History of Windsor Lodge
The Lodge was formed principally from members of Windsor Town Council. A meeting was held in Canberra Chambers on June 2, 1922 , and Wor. Bro. W. Hamilton was voted Chairperson, and Wor. Bro. W. Goodacre, Secretary. Twenty four prospective members attended. It was agreed by all that the name be Windsor Lodge, and the place of meeting, Windsor School of Arts.
At a subsequent meeting, Dalrymple Lodge agreed to sponsor the Lodge. The petition for warrant was signed on behalf of 63 foundation members.
On August 19, 1922 at 6:45pm in presence of the foundation members and 100 visitors the Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. Charles Stumm accompanied by Grand Lodge Officers carried out the ceremony of consecration and dedication, Installing Wor. Bro. B. H. A. Spencer as W.M., Wor. Bro. W. Hamilton, I.P.M., Bro. I Freedman, S.W., Bro B. R. Shaw, J.W., Wor Bro. A. E. Jones, Treasurer, Wor. Bro. W. Goodacre, Secretary, Wor. Bro. W. Exton, D.C., Bro. G. Waterfield, S.D., Bro. T. Jones, J.D., Bro H. N. Moore, I.G., Bros. T. Mathiewson and T. Prentice, Stewards, Bros C. W. Whiting and T. Prentice, Auditors. At this meeting eight propositions were read.
On September 20, 1922 , there were two candidates for initiation, the first being Ald. W. A. Jolly, Mayor of Windsor and later Lord Mayor of Brisbane .
There are now no Foundation Members living, our oldest member is V. Wor. Bro P. D. Barlow P.D.G.D.C. The longest serving member is current Lodge Director of Ceremonies, Wor. Bro. R.C. Hawkanson. Another member of long standing is Wor. Bro. C.B. Campbell.
In the year 1922-23, twenty two candidates were initiated, and six members affiliated, requiring six emergent meetings.
The Lodge changed place of meeting to Masonic Centre, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, and first meeting was held on February 2, 1937. The meeting night was then changed from 3rd Wednesday to 3rd Thursday. Installation was changed from August to September.
Lodge survived hard times during the depression and war years, credit balances at one time being 39 pounds ($78.00). At the end of 1939-45 war, membership increased substantially and the Lodge prospered.
Highlight of the 1950s and 1960s was presentation of 50 year service jewel to Rt. Wor. Bro. A. E. Jones in 1958, and 60 year jewel in 1968. In recent times 50 year jewels have been presented to V. Wor. Bros. J. C. Pearson, P. D. Barlow, and Wor. Bro. C. B. Campbell.
Place of meeting was again changed from Brunswick Street Masonic Centre to Petrie Terrace Masonic Centre on Thursday 20 September 1962, first meeting being installation of W.M. and Investiture of Officers.
Since 1963 Lodge has been associated in annual combined meetings with Qld Galen, Empire, and William McLeod Lodges. Officers of Lodges combining and sharing work to the mutual advantage of all. Each Lodge having turn as host Lodge.
In 1971 a series of combined meetings with Dalrymple Lodge (our Mother Lodge) and W.M. McLeod Lodge (our Sister Lodge), was commenced with the hope that the series would also be advantageous to all. Unfortunately our Mother Lodge, Dalrymple, in recent times has surrendered its Warrant, but the combined meetings are still being held with Sister Lodge, W.M. McLeod.
With the closure of the centre at Petrie Terrace in 1999 the Lodge relocated to Ann Street Masonic Centre after 3 years we then moved to our present location being the Kedron Masonic Centre.
Our practice night being 1st Wednesday and out meeting night being 2nd Thursday. At the present Windsor Lodge is having a resurgence in membership and we hope this will continue for many years to come.