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. At the March 2019 Communication, Lodge Milton was added to 49A.

Fraternal Notices (Info taken from notice papers received):- 

17th July: Bega Remembrance. 3rd degree ceremony Bro Josh Shoobridge.

26th July: Eurobodalla D/L tyling at 9.30am

2nd August: Cooma Monaro

6th August Batemans Bay D/L

8th August: Coeur de Lion

10thAugust: Mountain Lodge

12 August: Lodge Milton

21st August: Bega Remembrance

24th August: Eurobodalla D/L Installation

31st August: Pambula D/L



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Procedure for entry

  • The Grand Lodge will be held in the Grand Lodge Room only at the Sydney Masonic Centre with video links to regional Centres;
  • The Grand Lodge and regional Centres will not open until 6.15 pm for admission of Brethren – NO EXCEPTIONS;
  • The regional Centres are: Ambarvale (Campbelltown), BallinaBegaBlacktownBroken HillCoffs HarbourDubboGlen InnesGosfordGwynneville (Wollongong)Kelso (Bathurst)Mawson (Canberra)Moree, , NowraParkesTamworthTaree, Turramurra, Tweed HeadsWagga Wagga and Wallsend (Newcastle) and Young.
  • A Porch Committee will be on duty at the Sydney Masonic Centre and all regional Centres to oversee the admission of all masons and the distribution of Ballot Papers;
  • With the exception of Grand Lodge Officers dressed in appropriate regalia, ALL Brethren may be asked to offer proof that they hold the Rank of MM;
  • Every Brother found qualified to vote will be given appropriate Ballot Papers;
  • Ballot Papers will not be permitted outside any rooms so any Brother wishing to retire before the opening of Grand Lodge must return his Ballot Paper to the Porch Committee and receive it back on his return.

Booking Required

There is no charge to attend the Communication in any any venue, but booking is required. All bookings will be handled by Eventbrite as an invitaion only event, and you will receive an email with your personal invitation.

If you do not receive an email with your invitaton, please contact Melanie Scott on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9284 2800.


Sydney Masonic Centre - Dinner Suit, Summer Dress or Dark Lounge Suit (for those lodges permitted) and regalia. Alternate dress prescribed for hot or oppressive summer conditions is not permitted.

Brethren attending all other Centres may be permitted to wear smart casual attire and regalia.

Seating Time

All Past Grand Lodge Officers, members of Grand Lodge and brethren attending as observers are requested to be seated by 7:15pm as the Grand Master will enter the Grand Lodge Room at 7:30pm precisely.

Please note that the Grand Lodge Room has a capacity of 600 persons max. If you are able to attend a regional Centre, we encourage brethren to do so.

No Communication Dinner

Brethren will be advised that there will be no Communication Dinner at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

Dinner arrangements for the regional Centres are specific to each venue. Please contact your RGC for information about your local polling place.

Grand Master’s Delegation

On entry to Grand Lodge, the Grand Master’s delegation will be limited to the Deputy Grand Master, Assistant Grand Master, Ceremonial Grand Lodge Officers and Regional Grand Counsellors.

On retiring, the delegation shall consist only of those brethren nominated by the Grand Director of Ceremonies.


The Grand Master extends an invitation for any interested brethren, who are not members of Grand Lodge, to attend as ‘observers’. Brethren attending as observers are not entitled to vote on matters being considered by Grand Lodge.


Parking in the Masonic Centre is ONLY available to the GM, PGM’s, DGM and AGM.

Parking is available at the car park in Goulburn Street at flat night rate of $10.00 per vehicle when entering after 5pm and leaving before 6am the next day.

Our Grand Master, MW Bro Derek Robson, AM, visited the Far South Coast over the weekend of 14th-16th September 2018. He and partner Gael were accompanied by RW Bro Andy Conlon, the Grand Director of Ceremonies and his wife Barbara. The main purpose of their visit was to attend the Installation ceremony held at the Bega Masonic Centre on the Saturday night and also to visit the Pambula Masonic Centre to view the refurbishment of the kitchen to commercial standard for which the Grand Lodge provided funding.

Following is an extract of an article which appeared in the Bega News following an interview by the paper with the Grand Master:- 

"Bega Lodge welcomed a very special guest on the weekend for its annual installation meeting and banquet".gm bega

Most Worshipful Brother Derek Robson AM is the Grand Master of the Freemasons NSW and ACT. It’s believed this was the first visit of the Grand Master to Bega in around 60 years.

He joined Bega Lodge’s Worshipful Master David Porter and other local Masons for the annual installation meeting – essentially a changeover meeting and a banquet with partners and families afterwards.

