Proclamation of a new Freemason grand master at Taree

$44,000 grant from grand lodge: The community will have the opportunity to inspect the refurbished Taree Masonic Temple in the near future.

$44,000 grant from grand lodge: The community will have the opportunity to inspect the refurbished Taree Masonic Temple in the near future.

The Taree Masonic Centre and the Freemasons of District 13 will host the proclamation of a new grand master of the United Grand lodge of NSW and the ACT.

This is the first time this has happened outside of Sydney.

About 250 Freemasons and their partners will be in the Manning Valley for the weekend of September 16 and 17 to witness the proclamation of Most Worshipful Brother James Melville as the grand master.

Most Worshipful Brother Melville is the youngest grand master in the history of Freemasonry in NSW and has chosen to honour District 13 and regional NSW with his proclamation.

Freemasons are attending from all districts across the State to witness this event in the newly refurbished Taree Masonic Centre.

The Taree Masonic Hall Company was successful, in obtaining a grant from the grand lodge to complete $44,000 worth of refurbishment to the centre.

The master of Lodge Greater Taree, Wal Riley said the centre will look “absolutely resplendent” when the dignitaries arrives.

Brother Riley is also looking forward to welcoming the community into the lodge room, on their next open day which will follow shortly after the proclamation weekend and will be advertised in the media. “All will be welcome to discover this beautiful heritage listed building, as well the symbolism and mystery of ancient Freemasonry,” he said.

The proclamation ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 16 and followed by a banquet at Club Taree in the evening. Local Freemasons will be hosting the visitors on Sunday morning, for breakfast on the banks of the Manning River in the Manning River Sailing Club.

It is expected that many masons will extend their stay and enjoy the sites of the region. According to the district inspector for District 13 Wayne Broome, the grand lodge has done an excellent job in promoting the district across the State.

A district Facebook page has been established and can be viewed by all at, Freemasons Mid North Coast. This page covers all lodges in District 13 from Forster and Gloucester to Kempsey and Trial Bay. The page will show recent events as well as history of Freemasonry both locally and generally.

For further information contact Wayne Broome on 6553 9665.

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