This heritage listed building is one of Cairns’ landmark buildings and has a long and fascinating history hidden behind its imposing façade and Corinthian columns. The foundation stone of the Masonic Peace Temple, at the corner of Minnie and Grafton Streets, was laid on Armistice Day, 11 November 1983, however, planning had been initiated in 1928. The temple was intended as a memorial and tribute to those who sacrificed so much in World War I and as recognition of Cairns as the headquarters of Masonry in the Carpentaria district.
The cost of the building was not to exceed £12,000, and the architects were Hill and Taylor with C E Steadman contracted as the builder. The garbled entrance extends slightly from the temple front with the doorway enclosed by decorative columns and a cantilevered roof. There are additional doors at either site and at the rear. Internally there is a large galleried hall with two staircases to the first floor.
The new Temple was received by the public hall during open day inspections on 3 and 4 October, 1935 and was dedicated a few days later by the Governor, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, before an audience of over 700.
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