There’s a wide-held perception the Freemasons is a secretive society, inspiring many blockbuster films and best-seller books with their mysteries and links to antiquity.

Mr Robson said the “signs and secrets” of the Freemasons were a fundamental element of the group’s history and that one of the key values of the group is confidentiality, along with integrity, goodwill, loyalty and respect.

“If you’re not a member of the police, or a business firm, you wouldn’t expect to know everything that goes on in them – Freemasonry is no different,” he said on Saturday while visiting the Bega Masonic Hall.

“There has to be an understandable level of secrecy, but it’s more out there than it is in here.”

Mr Robson said the origin of the Masons lay in the building of King Solomon’s Temple in the mid-10th Century BCE, but it became more prevalent in the age of skilled stonemasonry during the Middle Ages.

With workers and skilled tradesmen coming from all corners of the globe to construct temples and cathedrals, secret code words and handshakes were used to indicate to the foreman at what level the person could be employed while avoiding any language barriers.

These days, the rituals, handshakes and code words are still used in the “theatre” of Lodge meetings, Mr Robson said.

“Everything has a message,” he said pointing to the various symbols and diagrams dotted around the Bega Lodge room.

“Everything we do is by the square, on the level,” he added, referring to the recognisable symbol of Freemasonry – the square and compass.

“And the compass is an indication of keeping passions within bounds, living a life of uprightness.”

Mr Robson said he had a particular interest in fostering closer ties between Sydney and regional Lodges.

He said there are 276 Lodges across NSW and the ACT, but that he was the first Grand Master from outside Sydney to have been elected to the role.

“There’s plenty of opportunity in Sydney itself, with Lodge meetings every night of the week,” he said.

“But I firmly believe in keeping rural members and Sydney together, gathering experience from each other and making sure everyone across the organisation is involved.”

For anyone interested in the Freemasons and what happens at the Bega Masonic Hall, an open day is taking place on Saturday, September 29, from 12-5pm.

There will be a free sausage sizzle and guided tours of the hall to see all its historic photographs and displays. 

The Lodge room itself will even be open, offering the curious an insight into the organisation."

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Grand Lodge Ceremonial Team 2018-2019

Grand Master MW Bro D J Robson AM
Deputy Grand Master RW Bro A R G Fraser MP
Assistant Grand Master RW Bro J E Armfield
Senior Grand Warden RW Bro L A Reyes
Junior Grand Warden RW Bro O J Parry
Grand Chaplains RW Bro L P Carter OBE
  RW Bro R J Searle
  RW Bro Rev P B Kilkeary OAM
  RW Bro Rabbi Dr S H Tov-Lev
Grand Treasurer RW Bro R K Collins
Deputy Grand Treasurer RW Bro C Wong
Grand Registrar RW Bro W S Whitby
Deputy Grand Registrar VW Bro T Tsavaridis
Chairman, Board of Management RW Bro R Moore
Chairman, Grand Charity MW Bro D J Robson AM
Grand Architect RW Bro P Zeilic
Deputy Grand Superintendent of Works RW Bro P E Robinson
Grand Secretary RW Bro S M Green
Deputy Grand Secretary RW Bro C J Craven
Grand Director of Ceremonies RW Bro A B Conlon
Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies VW Bro B K Albano
Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies' VW Bro P F Barber
  VW Bro J R Cutler
Senior Grand Deacon W Bro N Grego
Junior Grand Deacon RW Bro J R Plumridge
Grand Sword Bearer W Bro T Gara
Grand Standard Bearer W Bro L J Parsons
Grand Director of Music RW Bro I N Cox
Grand Organist RW Bro R Littlefair
Deputy Grand Organist RW Bro J Baldwin OAM
Grand Herald W Bro K S Christmas
Grand Pursuivant W Bro J J S Newman
Deputy Grand Pursuivant W Bro C J Tejada
Grand Stewards' VW Bro J B Bertram
  VW Bro A C Boyden
  W Bro J D Corrigan
  W Bro J R Donald
  W Bro J P Ellis
  VW Bro Dr R S Haron
  VW Bro L W C Jarman
  W Bro A Kfoury
  VW Bro R J Long
  VW Bro B G Maples
  W Bro R Martinez
  W Bro S W Massey
  W Bro M L Radford
  W Bro H A Rahman
  W Bro C Reyes
  W Bro N K Rola
  W Bro C D Rose
  W Bro C J Ross
  W Bro P J Saunders
  VW Bro L B Smith
  VW Bro R T Smith
  W Bro B J Tubridy
  W Bro R E Turnbull
Grand Tyler W Bro G J Rees

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