Of course, Long Branch Lodge has a long and proud
history stemming from its humble start in 1925. There
were 23 Charter members. The following year saw
the number grow to 61 and by the end of the decade, there were 85.
A book could be written as to the members, the lodges dynamics, the impact of what the
2 World War brought, the Mimico community and so on. But what is truly important
to remember is that this lodge is still in existance and continues to be one of the more
inviting and colourful lodges in the District. Membership at one time saw the number
of members reach almost 200 by the late 50's.
The Lodge had celebrated 50 years in October of 1975 and 75 years in the year 2000.
 
No lodge can boast of its continuance without the leadership of its Officers, particularly
the Worshipful Masters. Below is a list of our Past Masters from 1925 to present.
   
Landmarks of Freemasonry with explanataions
The chief need of Freemasonry is not to advance the moral standard of Freemasonry, but to bring the morals of Freemasons up to the moral standard of Freemasonry. - Tyler-Keystone, August 1923 -
Masonic Timeline
This timeline gives a brief overview of the evolution and spread of Freemasonry and is not meant to be comprehensive.

The earliest origins of Freemasonry are speculative. Various guild organizations dating to around 1000 AD have been theorized as foundations of modern Freemasonry, but there is no definitive evidence. What is known is that stonemasons organized themselves into groups, eventually called lodges, that were used for training and socialization. Although the groups were originally guilds of stoneworkers, people that were not employed in the stonemason craft were later allowed to join these lodges. Masonic groups evolved into the open, social, and service centered organizations that exist today.

1278 - Earliest known use of the word "lodge" in the records of Vale Royal Abbey.

1376 - The Freemason and Mason Company of London, probably a craft guild, was in existence. First known use of the word "Freemason" (in the City of London Letter Book H).

1390 - The Regius Poem, also called the Halliwell Manuscript, was written or copied from an older manuscript. This is the oldest extant copy of an ancient manuscript of Masonry.

1429 - "Masons of the Lodge" mentioned at Canterbury Cathedral.

1539 - Francis I of France attempted to close all craft guilds.

1599 - The oldest known written records of a Masonic Lodge (Aitchison's Havenhas Lodge in Musselburgh, Scotland).

1641 - The earliest recorded initiation (Sir Robert Moray initiated by a group of Masons in a Scotch regiment at Newcastle-on-Tyne).

1656 - John Aubrey began A Natural History of Wiltshire, in which he stated that the Fraternity of Free Masons "are known to one another by certain signes and Watch words," and other significant words. He also described them as "adopted masons" and "accepted masons." History was not published until 1847.

1696 - The Edinburgh Register House Manuscript suggested that Masons had words, a grip, signs, and "five points."

1710 - Hon. Elizabeth St. Leger, the famous "Lady Mason," was supposed to have eavesdropped at a Masonic initiation and was given two degrees.

1717 - The first Grand Lodge was formed in London by combining four lodges of the city.

1730 - Prichard's Masonry Dissected, the first exposé of Masonic rituals, was published. Martin Clare published his Defence of Freemasonry in answer to Prichard's book.

1733 - Freemasonry appeared in Italy, and Masons in Florence, Italy were persecuted.

1734 – The first Masonic Temple in America was erected in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1737 – A warrant was issued by Lord Derwentwater for the formation of a lodge in Sweden. First lodge met in Germany.

1738 - Pope Clement XII issued his Papal Bull In Eminenti. This was the first official Catholic proclamation against Freemasonry.

1743 - John Coustos was questioned and tortured by the Portuguese Inquisition because he was a Mason. He went on to write The Sufferings of John Coustos for Freemasonry, a first hand report of the methods of the Inquisition.

1749 - First Canadian lodge.

1750 - Joseph Torrubia, a Roman Catholic priest, secured permission of the Pope to become a Mason. He joined Freemasonry in Spain to learn who belonged to the organization, and he gave their names to the Inquisition.

1767 - First Chinese lodge was established by the Grand Lodge of England.

1802 - The Irish Masonic Female Orphan School was founded.

1824 - King Ferdinand VII of Spain ordered the death of all Freemasons without trial.

1838 - The Benevolent Institution was founded for needy Masons and the elderly in England.

1842 - First lodge in New Zealand was formed.

1864 - Guiseppe Garibaldi united all Masonic groups in Italy.

1899 - Leader Scott (Lady Lucy Baxter) published The Cathedral Builders in which she tried to show the missing link between the Masons of ancient times and the Freemasons of her day.

1923 - The Grand Fascist Council issued its first resolution against Freemasonry.

1926 - The Fascists confiscated Masonic property in Italy.

1949 - The Spanish Government under the authoritarian dictator Franco included an item in its budget to spend over $100,000 for a special tribunal to suppress Freemasonry.

