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It is estimated that the number; ot members of friendly societies in Victoria , last year was 126.000 or 127.000, and ttot the total funds approach £2,000,000." 1»Y 1908 the membership totalled 123,443, an«: the total funds were £1,793,186. The Grand Lodge of the Grand Uniteq | Order of Oddfellows have decided thai!. all meetings of the order should be held with open doors. It was held that tna time had gone by for secrecy in friendljj societies' work. It was also resolve*that all passwords, signs, grips, and snett .. other formula, as may be advised, M'-.s abolished. rfe

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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES ABOLISH SIGNS, GRIPS, Etc. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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