Wellington Lodge no 1521
Meeting at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2-8 Maginnity St, Wellington
The Lodge meets on the 3rd Wed of April - December
04 238 2873
When Wellington Lodge formed in 1874, the city supported a population of just 10547 citizens, but there were a number of Lodges which held meetings under their respective Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland. The initial membership was drawn from those working in the Public Service, many of them holding high office in their respective departments. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, the Grand Lodge of New Zealand was formed and several Lodges from the other Grand Lodges opted to transfer to the new Grand Lodge. Wellington Lodge however decided to continue as a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England which now supports some 8000 lodges world-wide. In 2017 it celebrated its 300th anniversary making it one of the oldest fraternal organisations in existence.
The Lodge has an uninterrupted history of meetings for the past one hundred and forty-five years. It attracts members from many walks of life and has a significant group of young Masons who enjoy the character and ethos of the Lodge. It is a dining Lodge; the members sit down to their evening meal at the conclusion of each meeting. The Wellington Lodge website illustrates the lodge room and the Grand Dining Room in the Wellesley Boutique Hotel where the Lodge meets.
For the most part the Lodge has always met in the inner city where many of its members work and live. But it attracts members from a wide range of professions and trades and retains the interest of those who move away from Wellington but continue their interest as country members. Members range in age from mid-twenties to early nineties with some who have attended regularly for more than sixty years.
The Lodge welcomes new members. The Lodge website www.wellingtonlodge.co.nz provides a good introduction for those who are interested in joining.