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The beautiful Sapphire Coast stretches from Eden to Bermagui with Merimbula and Pambula almost in the centre. The beaches and the area attract thousands of visitors every year. There is an airport, two hospitals and three Craft Lodges.
Located some 50 kms north of the Victorian border on the beautiful Sapphire Coast of South-East NSW, and only 5 kms South of Merimbula which the center of this major tourist area
Pambula was discovered, by the white people that is, by George Bass on 18 December 1797. The resident Aborigines referred to it as Pambula, meaning "two waters", a name reflecting an harmonious relationship with the environment. It became popular for a very lucrative off-shore industry, whaling, as part of the Imlay Brothers empire at Twofold Bay in the early 1800's
It has also been a rich farming area, gold mining until cyanide became too expensive for dissolving the quartz, maize growing, oats, horses and now it is a quiet little village with craft shops and several historic buildings of which our Masonic Lodge is one. Pambula has a small population of around 1,500 and can be referred to nowadays as a quiet little rural town on what used to be a bend in the Princes Highway. While the town may not abound in great architectural treasures, it does have surviving cottages and buildings that are authentically colonial.
Perhaps the most historic building is the house which Syms Covington built. As an 18 year old, he sailed with Charles Darwin as a cabin boy and ship's fiddler on the "Beagle". He emigrated to Australia in 1840 and took up residence in Pambula as the local Postmaster. His house was at one time the doctor's residence and is now a quality restaurant.
The Lodge was originally the Pambula School which comprised one room. The building is quite small and is no longer used for lodge meetings as extensions were added years later to house the temple and a large South. The original school house was built on the river flats and the flood of 1870 made the building uninhabitable so the children were transferred to a room at the rear of Mrs Baddeley's tannery. Because of strong community support, a new school on a site opposite the Court House was completed in 1872. The contractors guaranteed that the eighteen inch rubble walls would "withstand the strongest winds". Unfortunately, there was no guarantee that the school system would withstand the turbulence buffeting educational circles - dissention was not confined to Pambula.
Most Masonic meeting places are owned by the Lodge or Lodges which meet there. It is in effect their Home and like any other home there are expenses involved in keeping the premises in good condition and in paying local Council fees and other costs. In order to help the members pay these costs it is necessary for them to hire out their halls to other groups and individuals.The building in the above photo is over 100 years old and used to be the Pambula Primary School. It became the Masonic Temple when the school moved to another location. From the outside it is not easy to appreciate the hall which is available for hire inside the premises. The following two photos show the size of the available space which is curerently available for hire along with photos of the kitchen facitlities.
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Pambula Masonic Centre Hall: Contact Hall manager click here for contact form.
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Bateman's Bay Daylight - meets at Bateman's Bay Soldiers Club at 10.30am on 1st Tuesday except Jan. Installation 1st Tuesday in March. Sec: W Bro Ken Trafford. 02 4472 8477
Coeur de Lion-Narooma - meets at Moruya Masonic Centre 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm. South at 6.30pm. Lounge suits. Installlation 1st Sat Oct. Sec: VW Bro Bob O'Callaghan 0448 930 085
Eurobodalla Daylight - meets at Moruya Masonic Centre, 4th Friday at 9.30am except Dec-Jan. Installation August. Sec:R W Bro Alan Brown.0412 963 678
Lodge Milton - meets at Milton Masonic Centre on 2nd Monday at 6 pm, Lounge suits. Installation 1st Saturday in May. Sec: W Bro Ken Sheppard 0428 638 611
Eurobodalla Lodge of Research & Instruction, Moruya Masonic Centre 7.30pm. Last Monday except Dec and Jan.
DGIW: VW Bro Peter Harris
Mob: 0439 898 700
Bega Remembrance - meets at the Bega Masonic Center(Map), 3rd Wednesday, 6.00pm in Winter, 7pm Summer. South after meeting. Dress is lounge suit for regular meetings. Installation 3rd Sat. Sept. (Evening Dress, dinner suits or lounge suits. Tyling 4pm). Secretary - VW Bro Ray Spencer. 02 6494 4063, mob: 0458 944 063
Cooma-Monaro - meets at the Cooma Masonic Center(Map), 1st Friday, 7.30pm. Evening dress. Installation 1st Sat May. Sec: RW Bro Bruce Davies. 0418 162 106.
Mountain Lodge - meets at the Bombala Masonic Temple(Map) 2nd Saturday, 7.30pm. Evening (Summer) dress. Installation Nov. (Tyling 5.30pm). Sec: V W Bro Bernie Alcock. 0412 643 585.
Pambula Daylight - meets at the Pambula Masonic Center(Map), Last Saturday, 10am. Installation last Saturday November. Tyle 10am (Lounge suit). Sec: W Bro Alf Gallina. 0419 260 872.
District Lodge of Instruction. Preceptor RW Bro Kevin Mulcahy. 0428 686 510
DGIW: VW Bro Alf Gallina
Mob: 0419 260 872
Meets at Cooma Masonic Centre on 3rd Monday at 7.30pm.
in March, April May, Sept October and November.
Scribe E: V Ex Comp. Bernie Alcock: 0412 643 585
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