This Day in History: 1899-11-20

The Toodyay Lodge, No. 2803, E.C. (English Constitution), was constituted and consecrated. The first meeting was in the new lodge room above Robert Urwin’s drapery store, on New Road, Newcastle, which was fitted for the purpose by a few of the Freemasons brethren. The Rev. Edward Holiday was the first Worshipful Master to be installed. The Toodyay Lodge was the last Lodge in the colony to be formed under the English Constitution.

Northam advertiser, 8 Nov. 1899, p.2; 25 Nov. 1899, p.3.
West Australian, 25 Nov. 1899, p.5.
Rica Erickson. Old Toodyay and Newcastle. Toodyay Shire Council, 1974, p.321.
Robyn Taylor & Ronald Bodycoat. Masonic Lodge, Toodyay: conservation plan, July 2007, p.18.