Freemasonry is the oldest and largest existing fraternal organisation in the world. Freemasonry is a society that brings together millions of people, across the world, in a fraternal manner, of all nations, religions, political beliefs, and all social backgrounds. It comprises an estimated 5 Million members world wide with over 12,000 in Victoria. Modern Freemasonry traces its organisation to the 17th Century and proudly preserves the traditions it has inherited from those times. These traditions make Freemasonry unique within the community.