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Masonic - Royal Arch jewel

1995.0036.0057.004

Masonic - Royal Arch jewel

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Physical description

Royal Arch Jewel - tricolour ribbon - sky blue, maroon, purple - with two metal bars, top and bottom, middle of ribbon three taus conjoined at each foot (forming the shape of a capital H with a capital T balanced on middle line); gold bars have a floral pattern; attached with a hook and loop is a gold circle with the Star of David in the middle; there is text on the circle and the star, front and back; at bottom of the circle is a semi-loop with the three taus pattern in middle

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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