What is it that attracts a man to Freemasonry? Ask this question and you may be surprised at the answers you receive. What drives any man to do anything is based on his own experience and his perceptions of what he sees about him. Some of the answers you might get are.
- There is a good religious basis.
- There is not too much religion.
- There is a good emphasis on a supreme being.
- There is not too much emphasis on a supreme being.
There those who come because they like the idea of mixing with like minded men and those who are there because they see the challenge of dealing with men of such diverse views and opinions. Yet others come for friendship while their fellows seek solace in esoteric knowledge. Some come because the performance of ritual appeals to them and others because the same ritual has such a depth of meaning regardless of how well it is performed. Others are members because the thought of belonging to a craft almost as old as civilisation appeals to them and others because the craft offers something new for them.
Whatever it is that attracts men to Freemasonry, what is important is what keeps them there. Great men have been members of this craft. They have not seen it beneath their intellectual prowess or their social dignity to indulge in what might be seen by many as ritual mumbo jumbo.
- Edmund Barton - First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Speaker of the legislative assembly. Australian Lodge of Harmony No 556 (EC).
- Sir Donald Bradman - Australian Cricketer. Lodge Tarbolton, No 12
- Graham Kennedy - AO Australian Television personality. Lodge of St Kilda, 1955
- Sir Robert Menzies - AO 12th Prime Minister of Australia. Austral Temple Lodge No. 110, VC
- Sir William McMahon - 20th Australian Prime Minster. Lodge University of Sydney, No 544
- Sir Hubert Opperman - World's Fastest Bicyclist in 1930s; Governement Minister; High Commissioner to Malta. Stonnington Lodge, No 368.
- Sir Charles Kingsford Smith - aviator who was first to cross the Pacific from the US to Brisbane. Lodge Gascoyne, No 62.