1957 - A court in England ruled that Freemasonry is not a religion.

1979 - Pope John Paul II visited Chicago while the Grand Lodge was in session. The Grand Master and Grand Wardens, by special invitation, attend a Mass conducted by the Pope in Grant Park. Iran banned Freemasonry, and some Arab countries turn against Freemasonry because of the incorrect belief that Freemasonry is controlled by Jews.

This timeline was compiled based on the work of Worshipful Brother Gordon Row PJGD MPS and the California Freemason Online magazine and http://www.initiatedeye.com/timeline.htm

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25 Landmarks of Freemasonry
1. The Modes of recognition. ~ The modes of recognition are, of all the Landmarks, the most legimate and unquestioned. They admit of no variation.

2. The division of Symbolic Masonry into three degrees. ~ The division of symbolic Freemasonry into three Degrees is a Landmark that has been better preserved than almost any other.

3. The legend of the third degree.
~ The Legend of the Third Degree is an important Landmark, the integrity of which has been well preserved. There is no Rite of Freemasonry, practiced in any country or in any language, in which the essential elements of this Legend are not taught. Any Rite which should exclude it, or materially alter it, would at once, by that exclusion or alternation cease to be a Masonic Rite.

4. The government of the fraternity by a presiding officer called a Grand Master, who is elected from the body of tile craft.
~ The government of the Fraternity by a presiding officer called a Grand Master, who is elected from the body of the Craft, is a fourth Landmark. Many persons suppose that the election of a Grand Master is held in consequence of a law or regulation of a Grand Lodge. Such, however, is not the case. The office is indebted for its existence to a Landmark of the Order.

5. The prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every assembly of the craft, wheresoever and whensoever held.
~ The prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every Assembly of the Craft, wheresoever and whensoever held, is a fifth Landmark. It is in consequence of this Landward, derived from ancient usages, that the Grand Master assumes the chair at every Communication of a Grand Lodge; and that he is also entitled to preside at the communication of every subordinate Lodge where he may happen to be present.

6. The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensations for conferring degrees at irregular times
. ~ The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant Dispensations for conferring Degrees at irregular times is another very important Landmark. The statutory law of Freemasonry requires a month, or other determinate period, to elapse between the presentation of a petition and the election of a candidate. But the Grand Master has the power to set aside or dispense with this probation, and to allow a candidate to be initiated at once. This prerogative he possessed before the enactment of the law requiring a probation, and as no statute can impair his prerogative, he still retains this power.

7. The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensation for opening and holding lodges.
~ The prerogative of the Grand Master to give Dispensations for opening and holding Lodges is another Landmark. He may grant in virtue of this, to a sufficnent number of Freemasons, the privilege of meeting together and conferring Degrees. The Lodges thus established are called Lodges Under Dispensation.

8. The prerogative of the Grand Master to make Masons on sight.
~ The prerogative of the Grand Master to make Freemasons at sight is an Ancient Landmark which is closely connected with the preceding one.

9. The necessity of Masons to congregate in lodges.
~ The necessity for Freemasons to congregate in Lodges is another Landmark. From time immemorial, the Landmarks of the Order always prescribed that Freemasons should, from time to time, congregate together for the purpose of either Operative or Speculative labor, and that these Congregations should be called Lodges. Formerly, these were extemporary meetings called together for special purposes, and then dissolved, the Brethren departing to meet again at other times and other places, according to the necessity of circumstances. But Warrants of Constitution, by-laws, and permanent officers are modern innovations wholly outside of the Landmarks, and dependent entirely on special enactments of a comparatively recent period.

10. The government of every lodge by a Master and two Wardens
. ~ The government of the Craft, when so congregated in a Lodge, by a Master and two Wardens is a Landmark. A Congregation of Freemasons meeting together under any other government, as that, for instance, of a president and vice-president, or a chairman and subchairman, would not be recognized as a Lodge. The presence of a Master and two Wardens is as essential to the valid organization of a Lodge as a Warrant of Constitution is at the present day. The names of these three officers vary in different languages; but the officers, their number, prerogatives, and duties are everywher identical.

11. The necessity that every lodge, when duly congregated, should be tyled.
~ The necessity that every Lodge, when congregated, should be duly tiled, is an important Landmark of the Institution which is never neglected. The necessity of this law arises from the esoteric character of Freemasonry. The duty of guarding the door, and keeping off cowans and eavesdroppers, is an ancient one.

