Contact the Lodge
- Address: 99-103 McIvor Road Bendigo Victoria
- Contact: VWBro. Kenneth (Ken) Crouch, PGIWkgs
- ph: 0400 377 713
- e: [email protected]
- Lodge Number: 7
- Meeting – 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm (No meeting in Jan)
- Rehearsal – 2nd Monday
- Installation – September
About The Lodge
Bendigo's oldest lodge was formed in 1854 as Golden Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England with the number 641. Corinthian Lodge was formed as a break-away from Golden in 1858 but amalgamated with it in 1872. In the century and a half since then, much has happened and many brethren have made their contributions.
Please visit the Golden and Corinthian Lodge website: http://freemasonsbendigo.net.au/index.php/lodges-and-orders/golden-corinthian-lodge-no-7/
William Charles Vahland was one of Golden Lodge's early members and became a founder of the Bendigo community.
In 1854 from his native Hanover, he was soon practising as an architect and would eventually have more influence on the streetscape of Bendigo than anyone else. He designed and constructed major public buildings, churches, commercial premises, private homes, bridges and fountains. He was a founder of the Bendigo Land and Building Society (now Bendigo Bank) and was Chairman for 38 years. He taught and examined at the School of Mines, was a local councillor, had 800 acres of vines and pioneered vacuum packing grapes for export to Germany. He was secretary of Golden, then Golden & Corinthian Lodge for 39 years, designed and built the magnificent Bendigo Masonic Temple (now the Capital Arts Centre), and eventually became Right Worshipful Brother Vahland, Past Deputy Grand Master.
Golden & Corinthian Lodge tries to emulate the civic service and pride in community that Vahland showed. It is proud of its history, but also very aware of the present, through activities such as the Bendigo Masonic Scholarship Fund – annual awards at local primary and secondary schools. It welcomes all enquiries about membership, as it is over 160 years old and intends to be around for another 160, at least!