Lodge Enterprise’s March meeting was once again an outstanding success. After the normal business, visiting Masons, including the DGIW V. Wor. Bro. Tom Muir, were received and welcomed by the Worshipful Master, Wor. Bro. Geoff Williams. Before closing the Lodge the Secretary, Wor Bro. Phil Holden, informed the Lodge that he had received 2 Affiliation applications and 1 Membership application.
The Lodge was closed and all retired to join their ladies and non Masonic friends in the South for a two course meal, ably provided by our caterers. During the meal the normal toasts and responses were given, raffle prizes drawn and a jovial time had by all.
Following the Festive Board, members, visitors and guests were invited into the Lodge room for the reading of an historical paper entitled “The History of Waratah” prepared by Rt. Wor. Bro. Dick Bell of Lodge Enterprise.
The subject is dear to the heart of Dick, Rt. Wor. Bro. Bruce Bell and 6 Bell family members who were also present. Four members of Lodge Enterprise read the paper on Dick’s behalf.
The paper combined the history of the area, which originated as Platt’s Estate, with that of the history of the Bell family since its arrival in Australia in the late 1800’s. Rt. Wor. Bro. Bell has lived in Waratah since the 1920’s and, as an amateur historian has researched the area for some time.
Platt’s Estate covered an area from Mayfield East to Hexham and Shortland and developed from bushland to coal mining, farming and industry. Eventually becoming the number of different, smaller suburbs we know today.
Wor. Bro. Jim Richardson, on behalf of the Wor. Master, thanked Rt. Wor. Bro. Bell for giving Lodge Enterprise the opportunity to be the first to present his wonderful work. After accepting the applause, Dick thanked all who had assisted him in his project. Coffee and tea were then served to conclude a special night at Lodge Enterprise No.400.