Freemasons of South East NSW
Eden-Monaro covers an area of approximately 29,499 sq km from Queanbeyan to South Durras in the north, south to the Victorian border, extending to the southern and eastern borders of the Australian Capital Territory.
The main towns include Adaminaby, Batemans Bay, Bega, Berridale, Bodalla, Bombala, Braidwood, Bungendore, Captains Flat, Cooma, Dalmeny, Delegate, Eden, Jindabyne, Merimbula, Moruya, Narooma, Queanbeyan, Sutton and Tathra.
Products / industries of the area include timber, beef cattle, sheep and wool, dairy farming, dairy products and mixed farming. The Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme, snowfields and tourism are important industries for this division. It is one of the largest electoral regions in New South Wales stretching from the snowfields of Kosciusko to the sapphire waters of the Far South Coast. It also home to 7 Masonic Lodges which meet at Masonic Centres in Cooma, Bombala, Bateman's Bay, Moruya, Bega and Pambula in what is known as District 49 from 10th September 2014. These Lodges were formerly contained in two districts, 105 and 114 under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT. See "Regions and Districts" in the main menu to the left. At the June 2016 Grand Communication it was announced that District 49 would split into two areas each with a DGIW in view of the geographical size of the total area and the time and risks taken visiting distant Lodges especially at night. The new districts are 49A in the North with 3 Lodges and 49B with 4 Lodges in the South. This change came into effect at the September 2016 Grand Communication and Proclamation.
14th April: Mountain Lodge tyling at 7.30pm
18th April: Bega Remembrance, 1st degree held over from March meeting. Tyling at 7pm.
27th April: Eurobodalla D/L, ANZAC ceremony tyling at 9.30am
28th April: Pambula D/L, tyling at 10am, brief ANZAC ceremony followed by 1st degree Tracing Board lecture.
1st May: Batemans Bay D/L: Tyling at 10.30am. Presentation of Masonic papers by various Brethren.
5th May: Cooma-Monaro: tyling at 4.45pm Grand Lodge 5.30pm, reinstallation of W Bro Patrik Nilsson. Representative is VW Bro Bernie Alcock, DGIW, Installing Master W Bro Bill Kelly. Festive Board at Cooma Bowling Club and Ladies most welcome.
Tathra Bushfires Appeal
No doubt most in this part of the world are aware of the devastating bushfies that destroyed some 80 homes and damaged another 30 over last weekend. Several kindhearted people as well as local Lodges have offered donations to assist those who suffered loss. Our DGIW has arranged for donations to be deposited in the District Bank account at the Bendigo Bank in Pambula and those funds will be distributed to the Tathra Lions Club whose members are in Tathra helping residentts get back on their feet.
If you wish to make an online donation the bank account details are:- BSB 633107, A/C 1556 31005 Cheques should be made payable to "UGL of NSW&ACT District 49" and sent to PO Box 211 Merimbula, NSW 2548.
Funds received / offered so far:....... $ 6,200.00 with gratitude to the following donors:-
Lodge Allan Stuart, Dubbo: $390, Lodge Airds, Campbelltown: $300, Lodge Blue Mountains: $1,000, Lodge Sydney: $250, Lodge Narromine: $100, Lodge Federation: $500, Lodge Greater Taree: $1,200.00, Lodge Canberra Unity: $500.00, Lodge Bega Remembrance: $250.00, Lodge Pambula Daylight: $250.00, Lodge Cowper, Wingham: $500.00, Lodge Jubilee Moss Vale: $250.00, Lodge Laurieton: $250.00, Individual donations (6): $460.00.
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