Click for Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland Web Site
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi.
Grand Secretary: Micky P McMahan
Grand Representative of Mississippi near to Victoria: Dennis A Livingston
Grand Representative of Victoria near to Mississippi: John R Stuart
The York Rite of Freemasonry, Meridian, Mississippi Website
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta
Grand Scribe REx Comp Marvyn Rodgers
Grand Representative of Alberta near to Victoria REm Comp Peter Crick, DGZ
Grand Representative of Victoria near to Alberta MEx Comp Don Gillies
Click this link for Royal Arch Masons of Alberta Website
For further details about the Holy Royal Arch Chapters listed below refer to The Victorian Masonic Guide, published every six months by the United Grand Lodge of Victoria or contact the Grand Sribe Ezra.
Mail to: Grand Scribe Ezra
Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Victoria
Telephone: (+613) 9411 0114
Fax: (+613) 9419 6138
Bacchus Marsh Masonic Centre
Bacchus Marsh Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Bairnsdale Masonic Centre
Bairnsdale Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Ballarat Masonic Centre
St George Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Belgrave Masonic Centre
Belgrave Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Benalla Masonic Centre
Moira Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Bendigo Masonic Centre
Royal Eaglehawk Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Box Hill Masonic Centre
Carlton Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Prospect Hill Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Whitehorse Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Brighton Masonic Centre
Brighton Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Brunswick Masonic Centre
Lord Somers Australasian Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Northern United Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Collingwood Masonic Centre
City of Abbotsford Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Victorian Naval & Military Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Darebin Masonic Centre
Centenary Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Dimboola Masonic Centre
West Wimmera Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Dromana Masonic Centre
Matthew Flinders Holy Royal Arch Chapter (AM)
Echuca Masonic Centre
Kyabram and Northern Holy Royal Arch Chapter (alternate meetings)
Frankston Masonic Centre
Southern Cross Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Geelong (Belmont) Masonic Centre
St Andrews in the South Geelong Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Greensborough Masonic Centre
The Greensborough Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Irymple (Mildura) Masonic Centre
Mildura Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Keysborough Masonic Centre
Dandenong-Apex Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Kyabram Masonic Centre
Kyabram and Northern Holy Royal Arch Chapter (alternate meetings)
Kyneton Masonic Centre
Kyneton Royal Arch Chapter
Lilydale Masonic Centre
Billanook Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Maffra Masonic Centre
Yarram Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Maryborough Masonic Centre
Birdwood Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Mount Waverley Masonic Centre
Melbourne Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Public Schools Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Pakenham Masonic Centre
Pakenham Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Portland Masonic Centre
Portland Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Preston Masonic Centre
Preston-Northcote Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Queenscliff Masonic Centre
Bellarine Holy Royal Arch Chapter (AM)
Sandringham Masonic Centre
Sandringham Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Seymour Masonic Centre
Goulburn Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Shepparton Masonic Centre
Valley Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Sunshine West Masonic Centre
Footscray Holy Royal Arch Chapter (AM)
Swan Hill Masonic Centre
Murray Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Terang Masonic Centre
Hampden Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Wangaratta Masonic Centre
Wangaratta Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Warragul Masonic Centre
Drouin Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Warrnambool Masonic Centre
Western District Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Williamstown Masonic Centre
Williamstown Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Wonthaggi Masonic Centre
South Gippsland Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Edgar Street, Wonthaggi
Yarrawonga Masonic Centre
Yarrawonga Holy Royal Arch Chapter
Expression of Interest for Advancement into the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch
For details of your nearest HRA Chapter please click on ‘Find a Chapter’ where you will see a list of Chapters along with contact details of the Grand Scribe Ezra.
In most cases, you will have been invited to join a Holy Royal Arch Chapter by a member of that Chapter or you will have approached a member of a Chapter and asked him to propose you. Please don’t be shy about asking.
Your proposer will provide you with an Application for Exaltation (aka Schedule F) which he can obtain from his Chapter Scribe Ezra.
