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Masonic Life Governor jewel

1995.0036.0008

Masonic Life Governor jewel

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Life Governor Jewel - round metal badge gold colour coating shape of laurel with lettering lower half 'LIFE GOVERNOR'; middle section light blue background with gold coloured Mason symbol and 'FBI'; attached to wide, light blue ribbon threaded through gold coloured bar with gap in middle, has long pin at back to attach to clothing; back of medal is the number 591

Statement of significance

The Ronald L Gale Freemasonry Collection comprises the masonic regalia of three members of the Gale family, plus male clothing and female outfits that were worn at public Freemasonry functions. The additon of two jewels marking significant milestones in Ron Gale's life as a mason extends the collection. The first jewel celebrates his fifty-year association with freemasonry whilst the second represents his term as an elected Junior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

Six men from four generations of the Gale family have been Freemasons, starting with Arthur Percival Gale's initiation in 1910. His grandson Ron was initiated in 1951, at a time when membership of the craft was at a peak. Ron's distinguished life in the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, saw him occupy several senior officers culminating in his election as Junior Grand Warden in 1978. He was also a member of the committee that opened the new Sydney Masonic Centre in 1979.

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