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Certificate - Independent Order of Rechabites, 1910 Object Reg. No: HT 11719

Certificate from the Victorian branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR), the International Temperance Brotherhood. Signed by Jack Bradshaw on 8 February 8 1910.

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.
Rectangular certificate printed in coloured ink on white card. The initials of the society are printed within three gold shields along the upper edge, with a blue scroll and title of the movement below. An emblem and motto features in the lower left corner, comprising two female classical figures standing on either side of a shield with the name of the society printed underneath in a scroll. The written part of the certificate is located on the right side, printed in brown cursive script with the name of the member, the signature of the witness and date handwritten in black ink. The certificate is decorated with a floral design. Information about the society is printed on the reverse in black ink. Some foxing.
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Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20.2 cm (Width), 13.7 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: alcohol, certificates
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Independent Order of Rechabites, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: SOCIETIES
Secondary Classification: Temperance
Tertiary Classification: pledges
Inscriptions: I O R / PLEDGE SIGNING CRUSADE; This is to Certify that / Jack Bradshaw / Has Signed the following Pledge:- / I promise to abstain from all Intoxicating / Liquors as Beverages and to discountenance / their use by others. / Date Feb 8 1910 / No 121 / AC Kellaway / Secretary or Witness; WE WILL DRINK NO WINE; INDEPENDENT / ORDER OF RECHABITES / VICTORIA
Awarded By: Independent Order of Rechabites, Victoria, Australia, 1910


jim davis Posted on 18 May 2010 7:09 PM
I have a Rechabite Certificate [undated] which says 'This is to certify that Bro. Wm Trwern Has held the Office of Chief Rulerof Hope of Carlisle Juvenile Tent At WA District No.88 for the legal period required by the Rules and is therefore entitled to all the honours and priveleges of a Past Chief Ruler of the INDDEPENDENT ORDER OF RECHABITES.'
It is attested by four individuals: J E Joyce [D.S.J.T.], W Warren [D SEC], S Larwood [SUPT] and A Harrison [Sec.]
I was wondering, as it doesn't have a date, is it possible to give a date for the certificate?

Jim Davis
Terry Leane Posted on 27 May 2010 11:10 PM

I have a certificate titled "Independent Order of Rechabites, Salford Unity, South Australia District No 81, Tent 35" which says "This is to certify that Brother F Leane was duly enrolled a Past Chief Ruler of the Star of Bethlehem Tent, No. 35 on eleventh day of December 1890. Presented by the Officers and Members of the above Tent to Brother F Leane on the Twenty sixth day of February 1891 for services rendered." It is signed by Secretary W Watkins and JH Cowling CR and J Sheils DR.

Hope this helps give you a time frame. The certificate was awarded to my Great-Grandfather, I think.


Terry Leane.
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 Jun 2010 10:47 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jim – Unfortunately, Museum Victoria doesn’t have records for the WA orders. One of our Curators has done a search on the name ‘Bro. Wm Trwern’ as it is unusual. There was a William Trewern born in WA in 1918 (died 1944 so I assume a casualty of WWII). If this is the man referred to in the certificate (and it was made out to a juvenile member), this would date the certificate to the late 1920- mid 1930s. We hope this helps!
M Galea Posted on 27 Nov 2011 9:15 PM
Thanks for a great site, is there somewhere I can go to get information on a past member of the Rechabite order? My ancestor (and his father before him) were members both as a juvenile and an adult.
Thanks so much

M Galea
Lynn Campbell Posted on 26 Jan 2013 2:17 AM
My father has just passed away, and on clearing his home i found a certificate stating that he was admitted as a member of the Lily Juvenile Trent, no. 679, on the 14th July, 1930, when he was 8 days old. I`m interested to know the history, and if he remained a lifelong member?
Bruce Neivandt Posted on 25 Nov 2013 9:46 PM
I have a certificate dated 20-6-38 stating This Certificate of Merit is presented to
Bro N. Neivandt by the Star of Bendigo junior
Tent No ? in recognition of valuable services rendered to the Independent order of rechabites
signed by Shattell [D.S.J.T.] ?? [SUPT.]
Millar [D.SEC.] A.Wilkinson [SEC.] I am
interested in any history of his membership in the IOR.
Bruce Neivandt.
lynda Posted on 11 Jan 2014 6:00 AM
When going through my Great grandmothers stuff, I ran across a publication of the "Crystal Fount. and the Rechabite recorder" dated Saturday, October 11th, 1845, they are clearly original and in fair condition. There are a lot of volumes tied together with a string. Any information?
Kay Fleming Posted on 19 Feb 2014 4:47 AM
I have a silver medal marked I.O.R."Union Juv Tent" awarded to Bro. Andrew Brown for bringing Members during 1890
patrick cassidy Posted on 04 Apr 2014 6:50 AM
I have an old forresters sash from an old Scottish branch if any use to your collection I can send it to you
Stephen Berry Posted on 08 Dec 2014 9:19 PM
Neil Turner
All you had to do was send me to the correct hospital and I would have had use in my right hand for the rest of my life.
I still haven't forgotten
Steve Berry

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