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Hillbrow Lodge No. 3046

Consecrated 20th August 1904

Meeting at: Johannesburg - Freemasons Hall, 8 Park Lane, Parktown

Meeting Dates: 2nd Monday (ex Dec, Jan, July) Inst Jun

Contact 082 600 2839

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Lodge History

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Hillbrow Lodge was one of several lodges formed in Johannesburg following the resumption of normal masonic activities after the South African War. The membership was drawn from the general community and was slowly built up until, in the 1930s, the Lodge was exceptionally strong and well supported. This was to continue into the 1960s. Membership declined steadily through the past ten years, however, this has halted and membership is currently increasing rapidly.

Over the years the Lodge has had a number of brethren who made substantial contributions to Freemasonry in the Transvaal, including three Grand officers in W Bro Teddy Kiesner (WM 1918/9), Harold Cohen (WM 1938/9) also of Protea Lodge, and Simon Kirschner (WM 1958/9) and secretary for a number of years before emigrating to Australia.

But a very different distinction befell W Bro Robert Sproat (WM 1910/1 and 1917/8), who was the second husband - and suspected to have been another victim - of the notorious Daisy de Melker, who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of her son. On a more cheerful note it can be added that one of South Africa's greatest rugby players, 'Okey' Geffin, was initiated into Hillbrow Lodge in 1977.

Reference: 'A Century of Brotherhood' by A A Cooper & D E G Vieler