SECRET symbols and hushed ceremonies of the Freemasons will be open to the public at the launch of the renovated Bendigo Masonic Centre.
Author Dan Brown delved into the group’s ancient mysteries in his books and Freemasons Victoria said residents could now get a glimpse of the organisation’s secrets and symbols.
Freemasons Victoria’s Grand Master Bob Jones will launch the new Bendigo Masonic Centre before the open installation of Richmond Foster as the Bendigo City Lodge master.
It’s one of the first times the ceremonial aspects of the installation would be open to viewing by members of the public.
Master-elect Richmond Foster said there had been a strong interest in people wanting to become freemasons with 10 people joining the Bendigo City Lodge in the past two years.
“Through our Masonic Scholarship Fund, our regular public events and other benevolent work, Bendigo City Lodge has worked to build the broader Bendigo community,” he said.
Victoria’s grand master Bob Jones said freemasonry was experiencing a surge in membership inquiries from young men keen to know more about the organisation.
“It’s no surprise that young men of today’s society are arriving at our front door after searching for something more meaningful in life,” he said.
“What we’ve always known is that freemasonry offers opportunities for men looking to better themselves, develop personally, serve their community, grow spiritually and live a principled way of life.”
The public can see ceremonial aspects of Freemasonry at the Bendigo Masonic Centre, McIvor Road, on Saturday October 13, at 4.30pm.