South Eastern Masonic Centre
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest and most important fraternal organization in the world.
Freemasonry is a fraternal society that unites millions of people from all religions, countries, and social backgrounds. There are approximately 5 million members worldwide, with more than 12,000 in Victoria. Modern Freemasonry dates back to 17th Century. It proudly keeps the traditions it inherited. These traditions make Freemasonry distinctive in the community.
Freemasonry is a principled life style that offers a sense belonging and personal growth.
Tolerance, equality, charity, and honor are the principles that a Freemason must live by. They seek spiritual enlightenment and personal growth as a path to moral perfection. These principles are demonstrated by Freemasons who show tolerance and respect for others’ opinions, act with kindness and understanding, and practice charity and care for their communities.
Freemasonry acknowledges the richness and diversity of all cultures and does not exclude anyone based on race, religion, or politics. Freemasons must believe in a Supreme Being, but the details of this belief are a matter for each individual.
Through community involvement, Freemasons work towards improving the lives of others. Freemasonry supports all levels of relief efforts, from local fundraising to international relief efforts like the Tools for Timor or Eplitiya programs.
Over 170 years ago, the Freemasons of Victoria were active in the community and played a major role in the development Melbourne. They established the Royal Freemasons Homes of Victoria (1867) for palliative care of the aged and the Freemasons Hospital (1937) to care for Freemasons and their families.
Association of South Eastern Masonic Centres Inc.
The South Eastern Masonic Centre houses a number lodges. It is a registered association that manages the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the centre.