This year, for the Robert Burns Festival, the Leura Lodge, Camperdown is opening their beautiful bluestone building to the public.
The Lodge itself was formed in 1865 and by 11th September 1868, the Geelong Register reported:
“Another fine building in Camperdown is now nearly approaching completion. I allude to the Masonic Hall, a large bluestone edifice in Manifold Street which has been erected by the brethren of the mystic order for their accommodation in this district. The building when finished will be a credit to the Leura Lodge for whom it is intended and an undoubted acquisition to the township.”
The hall will be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.
Visitors will be greeted by a current lodge member who will be there to talk about the history of the building and answer questions.
There will be a display of notable Camperdown Scots where were active in the Leura Lodge from its inception and, for those who like to delve more a little deeper, a handout has been prepared which details the history of the Camperdown Lodge, the history of Freemasonry and the involvement of Robert Burns himself in the Brotherhood of Freemasonry.
The building has many beautiful features and it is well worth taking advantage of this rare opportunity.