Certificate - IOR, 'Encampment Certificate of Membership', circa 1880-1899 Document Reg. No: SH 860297

Certificate of membership (unused) published by the Independent Order of Rechabites during the late nineteenth century. The certificate is within a purple coloured cardboard folder. It was made circa 1880-1899

The Independent Order of Rechabites was a friendly society, which was founded in Salford, England in 1835. The Order was part of the temperance movement. The name of the Order was inspired by the Rechabites, who feature in the 35th Chapter of Jeremiah. The founders of the Order were concerned that many friendly societies met in public houses and their members were therefore vulnerable to the temptations of alcohol. The Order spread around the world. There were branches in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and India. Branches were known as 'tents' and presided over by High Chief Rulers, who were assisted by Inside and Outside Guardians, a Levite of the Tent and a group of Elders. Before joining the Order, a prospective member had to sign a pledge that they and their family would abstain from alcohol.
Certificate has a purple cover with inscribed gilt writing. Inside is an ornate coloured certificate with a Rechabite crest on top left hand side with written text. The crest includes two allegorical women , one perhaps an angel; Noah's Ark, shipwreck, St George and the Dragon, roses, beehive, sun, moon and stars, a lamb, the all-seeing eye, and other motifs. There are several national crests with text on the bottom left. The right hand side has text as below, not filled in with any name.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Independent Order of Rechabites, 1986
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 22.10 cm (Height), 14.70 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: community organisations services, temperance societies
Themes this item is part of: Independent Order of Rechabites, Melbourne, Victoria, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: SOCIETIES
Secondary Classification: Temperance
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Front cover: I.O.R./ ENCAMPMENT / Certificate of Membership.
Printed on certificate: Temperance/Fortitude/Justice/ Independent Order of Rechabites/ Salford Unity; Independent Order of Rechabites/ The pioneer of all temperance fraternities/ To all whom it may concern/This is to certify/ that _______ / was duly admitted a Member of ______ Grand Encampment No. ______ on the _____ day of ____ 18 ____; The Oldest, Largest and Wealthiest Temperance Friendly Society
Issued By: Independent Order of Rechabites, Australia, 1880-1900

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