Although Freemasonry in Western Australia was established in 1843, it was not until 1883 that the first Royal Arch Chapter was formed. It was Chapter No1033 under the English Constitution, and met in Fremantle. Nine years later the second Chapter was formed: Perth Chapter, No.242 of the Scottish Constitution.
The Establishment Of The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter.
In June 1904, a number of the Chapters meeting in Western Australia constituted themselves into a Supreme Grand Chapter, which held its first convocation on August 30th of that year. Not all the Chapters at that time joined the infant body, but continued in a District Grand Chapter of Western Australia under the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland. This remains today. The Scottish influence continues in that Western Australian Royal Arch Masons enjoy the distinct convenience participating in a number of degrees administered by the Grand Chapter, rather than having to join other sovereign orders as is the case in other parts of Australia.
Royal Arch Freemasonry
Royal Arch Freemasonry is the continuation of Craft Freemasonry\'s first three degrees. Its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters under a Grand Chapter. In Western Australia these chapters are found in most suburbs and towns where there is a Masonic Meeting Place. The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Western Australia, the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Western Australia and Grand Council of Most Excellent, Royal, Select and Super Excellent Masters of Western Australia extend a welcome to all Master Masons. Twelve months from the date of your third degree you are eligible to join the Holy Royal Arch to continue your 'masonic journey' by: discovering the genuine secrets, by deciphering the third tracing board, by participating in many degrees and by gaining the key to join many orders available only to Royal Arch Masons.
Royal Arch Freemasonry is an important part of the overall Fraternity of Masonry. It is a sovereign body, but at the same time, an integral part of the fabric of what the general public see as Freemasonry. Its history is synonymous with the rise of Freemasonry in England during the 16th and 17th centuries, which rose from the practices of the operative masons when building the great monuments throughout England and Europe.
Relationship with Craft Masonry in Western Australia.
In common with most constitutions of Antient Free and Accepted Masons, the Grand Lodge of Western Australia recognises the Honourable Degree of Mark Master Mason and the Degrees of the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.
Links to WA Chapters