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Ancient Order of Foresters

 Record Group
Identifier: A0071


Processing Note: This collection is awaiting arrangement and description. Please contact Archives Staff for collection details.

Contains Minutes, correspondence, regalia, published materials, photographs, and records relating to the Court Southern Star, Bluff No 6131.


  • Majority of material found within 1890 - 2006

Ancient Order of Foresters

Originally established in England under the name Royal Foresters in 1745, before changing to the Ancient Order of Foresters in 1834, they were a Friendly Society that provided financial support to it's members in times of need. Established in New Zealand in the early 1860s, members paid a small amount into a common fund that then could be used to assist each other during times of financial trouble, illness and death. The different area groups were not called Lodges, but instead Courts.

Court Southern Star No.6131 was established at Bluff on the 18th of June 1890 and was formally dissolved on the 9th December 2005.


8 box(es) (Boxes 1 - 8)

Language of Materials



Foresters Friendly Society [accessed 17 June 2020].

Lodges of Southern New Zealand, Friends of the Hocken Collections, 43:2002 [accessed 17 June 2020].
Ancient Order of Foresters
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Repository Details

Part of the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives Repository

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Invercargill Southland 9810 New Zealand