Lachlan Macquarie is a young and vigorous Lodge, growing rapidly and shaping into one which balances the firmly founded traditions of Freemasonry with the delights of a full social program. Freemasonry is built around a philosophy of life which provides an enjoyable and beneficial exercise of the mind for thinking men, the respect of family values and sharing in each other’s company.
Our members are largely forward thinking younger businessmen, keen to go to Lodge after work; enjoy some refreshment and a chat; participate in a sincere and serious meeting; and later join the ladies for a convivial meal at a local restaurant.
We are keen to meet men who are well thought of by their fellows and who want to seek a friendship with like-minded men who enjoy their family life as well as the company of men in the lodge.
We want to meet you, we want to share with you the facets of our philosophy which make it an organisation which guides good men to becoming better husbands, fathers, brothers and members of the community. No one is ever pressured to join our ranks. That is foreign to our philosophy, but we will tell you about us and leave the decision to join to you.
Some ask if Freemasonry is a religion. While we do not hold ourselves as a religion as such, professing a dogma and salvation, much of our ritual is built around the Old Testament. The Bible, is open at all times during a Lodge meeting.
A typical Lodge meeting of course has a business part of minutes, reports and other administration. Its main phase uses the tools and symbols of the masons of old to bring to each candidate a dramatized presentation as part of a philosophy of life. It is formal, it is dignified, truthful and straightforward.
Some ask if Freemasonry is a Secret Society. This is not so. Our philosophy and our symbols have developed from the operative stonemasons who built the grand cathedrals of Europe many hundreds of years ago and as they maintained some form of secrecy as proof of their trade qualifications, so do we maintain some secrets as a means of ensuring the probity of those whom we elect to enter our society.