An English Freemason's Lodge that has been operating in Auckland since 1878 opens its doors to the public, for their annual ANZAC Day Ceremony, as part of the worldwide celebration of 300 Years of organised English Freemasonry.
The Eden Lodge, a Freemasons Lodge operating under the United Grand Lodge of England, whose headquarters is on Great Queen Street, London, has been commemorating ANZAC Day for several years by having a ceremony open to the public.
The event has historically been held on the fourth Tuesday of April every year, regardless of the date. This year, the meeting day happens to fall exactly on ANZAC Day itself, giving the meeting extra weight.
This year is also the 300th Anniversary year of the founding of the original Grand Lodge, formed in London by several Freemasons Lodges, at the Goose and Gridiron Pub in London, England. Previously to this, Freemasons had been meeting in separate groups, or Lodges, for several years, without having had any unifying body. This historic meeting marked the beginning of organised Freemasonry in England, and this Grand Lodge has been at the forefront of what is known as “regular” Freemasonry around the world ever since.
Throughout the world during 2017, there are various events being held by Lodges who hold Charter under the Grand Lodge of England, to commemorate the 300-year Celebrations. This is The Eden Lodge's contribution to this series of events.
The evening consists of a historical overview of the background to ANZAC Day, readings of war poetry from First World War poets, commemorative hymns and the ceremonial laying of the Wreath, to honour those who served in various conflicts.
This year also being the 100 Year Anniversary of some of the most costly assaults on the Western Front during the First World War, there is a strong emphasis on this Geographical area of the conflict, with a reading of French War Poetry from the era.
Prominent Auckland Art Consultant Paul Baragwanath will be speaking about his involvement in the preservation of St. Davids Cathedral on Khyber Pass Road, its significance in the remembrance of war, and its ongoing value to the community.
With meetings and ceremonies normally restricted to members, the ANZAC Day Ceremony is a chance for non-Masons to attend a ceremony inside the Lodge Room, while sharing in this commemorative event.
Being held during the evening, it is also an opportunity to commemorate ANZAC Day at a later time than a Dawn Parade.
About Freemasonry and The Eden Lodge:
The Eden Lodge was founded in 1878, after having applied to Grand Lodge in London in 1874. The members had their first meeting at the Rising Sun Hotel, on Karangahape Road, Auckland. The Lodge then purchased land opposite the Rising Sun Hotel (that is now the site of a Motorway Overpass Bridge) to construct their own building in 1879. Moving from there to Upper Queen Street (then Belgium Street) in 1911, the Lodge eventually relocated to its current site on Dominion Road in 1987.
One of the world's oldest Fraternal organisations, Freemasonry accepts members from all walks of life, religions and belief systems, ethnic backgrounds and occupations. It continues to this day to carry out charitable works and community projects. Its membership is constantly replenished by members from diverse backgrounds, seeking to participate in cultural practices that, despite modern technological advancements, have remained unchanged for centuries.
For further information, and any media enquiries, please contact the organiser, Andrew Conlan, on 09-336-1956 or 021-352-436.
Before you go, would you like to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter with events happening in your area, competitions for free tickets and CD giveaways?
Enter your email below, click on the Sign Up button and we’ll send you on your way
Continuing confirms your acceptance of our terms of service.