At 29 years of age, Gawler resident Raffaele Piccolo appears to be the youngest head in the history of the local Gawler Freemasons.
Mr Piccolo is believed to be the youngest Worshipful Master to take the chair of the 169 year old Lodge of Fidelity No. 5 (also known as the Gawler Freemasons).
Raffaele was installed as Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Fidelity on May 19 by Right Worshipful Brother Arnie Narayan, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia and the Northern Territory.
He was by the Very Worshipful Brother Ray Mack, Grand Director of Ceremonies, and a retinue of officers of Grand Lodge.
Mr Piccolo, son of Light MP Tony Piccolo, said it is an honour to have been elected to the office of Worshipful Master of the
Lodge of Fidelity as this is the highest accolade that a lodge can bestow upon one of its members in Freemasonry.
Mr Piccolo says that he hopes to build on the work of his predecessors, and to have the Lodge further contribute to local community initiatives and charitable causes.
“Too often when people think of Freemasons, they think of secrets, and conspiracies.
Unknown to many, charity and benevolence are at the heart of Freemasonry,” Mr Piccolo said.
“It is my desire to change the perception that people have of Freemasonry. I want to take up the mantle set by my predecessors and to move the Lodge out from behind the curtain of secrecy for which it is well-known.”
“I want the fraternity to be known for its charity work. To that end, I am keen to have the Lodge work with other charity, and like minded groups in Gawler and the surrounding districts.”
“It is in collaboration, and working together, that we can make a greater positive impact in Gawler.”
The Lodge of Fidelity was established in 1849, just 10 years after the establishment of Gawler in 1839, and eight years before the formation of the Town of Gawler (Gawler Council) in 1857.
Mr Piccolo said the Lodge counts many of Gawler’s founding fathers, and other well-known identities, among its former members, including James Martin, John Rudall, and William Barnet.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Members come from all walks of life and meet as equals regardless of their respective background.
Mr Piccolo said the Lodge always welcomes inquiries from people interested in finding out more about Freemasonry in general, or pursuing membership.
Anyone interested in working in collaboration with the Lodge on a community initiative, or charitable cause, or making a membership enquiry can contact the Lodge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.