Your proposer will hand your completed application form to the Chapter Scribe Ezra who will give notice of it on the Chapter Summons.
A ballot will be held and, if successful, you will be admitted into the Holy Royal Arch Degree in two stages. The first is to be Instructed in the Excellent Master Mason Degree. A ceremony of instruction can often happen on the same night as the ballot. The second, taken at a subsequent convocation, is to be Exalted as a Royal Arch Freemason.
Prior to the Instruction Ceremony you will be asked to sign a Declaration, in which you promise to follow the rules of the Order, and to pay the necessary dues.
Bring your own VSL if you would like to be obligated on it.
Ensure that regalia – an apron, a sash and a jewel – has been arranged for you and that the apron has been adjusted to fit around your waist.
Your progress along a Pathway of Enlightenment commences with the Instruction in the Excellent Master Mason Degree. This is a colourful ceremony in which you will learn things that will prepare you for the next ceremony. The Exaltation Ceremony is an impressive one in which you will make a significant discovery and become a Companion of the Order. You will be accompanied every step of the way, in both ceremonies, by an Officer of the Chapter so all you need to do is relax and enjoy it.
You must be a Master Mason and have held your Master Mason’s Certificate for a minimum of six months and continue as a subscribing member in good standing of a Craft Lodge in Freemasonry Victoria or of a Craft Lodge in a jurisdiction recognized by Freemasonry Victoria.
You must agree to conform to the Rules of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Victoria, the by-laws and the ancient usages, established customs and landmarks of the Order.
This is an open invitation, to anyone who wishes, to send in a question (even with a proposed answer, if you like) to the editor (see Contact page) or Grand Scribe Ezra (see Find a Chapter page for contact details).
Find out more about Holy Royal Arch Masonry from the latest brochure which you can download from here.
First Grand Principals usually serve two years in office. The first installation may be termed “public” and is generally conducted in the Dallas Brooks Hall. Craft Masons and non-Masons, including ladies, are encouraged to attend the ceremony. In the second year a more “private” installation ceremony is held in the Lord Somers Room and is usually attended by Holy Royal Arch Masons only. The Grand Banquet follows the Ceremony of Installation, and in comfortable surrounds Companions and ladies enjoy good food, good wine and good company. The happy relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by good entertainment, ranging from solo artists to a 20 piece orchestra.
In Victorian Royal Arch Masonry the Most Eminent First Grand Principal or the Right Eminent Deputy First Grand Principal conducts the Ceremony of Installation in every Holy Royal Arch Chapter in the jurisdiction each year.
Given the number of Chapters in Victoria this makes for a demanding task. However, it has the decided advantage of allowing the First Grand Principal and his Grand Officers ample opportunity to meet a large proportion of the membership of the Order in their own Chapters.
In 1989 Supreme Grand Chapter began sharing its administration with Grand Mark. The Joint Secretariat company, Chamar Pty Ltd (CHApter/MARk) operates from the offices on the ground floor of the Masonic Centre of Victoria. The Grand Scribe Ezra is also the Grand Secretary. Considerable benefits have accrued to both degrees by this “togetherness”.
By arrangement with the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, Holy Royal Arch Chapters are permitted to make official visits to Craft Lodges wearing HRA regalia. While every seventh Craft Mason already belongs to the HRA, these visits nevertheless provide the window of opportunity to bring our Order to the notice of our Craft Brethren. By a similar arrangement, HRA jewels may be worn when in Mark regalia.
Charity, one of the cornerstones of our institution, is practised by both individual chapters and Supreme Grand Chapter. In addition to donations to the Royal Freemasons Homes and the Freemasons Hospital, an ongoing programme called the “We Care” Appeal (in conjunction with Grand Mark) has brought children from the Philippines for corrective cranial surgery and also provided funds for the publication of several technical books by the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.