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Stratford's Pioneer Village will host the 125th anniversary celebrations of Freemasons in Taranaki.

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Stratford’s Pioneer Village will host the 125th anniversary celebrations of Freemasons in Taranaki.

Often known for their “secret” handshake, Taranaki’s freemasons will be holding a public church service on Sunday to celebrate 125 years since the organisation’s first meeting in the region.

Formed in the Midhirst Hall on March 1, 1892, Lodge Hinemoa will celebrating the anniversary with events over the weekend.

Right Worshipful Master brother Robin Stanford said the non-denominational service would start at 10:30am at the Pioneer Village church, with the Freemasons getting photos in period costumes afterwards.

While the origins of freemasonry is unknown, it is usually traced back to the fraternities of stonemasons during the fourteenth century.

 – Stuff


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