New Beginnings At Williamstown

Williamstown Masonic Centre

Celebrating Heritage and New Beginnings

For more than 120 years the Williamstown Masonic Centre has been the focal point for Masons in the west.  Acknowledging the building’s heritage overlay, an extensive two year renovation and redevelopment of this much loved property has now been completed.  The blend of the old and the new is an outstanding success, creating an exciting ambience, aspect and amenity.

During the renovations the lodges meeting in the centre temporarily relocated to the Werribee Masonic Centre and after two years away from “home” returned on 22 October 2011 after a beautifully conducted rededication ceremony by the Grand Master and the 2011 Grand Lodge Team.  The new Williamstown Masonic Centre is a significant step for Freemasonry in Williamstown and the Western suburbs.

One of those coming home is Williamstown No 16, which is Lodge steeped in rich and extensive history in the area dating back to 1854, although it was called a different name then. In those days, the Lodge met in local hotels where rooms were provided for the growing number of Lodges in the area.  These hotels included the Builders’ Arms Hotel (now called the Hobsons Bay Hotel), the Napier Hotel and the Steampacket Hotel.

With the return of the Williamstown No 16 to the new Centre, their first working night was a first degree and it was especially exciting for the Candidate – a Lewis.  Bro Peter Murdoch is the son of VWorBro Peter Murdoch PGIWkgs.  Bro Murdoch is a Melbourne High School Old Boy and is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University (Majoring in Psychology and Philosophy).

Any initiation is an exciting and significant moment in Freemasonry, but when mixed with an outstanding new building steeped in local history, a long awaited return home of an exciting, energetic, and active Lodge, all topped off by an Official Visit by the Melbourne High School Lodge No 759, it made for a special night for Brother Peter.

The ceremony included many brethren known to the Candidate and where possible, involved them in the Ceremony.  Acting as Worshipful Master was Bro Murdoch’s father, VWorBro Peter S Murdoch PGIWKS, as Inner Guard was RtWorBro Bob Jones DGM (Grand Master Elect) the Immediate Past Master was WorBro Noel Allsop PGStdB and WorBro Tom Toop PJGD delivering a charge.  The work by all Officers of the Lodge was that perfect blend of friendliness and emotion that turns a good ceremony into a great ceremony. The occasion provided a good warm up for the upcoming award ceremony for WorBro Tom Toop who will be celebrating a significant chapter for the Lodge and Freemasons in Victoria. WorBro Tom Toop’s 60 plus years in Freemasonry will be formally recognised in February 2012.

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