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Predicate Object 1991.314.49 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.314.49 2016-07-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-05-27T01:27:29.827Z 40 friendly societies The Ancient Order of Foresters with its motto Unity, Benevolence and Concord, began in England in the mid-eighteenth century. By the time the first New Zealand branch opened in 1852 it was an established friendly society, providing sickness and death benefits to its members and having a particular concern for widows and orphans. From 1909 their activities were governed by the Friendly Societies Act, which required the compulsory registration of all such societies. The first Auckland Court opened in 1863, and membership reached a peak in the mid 1930s. Since then membership has declined as many of the benevolent functions were taken over by the state. ribbon badge green, fringe part of fabric one piece folded at edge and swen onto pin, red & gold machined embroidery reading "COMMITTEE" with leaves and acorns above and below, metal stickpin at back, manufacturers mark woven into fabric where folded over pin "H SLINGSBY & SON, MANUFRS, NUNEATON" badge, membership
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