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A plaque commemorates the centenary of Masons in Queensland.

Freemasonry has existed in Queensland, one of the six States and two Territories in Australia, for just over 150 years. In fact, the first Masonic Lodge to be established in what is now the State of Queensland was established six months before Queensland was separated in late 1859 from the then Colony of New South Wales.

This was North Australian Lodge, formed in July 1859 under the Grand Lodge of England Constitution and registered as No 796 on their roll. Later when Queensland Freemasonry had its own Grand Lodge and its own constitution, this lodge became No 1 under the Queensland Constitution.

In 1863, St Patrick’s Lodge was established under the Grand Lodge of Ireland Constitution as No 279 on its roll. And in 1864, St Andrew Lodge was formed under the Grand Lodge of Scotland Constitution as No 435 on its roll.

By 1862 the Queensland Provincial Grand Lodge of England had four lodges in Queensland; by 1866, the Queensland Provincial Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ireland had three and six lodges respectively in Queensland.


Address:311 Ann Street, Masonic Memorial Centre, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.464994
Long: 153.027856
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event STart Date:13-July-1859
Actual Event End Date:13-July-1959


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 13th July, 1959
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In commemoration of Queensland Masonic Centenary

This plaque was unveiled 13th July 1959 in fraternal memory of James Watkin Jackson
1834 - 1863.

Founder of Masonry in Queensland

Initiated Cambrian Lodge No. 656 E.C. N.S.W. 1855
Foundation Master North Australian Lodge No. 1098 E.C. QLD
First meeting 13th July, 1859
Installed 26th October, 1859
First Provincial Grand Registrar
Provincial Grand Lodge of Queensland, E.C. 1862

"And The House Which I Build Is Great."   II Chronicles

Source: MA
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