The Army Lodge
Contact The Lodge
- Address: 42 Salisbury Avenue Ivanhoe VIC
- Contact: VWBro. Alan Mitchell, PGIWkgs
- Phone: 0417 130 945
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lodge Number: 478
- Meeting – 3rd Friday Feb, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov and Dec at 7pm
- Rehearsal – 2nd Wednesday same month
- Installation – July
- Supper charge: Yes
About The Lodge
The Army Lodge was formed in 1929 to provide a means for men with a military background and similar interests to practise Freemasonry. Membership is drawn from among serving and past members of the armed services. The dual interest in Freemasonry and the Australian Army provides a double bond for members of The Army Lodge.
The military connection becomes apparent initially from the presence of military uniforms worn at meetings by those entitled to wear them. Other reminders of the army come from such items as the Italian Officer's sword, captured at Benghazi during the African campaign of 1940-41, the gong made from a shell case from the Battle of Alamein, and a pebble from the beach at Gallipoli and a battered slouch hat which mark the vacant place at the dinner table reminding members of those who have gone before. The Ceremony of Remembrance performed each November has been used since the inception of The Army Lodge.
A large proportion of the foundation members had seen active service during World War I, several landing with the Australian troops at Gallipoli. Included in the foundation membership were several who were already, or were to become, well known as leaders of the Australian Army. These included Lt Gen Sir John Lavarack, then a colonel, but destined to become CGS and later Governor of Queensland, Lt Gen Sir John Northcott, then a major, who would also become CGS and later Governor of New South Wales, and Maj Gen H.E. “Pompey” Elliott, a legend among 1st AIF soldiers, and later a Senator for Victoria.
It is at the dinner at the end of each meeting, that army customs are most evident. The dinner is conducted along the lines of an officers' mess. The port is passed and the Loyal Toast is honoured in the manner observed in a mess. Special toasts are honoured with the Army Fire or Cavalry Charge, a ceremony thought to have had its origins in British Army units on India's north-west frontier in the first half of the 20th Century. The “taking of wine” is another custom that is a symbolic part of The Army Lodge.
While military rank is used at times, there is a strong sense of equality observed in the Lodge. Members mix and socialise with no regard for military rank, the only criteria being brotherhood within Freemasonry.
Membership is open to all, whether or not they have a service background.
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