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Cecil John Rhodes

TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 2 JUNE

UPDATED: 02/06/2020

2 June 1877, Cecil Rhodes becomes a Life Member of the Freemasons.
2 June 1929, Presbyterian Minister Rev WH Richards dies.

Cecil Rhodes and Freemasonry
It was at Oxford University on 2 June 1877 that Cecil Rhodes became a Life Member of the Freemasons, paying £5 10 shillings to the Oxford University Chapter, under the Supreme Grand council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of 33 Degrees. His initiation was into the Apollo University Lodge, being accepted into the Oxford Lodge No 357.

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Cecil John Rhodes

He was a Charter member of Bulawayo Lodge No 2566 in 1895, giving the site on which the lodge was built, as well as a member of the Ars Quatuor Coronatorum from November 1899, the premier lodge of Masonic research founded in 1884. Membership of this lodge is restricted to 40 members and is by invitation only.

This interest in freemasonry would last his entire life, and in Kimberley, he would attend occasional meetings, and it was he who donated the magnificent stained glass window in the Masonic Temple on Dutoitspan Road when the building was erected in 1889. This window was originally in the vestibule but was placed behind the altar in 1960 as a commemoration of Joseph van Praagh being for seven years the District Grand Master of South Africa (Central Division).

2 June 1877, Cecil Rhodes becomes a Life Member of the Freemasons.
2 June 1929, Presbyterian Minister Rev WH Richards dies.

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It was at Oxford University on 2 June 1877 that Cecil Rhodes became a Life Member of the Freemasons, paying £5 10 shillings to the Oxford University Chapter, under the Supreme Grand council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of 33 Degrees. His initiation was into the Apollo University Lodge, being accepted into the Oxford Lodge No 357.

Stained Glass Window inside Masonic Temple

On that same day he wrote: “At the present day I become a member of the Masonic order I see the wealth and power they possess the influence they hold and I think over their ceremonies and I wonder that a large body of men can devote themselves to what at times appear the most ridiculous and absurd rites without an object and without an end.”

On 17 April 1877 he was raised a Master Mason in the same Lodge. Rhodes also joined a Scottish Rite Lodge at Oxford called the Prince Rose Croix Lodge No. 30.

He was a Charter member of Bulawayo Lodge No 2566 in 1895, giving the site on which the lodge was built, as well as a member of the Ars Quatuor Coronatorum from November 1899, the premier lodge of Masonic research founded in 1884. Membership of this lodge is restricted to 40 members and is by invitation only.

This interest in freemasonry would last his entire life, and in Kimberley, he would attend occasional meetings, and it was he who donated the magnificent stained glass window in the Masonic Temple on Dutoitspan Road when the building was erected in 1889. This window was originally in the vestibule but was placed behind the altar in 1960 as a commemoration of Joseph van Praagh being for seven years the District Grand Master of South Africa (Central Division).

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Masonic Temple

Pictured is the stained glass window in the Masonic Temple Kimberley.

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