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Predicate Object 1991.314.67.3 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.314.67.3 2016-07-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2017-11-01T20:12:39.286Z 50 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. suitcase, fibreboard rectangular tan leather suitcase, leather and metal closures with "JET" stamped on metal, stamped on top of suitcase is "FIBER-CANE / REGISTERED", handle at front with metal fixtures, interior of case has brown paper lining, sticker on interior lid with Forester's emblem and text of "Ancient Order of Foresters / of New Zealand / FORESTERS' BUILDING / Corner ALBERT & WELLESLEY STS., AUCKLAND.", handwritten at top of label is "PHONE 22.840" suitcase
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