The Great Priory of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

of The United , Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta

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The Great Priory of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory was established on February 25, 1984 by agreement of the Preceptories and Priories operating under the Great Priory of England and Wales, and the Great Priory of Scotland.

One of more than 30 Great Priories around the world, it is the governing body in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory of the United, Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta — a Christian and chivalric order of Freemasonry, more commonly referred to as the Knights Templar and Knights of Malta.

The Ceremonies of the Orders are historic and dramatic, drawing their themes and dignity from the Chivalric Orders of the ancient Crusader Knights of the Temple and of St John.

"All ceremonies draw their striking themes and dignity from the Chivalric Orders of the Ancient Crusader Knights of the Temple and of St John"

The Ceremonies of the Order are historic and dramatic and built around the three distinct steps to Knighthood - The Vigil, The Squire and The Knight, with a further step to Knight Malta.

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The Knights Templar order is Christian and chivalric. Its base ethos is the defence of the Christian faith. Colourful , historical and complements the journey of the Royal Arch Mason. In the year 1118 AD King Baldwin II granted the Templars quarters on the Temple Mount and this forms the link to the Royal Arch.

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This degree contains a mixture of masonic tradition, historical accounts of the Order of St John and moral teachings . Our ceremony embraces the  great battles of the historic  medieval Order of St John, whose story is the basis of the moral teachings of the degree.

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We have a created an Online Community, where you can connect with other Knights from across the State. Similar to Facebook you can share posts, videos, pictures, chat and enjoy the benefits of engaging with members of our Order in a safe and friendly online environment.

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