A preliminary meeting was held in a private parlour of the Volunteer Hotel, St Marys, on 17th October, 1900, to consider the advisability of establishing a Freemason's Lodge in that town. The undermentioned brethren were present:-
Wor. Bro. JW Colless, P.M, Kingswood
Wor. Bro. L. Perkins, P.M, Rooty Hill
Wor. Bro. W. Perritt, P.M, Penrith
Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith
Bro. J. Sainsbury, St Marys
Bro. H. Addison, St Marys
Bro. Woods, St Marys
Bro. Logan, Werrington
Bro. A, Guthrie Mt Druitt
Bro. H. Miiller, Mt Druitt
Bro. F. Jones, Sydney
Bro. Eli Brood, Sydney
Wor. Bro J.W. Colless was voted to the chair and Bro. Eli Broad appointed secretary pro. term.
Wor, Bro. Colless then made some introductory remarks, explained the object of the meeting, and requested the Secretary to read the petition that had been prepared and signed. This having been done, Wor, Bro. Perritt moved and Bro. A Guthrie seconded - "That it is desireable that a masonic Lodge be formed in St Marys" Carried unanimously.
Wor. Bro. Perkins pointed out how inconvenient it had been for him to attend the "Nepean" Lodge, and how much better it would be for him to attend a Lodge at St Marys.
Bro. Sainsbury corroburated Wor. Bro. Perkins' statement and cordially supported the movement
but would on the contrary Bro. Miiller said it was too far to journey to Penrith, but would most willingly attend a lodge at St Marys.
Bro. A. Guthrie stated that it would be most convenient for him to attend a Lodge at St Marys, Penrith being too distant.
Wor. Bro. T.R Smith thought it desirable to establish a Lodge in St Marys' and considered that a good many worthy men would join the lodge when formed.
Bro. F.T Jones expressed the opinion that the formation of a Lodge at St Marys would not militate against the Penrith Lodge, but would on the contrary would promote a good feeling between them.
Bro. Wood said that a Lodge should have been formed at St marys long ago, and that he was heartily sympathetic of the object of the gathering.
Wor. Bro Perritt was of the opinion that if a charter were granted, a flourishing lodge would result in the near future; but counselled that the expenditure of Lodge funds on refreshments be curtailed as far as possible.
Bro. J. Sainsbury proposed & Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith seconded, that the Lodge ne name THE ST MARYS LODGE - Carried.
Bro. A. Guthrie proposed & Bro. Jones seconded that Wor. Bro. J.R. Colless be W.M. - Elected unanimously.
Wor. Bro. L. Perkins proposed & Bro. Guthrie seconded that Bro. J. Sainsbury be S.W. - Elected unanimously.
Bro. Guthrie proposed & Bro. Perkins seconded that Bro. H. Addison be J.W. - Elected unanimously.
Bro's Colless, Sainsbury, and Addison returned thanks.
Wor. Bro T.R. Smith moved & Bro. Miiller seconded that the lodge meet on the Wednesday nigh on or before full moon, at protestant Hall, St Marys. Carried.
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At this stage Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith said he was prepared to pay for the regalia with the exception of the jewels.
Bro. Jones promised to donate any sum up to 5pounds to purchase ornaments for the welfare of the Lodge.
Bro. Sainsbury announced that he would provide certain pieces of furniture.
On the motion of Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith, seconded by Bro. Sainsbury it was decide that the FORMATION FEE be fixed at one Guinea.
Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith moved & Wor. Bro. Perritt seconded that Bro. Sainsbury act as treasurer pro term, in order to collect the fees - Carried.
Wor. Bro. Perritt proposed & Wor. Bro. T.R. Smith seconded that the acting Secretary be empowered to prepare the petition in proper form and forward it to the Grand Secretary, and that Grand Lodge be requested to have the names of the whole petition inserted on the Charter as Founders of the Lodge - Carried.
The meeting terminated by a hearty vote of thanks to Wor. Bro. J.W.Colless for the action he had taken in regards to this matter. Carried by acclamation, Bro. Colless responded briefly.