Capricorn Trip 2017

W ell –  here we go again on our annual pilgrimage to The Capricorn Lodge at Mt Newman. All gathered at Lauder’s house on time and ready to depart in the Grand Lodge bus.

WM Shane Sadler, VW Bro Graeme Woods (Carrington Lodge), VW Bro Kingsley Preston (Hale with Justice Lodge), W Bro Mick Waterson, VW Bro Lauder Coomber, RW Bro Ian Mansfield, Bro Jamie Holloway & W Bro Dennis Lamb

The group left at 9:45am on Thursday the 7th of September making good time for our overnight stay at the Meekatharra Motel. We all enjoyed a splendid meal in the restaurant followed by some good banter back in one of the rooms – all had a good nights sleep. We departed Meeka at around 8:30am next morning after stopping at the local food van for egg and bacon rolls and coffee for breakfast – which are highly recommended.

Ian & Graeme at Meeka next morning


Cue Lodge (now abandoned) established 8th April 1899 as per the Foundation Stone laid in the NW Corner.


Dennis & Ian contemplating anther egg & bacon roll at a fuel stop in Kumarina

We arrived Newman around 1:00pm on the Friday and booked into our accommodation at the SES dongas, where we all enjoyed a well deserved rest before the ceremony that evening. Bro Michael Hess & Bro Grant Berry were raised in a double 3rd Degree ceremony, with visiting Brethren from the touring party filling many of the positions for the ceremony.  This was followed by a terrific night in the South where all enjoyed themselves. We all went back to our accommodation after the ceremony in good spirits and sat up for some time reflecting on such a grand day we all had.

Bros Berry and Hess seated either side of  WM Lewis Sheppard of Capricorn Lodge  after their Raising

Saturday was a day getting prepared for the Installation of the WME Bro Adam Majid, plus some site seeing around the district. We all headed off for the Lodge rooms where the ceremony was due to begin at 1:30pm. It went off like clockwork with everyone doing a great job, as did a short time in the South where speeches were made and some light refreshments were enjoyed before heading to the Sessions Hotel for a more formal evening. A fabulous night was had by all with the Hotel putting on a wonderful meal and refreshments.

A few happy snaps of the evening

W Bro Les Troman accepting the “Pilbara Ambassadors Award” with the three previous recipients

RW Bro Bert Russell celebrating the night with some of the ladies

VW Bro Ben Lewis in conversation with WM Shane sadler

VW Bro Allen Cooper with his wife Debbie, Anita Grace and VW Bro Graeme Woods enjoying th evening especially the presents they won in the raffle.

The night finished off as a resounding success, where the touring brethren again retired to their Dongas for a chat and reflection on a great night.

Getting ready to depart Newman

Next morning we were roused bright and early by Lauder, cleaned up, packed our bags and headed to the Lodge rooms for a BBQ breaky put on by the Capricorn Boys. We departed Newman around 7:30am arriving at Lauders at 8:00pm after an uneventful drive. We are all looking forward to the trip next year with any other Brethren who would be most welcome.

Visit to York No.5 Lodge WAC Final Meeting

Our Worshipful Master W.Bro Ross Newton together with VW Bros Kevin Duke. Lauder Coomber, Kingsley Preston (Hale Lodge), W Bro Doug Farmer and Bro Jamie Holloway travelled to York on Thursday 14 July for the final meeting of the Lodge in York – the Lodge is being transferred to Subiaco.

VW Bro Coomber had particular interest as his great great grandfather (WBro George Wansbrough PGStB) was the the fourth initiate into the Lodge in July 1887 and was  Master in 1892.

VM Master Lauder Coomber in the Masters Chair that his Great Great Grandfather sat in

VW Bro Lauder Coomber in the Masters Chair that his Great Great Grandfather presided in

Whilst waiting to be admitted into the Lodge, VW Bro Coomber discovered, much to his obvious delight, that his great great grandfather’s regalia was on display in a glass cabinet with the name “Wansbrough Collection”.

VM Bro Lauder Coomber discovers his Great Great Granfathers regalia

VW Bro Lauder Coomber discovers his Great Great Grandfathers regalia

MW Bro Frank Hayes PGM gave a detailed history of the Lodge including the fact that the building was bought from the Oddfellows in 1891 and, being aware of VW Bro Coomber’s connection to the York Lodge, invited him to make a few comments. A clearly moved VW Bro Coomber, having learned during the history of the Lodge that he was actually sitting in the same building in which his  great great grandfather had presided as Master, gave a short history of the Wansbrough connection to York and concluded with the comment that the evening had been a very significant highlight of his Masonic experience to date!!

Brethren (37 in number) from the city and country adjourned to the south for a most enjoyable festive board.

Lodge members and visitors for a final and historical group gathering

Lodge members and visitors for a final and historical group gathering

Open Night 16th November 2015

The Lodge organised an Open Night for prospective candidates at the November meeting. In all, five visitors attended getting an insight into how Freemasonry works and especially the Seaview Lodge in particular.

The lodge was opened in the first degree and general business dealt with then closed. The visitors were escorted into the Lodge Rooms and welcomed by our WM. Ross Newton. The Director of Ceremonies the VW Bro. Ian Mansfield conducted the night’s activities with RW Bro. Trevor Arbuckle giving a very informative presentation on the history of Freemasonry,  the symbolism of the working tools, the wearing of the Aprons/Gauntlets their use in Operative times and how they apply to Speculative Masonry today, and general workings of the Lodge and it’s officers. Three of our newest members – Bros.  Nick Covich, Mike Maxwell and Jamie Holloway spoke about their reasons for joining and what their thoughts were about the Craft to this time.

All  enjoyed a terrific night at the Festive Board with Brethren engaging with our special visitors and answering questions, this was accompanied  with a fine meal supplied by our caterer and enjoyable refreshments were had by all. A special presentation was made to the President of the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) Mr Alan Carville for a cheque of $2800 for the purchase of two new rescue boards – monies being raised from the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and the Raffle at the WM’s installation last month. This will be an ongoing engagement with the SSLSC where the Lodge supports such  organisations within our local district. The boards will have the Square and Compass along with our Seaview Lodge emblem displayed on them for all to see.

VW Bro. Lauder Coomber presenting the cheque to Mr Alan Carville.

VW Bro. Lauder Coomber presenting the cheque to Mr Alan Carville.

Mr Alan Carville greatfuly responding

Mr Alan Carville responding with a summary of the club’s activities and how the rescue boards will be used.


Ladies Night Pavilion Restaurant 2015

A terrific night was had by all at the Pavilion Restaurant celebrating Ladies Night. Approximately 60 Brethren their partners and guests enjoyed the hospitality of the Staff and Students studying Hospitality at the Edith Cowan Campus Joondalup, with delicious food, great wines and exemplary service at the tables .