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What’s behind the door?

Friday, 4th November, 2016

The doors to Silverton’s historic Masonic Lodge will be opened to the public for the first time tomorrow, with Freemasons Mark Harris and Andrew Collins on hand to show you around. The doors to Silverton’s historic Masonic Lodge will be opened to the public for the first time tomorrow, with Freemasons Mark Harris and Andrew Collins on hand to show you around.

By Daniel Stringer

Have you ever wanted to see what goes on inside a Masonic lodge? Well, now is your chance with an open day being held tomorrow.

The Freemasons are a fraternal men’s society that exist right across Australia and the world and dates back to the 1800s. There has always been a large amount of mystery and intrigue surrounding what goes on behind the closed doors, as it is a strict rule that only members can enter. 

That is all about to change tomorrow when the Silverton Masonic Lodge will be upon to one and all. The open days have been arranged by the NSW Grand Master and will be taking place at all lodges across the state.

It will be an historic occasion, especially for Silverton, as nobody other than Freemason members have ever been allowed inside the building. 

The Masonic Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Silverton, being purpose built in 1886, and residents have been waiting for their chance to see inside.

“A lot of the residents out here at Silverton have been dying to have a look in this building and they keep saying to me ‘when are you going to open it up,’” said Freemason Secretary Andrew Collins. 

“Whoever would like to come on Saturday is more than welcome. It is an open invitation for mums and dads and even kids to come into the building and finally get to see what is inside a real masons’ lodge room.”

The open day will also be an opportunity to provide information and clear up common misconceptions about the society, in an effort to increase membership.

“We are hoping that it sparks an interest and we are able to pick up a few members. Because of our age demographic we need younger blokes to be able to keep it going.

“We are in the process now of driving our membership at blokes in their 30s; old fellas like me have been in it for a while and love it but now is the opportunity for a new generation to get out of it what we have.”

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