From the Maitland Mercury report:
The historic Freemasons Lodge of Maitland will celebrate its 175th birthday on Saturday as a vital player in this city’s welfare and its growth.
To honour the Freemasons and their contributions to charity, Maitland City Council will host a civic welcome for the Lodge and its Grand Master Robert Melville, who will be in the city for the event.
The Freemasons have played a large part in Maitland’s development, having started here on November 4, 1840, with eight members, Kevin Short, the Past Assistant Grand Master of the Maitland Lodge, told the Mercury.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 12, 2015