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The United Services Lodge No. 2967

Consecrated 8th August 1903

Meeting at: Pretoria - Masonic Centre, Jukskei Ave., The Willows

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

Contact 083 291 0609

Lodge History

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United Services Lodge was primarily intended for the association and convenience of present and past members of the public service and it was to be quite a number of years before the restriction was removed. The influx of civil servants from the United Kingdom (Lord Milner's famous 'Kindergarten') after the South African war contributed to the early growth of the Lodge. An interesting event took place in 1904, when the Lodge participated (under the auspices of Transvaal Lodge No 1747) in the laying of the foundation stone of the Queen Victoria Cottage Hospital, the actual stone laying being carried out by RW Bro Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commander in Chief of the British army.

The petitioners included W Bro Arnold Theiler, the founder of Onderstepoort Veterinary Laboratory following the rinderpest outbreak of 1896, who earned international fame as a bacteriologist and was knighted in 1907. And the Lodge has the unique record of producing one Deputy District Grand Master (Bro Albert Tilley) and three Assistant District Grand Masters (Bros Dr Francois Hauptfleisch, James Chapman and George Grobler. (The first three were initiates of the Lodge, and Bro Grobler was a joining member, in 1970, from Lion of the North Lodge No 3640). Four other members have achieved Grand rank, and another has received the District Grand Master's certificate of service to Masonry.

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