WBro Damien of Lodge Devotion
after water had even entered deck 9, the deck immediately below the bridge. This was not mentioned to the girls prior to departure….
I’d never been to Tasmania. Reports of its picturesqueness and relaxing vibe are well deserved. We did the usual, sites like Port Arthur the former penal colony, Tamar Valley Wine Region and Cataract Gorge in Launceston. In Hobart we visited the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and other attractions like the Salamanca market. It’s only a couple of hours from the top to the bottom of our only island state.
Prior to going, I had a look at the Masonic Buildings in Tasmania and contacted The Launceston Masonic Centre to compliment them on their web site at www.llaml.org I thought I might drop in, but dismissed it as it would not have been too interesting for the girls. When we got to Launceston, we drove past the Centre and discovered it was directly behind the Grand Chancellor Hotel where we were staying. Too late to call, I emailed WBro David C of the Centre who agreed to met me and show me through next morning. I spent an hour with David, looking over the building and exchanging experiences in Freemasonry. It was one of the highlights of the trip and special thanks to David for taking time out to meet me.
From WBro Damien drawing on material from The Launceston Masonic Centre web site at www.llaml.org
Above: The Launceston Masonic Centre 39 Brisbane Street, Launceston, Tasmania.
The front of the building is in the Italian style of architecture, with a Corinthian façade
On the 20th February 1880 a meeting was convened between representatives from the English, Irish and Scotch Constitutions to consider providing a hall to be used by the Launceston Lodges and to discuss the purchase of land which was available in Brisbane Street for £500. A committee was formed and the land purchased.
The building was finished and the ceremony of dedication and consecration was performed on the 15th October 1884 by Right Worshipful District Grand Master, E.C., Bro. Rev. R.D. Poulett-Harris.
The building is now owned and used by five Lodges. There are also a number of other Masonic Orders using the building for Meetings.
David tells me there is another Masonic Centre not far away. It was suggested several years ago the building might be, using Victorian Speak, “surplus to requirements” and sold. Very close to the main street and on a main road, with parking at the rear, which again is leased to external
We commend our Launceston Brothers for keeping their historic building in the middle of the city.
This Lodge room might have been in Victoria. The one noticeable difference was the ashlars were on the floor rather than the warden’s pedestals. I looked with envy at the columns at the entry door, it would be great to see something similar at Gipps Street. We once has them outside our lodge room, but they were owned by a Lodge that moved on. The only other thing to mention is there is a stall above the East allowing for extra seating. You can make it out in the pictures to the right that looks towards the east.