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Wooden Hand - Heart in Hand, IOOF, Victoria, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: SH 960101

This is a wooden hand from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Heart in Hand is a symbol of charity. It refers to the help which an Odd Fellow gives to a brother in need, and the spirit in which help is to be given. The hand of a true Odd Fellow should always be open to the needs of other members of the order.

Friendly Societies were community and interest based organisations which attracted members who wished to insure themselves and their families against poverty caused by sickness or death. They were self-help organisations, with local lodges who met together regularly, and they promoted mutual care and a sense of community. Old rituals were imported into the new land, and lodge members helped each other find jobs and become established in the community.
This wooden hand has been painted gold. A heart has been carved onto the palm of the hand and is painted red. A bracelet has been carved around the wrist and is painted white. The base of the hand has been elaborately carved.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Independent Order of Oddfellows, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.5 cm (Height), 11.5 cm (Width), 28.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: community organisations services, temperance societies
Themes this item is part of: Independent Order of Oddfellows, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: SOCIETIES
Secondary Classification: Friendly
Tertiary Classification: regalia
User: Independent Order of Oddfellows, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890


L. Hansen Posted on 02 Mar 2011 12:38 AM
You write: "an Odd Fellow should give to a brother who is in need".
It is NOT in the past it is still valid for IOOF mambers.
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 Mar 2011 3:24 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
L. Hansen,
Thank you very much for the feedback! We have forwarded this to the curatorial staff, who have made the necessary change to the information. These changes will be reflected in the next update of the page.

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