The Manchester Unity Independent Order Of Oddfellows was a friendly society beginning in England in 1840, and provided medical and other services to communities. MUIOOF became strong in gold-rush Australia, with many branches, or lodges, in country centres. Tarnagulla's Loyal Garibaldi Lodge was registered on 21 September 1861, and remained a vital part of the community for many decades. Like other Lodges, this fraternal organisation provided unemployment, sickness and funeral insurance for workers. It played an important civic role by providing financial security, a social outlet and an avenue for status advancement. By the last twenty years of the 19th century, Lodge activity was an important part of community life.
Ledger containing Minutes of the Tarnagulla Loyal Garibaldi Lodge between August 1896 and August 1898. The rear pages are used in reverse. They record Minutes of Lodge Sub-committees: the Social, Anniversary and Reception Committee meetings of 1896-1898 and a Trustees meeting of 1897.