A reproduction of the original Articles of Union is on display in a showcase on the third floor.

 The Articles of Union consist of only nine paragraphs; but those nine paragraphs were tremendously important for they proved to be the means whereby the brethren of the Lodges working under the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland, and New South Wales were brought together under the auspices of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

 The first paragraph acknowledged the existence in New South Wales of Lodges on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, the United Grand Lodge of England, and the Grand Lodge of Scotland, which were extended by the formation of District Grand Lodges in the case of England and Scotland, and a Provincial Grand lodge in the case of Ireland.

 The second paragraph recognized that in 1877 some Lodges were established under the Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

 In the third paragraph the statistical strength of the three Grand Lodges in the Colony was stated, i.e., England ‑ 80 Lodges, Scotland ‑ 55, and New South Wales 51. (Ireland had, by this time, amalgamated with the Grand Lodge of New South Wales.)

 The fourth paragraph expressed the view "that it is expedient in the best interests of the Craft that perfect unity shall be secured and maintained and that there shall be henceforth perfect uniformity of obligation, of discipline, and of the working of all Lodges."

 The four preceding paragraphs being in the nature of a preamble, the Articles of Union, in the fifth paragraph, proclaimed that to give ‑ effect to the wishes of the majority of the brethren all Lodges shall on St John's Day, 24th June, 1888, "constitute one Grand Lodge under the style of 'The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales'."

 In the sixth paragraph the Worshipful Masters, Past Masters, and Wardens were summoned to attend a meeting on a day and at a place to be appointed, there to elect "some distinguished brother to be the Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales."

 The question of precedence was one of great delicacy. To determine the order of precedence of the Lodges formerly under the three Constitutions and the precedence of all ranks and appointments of Past Grand Officers required much tact, per­ception, skill, and understanding. The seventh paragraph provided the machinery for this purpose by setting up a Committee of three Past Masters from each of the existing bodies with firm instructions "to report, to a Special Communication of the Grand Lodge, to be convened by the Grand Master at six months from the date of the establishment of The United Grand Lodge."

 The eighth paragraph required Warrants under the seal of "The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales" to "be prepared for each and every Lodge then enrolled on the Registers of the Grand Lodge and District Grand Lodges, and that the names of seven brethren of each Lodge be furnished with as little delay as possible to the Grand Secretary for engrossing on such Warrants. The consecutive number of the Lodges was not to be designated until such time as the Committee submitted its report to Grand Lodge. The Lodges were also permitted by this paragraph to retain their former Warrants, provided the Grand Lodge that issued the Warrant was agreeable. The Lodges were, however, required to forward the old Warrant to the Grand Master to enable him to append an annexure recording the fact that the particular Lodge had declared its allegiance to 'The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales'."

 The ninth an d final paragraph stipulated that all Lodges in New South Wales had to be notified of the proceedings and invited to enrol themselves within six months, so that they may be accorded their precedence on the Register of The United Grand Lodge at the Special Communication.

 The Articles of Union having been agreed to by the Committee representing the three Constitutions, it was signed by each of the five representatives of the three Constitutions and dated 1st June 1888.

 A meeting of the Freemasons under the English, Scottish, and New South Wales Constitutions was held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, on 16th August 1888.

 The Chair was occupied by W. Bro. William Henry Simpson, Past Deputy District Grand Master, English Constitution, with R.W. Bro. Arthur Henry, Grand‑Senior Warden, New South Wales Constitution; and W. Bro. Alfred Rofe Past District Grand Master Depute, Scottish Constitution, being respectively in the Senior and Junior Wardens' Chairs.

 M.W. Bro. The Honourable Dr Harman John Tarrant, M.L.C., Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New South Wales, R.W. Bro. Dr William Gillett Sedgwick, District Grand Master, Scottish Constitution, and R.W. Bro. Charles Frederick Stokes, Acting District Grand Master, English Constitution, were announced and received in proper form.

 The Worshipful Presiding Master then announced that they had met for the purpose of establishing "The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales" and expressed the hope that the brotherly feeling and unanimity which had prevailed amongst the brethren who had brought the movement forward to its present position, would also prevail at the Meeting that night, and that the brethren would sink all personal considerations and work together to bring this grand object to a successful issue.

 V.W. Bro. John Cochrane Remington then read a "History of Freemasonry in the Colony" which he had compiled, after which R.W. Bro. Charles F. Stokes read the Articles of Union which had, as stated earlier in this paper, been agreed upon by the Joint Committee appointed to arrange a Basis of Union, and which are as set out in the Book of Constitutions, pages 1 to 5.

 The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons was then proclaimed duly formed by the Worshipful Presiding Master for the first time in the East R.W. Bro. Arthur Henry (acting as Senior Warden) proclaimed it for the second time in the West and W. Bro. Alfred Note (acting as Junior Warden) proclaimed it for the third time in the South.

 The Choir sang an anthem composed especially for the occasion by W. Bro. (Later M.W. Bro.) Thomas E. Spencer. M.W. Bro. Harman J. Tarrant, M.L.C., then formally nominated R.W. Bro. His Excellency Lord Carrington, Past Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England, as the first Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. R.W. Bro. Charles F. Stokes seconded the nomination, which was supported by R.W. Bro. Dr William G. Sedgwick.

 At the Special Communication held in the Exhibition Building in Prince Alfred Park (now demolished) on 18th September 1888, for the Installation of His Excellency Most Worshipful Brother Lord Carrington by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia, M.W. Bro. Chief Justice Samuel J. Way, the Articles of Union were formally presented and announced by the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of South Australia as being adopted.