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Predicate Object 1991.314.66.2 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.314.66.2 2016-07-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2017-11-01T19:29:17.537Z 65 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. medal oval shaped, gold-coloured metal and green enamel, in centre are initials "PCR", banner around: "ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS", above medal are crossed bows, green, red, and white striped grosgrain ribbon, bar in shape of horn with enamel coat of arms and stag's head, engraved on back "COURT 6172 / BRO. A. F. SMITH / 22 . 8 . 64", below is "AMOR / SYDNEY", medal attached to collar 1991.314.4 and comes from suitcase 1991.314.66.5, Court Pride of Newmarket No 6172 estd 1879 badge
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