Half of century since the founding of the Grand Lodge of South Africa

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Half of century since the founding of the Grand Lodge of South Africa


During August 17 to 21, 2011, the Grand Lodge of South Africa celebrated half of century since its foundation in 1961. The Masonic ceremonies marking this important event were held in Cape Town.


The first South African Masonic Lodge was founded in 1772. In 1771 Brother Abraham van der Weijde (captain of a sailing vessel plying between Holland and the East Indies) of the Grand East (Orient) of the Netherlands was appointed Deputy Grand Master Abroad (having the authority to found Masonic Lodges abroad). On 24 April 1772 he landed in cape Town and 10 days later he issued a warrant (ratified on 1 September 1772), founding De Goede Hoop Lodge #12, under the jurisdiction of the Grand East of the Netherlands.

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