(by Jennifer Eder, stuff, November 15, 2019)
Behind locked doors in Blenheim, Freemasons follow ancient rituals, in a room of velvet, surrounded by golden symbols and carefully placed stones.
Wooden honour boards record 150 years of Masters in the Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity. Eight Masters have been mayors.
But the charitable organisation, reputed for secret handshakes and ceremony, was not created by religious or academic elites but the humble tradie – the stonemasons who…