Links & Resources for more information about Friendly Societies.

Online Resources:

Friendly Societies general:

Independent Order of Rechabites, Australian chapters:

Australian Unity Collection holds records of the Australian Natives' Association, Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Grand United Order of Odd Fellows:

Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Canberra, holds records of a number of friendly societies including that of Manchester Unity (NSW) lodges, the Ancient Order of Foresters and the United Ancient Order of Druids:

Grand United Order of Oddfellows:

Oddfellows Archive, UK:


Blainey, Geoffrey, 1991, Odd Fellows: a history of IOOF Australia, Sydney, Allen & Unwin

Green, David & Lawrence Cromwell, 1984, Mutual Aid or Welfare State. Australia's Friendly Societies, Sydney, Allen & Unwin

James, Bob, 1998, Secret Handshakes and Health Care in Australia: Grand United Order of Oddfellows 1848-1998, Sydney, Bob James

Watt, C I & W L Walmsley, 1972, A history of the Manchester Unity, Independent Order of Oddfellows in Victoria Friendly Society, 1840-1971, Melbourne, G M & Board of Directors

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