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Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Southland Central District Rebekah Lodge Number 4

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Identifier: A0526


  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 1989

Rebekah Lodges

Officially called the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies or Daughters of Rebekah, and founded in America in 1851, these lodges started as a women-only branch of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. Women could only originally join if they had a male family member in the Oddfellows, but membership was eventually opened up to all women (and later men).

They are a charitable, humanitarian group who are involved in such activites as caring for the elderly and children, financial and educational support, and support of environmental and aid relief causes.

Symbols associated with the Rebekahs are the beehive, moon and stars, the dove and the lily. Their philosophy is “To live peaceably, do good unto all, as we have opportunity and especially to obey the Golden Rule, Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye even so unto them.”

The first New Zealand Lodge opened in 1895 in Dunedin. By the end of the 1930's there were 84 lodges. In 1992 there were 58 Rebekah Lodges, but in 2014 the last Lodge, Kaitaia’s Roa Rebekah, closed it's doors.


1 box(es) (Box 1)

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Independent Order of Oddfellows: The Sovereign Grand Lodge


NZ History : 'Rebekah Lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 1895 – 2015' by Yvonne Robertson and Yvonne Wilkie. (accessed 7 Feb 2019)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Southland Central District Rebekah Lodge Number 4
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Invercargill Southland 9810 New Zealand