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Predicate Object 1991.314.116 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.314.116 2016-07-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2018-05-15T06:25:04.942Z 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. sash, ribbon description: green silk sash, red cord tassels, one part, folded and joined at one side, "S.W." metal initials above emblem, Diii emblem in red, green, yellow, pink, blue, purple depicting stag's head with crown below, on crossed horn, quiver, bow, and spears with foliage, below are two figures flanking a coat of arms and holding banner which reads "UNITY, BENEVOLENCE & CONCORD", below is a globe encircled by banners with "ANCIENT ORDER OF / FORESTERS", 6", Senior Woodward metal initials sewn to sash sash
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