Whist there are many conspiracy theories surrounding Freemasonry it is not known for certain when and how the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory amongst Masonic scholars is that Freemasonry evolved from the guilds of stonemasons and cathedral builders of the Middle Ages.
The Middle Ages, or Medieval period ranged from the 5th to the 15th century. It commenced with the fall of the Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and Age of Discovery eras.
In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point in time are more complete.
Celtic of Ithaca - a Brief History
On the 21st day of July 1894, the illumination of Celtic of Ithaca Lodge, number 810 on the Register of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, yet in the District of Queensland, bore testimony to the desire of free men to bind themselves together for mutual defence and support.
The venue of this initial meeting was most likely the Freemasons Hall, Musgrave Road, Red Hill, then adopted as the regular meeting place.
At the subsequent meeting, first recorded in the Minute Books, held on 6th August 1894, George Tuxworth, a railway employee, became the first Initiate of the Lodge. Since that date, according to records, over 300 members have joined the Celtic of Ithaca Lodge.
The First Charter from the Grand Lodge of Scotland was presented on 17th December 1894 and the Lodge continued to work under this Warrant until 9th November 1920, on which date the Grand Lodge of Scotland ceased to hold its jurisdiction.
From 6th December 1920 the Celtic of Ithaca Lodge functioned under a provisional Warrant from the United Grand Lodge of Queensland (UGLQ), its Roll number being 56 until 1st May 1922, when the present Charter bearing the number 84 was accepted.
We now meet at the Kedron Masonic Centre, 393 Gympie Rd, Kedron, every second Monday of the month (except January) at 7:30 PM.
United Grand Lodge of Queensland (UGLQ)
In Queensland there are approximately 300 independent Lodges operating around the State.
To obtain more information about a Lodge operating in your neighbourhood contact United Grand Lodge of Queensland (UGLQ).