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Freemasonry

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Freemasonry

 

The Masonic body is a very large and influential one in Shanghai. According to Gratton’s “Freemasonry in Shanghai and North China”, there was a “warrant granted to the Northern Lodge of China, No. 570, E.C.”, on December the 27th 1849.

 

 

The “first English Mark Masters’ Lodge” was held on December 15th, 1854. From the middle of the 1860s, Masonry made rapid advances. That little was done during the fifties was due to the disturbed state of the country.

 

 

The first meetings were held in a house of Chinese construction in Church Road (now Kiangse Road), opposite the present Cathedral compound, and then in a small bungalow in Foochow Road.

 

 

The first lodge-room was in Nanking Road and is first mentioned in 1855. In 1856, this was sold, and the old second Masonic Hall was erected in Canton Road. This, becoming inconveniently small, was sold and the present third Masonic Hall on the Bund was planned. The foundation-stone was laid with full Masonic ceremonies on July 3rd, 1865, and the building was dedicated on September 27th, 1867.

 

 

The Masonic Charity Fund is an important institution in Shanghai; administering relief, maintaining bursaries or scholarships in the public school and so on. The Masonic body has taken a prominent part in the most striking public function in Shanghai, such as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

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