Grand Orient of the Netherlands
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The Grand Orient of the Netherlands (Dutch: Orde van Vrijmetselaren onder het Grootoosten der Nederlanden) is a Masonic Grand Lodge in the Netherlands. It falls within the mainstream Anglo-American tradition of Freemasonry, being recognized by The United Grand Lodge of England and the 51 Grand Lodges in the United States. In addition to its jurisdiction over nine districts in the Netherlands, it also administers three Lodges in Suriname through the Provincial Grand Lodge of Suriname, three lodges in Curaçao, one in South Africa, one in Thailand and through the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Caribbean, Three lodges in Aruba and one in St. Maarten. In the Netherlands it claims to have 145 lodges with 5,792 members.
It also runs the Prince Frederick Museum, and has an online catalog available for its library.
Historic Grand Lodges under the Grand Orient
The Grand Orient of the Netherlands used to have provincial Grand Lodges under its jurisdiction, including the Grand Lodge of South Africa and the Grand Lodge of the Transvaal. One of the Lodges that was subservient to the Grand Lodge hosted the early legislative assemblies of the Cape Colony.
Active freemasonry existed throughout the Dutch East Indies (now: Indonesia). In 1922 a Dutch Provincial Grand Lodge, under the Grand Orient of the Netherlands, at Weltevreden (Batavia) controlled twenty Lodges in the colony: fourteen in Java, three in Sumatra and others in Makassar and Salatiga.
Administers the Provincial Grand Lodge of Zimbabwe which has 5 lodges under its jurisdiction, 3 in Harare and one each in Marondera and Bulawayo. The Grand Lodge was formed in 1963 and the first lodge, Zambesia in Bulawayo in 1896.
- Foreign Grand Lodges Recognised by The United Grand Lodge of England - Europe Accessed 10 August 2008
- Orde van Vrijmetselaren onder het Grootoosten der Nederlanden, English language version
- The Builder magazine, 1924
- Africa, page 37, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Part 1 By Albert G. Mackey
- The Houses of Parliament, Cape Town, Andrew Cusack
- Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
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