Lara Lodge History

Lara Lodge No.834 Consecrated 20 July 1963

Lara Lodge meets on the second Friday of every month.

 The Lara Masonic Lodge was established in the early 1960’s by Brethren who generally lived in the Geelong northern suburbs and Lara and surrounding rural areas.

 The Lodge consecration was conducted on the 20 July 1963 at the Geelong Little Ryrie Street Masonic Centre and sponsored by Moorpanyal Lodge No 467 when Wor Bro Evan Caddy was installed as the foundation Worshipful Master together with thirty two other Officers and Brethren.

 The first Lodge meeting was held on Friday 9 August 1963 in the Lara RSL Hall on the corner of McCelland and Rennie Streets Lara, which was the former Shire of Corio offices.

 The Lodge’s foundation jewel was presented in Feb 1964 and the logo is still part of the Past Masters Jewel.

 During the mid 1960’s a decision was made to build a new Masonic Centre at Lara and members spent many years planning and fund raising to make this happen. Fortunately in 1964 Bro John Clarke generously donated to the Lodge the block of land at the corner of Rennie St and Archimedes Avenue where the present Lara Masonic Centre was built.

 The first Lodge meeting in the new building was Wor Bro Ken Allen’s last working night on 10th April 1970 and the Masonic Centre was dedicated by Most Wor Bro Professor Sir Lance Townsend, Grand Master on Saturday 24th April 1971.

 In Oct 2006 the Lodge approved a proposed extension plan which would provide new toilets; kitchen; pantry; meeting room; secretary’s office and store room.

 Construction commenced on Sat 21st July 2007 and was completed when the Grand Master Most Wor Bro Garry Sebo officially opened the extension on Sun 16th Nov 2008. The building was constructed nearly entirely by the members and friends voluntary labour including steel worker, plumbers, electricians, plasterer, painter and cabinet maker, which amounted to 2870 hours.

On 27 August 1988, the Lodge held its 25th Lodge Anniversary Dinner hosted by the Worshipful Master Wor Bro Lew Bramley

 On Saturday 23 Mar 1991, the installation of a memorial plaque to commemorate the consecration of the Lodge and the dedication of the Masonic Centre was conducted Most Wor Bro Major Gen Frank Poke AO RFD ED Grand Master and attended by the Grand Masters from all other Australian States and New Zealand; On this occasion the Lodge also presented a demonstration of the Masonic ceremony for Laying a Foundation Stone.

 The Lodge has an active social program and regularly organises functions to which members and their family and friends are welcome to attend. Some of these include an annual weekend trip away either in Victoria or interstate; theatre and film night/day; luncheons near Christmas or other times during the year; children’s Christmas party and special fund raising functions (trivia and games).

 Lodge members continue to work with the Lions Club of Lara and other groups at local and Geelong functions including the Lara Heritage Festival; The Pirra Wine and Food Festival, Avalon Air-shows; Geelong Audi sailing week and the Lara Australia day Breakfast and presentations.

Funds raised from these activities are used for Lodge building and development programs and to support the charitable donations which the Lodge provides to individuals and organisations in the district including, Lara Secondary College scholarships; the Lara U/16 football team, Legacy; Girl Guides and Scouts; Lara Swimming Club and the Lara Community Centre.

 Lara Lodge members continue to be a strong and vibrant group of men who are well known and respected in the Lara and district community and who work together with their families and friends for the good of Freemasonry and the community of which we are part.

 Because we know that our principles DO make a difference.

WORSHIPFUL MASTERS
2016 Wor Bro L KELLY PGStdB
2015 Wor Bro G.W REES PGStdB
2014 Wor Bro K.J EMMETT
2013 Wor Bro S.L.CAMPBELL GStwd
2012 Wor Bro P.C.WALLIS
2011 Wor Bro T.J.BEECROFT PGStdB
2010 Wor Bro H.D.ARNEY
2009 Wor Bro T.J.RADFORD
2008 Wor Bro R.J.CLARKE PGStdB
2007 VWor Bro K.BROADBENT PGIW
2006 VWor Bro K.BROADBENT PGIW
2005 Wor Bro J.C.HUTCHISON
2004 Wor Bro G.K.MEDWELL
2003 Wor Bro L.D.FRAIM
2002 Wor Bro D.C.G SEYMOUR PGIW
2001 Wor Bro E.H.DINGEY
2000 Wor Bro T.S.TREMBLE
1999 Wor Bro G.H.MEYER
1998 Wor Bro R.A.STABB
1997 Wor Bro H.J.DAVIS
1996 Wor Bro G.J DANIELL
1995 Wor Bro D.C.G SEYMOUR PGIW
1994 Wor Bro M.J.LYNCH
1993 Wor Bro R.C.SUTTON PGIW
1992 Wor Bro G.W.REES PGStdB
1991 Wor Bro G.W.REES PGStdB
1990 VWor Bro K.BROADBENT PGIW
1989 VWor Bro A.G.GREAVES PGIW
1988 Wor Bro L.W.BRAMLEY PJGD
1987 Wor Bro I.R.BIGMORE
1986 Wor Bro I.R.SADLER
1985 Wor Bro R.C.SUTTON PGIW
1984 RtWor Bro R.K.BRANCH PSGW 
1983 Wor Bro D.S.HOGAN
1982 Wor Bro I.J.KELLY
1981 Wor Bro C.R.STEVENSON
1980 Wor Bro E.H.DINGEY
1979 Wor Bro N.M.HEATHER
1978 VWor Bro R.DRAGT PGIW
1977 VWor Bro J.W.MILLS PGIW 
1976 Wor Bro F.HAMILTON 
1975 Wor Bro .S.BLACKMAN PJGD
1974 VWorBro R.S.CAYZER PGIW
1973 Wor Bro G.N.SUTTON
1972 Wor Bro K.M.WHITEHILL 
1971 RtWor Bro L.K.Taylor PJGW
1970 Wor Bro H.R.WYATT 
1969 Wor Bro K.W.ALLEN PJGD
1968 Wor Bro S.S.HOLWELL
1967 Wor Bro G.R.SHEARWOOD
1966 Wor Bro R.R.BARBER
1965 Wor Bro D.E.RUFFIN
1964 RtWor Bro N.H.JAMES PSGW
1963 RtWor Bro E.CADDY PJGW  **Foundation Master**