Welcome to Cairns-Gelling No. 176H

Cnr Le Grande Street and 90 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater Qld 4870

Cnr Le Grande Street and 90 Old Smithfield Road, Freshwater Qld 4870
Lodge Secretary

David Court



Freemasonry philosophy

Freemasonry opens the door to men of good character from all walks of life and from diverse religions. You’ll always find a friendly welcome – we’re ordinary men developing our potential, supporting each other and working for good in the community. Learn more

Character of our Lodge

Cairns Gelling Lodge differs from every other Lodge in the District of Carpentaria in that it is now the only Lodge performing ceremonies of Scottish origin. As a result of their differences these Scottish ceremonies attract many visitors to the Lodge. 

Lodge events

In addition to Lodge meetings, members and their families engage in a number of social outings and charitable endeavours throughout the year. Should you wish to find out more please contact the Lodge Secretary. 

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Our history

Cairns Gelling Lodge No.176 is among the oldest Masonic Lodges in Cairns. It was originally formed as Lodge Cairns No.1030 Scottish Constitution in May 1907. In 1917 two brothers R.C.F. Gelling and P.W. Gelling moved that Lodge Cairns endorse a new Scottish Lodge in Cairns. This resulted in the formation of Lodge Gelling No.1168 Scottish Constitution in November 1917.

On the formation of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland in April 1921, the two Lodges were registered as Cairns Lodge No.176 and Gelling Lodge No. 257. In July 1996, after discussions between both Lodges Gelling Lodge decided to surrender its Warrant and affiliate with Cairns Lodge. It was agreed that the Lodge name be changed to Cairns Gelling Lodge No. 176.


Lodge Meetings

Freemasons are a diverse group of men from all walks of life, from many religions and many backgrounds. Becoming a Freemason is a commitment to develop your own potential, to values that see all humankind as equal, and to helping others in our community.