Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council

The ANZMRC acknowledges and thanks the Grand Lodge of New Zealand for their generous and ongoing assistance in hosting the Website and assisting with implementation and updates to the Masonic Digital Library.

President’s Message

I hope you enjoy exploring this webpage and invite you to post any comments to one of the contacts that you feel may improve your experience not only for Freemasons but everybody.

Kerry Nicholls
President, 2018-2020.



Sadly I have to advise that R.W. Bro Ian Nathan PGW, KL passed to the Grand Lodge above today after a brief illness.
Ian was a member of Royal Arch and he was R E Comp.
Ian was the  Kellerman Lecturer for the Waikato Lodge of Research at the Wellington ANZMRC Conference in 2012 when his paper “On Becoming a Grand Lodge – the Grand Lodge of New Zealand” was widely acclaimed and used as a reference for papers and talks by many others.
He served both the Craft and Royal Arch as Grand Lecturer.
He was the author of the “Centennial History of the SGRAC of New Zealand” -another publication widely used for research purposes.
He is survived by his wife Barbara.
Ian was initiated in Mawhera Lodge # 65 and originally took his Royal Arch degree under the EC # 1152 in 1971 before joining Te Marama Chapter # 55 in 1976 and then Waikato # 22.
An educator by training and a researcher of note.
Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to his family.
Kerry Nicholls, 1 February 2020.

This February 29th, Colin Heyward has agreed to have his beard, which he has been growing for 47 years, removed for charity.

Imagine if you can a chin that hasn’t seen the light of day for nearly half a century. Help us release this chin by sponsoring a trim and at the same time help us raise much needed funds for Dementia Hawke’s Bay.

The public shaving will be at 11.00 am, February 29th, on the “Green Patch”, Old Post Office Site, Waipukurau. A fund has been started by the lion Masonic Lodge No. 114 to donate much desired tables, BBQs and garden equipment to Dementia Hawke’s Bay’s premises in both Hastings and Napier.

Your donations towards this fund will be gratefully accepted and faithfully applied. Please donate online to BNZ Dannevirke 02-0612-0017997-02 Indicate in your reference that it is for the “Beard Fund”.

Enquiries to Barry Severinsen – ph. +64 (06) 858 6155 or email:


Aims of the ANZMRC

  Promote Masonic research and education
  Act as a liaison body between its affiliated research lodges and chapters.
  Organise biennial conferences across New Zealand and Australia
  Organise and coordinate Speaking tours by noted Masonic researchers
Publish the proceedings of its conferences and tour books of each touring speaker

The ANZMRC selects a well-known researcher/speaker and organises a lecture tour every two years which takes that person round all the states of Australia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand.  A book of all the papers presented by the touring lecturer during the tour is also published. 

View Past Tours

The 2019 Tour – – – Follow the tour so far – – – See “Speak Up” the television Show for New Zealand Freemasons


All of us at ANZMRC congratulate Bro Brendan Kyne– our Secretary – who has achieved a well deserved accolade that is a reflection of the efforts of a true Masonic Researcher.
You have laboured very hard to reach this achievement.
Well deserved
As an aside this is the 2nd year in a row that a Kellerman Lecturer has achieved this award with Bro David Slater in 2018.

Can we perform the hat-trick in 2020?
Norman B Spencer Prize 2019
Brendan Kyne (2019) – ‘The First Lodge on the Ballarat Goldfields; French Memphis Rite Lodge,1853’.

The Norman B. Spencer Essay Prize


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