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The Linford Lodge of Research has been providing opportunities for Freemasons in the Canberra area to make their daily advancement in the acquisition of masonic knowledge since 1964.

History

In 1963 Sir Edwin Hicks and Robert [Bob] Linford approached the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales to establish a Lodge of Research in Canberra. Rejected, but not discouraged, they sought a Grand Master’s licence to establish a Lodge of Instruction under the name ‘The Canberra Lodge of Research and Instruction’. This was granted by Grand Master Beers, and it is under this licence that the Lodge operates today. In 2011 Grand Lodge agreed to the change of name to ‘The Linford Lodge of Research’ to honour Bob Linford and his work.

Activities

In the early years, besides the presentation of masonic research papers, the Lodge invited local lodges to participate in ceremonial to be guided and learn. This aspect was gradually discontinued and the Lodge has focussed on masonic research and discussion ever since, in line with the founders’ concept.

ANZMRC

The Lodge joined the Australian Masonic Research Council [AMRC] in 1993. Representatives have attended every AMRC [later the Australia and New Zealand Masonic Research Council – ANZMRC] biennial Conference since 1994.