Duke of Albany Lodge 2073
Meeting at the Masonic Centre, 9 Kowhai St, Helensville.
The Lodge meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the exception of December and January.
Tyling is at 7:30pm
The Installation meeting is in October
Having Tyled in the afternoon and called off, the Lodge Calls on at 6.45pm, receives visitors at 7pm and DGL at 7.15pm.
On July 1st 1884 seven brethren, all members of English Lodges, met at the Terminus Hotel, Helensville and determined to form a Freemason’s Lodge in the town; the Lodge to meet “on the Tuesday night on or before the full moon of every month”.
Our Lodge was constituted and dedicated on 2nd September 1884 when W Bro William Lodder was installed as our first Master. This meeting was held at Foresters’ Hall (which later became The Star Theatre) and was attended by brethren from the Scottish, Irish and English Constitutions. The furniture and pedestals necessary for this ceremony were loaned by Remuera Lodge and later gifted to The Duke.
At the October meeting we are told that five candidates were initiated, followed by three more at the next meeting. During the first year fifteen candidates were initiated. This called for some serious work within the Lodge and it is recorded that the December 1884 meeting opened at 8pm and closed (in ‘peace, love and harmony’) at 1.30am
As meetings were held “on the Tuesday on or before
the full moon” there were occasions when two meeting were held in one month. This is incredible when we consider that our members are recorded as coming from as far afield as Paparoa, Pouto, Port Albert, Maungaturoto, Wellsford and Riverhead. The geographical position of Helensville on the southern part of the Kaipara Harbour explains our connection with these settlements.
Over the years we have met at a number of venues, including Oddfellows’ Hall and Presbyterian Church until we settled in Kowhai Street. However, on 23rd November 1939, disaster struck in the form of a fire which destroyed our home; the building and contents, including all our records from 1909 to 1924, were destroyed.
Our present building was soon built and furnished with thanks to Lodges and brethren from the wider Masonic community and the hard work of the then members. The first meeting in the new building was held on 23rd May 1941 and we have continued to meet happily in Kowhai Street and welcome visiting brethren since that date.