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National United Order of Free Gardeners

The National Board and Branch Records for this Order between 1851 and 1940 are held at Northamptonshire Record Office. The Order may be related to the United Order of Free Gardeners that provided the lifeboat Emma at Redcar in 1876. This order is known to have lodges in England and Ireland in the 19th century and it associated with the St Andrews Order in Scotland.

The Free Gardeners survived in Africa and Australia into the 21st century. The Grand Lodge of Free Gardeners (Africa) was based in Cape Town, South Africa. The Grand United Order of Free Gardeners of Australasia Friendly Society Limited represented the Australian lodges. Both were affiliated to the Ancient Order. Other lodges were started in the United States, Canada and the West Indies, with varying degrees of success.

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