Kiama Masonic Centre


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Lodge Kiama No.35, United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory,

Meets on the 2nd Thursday each month, Tyling at 7pm.

History of Lodge Kiama

Kiama Samaritan Lodge was consecrated on 5th July 1871 by Rt. Wor. Bro J S Farnell who subsequently became the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of NSW and later, the Premier of NSW. Dr. Harman J Tarrant, MLA, was the first Worshipful Master of Kiama Samaritan Lodge No.294 (Irish Constitution). The first lodge meeting was held in the Court House, Terralong Street.

In 1878 Kiama Samaritan Lodge transferred from the Irish to the NSW Constitution and was issued with the number 12. The first meeting was held on 11'"December 1878

In 1885 Dr. Tarrant succeeded R.t Wor. Bro Farnell as Grand Master (GL of NSW) and played a major role in uniting the lodges in NSW which were at that time meeting under the Irish, Scottish, English or NSW Constitutions. In September 1888 Lord Carrington, Governor of NSW, was installed as the first Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and Dr. Tarrant as his Provincial Grand Master.

Lodge Minnamurra No.749 (Scottish Constitution) had been consecrated on 10th August 1887 and held the first meeting in Tory's Hotel, Terralong. Subsequent meetings were held in the Wesleyan (Methodist) Church.

The first Masonic church service in Kiama was held on 11th March 1888 in the Presbyterian Church, Terralong Street by Bro.Rev. Glasson, Senior Warden of Lodge Minnamurra, assisted by Bro. Rev. Howell-Price, Rector of the Anglican Church, Kiama

Following representation from the brethren, amalgamation of Kiama Samaritan Lodge and Lodge Minnamurra was approved by the Grand Master UOL of NSW, Lord Carrington, and on 14th March 1889, the first meeting of

Lodge Kiama No.35 was held in the Anglican Church Sunday School Hall. The first Worshipful Master was Wor. Bro. Duncan Salmond, proprietor of the Salmond Quarries, who constructed the blue metal storage hoppers in Kiama harbour.

The Temperance Society in Kiama had purchased land in Collins Street to provide a suitable meeting place for their members and the community. On 16th March 1876, Dr. Harman Tarrant laid the foundation stone and the building was opened on 22nd April 1878. Following the demise of the Temperance Society, the building was purchased by Lodge Kiama in May 1908. After alterations and interior fit-out the first Lodge meeting was held in this building on 4th February 1909.

The attached hall was opened on 28th February 1976.

In 1986 the building was listed on the New South Wales Heritage Register as a building of state significance. It is one of only a few buildings of its type remaining in Kiama and the only one in continuous use.

Lodge Kiama No.35, United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory is still an active Lodge operating from this building as they have done continuously since 4th February 1909.

Hall for Hire

The hall, 21m x 9m, polished timber floor, kitchen facilities and male and female toilets.

The hall is currently hired for the following activities;

Activity _____ Contact _____ Phone _____ Day _____ Time
Yoga Ann Barbato 4233 2643 Monday 9am - 10:30am
Tuesday 5:30pm - 7pm
Dancing Joan Smart 4885 2397 Monday 11am - 1:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 12pm
Kung Fu Alan Baxter 0416 174 414 Monday 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 4pm - 8pm
U3A Tuesday 9am - 11am
Zumba Zyna'S Zumba 0418 683 235 Tuesday 4pm - 5pm
Friday 10:30am - 11:30am
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kiama Table Tennis Tuesday 1pm - 3pm
Friday 1pm - 3pm

For the most up to date times for Zyna's Zumba, please visit

For casual hire outside these times contact Stan Keough, 02 4232 1060.


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