2017 October - Furniture Renovation

Abbotsford Hall is the main hall within the historic Collingwood Masonic Centre.

Freemasonry in the local area has a history beginning in the mid 1800's, initially meeting in local pubs like the Grace Darling and Friendly Society Hotel (now known as the Carringbush), they later established their own buildings such as the Collingwood Masonic Centre. You can find a history of the Centre here.

Today, Freemasons continue to meet at the Centre and are members of one of the several vibrant groups meeting in the building. Enjoying a renaissance, these groups comprise men who have been Freemasons for more than 70 years, to newer members in their twenties. They are all members of the largest and oldest Fraternities in the world.

The building which contains Abbotsford Hall exists to provide a place for Freemasons to meet. In addition to the main and smaller halls were dinner is held and will be well known to users and visitors, the building also contains the Lodge Room. Open for Melbourne Houses in 2014, 2015 & 2016 like many areas of the building, the Lodge Room contains original fittings and furniture dating from the 1920's when the Centre was constructed.

Generally well looked after, nonetheless almost a century of constant use has taken its toll. In addition to the historic patina of age, some of the furniture is now in need of repair. The Committee of Freemasons which runs our Incorporated Association which owns and administers the hall, is now looking at giving some of this furniture some attend to see it into the next century.

We recently had a stool reupholstered, and are looking at renewing the seats of the Wardens chairs.


The repaired kneeling stood returned to its station.


Special thanks to Navascues Upholstery of Preston for assistance with this project. Confidently recommended to us, we've since discovered several clients of theirs among our ranks. Navascues Upholstery's web site can be found here http://www.navascuesupholstery.com.au/

Images of work done to the stool are below.

Repair of Masonic Kneeling Stool










Springs and webbing have failed in several of our chairs, a close recent inspection revealed that the original coconut fiber webbing is still in place. Our next furniture project is expected to be these chairs, some images taken during our inspection are below.

We are waiting for quotes to repair these and will then discuss this job within the Committee of Management.


Above; rear of chair showing strapping and springs from the 1920's


Above, bottom of the chair is in surprisingly good order, but the springs have failed

Above; decades of rubbing and age  has seen the coconut webbing decaying.


Junior Warden's chair on its side - probably the first time this has been moved in decades.

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