In 1875 the Cape Town Lodges participated in laying the foundation stone of the new Houses of Parliament. While it was laid by Sir Henry Barkly, the Governor of the Cape Colony, and all the heads of the State Departments, churches, civic societies and private business attended, it was the Netherlandic, English and Scottish Freemasons, in full regalia, who managed the ceremony. In the same year the fountain was erected at Lodge De Goede Hoop and the Joppa Lodge (EC), proposed the formation of a Grand Lodge of South Africa. Certain other Lodges opposed this proposal and it was withdrawn


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