Part 3 – The Present (2010’s +)
The Twin Towns Masonic Centre
Pre-Refurbished Twin Towns Masonic Centre (2013)
Since 2012 all Masonic activities have been centred upon the Twin Towns Masonic Centre
in Boyd Street, Tweed Heads. The centre is home to the following Orders:
Royal Arch Chapters
Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite
Foundation of the Masonic Centre
The original single level building was consecrated on March 22nd, 1916 and built by Lodge Pacific No. 298. This lodge was the first sponsored by Lodge Tweed No. 136 in February 1915. The Worshipful Master was W. Bro G.T. Harvey, watchmaker of Murwillumbah.
In 1955 the building was raised and further extended in 1975.
The Fully Refurbished
Twin Towns Masonic & Function Centre
In 2014, ninety-eight years after the building’s construction by Lodge Pacific, the Twin Towns Masonic Centre underwent a major building program.
Funded by the part proceeds from the sale of the Bangalow and Murwillumbah centres, it now rates as one of the most admirable and functional centres in regional New South Wales.
The centre is fully equipped with disabled access to both levels, multi-media facilities and upgraded kitchen facilities.
The lower level serves as a function centre and dining room available for hire with a total seating capacity of 120 people.
Twin Towns Masonic Centre – Grand Re-Opening (2014)
Changing society and demographics has led to the closure of many centres.
- The fraternity once provided fellowship, mateship and camaraderie unavailable elsewhere prior to the advent of other organisations.
- Membership showed great increase after the World Wars as returning men sought solace and support to return to civilian life.
- The cost of maintaining and meeting OH&S requirements in purpose built buildings and declining numbers have impacted on many centres in particular in the once strong river towns.
- Of the once fourteen centres, five exist.
District 11 Masonic Centres (Northern NSW)
District 11 Historical Masonic Centres Map
The Future Of Freemasonry
Freemasonry has a positive future on the Tweed
- Endeavours to attract the future leaders of tomorrow
- Perform public outreach in a positive way
- Dedicated and experienced Masons arriving in the district
- Massive unit construction planned in the area
- Local area is attractive to developers
- Cost of maintaining purpose built buildings
- Nearest NSW Centre is Byron Bay
- Nearest QLD Centre is Burleigh Heads
Compiled in 2016 by:
Rt. Wor.Bro R.W. Johnson (Lodge Pacific No. 298)
A 4th Generation Tweed Mason