12. The right of every Mason to be represented in all general meetings of the craft and to instruct his representatives.
~ The right of every Freemason to be represented in all general meetings of the Craft, and to instruct his representatives, is a twelfth Landmark. Formerly, these general meetings, which were usually held once a year, were called General Assemblies, and all the Fraternity, even to the youngest Entered Apprentice, were permitted to be present. Now they are called Grand Lodges, and only the Masters and Wardens of the subordinate Lodges are summoned. But this is simply as the representatives of their members. Originally, each Freemason represented himself; now he is represented by the officers of his Lodge.

13. The right of every Mason to appeal from the decision of his brethren in lodge convened, to the Grand Lodge or General Assembly of Masons
. ~ The right of every Freemason to appeal from the decision of his Brethren, in Lodge convened, to the Grand Lodge or General Assembly of Freemasons, is a Landmark highly essential to the preservation of justice, and the prevention of oppression.

14. The right of every Mason to visit and sit in every regular lodge.
~ The right of every Freemason to visit and sit in every regular Lodge is an unquestionable Landmark of the Order. This is called the Right of Visitation. This right of visitation has always been recognized as an inherent right which inures to every Freemason as he travels through the world. And this is because Lodges are justly considered as only divisions for convenience of the universal Masonic family.

15. That no visitor, not known to some brother present as a Mason, can enter a lodge without undergoing an examination.
~ It is a Landmark of the Order, that no visitor unknown to the Brethren present, or to some one of them as a Freemason, can enter a Lodge without first passing an examination according to ancient usage. If the visitor is known to any Brother present to be a Freemason in good standing, and if that Brother will vouch for his qualifications, the examination may be dispensed with, as the Landmark refers only to the cases of strangers, who are not to be recognized unless after strict trial, due examination or lawful information.

16. That no lodge can interfere in the business or labor of another lodge
. ~ No Lodge can interfere in the business of another Lodge, nor give Degrees to Brethren who are members of other Lodges. This Landmark is founded on the great principles of courtesy and fraternal kindness, which are at the very foundation of our Institution.

17. That every Freemason is amendable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic Jurisdiction in which he resides.
~ It is a Landmark that every Freemason is amenable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic Jurisdiction in which he resides, and this although he may not be a member of any Lodge in that Jurisdiction.

18. That every candidate for initiation must be a man, free born and of lawful age.
~ Certain qualifications of candidates for initiation are derived from a Landmark of the Order. These qualifications are that he shall be a man, unmutilated, free born, and of mature age.

19. That every Mason must believe in the existence of God as the Grand Architect of the Universe.
~ A belief in the existence of God as the Great Architect of the Universe, is one of the most important Landmarks of the Order. It has always been admitted that a denial of the existence of a Supreme and Superintending Power is an absolute disqualification for initiation. The annals of the Order never have furnished or could furnish an instance in which an avowed Athiest was ever made a Freemason. The very initiatory ceremonies of the First Degree forbid and prevent the possibility of such an occurrence.

20. That every Mason must believe in a resurrection to a future life.
~ Subsidiary to this belief in God, as a Landmark of the Order, is the belief in a resurrection to a future life.

21. That a book of the law of God must constitute an indispensable part of the furniture of every lodge
. ~ It is a Landmark that a Book of the Law shall constitute an indespensable part of the furniture of every Lodge. It is not absolutely a requirement that the Old and New Testamets be used. The Book of the Law is that volume which, by the religion of the country, is believed to contain the revealed will of the Great Architect of the Universe. Hence, in all Lodges in Christian countries, the Book of the Law is composed of the Old and New Testaments; in a country where Judaism is the prevailing faith, the Old Testament alone would be sufficient; and in a Mohammedan countries, and among Mohammedan Freemasons, the Koran may be substituted. Freemasonry does not attempt to interfere with the particular religious faith of its disciples, except so far as it relates to the belief in the existence of God, and what necessarily results from that belief. The Book of Law is to the Speculative Freemason his spiritual Trestleboard; without this he cannot labor; whatever he belies to be the revealed will of the Great Architect constitutes for him in his hours of speculative labor, to be the rule and guide of his conduct. The Landmark, therefore, requires that a Book of the Law, a religious code of some kind as the revealed will of God, shall form an essential part of the furniture of every Lodge.

22. That all men, in the sight of God, are equal and meet in the lodge on one common level.
~ The equality of all Freemasons is another Landmark of the Order. This equality has not reference to any subversion of those graduations of rank which have been instituted by the usages of society. The monarch, the nobleman and the common laborer are all equal within Freemasonry.

23. That Freemasonry is a secret society in possession of secrets that cannot be divulged.
~ The secrecy of the Institution is another and most important Landmark. If the Instituion were divest of its secret character, it would cease to be Freemasonry. This secrecy is based on the forms and modes of recognition so that one Freemason may know another.

