  Want to know more?  ......   Watch this website.

George Allan

February 2018

Masonic Knowledge Quiz for March 2018

I am trying something new - questions from the whole of our masonic ritual, so, if there are questions about events in a Degree you have not reached yet - be patient, work hard, and you will get there one day.

Q 1. What are the working tools in the Board of Installed Masters?

Q 2. How do you know yourself to be a Mason?

Q 3. How do you demonstrate the proof of your being a Mason to others?

Q 4. What does the last point in the above answer mean to you?

Q 5. How could you explain this point to other masons?

Q 6. What has to happen to make a masonic Lodge "just" when it is opened?

Q 7. WHere should the VSL be opened in your Lodge?

Q 8. How do we reveal our secrets to other Masons?

Q 9. At the commencement of your initiation you were blind-folded. There are three reasons for this, give two of them.

Q 10. Where were you first prepared to be made a Mason, and where were you actually made a Mason?

Answers next time and if any mason in New Zealand can give me a hand with a few questions and answers that would be gratefully received and faithfully applied. Thank you.


George Allan


A little learning is a dangerous thing

The following is a poem written by Alexander Pope who lived from 1688 until 1744

A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
While from the bounded level of our mind
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hill peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !

Contributed by VWBro George Allan

A Useful Link for Making a Daily Advancement in Masonic Knowledge

Here is a useful link from Brother Gary Hulst of St Andrew Lodge No.418 SC. They meet in the Auckland area (I think - someone correct me please if I'm wrong).     Have a go and see what you can see.

Gary is also a member of the Royal Arch (St Andrew Kilwinning Chapter No. 564) and a Cryptic Mason (Ponsonby Kilwinning Council No. 394).

For those of you who do not know what the Royal Arch or Cryptic Masonry are all about - ask someone or read your FReemasons' MAgazine of a few issues ago.

When we close the Lodge in the 3rd Degree we are told that the genuine secrets were lost and we have to use substituted ones. The Royal Arch tell the story of finding those genuine secrets. The Royal and Select Degrees tell of the building of the crypt in which the genuine secrets were hidden.

So, over to you to find out more.

George Allan - Chairman of National Education Committee

posted on 23 July 2017

We Need Your Help

Keeping this website lively needs new questions to be asked by masons like you. Questions that need someone to research and answer in a short article.  

We also need questions for our quizzes.

So, please let me know of interesting questions we can use in our monthly quizzes and as a basis for research.

Send them to me at

If you want to write and submit an article, or you know of a good one written by someone else please contact me at the same e-mail address, and let me know about it. Then we could get it published on this site for everyone to see and share in the knowledge. 

Fraternally Yours,

VW Bro George Allan

Chair of National Education Committee

posted - time immemorial

Calling All Recent Masters and Wardens

Are you a relatively new WM, SW or JW of your Lodge?

Are you likely to be WM, SW or JW of your Lodge next year?

The Education Team in your Division are planning workshops  to help Masters and Wardens share best practice, and thereby gain in confidence for running their Lodges. It will last for 3 hours or so, and be held in a geographic location convenient to you.  You will learn about your duties and ways to deal with difficulties in Lodge and committee.

Are you interested? Then contact me by e-mail on

Remember to include your Lodge name and location (Division and District) your current Lodge Office

useful link for masonic knowledge


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