Region 12 Masonic Education


The Lodge Education Paper is an optional step in completing the requirements for progression to a higher degree.

It must demonstrate that you have achieved specialised knowledge in your current degree or selected area of Freemasonry. Further, it must be original and generated specifically for the Region 12 Masonic Education Program.

Optimally, the paper will have applications beyond your research, and you are encouraged to craft your work with this in mind. Inclusion of your impressions developed while performing the research for your paper is recommended and encouraged.

The Lodge Education Paper should demonstrate your:

  • Ability to express ideas – both your own and those of others-clearly, correctly, and efficiently;
  • Ability to discover and utilise information from various sources such as libraries, known authorities, newspapers, magazines, and periodical;
  • Skill and ingenuity in locating collateral sources providing additional relevant information;
  • Skill in selecting, from all materials available, facts and ideas that are pertinent to the subject matter of your Lodge Education Paper;
  • Ability to organise and document information properly, and to present it clearly, correctly, effectively, and logically, with respect to referencing (Harvard Referencing System), grammar, punctuation and spelling.

A [PDF] copy of the Harvard Referencing System Guide is available online at

The Next Step…

The Lodge Education Paper is an accumulation of what you have learned in your Masonic study, experience, and research in each Degree. The paper should You should now:

  • Select a topic to be explore;
  • Survey literature relating to your topic;
  • Speak with your Lodge Education Officer of Mentor and Define your topic of investigation in clear and specific term;
  • Formulate verifiable assumptions which govern the interpretation of results;
  • Execute the research through the Masonic Library or other credible online resources;
  • Evaluate the results and draw conclusions;
  • Write up your 1,000 word paper (MSOffice) and submit it via E-Mail to your Lodge Education Officer.

Entered Apprentice Freemason papers (1,000 word minimum) may include, but are not limited to:

  • General Information about Freemasonry;
  • Philosophy of Freemasonry;
  • History of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory;
  • History of your Lodge;
  • Esoteric and Exoteric Symbolism in the First Degree.

Fellowcraft Freemason papers (1,000 word minimum) may include, but are not limited to:

  • Freemasonry and religion – factual information;
  • Freemasonry’s response to critics;
  • Freemasonry and the world;
  • Freemasonry and Australia;
  • Esoteric and Exoteric Symbolism in the Second Degree.

Master Mason papers (1,000 word minimum) may include, but are not limited to:

  • Origin of Freemasonry;
  • Historical Masonic theory;
  • Influence of Freemasonry on society;
  • Esoteric and Exoteric Symbolism in the Third Degree.

Best wishes on your contribution to the development of Masonic Research.

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