Freemasonry teaches the great lessons of life: the importance of honor and integrity, of being a person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworth, of realizing that you have a spiritual nature as well as a physical nature, of the importance of self control, of knowing how to love and be loved, of knowing how to keep the confidence of others. It teaches us to reach for a higher standard in conducting our lives.
Freemasonry has sometimes innacuratly been referred to as a 'secret society' . Freemasons certainly don't make a secret of the fact that they are members of their Lodges. We wear rings, and lapel pins with pride. Masonic buildings are clearly marked and usually listed in the phone book. The only thing that could be referred to as 'secret' although we prefer the word 'private' are the methods of recognition and our ritual by which we induct new members.
Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide social and community service organization, emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy.
The 3.5 million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in our communities ideals for a better tomorrow.
The doors of Freemasonry are open to men who seek harmony with their fellow man, feel the need for self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a better place to live.
One of Freemasonry's customs is not to solicit members. However, anyone should feel free to approach any Mason to seek further information about the Craft.
Membership is for men, 18 years of age or older, who meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation, who are of good moral character, and who believe in the existence of a supreme being.
A man who wants to join a lodge must be recommended for by two members of that lodge. He must understand that his character will be investigated. After approval by the members of that lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant for membership in Freemasonry.


Location: Masonic Centre, St Edmonds Road, Prahran

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Middle Park Lodge

On the 12th March 1908 a meeting at the Middle Park Bowling Pavilion resolved that a Freemasons Lodge be held on the 4th Friday of each month in Middle Park Hall in Armstrong Street. The name of the Lodge was to be The Middle Park Lodge. On 27 March, 1908 the Foundation Officers were elected by ballot, and a petition forwarded to The Lodge of South Melbourne seeking their recommendation to the Most Worshipful Grand Master for granting of the Warrant. The Warrant was granted on the 8th May, 1908 and the first working night of the new Lodge was Friday 28 August, 1908, eleven candidates were balloted.
Tuesday, 18 December, 1917, saw the place of meeting change to the Freemasons Hall, corner of Ferrars and Dorcas Streets, South Melbourne.
In 1926, in conjunction with Yarra Lodge, Lodge of South Melbourne, Albert Park Lodge, and Lodge Veritas, a building was purchased to be known as South Suburban Freemasons Hall and was altered to suit the Lodges requirements.
The financial depression of the early thirties, with its inevitable loss of members, placed a heavy burden on the Lodge, and the fact that Middle Park Lodge was able to weather this difficult period speaks volumes for the good management of its early officers.
In the peace following the 1939 - 45 war, the Lodge continued to grow in strength and in the late 1950s an average membership of 180 was maintained.
Due to the sale of the South Suburban Freemasons Hall in 1976 the place of meeting changed to the Masonic Centre, 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne from 22 February 1977.
Over the many years an active social committee has been hosted regular social events; dinner dances, picnics, theatre nights and yearly Christmas parties for children of the Lodge.
During the first 100 years of middle park 593 new Freemasons were initiated. Today Middle Park lodge maintains a membership of approximately half it 1950s however it continues to be a vibrant and innnovative lodge with an active social committee and members from their early 20's thru the to the mature 90's.