24. That Freemasonry consists of a speculative science founded on an operative art.
~ The foundation of a Speculative Science upon an Operative Art, and the symbolic use and explanation of ther terms of that art, for the purposes of religious or moral teaching constitute another Landmark of the Order. The Temple of Solomon is the symbolic cradle of the Institution, and, therefore, the reference to the Operative Masonry which constructed that magnificent edifice, to the materials and implements which were employed in its construction, and to the artists who were engaged in the building, are all component and essential parts of the body of Freemasonry, which could not be subtracted from it without an entire destruction of the whole identity of the Order.

25. That the landmarks of Masonry can never be changed. These constitute the landmarks, or as they have sometimes been called, "the body of Masonry," in which it is not in the power of man or a body of men to make the least innovation.
~ The last and crowning Landmark of all is, that these Landmarks can never be changed. Nothing can be subtracted from them -- nothing can be added to them -- not the slightest modification can be made in them. As they were received from our predecessors, we are bound by the most solemn obligations of duty to transmit them to our successors.


The above descriptions of The Ancient Landmarks Of Freemasonry were taken directly from Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia. Mackey's compilation of these Ancient Landmarks is considered by many to be one of the most authoritative sources of information on this topic.

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1925
W.Bro. J.M. Doughty †
1926
W.Bro. J.M. Doughty †
1927
V.W.Bro. A.D. Norris †
1928
W.Bro. F. Scott †
1929
W.Bro. D. McCulloch †
1930
W.Bro. T.H. Scott †
1931
V.W.Bro. J.B. Smith †
1932
V.W.Bro. R.W. Knaggs †
1933
W.Bro. S. Wilkins †
1934
W.Bro. G.A. Brandow †
1935
W.Bro. T. Fish †
1936
W.Bro. V. Schram †
1937
V.W.Bro. J.B. Smith †
1938
V.W.Bro. P.M. Stanvidge †
1939
W.Bro. P.F. Feakins †
1940
W.Bro. A. Pratt †
1941
W.Bro. A.G. Bell †
1942
W.Bro. G.H. Clarkson †
1943
W.Bro. E. Cullen †
1944
W.Bro. J. Nicholl †
1945
W.Bro. C.A. Schram µ
1946
W.Bro. H.W. Taylor †
1947
W.Bro. N. Sanvidge †
1948
W.Bro. F. Ranney †
1949
V.W.Bro. C.A. Louttit †
1950
V.W.Bro. C. Coguel †
1951
V.W.Bro. F.D. Haines †
1952
W.Bro. H.H. Gibbs †
1953
W.Bro. G. Bremner †
1954
W.Bro. D.W. Everson †
1955
R.W.Bro. C.C. Wonfor †
1956
W.Bro. D. Mowder †
1957
W.Bro. W.A. Bennet †
1958
W.Bro. A.A. Kennedy †
1959
W.Bro. E.E. McCombe †
1960
W.Bro. C. Petch †
1961
W.Bro. W. Gibbons †
1962
W.Bro. A.J. Pelley †
1963
W.Bro. J.B. Stark †
1964
W.Bro. G.B. Stark †
1965
W.Bro. P. Durance †
1966
W.Bro. J. Agnew †
1967
W.Bro. H.W. Gibbons †
1968
W.Bro. G. Turek
1969
W.Bro. N.G. Gordon †
1970
V.W.Bro. A.A. Medhurst †
1971
W.Bro. J.C. Hangemans
1972
V.W.Bro. C.J. Mason
1973
W.Bro. N. Kennedy
1974
W.Bro. M. Paterson
1975
R.W.Bro. H. Wettstein †
1976
W.Bro. K. O'Hara
1977
W.Bro. J. Edwards †
1978
W.E.Bro. S. Kosanovich µ
1979
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1980
V.W.Bro. G.H. Cooper
1981
W.Bro. F. Hussey
1982
W.Bro. G. Morgyn µ
1983
W.Bro. H. Armstrong †
1984
W.Bro. A. Page †
1985
W.Bro. J. Cloughley †
1986
W.Bro. W. McLeod
1987
W.Bro. J. Gillespie
1988
W.Bro. M. Peacock
1989
W.Bro. H. Perry
1990
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1991
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1992
W.Bro. H.W. Camley
1993
W.Bro. C. Bateman
1994
W.Bro. H.W. Camley
1995
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1996
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1997
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
1998
W.Bro. B.A. Petch
1999
W.Bro. C. Knowles
2000
W.Bro. J. Macdonald
2001
W.Bro. E.O. Kass
2002
R.W.Bro. K. Bice µ
2003
W.Bro. J. Macdonald
2004
W.Bro.R Tschudi
2005
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
2006
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
2007
V.W.Bro. H.N. McKnight
2008
W.Bro.R Tschudi
2009
W.Bro. G Carney
2010
W.Bro.J Romano
 
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