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Leonardo da Vinci Lodge

No. 238 in the Register of the Grand Lodge of 
South Australia and the Northern Territory

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The first Australian Lodge specifically for Masons interested in Italian life and culture was established in Melbourne in 1986 under the United Grand Lodge of Victoria.  The second was established in Sydney under the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the A.C.T. in 1996.  South Australia followed in 1997 with the formation of our Lodge.  In December 2007 Italia Lodge was established in Perth under the Grand Lodge of Western Australia

Melbourne: 1st Mondays  - Garibaldi Lodge #890 (Installation: April) 
Sydney: 2nd Mondays  - Lodge Galileo #1019 (Installation: October)
Adelaide: 3rd Thursdays (excepting Dec) - Leonardo da Vinci Lodge #238 (Installation: November)
Perth: 3rd Tuesdays (excepting Jan, Apr, Nov, Dec)  - Italia Lodge #367 (Installation: July )

The Lodges have close ties, exchanging visits each year.

Garibaldi Lodge (Melbourne) -
Lodge Galileo No.1019 - Facebook group
Italia Lodge No. 367 (Perth, Western Australia) -

In 1891 twenty Italian Brethren led by W.Bro. Harry Passmore petitioned the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales to form a new Lodge, to be called Lodge La Stella d’ Italia.  The petition was approved and the new Lodge first met in September 1891.  During the early years of the Lodge, it was customary to obligate Italian candidates in Italian, whilst English-speaking candidates were obligated in English.  Gradually, the number of native English speaking Brethren increased.  In 1904 the Lodge made application to Grand Lodge for the name of the Lodge to be changed to Lodge The Star of Australia. The request was granted and became effective in May 1904.  Following the change of name, all candidates joining the Lodge were obligated in English.   Lodge The Star of Australia #200 continues, with a web site at


Kring Nieuw Holland  (Circle New Holland) is
an autonomous Masonic study circle formed in 1993 by a number of freemasons in Melbourne, Australia, and has the sanction of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria.   The study circle was formed to learn about - and experience - the Royal Art (Craft) as it is worked on the continent of Europe in general and under the Grand East of the Netherlands in particular.  website -


London UK: Loggia Italia No. 2687 E.C. was consecrated on 17 March 1898 in London (at the Cecil Hotel, the Strand).  Sometime after its consecration, the date is not recorded, Loggia Italia was presented with a sword belonging to Giuseppe Garibaldi, Past Grand Master -1864- of the Grand Orient of Italy, used by him at ceremonial meetings.  This sword is now lodged with the Library and Museum at Grand Lodge and is displayed at special occasions in front of the reigning Master at the top table.  The Lodge works an Italian translation of the Emulation Ritual.  Loggia Italia is a member of the Anglo-Foreign Lodges Association  ~  - also see
Meetings are held as follows: 4.30pm, Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London - 1st Monday of February, June, October; 3rd Monday of April (Installation), November  
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New York City USA: Garibaldi Lodge No. 542 works the Symbolic Italian Ritual.  A notable member of this Lodge was Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947), Congressman (1916-1933) and mayor of New York City (1934-1945), in whose honour New York’s LaGuardia Airport is named.  He was initiated in 1913. This Lodge held possibly the largest ever Lodge meeting on 7 April 2000 in the New York City Grand Lodge building when over 1200 Masons witnessed 10 candidates being initiated.


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