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About Lodge Enterprise No.400
Lodge Ferndale No.400 consolidated with Lodge Dugald Dobie No.563 and Lodge Pegasus Roberts No.870 on the 1st June 1994 to form Lodge Enterprise No.400. We are one of eight lodges in Region 4, District 41 under the jurisdiction of the U.G.L of N.S.W. & ACT.
Lodge Consolidation 1st June 1994
LODGE ENTERPRISE N0. 400
U.G.L of N.S.W. & A.C.T
Lodge meetings are held on the Fourth Monday of each month except December, in which it is held on the Third Monday
At the New Lambton Masonic Centre
Corner of St. James Road and Cromwell Street, New Lambton. Newcastle, N.S.W.
OR Enter 49 Cromwell Street, New Lambton into your GPS unit.
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal societies. It provides a code of living in today’s society based on moral and ethical standards.
|Freemasons are ordinary men in the community. Of all religions and backgrounds, who share a concern for human values, moral standards, respect for the laws of society and the rights of individuals?|
|What values do masons promote?–We value family and community. We also promote ethics, tolerance, education, diversity, philanthropy and believe there is more to life than pleasure and money.|
|To supply the Wants and Needs Of Others by Charitable Deeds. And to make good men better men.|
|There may be many reasons why a man will choose to be a Freemason. It is an organisation that promotes self-development, family and community values. It provides men with an opportunity for public service and hands-on involvement in charitable and community issues, as well as the chance to socialise with men from all walks of life (without religious or political barriers).|
The History of Freemasonry
The precise origans of Freemasony have been lost in time, however, its traditions date back to the Middle Ages and to the stonemasons who built the cathedrals and castles of Europe. To construct them, it was necessary for men to have considerable knowledge of geometry, arithmetic and engineering. These highy skilled masons formed themselves into lodges to protect the skills and secrets of their trade and to pass on their knowledge to worthy apprentices. Importantly, these men were not bondsmen, hence the word ‘free’ in the title ‘Freemason’. By the 17th Century, when the building of castles and cathedrals diminished, Masonry began to lose its ‘operative’ aspects and worthy men who were not craftsmen were also accepted into its membership. Its was from this time that Masons were known as ‘Free and accepted’ Masons, as they continue to be known to this day.
The first Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717 and thereafter Freemasonry spread rapidly thoughout the world. Freemasonry has been practices in Australia since the early 19th Century and it is thought that the first Freemason to set foot on Australian soil was Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist on Cook’s voyages of discovery.
Thought of the Month—Three candles disperse the darkness — Truth, Knowledge and the Ways of Nature.