The Sir Andrew Fraser Lodge No.72 G.L.I

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The Sir Andrew Fraser Lodge was formed in honour of Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser, KCSI who was the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal between 1903 and 1908. Sir Andrew Fraser was very actively involved in the foundation of a several Lodges in Bengal during that period. He was also instrumental in the historic Initiation of His Majesty Habibullah Khan the Emir of Afghanistan along with R.W. Bro. Lord Kitchener and officiated as Senior Warden in the ceremony on 2nd February, 1907 in Freemasons’ Hall, Calcutta.

This Lodge was constituted on 28th January, 1908 and was consecrated in the Burdwan District of Bengal on Monday the 30th of March, 1908 by W.Bro George Lane Anderson, Deputy District Grand Master of Bengal. The first Worshipful Master was W.Bro Atal C. Sen, another eminent Freemason of the day, who later had a Lodge named in his honour, with W.Bro Sir Andrew Fraser, Lt. Governor of Bengal as his I.P.M. Other illustrious Founder Members included W.Bro MaharajadhirajBahadur Sir Bijay Chand Mahtab of Burdwan, W.Bro Rai Bahadur Lalit Mohan Singh Roy, CIE, JP, and W.Bro Raja Bahadur Manilal Singh Roy, among several others. This Lodge has initiated many distinguished Masons. R.W.Bro Shyam Kinkor Ghosh, P.Dy.GM, an illustrious Mason was the Secretary of this Lodge from 1918 to 1942. W.Bro Rai Bahadur S.N.Mukherjee, PDGJW, deserves special mention for his continuous support to the Lodge over a period of three years in which he occupied the Eastern Chair. This Lodge opted to join the Grand Lodge of India AF & AM in 1961.

The Lodge was in abeyance from 2002 to 2005 and was revived on May, 2005 with 2 original members remaining on it’s rolls. Since 2005, despite a few initial years of strife, the Lodge has seen a steady growth, both in terms of it’s membership and it’s number of working. In 2006 the Lodge participated in the ‘Adopt a child’ programme of Child Relief and You (CRY) as a part of it’s charity programme. In 2012 we adopted a village and sponsored it's ICDS (Anganwadi) Centre through CRY. In 2014 we have undertaken a project with CRY to provide primary education to all the children of that village. We conduct regular projects with the Dakshin Kalikata Sevasram an orphanage and school for children in Calcutta. The Lodge has also actively supported the Masonic Polyclinic Association of Eastern India. The Lodge turned 100 years old on 30th March, 2008.