Thursday, 9 June 2016
Week 23: What on earth is the R.A.O.B.?
So as I have mentioned before, I am constantly searching for mentions of our ancestors in the newspapers. I especially like it when I can find a lengthy obituary for a person. In the obituary, I could find what the person did, what made him tick and who the mourners were.
Sometimes I get a surprise and find something that I never expected or even heard of before.
In this particular case I found a funeral recap for William Anthony Palin in the Cheshire Observer April 17, 1943.
I had never heard of ROAB and went to look it up. The acronym stands for Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. According to Wikipedia it states “The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom. The order started in 1822 and is known as the Buffs to members. The RAOB organisation aids members, their families, dependents of former members and other charitable organisations. The Order's motto is "No Man Is At All Times Wise".”
Not being satisfied, I went looking for more information and found their home site. There it states that the organization was formed by stage hands that were not given the same freedom and luxuries that actors were given in London in 1822.
Being prevented from attending meetings of the Lushington’s after a number of years enjoyment of that privilege, the stage hands and theatre staff starting holding their own exclusive meetings that had ’nuffin to do wit them acter fellas’.
I absolutely LOVE google! It is like having a current encyclopedia to world and almost anything can be found. All you need is as little patience and a whole lot of time!