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WALLAROO Heritage and Nautical Museum is
now home to the large ship's bell from passenger
vessel MV Braemar Castle, donated by Terry
Forster. Built in 1952 for the Union-Castle Line,
the Braemar Castle had accommodation for 552
She sailed the London-round Africa service
until that ceased in 1961; she then made a couple
of Mediterranean cruises before being transferred
to the intermediate service from London to
Gibraltar, Durban and return.
In 1965, she was used for cruising only and in
1966, at just 13 years old, she was broken up.
Ship's bell for Wallaroo
RING RING... National Trust Wallaroo
branch chairman Colin Boase admires the
bell from passenger ship Braemar Castle,
now on display at the Wallaroo Museum.
AFTER the discovery of copper
by Freemason James Boor in
1859, the township of Kadina
grew quickly and it was natural
Freemasons would want to estab-
lish a lodge.
The first meeting of the Kadina
Union Lodge was held in the
White Lion Hotel (current BP
service station site) on November
3, 1862, with Dr Henry
Chambers, an experienced
Freemason who had moved from
Burra, elected as the first master.
The lodge continued to meet at
the White Lion Hotel for 18 years,
before moving to Mr Gaskell's
schoolroom for the next two
The lodge moved to its current
location on the corner of Taylor
and Hay streets in 1883.
The early success and popular-
ity of Freemasonry in Kadina
attracted men from the neigh-
bouring towns of Moonta,
Wallaroo, Snowtown and Bute.
Within a few years, and with
encouragement and support from
the Union Lodge, these towns
established their own lodges.
The lodges at Moonta and
Wallaroo remain active and Bute
has been incorporated into the
Over the years, many of
Kadina's prominent families have
been associated with the Union
Lodge including the names of
Gurner, Rosewarne, Hall, Coles,
Venning, Rodda, Bussenschutt,
East, Dunstone and Wearn.
The lodge also recognises and
pays tribute to its veterans with
service of 50 or more years. These
have included Wally Bowman,
Harrie Brock, Bruce Smith,
Bunter Price, Norm Jolly, Graham
Wearn, Ed Ebsary and Brian
The lodge is holding its sesqui-
centenary (150 year) celebrations
on Saturday, October 27.
Members of the public are
invited to attend a re-enactment
of the original consecration of the
lodge at 5pm, with afternoon tea
Many of the celebrated rituals
and traditions for which
Freemasonry is famous will be on
After the ceremony in the
lodge, members and guests will be
celebrating the occasion with a
dinner at the Kadina Golf Club.
Any enquiries about the cere-
mony, celebration dinner or
Freemasonry can be directed to
secretary Terry McCumiskey on
0417 085 679, tcbmmac@big
pond.com or visit www.sant
Kadina Union Lodge active since 1862
FREEMASONS... Back: Ed Ebsary, Doug Reed, Trevor
Briggs, Dean Fidge; middle: Rob Routley, Peter Heinrich,
Russell Routley, Terry McCumiskey; front: Brian O'Grady,
Jim Parsonage, Brian Griffin, John Fidgeon, Bob Jervies. The
Union Lodge in Kadina is celebrating its sesquicentenary
on October 27.
HELP NEEDED: National Trust of SA Wallaroo
branch is seeking more members and
volunteers to help keep the museum open daily.
Vacancies exist for staffing the museum
counter and reception areas, guides for coach
tours around Wallaroo, and handymen/women
to help with gardening and restoration.
Anyone able to help can call into the Wallaroo
Museum, open 10am-4pm daily, or phone 8823
3015. Training may be provided
Volunteering is a great way to help promote
Wallaroo's heritage and meet many visitors
from all over Australia and the world, chairman
Colin Boase said.
to their 50-year
LOCAL Freemasons who have
achieved excellence include:
John Olsen, former mayor,
senator, premier and
Australian consul general to
Los Angeles and New York.
Graham Wearn OAM,
former mayor, council
chairman and has received
Rotary recognition as a Paul
Ed Ebsary OAM, Kokoda
Peter Symons (a former
resident) is the current CEO of
SA and NT Freemasons and is
a past assistant Grand Master.
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