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Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Taringatura Lodge [Lumsden] Number 100

 Record Group
Identifier: A0602


  • Majority of material found within 1925 - 1967

About the Independent Order of Oddfellows

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political and non-religious Friendly Society with the motto "Friendship, Love and Truth". This features in their most well-known symbol of the three linked chains with the letters F, L and T. Historically the organisation provided assistance to it's members in the form of finanical help. Members also participated in recreational activites and charity work. There are also and Womens’ Lodges (which have ‘Rebekah’ as part of their name) and Junior Lodges.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodges first sprang up in New Zealand in 1862 and by 1879 there were 22 lodges with about 500 members. The Manchester Unity Order of Odd Fellows which the Independent Order had spilt off from was established in New Zealand in 1842. Other Friendly Societies included the Ancient Order of Foresters, Independent Order of Good Templars, Hibernian Society and the Ancient Order of Druids. The official dissolution of the Odd Fellows in New Zealand occured in 2015.

The Lumsden Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge was built c.1883 on Ida Street after the big town fire. It was also later known as the Buffalo Hall.


1 box(es) (Box 1)

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'A century of steam : a short history of Lumsden, 1876-1976' by I.L. Goodson
Reference: LC 993.96 GOO


Independent Order of Odd Fellows: The Sovereign Grand Lodge (accessed 7 February 2019)


Jock Phillips, 'Men’s clubs - Friendly societies and other fraternal organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. (accessed 7 February 2019)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Taringatura Lodge [Lumsden] Number 100
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Repository Details

Part of the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives Repository

50 Dee Street
Invercargill Southland 9810 New Zealand