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Mechanics Institute Memorial Stone : 09-June-2013
Mechanics Institute Memorial Stone : 09-June-2013
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Memorial stone set into the old Castlemaine Mechanics Institute with a history of the Institute. It was a gift of the Mount Alexander Lodge of Freemasons to the Institute to perpetuate the memory of the early association of the two bodies.

The original stone was laid in 1857 was presented by pioneer members of the lodge to the institute but during subsequent alterations it had been lost or bricked over.


Address:Barker Street, Library, Castlemaine, 3450
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.063708
Long: 144.217262
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 22nd December, 1933
Front Inscription

Castlemaine Mechanics Institute
First literary institute on the Mount Alexander Goldfields.  Established January 1855 Reconstituted March 1858  Dr W. F. Preshaw President
The foundation stone of the first building was laid by W. Bro. W, H. Taafe R.M. for the Mount Alexander  Lodge of Freemasons 10th March, 1857.
Opened by Sir Henry Barkly Governor of Victoria 22nd September 1857.

This memorial stone gift of the Mount Alexander Lodge was the the request of Wor. Bro. L. H. Snell W.M.
Set by R. W. Bro. H. S. Archdall P. J. G.W.  Grandson of Dr. Preshaw.
22nd December 1933

Source: MA,VMR
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