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The Warrant


The warrant, re-issued at “Dublin the Metropolis of Ireland” on the Fourteenth day of November 1905 by the Grand Master, the Most Worshipful James Duke of Abercorn K.G, stated that “ Emerald Lodge No. 392 “ be situated in “ Bloemfontein, Orange River Colony.“ Grand Lodge records show that this warrant “ No 392 “, was originally granted on the 6th day of January 1763, to eleven Masons in the 66th Foot, Royal Berkshire Regiment.

Petition was duly made to form a new Irish Lodge named “ Emerald “, after which dispensation was granted by the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Africa on 8th July 1905, subject to the arrival of the Warrant from the Grand Lodge of Ireland and the formal Constitution of the Lodge by the R.W.Provincial Grand Master.

The approved and subsequently Senior Brethren were Bro. A. Page (Wor. Master), Bro. J.Hewitt (Sen. Warden) and Bro. I.Brady (Jun. Warden ) together with twenty-two other Brethren from various Lodges. (English, Irish and Scottish Constitutions).

The first meeting was held on the 18th October 1905 at the MASONIC Temple Situated in Adderly Street ( now Maitland Street ) Bloemfontein with Wor. Bro. T. Bothwell acting as Wor. Master.

On Wednesday 21st February 1906 at 3.45 pm an “occasional Lodge “ was formed by the Prov. Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Sir Kendal Franks C.B. for the purpose of constituting “Emerald Lodge 392 “. Bro. Alfred page was installed as Wor. Master.

“ Emerald`s” first Regular meeting was held at “ Rising Star 1022 E.C. Masonic Temple” in Adderley Street, yet an alternate venue being “ Thistle 942 S.C. Lodge Room”, situated in East Burger Street, Bloemfontein was used on a few occasions The venue later changed to the Queen Mary Lodge, S.O.E. Hall, St John Street until
Arrangements were finalized for the Dedication Ceremony of the “Irish Masonic Temple “ in Cricket Street at a standing committee meeting attended by representatives of “ Ballingary Lodge No. 603 I.C. “ which took place 18th April 1931. “Emerald Lodge“ Installation ceremony took place directly thereafter.

Irish Freemasonry was practiced and promoted from these premises until all Masonic Lodges in Bloemfontein pooled their resources and acquired farm ground on the Western boundary of the city. The Combined Masonic Centre was constructed on this land, and the Dedication Ceremony took place in 1970 which is now the home of all Constitutions operating in Bloemfontein, including “ Emerald Lodge”