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Landmark building to house popular Clermont Exhibition

Visitors will continue to be transported into Clermont’s history books when a landmark building reopens for the first time in five years today.

The milestone re-opening of Masonic Lodge in March will feature the popular 2018 exhibition 100 Objects.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the landmark building is etched into the gold and coal mining town’s history.

“The building has been brought back to life after it was closed in 2012,” Mayor Anne Baker said.

“The renovations took quite some time and we appreciate the efforts of staff involved in preparing this building for a new chapter.”

“We look forward to the reopening on March 6 and we hope the community and tourists rally behind us in the reopening and to experience a large piece of Clermont’s history.”

The Loyal Hope of Clermont Lodge No. 9 was opened by District Deputy, P.G. Craven on September 17, 1878.

The Peak Downs Masonic Lodge No.1825 was established a year later, on October 13, 1879.

Records show that both the Clermont Oddfellows and the Peak Downs Masons met at the upper storey of the Town Hall in Clermont during the 1880s.

In 1913, enough funds had been raised to build their own premises. 

This structure, built by William Southgate, was completed in July 1913 and has since been relocated to the Clermont Historical Centre where it still stands today.

Since 2012, renovations of the lodge include a partially new roof and guttering, new stumps, new drainage system under the building, new landing and stairs at the front entrance, the old asbestos flooring was removed and replaced with new flooring, interior and exterior paint, extensive electrical work, installation of display cabinets, air-conditioning and three-phase power.

The new exhibition of Towns of Minerals and Metals also opens at the Clermont Historical Centre on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The centre will resume its normal operating hours of Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 3pm up until its closure on Christmas Eve 2019.

For more details on Clermont Historical Centre’s opening times please visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au or call Council’s Customer Service Centre available 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).
 

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Isaac Regional Council - Brand, Media and Communications          4846 3550



6 March 2019