Lodge Secretary – W Bro Bob McKillop PAGDC
Phone: (04) 238 2873
Web Site www.wellingtonlodge.co.nz
The Lodge meets on the third Wednesday of each month with the exception of January, February and march.
Tyling is at 6:30pm
The Installation meeting is in June
Wellington Lodge was consecrated in 1875, having been formed as the second English Constitution lodge in the city, by a group of influential citizens, largely employed in the Public Service. It included the Public Trustee, the Chief Post Master, the Secretary to the Governor (Sir Geo Grey) and the Secretary of Education.
Initially the Lodge met in lodge rooms in Boulcott St, later moving to The Terrace. In 1968 it held its meetings in a new lodge building in Tinakori Rd, moving to Ohiro Rd in Brooklyn in 1989. It now meets in a new lodge room that is part of the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in Maginnity St in the city.
About Wellington Lodge
Wellington Lodge has long been regarded as a city lodge and the majority of its members were professional people who worked and often lived in the inner city and suburbs. Today it embraces a wider range of vocations with members coming from as far afield as Waikanae and the Wairarapa..
It continues to be one of the largest lodges in the District of the North Island with sixty members including some who live as far afield at Aberdeen, Singapore, Doha, Brisbane and Vanuatu, but retain their membership because of the strong bond that is established between the Lodge and its members.
The Lodge is a dining lodge. Immediately following its meetings it sits down to dinner in the Grand Dining Room of the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, where members can enjoy each other’s company with fine food great conversation and a programme of formal and not so formal toasts.
Wellington Lodge enjoys an active social programme during the year with functions that include wives and partners and range from the informality of the Summer BBQ to the Spring Dinner in the Wellesley Boutique Hotel. The hotel is likewise the venue for a monthly meet and greet for members when they can gather informally over a drink and set the world to rights.Over the past one hundred and forty years Wellington Lodge has built a reputation for the quality of its ritual (which forms a significant part of its meetings). Equally it is noted for its refectory (dinner) particularly in June which marks the start of our Masonic Year and in December when we have a special festive dinner.
Wellington Lodge welcomes visitors from other Lodges. If those travelling from elsewhere in New Zealand or from overseas are in Wellington, they will be made welcome at our meetings and social functions. In the first instance please make contact with our Lodge Secretary.
If you are interested in becoming a member of a Lodge and of the wider fraternity of Freemasonry we will be pleased to discuss that with you. Again, in the first instance, please contact our Lodge Secretary.
The website of the United Grand Lodge of England, www.ugle.org.uk presents a very good overview of Freemasonry and is recommended to anyone who is interested in becoming a member. The other sections of the District Grand Lodge website www.freemasons.org.nz (which you are now visiting) will give a comprehensive insight into our Lodges in the North Island, New Zealand.