Quatuor Coronati Lodge: Next Meeting
Quatuor Coronati Lodge meets five times a year on the second Thursday in November (Installation); third Thursday in February; second Thursday in May; fourth Thursday in June; and second Thursday in September. Lodge meetings are usually held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London.
Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 4.00 pm
Revisiting John Browne’s Ciphered Masonic Works
Norman B. Spencer Prize Essay
At the turn of the nineteenth century, John Browne and William Finch produced works – partly written in cipher – outlining the contemporary ritual of the Premier Grand Lodge. David Slater’s prize-winning paper examines Browne’s contribution and highlights some of the difficulties and ambiguities that exist in the deciphering. He considers Browne’s 1798 Master-Key, his 1802 Master Key, and the four quarto pages that accompany Browne’s Tracing Boards. The paper also examines and critiques previous attempts to decipher Browne’s work.
David Slater, a third generation freemason, was initiated in 1983, and passed and raised in 1984 in Lodge The King’s School (No. 760, UGL of NSW & ACT) by his father VW Bro Bob Slater, then WM. The tradition continues with David occupying the chair at his son Alex’s three degrees. Alex will be in the audience at his father’s Norman B. Spencer Prize presentation.
Lodge The King’s School consolidated with other school lodges in 2010 forming The Schools Lodge (No. 639). David is its Education Officer as well as an Education Officer in Lodge Commonwealth of Australia (No. 633), a lodge in which he was WM for three terms. He is Organist of Yass Lodge of Concord (No.27), SW of The Discovery Lodge of Research (No. 971), Treasurer of the Linford Lodge of Research, a member of QCCC, an associate member of the Lodge of Living Stones (No. 4957), a correspondent member of the Victorian Lodge of Research (No. 218 UGL Victoria), and a member of Kring Nieuw Holland.
David is a vice president of the ANZMRC and a Kellerman Lecturer, having presented a paper on “Mysticism, Masculinity and Masonry” at its 2004 conference. He has the conferred Grand Rank of PDGDC.
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