Inventory of the Archives of the Secretary , Lodge De Goede Hoop, Cape Town, 1772 - 1963

Fonds Specifications


Biographical history
The history of the Lodge de Goede Hoop dates back to May 1772 when, on the strength of a temporary authority, it was founded. Its constitution was approved on November, 1772. The Lodge became inactive in 1785, but was revived in 1793 through the exertions of one Francois Duminy. From 1795 membership increased to such an extent that authority was granted for the formation of a second Lodge in cape Town, the Lodge de Goede Trouw. [1]
Originally the Lodge de Goede Hoop held its meetings in a house in Plein Street; but, owing to the rise in membership, the garden Domberg bordering on Stal Plein was bought in 1800 for £1400 and the erection of a temple was begun. The temple was inaugurated on 7 July 1803 by Commissionary - General J.A. de Mist, himself a prominent freemason in Holland. A new recreation hall adjoining the temple was completed in 1816. [2]
In 1813 the Freeman's Education Fund was established by the "Effective Members" and shareholders of the Lodge de Goede Hoop. The Lodge de Goede Trouw and the British lodge were invited to join; but, on their declining, it was resolved to tart the undertaking under the direction, management and control of the Lodge de Goede Hoop. [3]
The Fund commenced with a capital of Rds.3000 to which the symbolique Lodge contributed Rds.100, and the four Chapters each Rds.500. It was subsequently increased by gifts and donations from both masons and "profanes" or non - masons. It was resolved that the Fund should be administered by a Committee of seven "Effective Members", presided over by the Deputy Grand Master National in office. The master of the chair of the Lodge was an ex officio member of the Committee. In case of a vacancy of any member of the Committee, a meeting of "Effective members" was to fill the vacancy by the election of a member out of their own number. [4]
The object of the Education Fund was the promotion of arts and science. Classes in drawing, modelling, geometry and architecture were conducted by the famous South African sculptor Anton Anreith who had a number of pupils under his tuition. [5]On Anreith's death in 1822, classes ceased and the Committee, with the concurrence of the "Effective members", resolved to employ the entire revenue of the Fund in aid of university education. [6]
The Lodge de Goede Hoop is the oldest society in the Republic and also one of the few who have ensured that their archives are permanently preserved.
The Lodger's archives are of particular importance for the biographical information they contain. many of the best known of the old Cape personages were members of the brotherhood. Well - known names such as Sir Johannes Truter, Sir Christoffel Brand, Abraham Chiron, J.C. Gie, J.H. Hofmeyr, Michiel van Breda, are but a few of those appearing in the membership register.