THE QUEENS LODGE HISTORICAL ARCHIEVE
Big Thanks To Bro James Cristiano for hunting these down.
Freemasonry of Olden-Time
Text Taken From Here
(By Eli Broiul)
Inspired and auimatod, 110 doubt, by
the truism of tho axiomatic declarat.011
contained in Holy "Writ (vide Psalm
exxxiii, verso 1), tho Brethren of Ui'J
MA'stic 'l'io residing in Penrith and its
environs in tlio early GO's of last cen
tury decided to establish a local lodge.
As 110 such assemblage Masons can
be legally congrogated for work, as a
Lodgo, except under tlio authority of a
Warrant of Constitution granted • by
somo Grand Lodge, the Brethren con
cerned made application to tlio G.L. of
England, for a charter. This patent
was duly issued 011 12.1st August, X'80.5.
The Lodge was named "Queens, ana
was No. 982 on tho liogiator of tho
U.G.L. .of England, Wor. Bro. J. U\
Bynn beiug tlio first W.M. Tho meat
ings were hold in a large rwwii upstairs,
at Bro. Donald Boatson's Coniinoreial
Hotel, since being remodelled known n»
Hotel Penrith. Tho following is a
list of P.M.'s of the "Queen's Lodgo :
J. T. Ryan, J'as Evans, P. Bobbins, AV,
Yeiomans, J. Tipping, 13. D. Madgvnek,
T. MjcCoy, A. Rowan, A. Colloss, h.
Cane, O. Randall, and W. White.
This Lodgo apjpears to have experi
enced manifold vicissitudes, as on onu
occasion a country niomber residing at
Livorpool wrote asking whether there
was any truth in tho rumor that the
Lodge- intended to "sell out," evidently
meaning to "close permanently and
surrender the charter." lie was in
formed that the Lodgo had no intention
of so doing.
Many yours ago 1 heard the late Ui,
' Bond in a short address recount some
of the diiUouiltios tlio Brethren had to
face in tho early dayB. He said that
not infrequently the paucity ot at
tendance was such tliut they woro un
able to obtain a quorum to open the
Lodge, and that often tho few who had
assembled would go out into the ccntn
of High Street to see if they could
descry uny belated members wenuuig
I their way towards tlio Lodge-room.
l.'rom other sources I have learned
that when any special ceremonial work
had to ba performed, it was noccBsaiy
, to fetch Wor. Bro. J as. Evans lrom hie
: homo at Gustloreagh to I'enritH to
compUsli it, lie being tlio best ritualist
associated with tho Lodge. It is be
lieved that only six ex-members of *ln.
old Queen's Lodge are still living, viis,
E. Cane, W. lifter, J. T. Horstmar.A,
I'rew, J. W. It&wson, and J. W. ColU as,
Tlie latter possesses a unique cortineati
—a duplicate diploma—tho original
having boon lost when tho Bteauwr con
voying Biuno foundered at spa with, all
In the course of time a 'jonsidarablo
nuniibcr of Scottish Masons settled in
tho Penrith district. After a while, on
consultation, they camo^to tho
ion that it would bo to their
advantaco to constitute a local loag«
under tho G.L. of Scotland. To Bro*.
W H. Dulies, Geo. CroBsman, and Geo
Mitchell was delogatod . tho task of
acting as organisors for tins movement,
with the result thatonEOthAugus^
3885. tho ercction of Lodgo Penritli
Southern CroBS," S.O., U.D., was car
. riod into effect, and subsequently tlioro
to the installation of officers was car
ried out. This Lodgo hold its moot
incs in Clarke'B upper room—now tlio
Railway Institute/ The first office"
woro:—R.W.M., Jus E. Edwards; S.W.,
Merman B. Itttz; J.W., windrow . .
Dickey; treasurer, James Wataon, Bec
rotary, Goo". Grossman; B.D., Gieoigo
■ Mitchells J.D., Wm. Blade: I.O., Goo.
McNeil Boyd; Tylo, Michael Duncan;
Stewards, George Edwards and W. 11.
Dukes. Tho ceremony of Dedication
and Installation of Oflteora was fol
lowed by a banquet, at which, in ad
dition to the customary toasts, iispocial
toast. '' W.M. and OillcorB of Queen <j
Lodge", was proposed and. honored,
obviously intended t^ assuTo tho mom
bers of tho already exist ng Lodge that
it was their earnest desire to work m
perfect amity with thorn.
■ Lodgo "Penrith Southern Cross
llourishod during its oxistenco, in
addition to the foundation B.W.M.,
Br,os. A. T. lackey and W. H. Dukes
occupied tho oriental chair.. Wor. Bio
W. II. Dukes was installed an R.W.M.
011 28th August, 3889, which function
eventuated Tn fi'ykes' Room, nw oc
cupied by tho "Nopean Times" staff. A
banquet'followed. •_ TTn»
After the inauguration of the U.O.Ii.
of N.S.W. on 18th September, 188S,
Lodgo '' Queen's" and Southern Cross
hold a. confercnco and resolved to
amalgamate, t.ho fusion being cons inn
mated on 14th January, 1880. Tno
Lodgo formed by this union was nnancl
"Nopean," and given No 21 on tho
Register of the TJ.GvL. of N.S.W.
Wor. Bro. Thos MoOoy was tlio first
W.M. and Bro. O. H. Kollett tho first
secretary, and tho ceremony of opening
this Lodge was undoubtedly tho most
interesting Masonic ovont over wit
nessed in this town, and was attended,
by an exceptionally largo number of
Masons from Sydney and elsewhere. Tho
banquet was held in tho Temjwrwico
Since ItH incopUnn Lodgo Ncpoim hati
l)Oon ruled by 40 W.Mb. eight of whom
liavo nono to t.ho boumo whence na
traveller returns. Tho Masonic Hall,
Oostlorontfh Street, Penrith, waa built
in the year 1908, and tho Temple At the
rata wu erected »everal years later.
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.
**unreadable** thought he would be justified in saying six, by which he meant persons who would make good honest masons.
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.