Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

23 September 2023

18 Stokes St, Port Melbourne

April 2020

18 Stokes St is the first known purpose built Masonic Hall in Melbourne. It was built by Charles Gregory in 1858. The Lodge Hall was situated on the block of land bounded by Beach Street, Stokes Street, Rouse Street and Nott Street which formed Block 1 in the Sandridge Township Plan and was among the first to be offered for sale.

The Sandridge Marine Lodge continued to meet in the Stokes Street Hall until 1917 when it moved to the Lodge's then new Masonic Hall in Liardet Street.

source: The First Lodge Building in Melbourne in Thoughts for the Enquiring Mason February 2020

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