Bartle Frere Lodge
Places of Significance - Cairns Regional Council

The development of Masonic halls throughout the country was part of a pattern of self-help and fellowship organisations established to obtain prosperity against adversity during the frontier period of development of country towns and cities. Such societies acted as the centre of the town's business network and were often attended by Catholics despite the Church's disapproval. The Bartle Frere Lodge demonstrates such an early meeting place, developed in the same decade as the construction of the sugar mill and the town created to support it.


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