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Masonic Hall - Union Lodge
Kimberley, Northern Cape

Date:1886-1887
Type:Masonic Hall
Status:Extant

Free Masonry was established in the diamond fields during the early 1870s. The Union Lodge was founded by a warrant granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland; the founding ceremony took place on 7 April 1886 in the Good Templars' Hall. The cornerstone of this building was laid on 18 December 1886 and the inauguration was on 28 January 1887. (Richardson Deidré, 2001:60.)

The Union Lodge initiated the erection of this building in 1886 after the Freemasons at the diamond fields of Kimberley realised the necessity to have an own Temple.

It is a single storey corrugated iron structure with a saddle roof and centrally placed air vent. A veranda is found to the rear of the building.

Declared a National Monument on March 10, 1989 by Government Notice No: 11728. It is now a Provincial Heritage Site.

(THE PROPERTIES OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN HERITAGE RESOURCES AGENCY pp21)


Books that reference Masonic Hall - Union Lodge

Bawcombe, Philip & Scannell, Ted. 1976. Philip Bawcombe's Kimberley. Johannesburg: Village Publishing. pg 85
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 60