The 6th March, 2013 meeting of Lodge Enterprise No.400 saw a word perfect rendition of the First Tracing Board executed by our Senior Deacon, Bro. Paul Harden to our visiting Fellowcraft, Bro Andy Hartley from Lodge Lawrie Abra Memorial No.2, Tasmanian Constitution, and to all Masons present. This was the first time Bro. Andy has seen the 1st Tracing Board of the English Ritual, use by the NSW & ACT Lodges, the Tasmanian Lodge using the Scottish Ritual. All present were very much appreciative of the manner in which the Tracing Board explanation was delivered and they later gave thanks to Bro Harden after retiring to the Festive Board.
After the Tracing Board, Rt. Wor. Bro R.F.(Dick) Bell, gave a talk on an item he had published in the latest edition of the “Freemason” magazine entitled “Harry Collins, Freemason and Champion Boxer”. Harry Collins, a relative of Dick Bell, came to Australia in 1903 from England and settled in the Newcastle area. He commenced boxing at the age 17 and by the time of his retirement his fights totalled 40, all over 20 rounds each, including 30 wins (15 knockouts), 2 losses and 8 draws. He won the Australian Welterweight Title 4 times. On the 26th February 1926 he fought for the British Empire Middleweight Title but lost on points over 20 rounds. He lost his next fight by a TKO. Owing to deteriorating eyesight Harry Collins officially retired on the 26 October 1926 aged 23. He was inducted into the Newcastle Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, and his widow donated the Australian Championship Belt to the Newcastle Museum. Harry Collins and his Brother-in-law, Joseph Rowe became Freemasons on the 9 July 1926 in Lodge Ferndale No.400. Lodge Ferndale consolidated with two other Lodges to become Lodge Enterprise No.400.
Rt. Wor. Bro Raymond Courtney Pattinson presented those brethren who were having their birthdays in March. All present extended to them best wishes for a wonderful day on their respective birthdays.
At the Festive Board it was announced that this night was the 15th anniversary of Bro Paul Harden’s initiation into Freemasonry, on the 4th March 1998, and by the manner in which he presented the 1st Tracing Board and the way he performs his duties as an officer of Lodge Enterprise No400 it was said that “his title to our privileges has been based upon merit, and that on him, our favours have not been unworthily bestowed”.
The Junior Warden brought another wonderful night of Fellowship and Brotherly Love to an end by presenting the Junior Warden’s Toast.