The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race
Bro. George Washington - 27th December, 1792
Always living on the level
In 1861, with the assistance from M.W. Henry Wallace Lowry, the Lowry Lodge was constituted. Over the following 28 years, it went on to grow in size and location until it arrived at it's present location of Brighton, Australia.
THERE WAS LIGHT
Since those early days, our Lodge has gone on to help many thousands of men of good repute to become outstanding individuals.
DISCOVER OUR PROJECTS
Charity is just one of the important components of Freemasonry, among our individual charities, we also collectively assist the community.
Bayside Special Development School
Since 2008, we have consistently worked toward providing upgrades in both equipment and supplies to allow children a better quality of education and life.
Along with all other Victorian Freemasons Lodges, The Brighton District Lodge has long supported the Freemasons Homes of Victoria and other charitable causes.
Black Saturday Bushfires Appeal
Freemasonry Victoria, and affiliated Freemasons organisations from Australia and overseas raised over one million dollars which was distributed by the Freemasons Bushfire Task Force to those affected.
While Freemasonry contribute to charities that have an enormous impact on society, Masons do not perform this in order to receive gratitude, fame or recognition. Masonic charity is practiced in order to improve the betterment of mankind.
Masonic charity doesn't mean just raising money for causes. It means to give a part of oneself and one's time; something there is never enough of. Similar to the idea of "paying it forward", through helping a community, it is hoped they will do the same for others.
THE FREEMASON WAY
Freemasonry is a society of gentlemen concerned with the moral and spiritual values and is one of the world's oldest and most popular fraternal organisations.
Freemasons share lessons of social and moral virtues based on symbolism of the tools and language of the ancient building trade; using the building of a structure as a symbol for the building of character within men.
Freemasonry is not a religion, and it has no religious dogma that it forces its members to accept. Masons must simply believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, whatever they conceive that deity to be. Their individual religious and personal beliefs are just that: personal.
Freemasonry teaches Masons to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and to regard each man as their equal, deserving both their respect and their assistance.
Masons are obliged to practice brotherly love, mutual assistance, equality, secrecy, and trust between each other.
Freemasonry is a fraternity of men, bound together by oaths, based on the medieval stonemason craft guilds; Masonic laws, rules, legends, and customs are based on the Ancient Charges, the rules of those craft guilds.
While Masonry is not a science, it does teach members to value learning and experience. It encourages Masons to think but does not tell them what to think.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Brighton District Lodge No 37 being the direct descendant of the Lowry Lodge is among Melbourne (and Australia's) oldest and longest-lasting Freemason Lodges.