Lodge History

In 1994 Lodge Enterprise was formed by the consolidation of Lodge Ferndale, Lodge Dugald Dobie and Lodge Pegasus Roberts, as they all held their meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. The naming of the new Lodge arose from a selection of name from some local events such as “The Mattara Festival”, from the City’s Logo at that time, “Newcastle the City of Enterprise” and other Newcastle icons. Three names were selected and put to the vote by the member’s of the three lodges. The result of the ballot was Lodge Enterprise No.400 and as a result, the Lodge was formed. The name” Newcastle the City of Enterprise” was the first choice for the lodge’s name. But as it appears on the Newcastle City Council Official Crest, we were not allowed by law to use the name “Lodge Newcastle, City of Enterprise No. 400.”  In November 2012 members of Lodge Friendship No 158 voted on a proposal to consolidate with Lodge Enterprise No.400. Lodge Enterprise accepted the request and the consolidation of the two Lodges took place on the 25th November 2013.

Fraternal Visitations

Since 1926 Lodge Enterprise No.400 (Newcastle) and The Leichardt Lodge No.133 (Sydney), have held biannual fraternal meetings, in May at Sydney and November at Newcastle.

Lodge Ferndale No.400 and Lodge Lillyfield No.402 were consecrated at the about the same time in 1921, and the Worshipful Masters of each lodge were acquainted. As a result of this friendship the visits commenced five years after their consecration.

Lodge Lillyfield joined Lodge Fellowship and Lodge Mercury to form Lodge Epoch. Then Lodge Epoch consolidated with Lodge Shaw Stewart, Lodge St. John and Lodge Westgate to form The Leichhardt Lodge No.133.

In the early days, lodge members use to travel by train and would book an entire carriage for the journey between Sydney and Newcastle. It is said that on the train trip from Sydney Central no beverages were to be consumed before Redfern Station; the reverse was also possible. These days, buses are hired for the outing. Visits are made on the weekend and at the Saturday night meeting the visiting lodge carries out the work. Sunday the members of both lodges spend the morning exploring places of interest and then enjoy a lunch together, before return to their respective homes..

At some stage an impressive “Chain of Friendship” was created, a heavy, large item with the Worshipful Masters names engraved on it. Sadly, at present this historic link cannot be located, but is reported to be in a sugar bag somewhere.