This grand structure with its classic temple façade doubles as both a World War I memorial to lost Freemasons and a monument to Freemasonry itself. Designed by Lange Powell it was built in 1928-1930 and contains the only dedicated Grand Hall for freemasons in Australia.
The foyer on the ground floor is the Hall of remembrance with a Tuscan column-encircled giant memorial urn to the fallen of World War I.
The hall, on the upper level, is the piece de resistance and well worth a look if in the area. A stunning vaulted gold leaf trimmed ceiling oversees a magnificent pipe organ, one of the state’s largest, and the original carved wooden seating made from Queensland timbers.
The staircase leading between floors is a rainbow of marble, with a particularly fetching mosaic as a landing feature.
The temple is open to the public on Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and admission is free.