Seven Star Lodge, No. 285 GRC, Alliston 1872-present
Seymour Lodge, UD GRC, Alliston 1872-1872
Georgian South District 1989-present
Georgian District 1878-1989
Toronto District #8 1872-1878
The Town of Alliston, in Simcoe County, was founded in 1847 by William Fletcher who had emigrated to Canada West from Allerston, North Yorkshire.
At the 17th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Canada (July 10-12, 1872, Hamilton), the Grand Master, M. W . Bro. Alexander Allan Stevenson, reported that he had issued twenty-one dispensations for new Lodges. He said: “It would be unnecessary to add anything . . . if numbers alone were a certain evidence of success; but since other elements are essential to real prosperity, I am happy to be able to state that after strict enquiry, I have found the applicants for dispensations to be zealous and earnest Masons, and that the fields of their operations promise to be productive of excellent material. I have, therefore, every reason to believe that, by the establishment of these several Lodges, the Craft will receive additional strength (1872 Annual Proceedings, p. 39-40).
The DDGM of Toronto District, R. W . Bro. J. K. Kerr, reported that he had just received a petition for Seymour Lodge at Alliston and he recommended the issue of a warrant as “I have full confidence in the petitioners and the ability of the officers nominated” (1872 Annual Proceedings, p 65). The Board of General Purposes reported that after examining the books of all Lodges they recommended Warrants be issued to only sixteen of the twenty-one plus three additional Lodges for which applications had been received at Grand Lodge (1872 Annual Proceedings, p 106). A supplementary report of the Board was submitted later at the Annual Communication (1872 Annual Proceedings, p 119) with the recommendation that Warrants be issued for a further twelve Lodges. This would bring the total of new Lodges to thirty-six.
By the time Warrant No. 285 was issued during the Annual Communication, the Lodge name had been changed to “Seven Star” and it was as Seven Star Lodge that it was constituted on October 30, 1872.
The principle officers of the Lodge for the inaugrial meeting on October 30, 1872 were:
Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Thomas Sargant
Senior Warden: W. Bro. William Wright
Junior Warden: W. Bro. Richard Corbett
The first candidate initiated into Seven Star Lodge was Dr. Robert Samuel Cheffey. Alliston business directories indicate that Dr. Cheffey was one of two doctors who had opened a practice in Alliston by 1869. Bro. R. S. Cheffey’s Master Mason Certificate was officially returned to Seven Star Lodge on September 10, 2019, and is proudly displayed in the banquet hall.
As a moon lodge, Seven Star met on the Wednesday on or before the full moon. In 1923-24 it changed its meeting night to the second Monday of each month from September to May inclusive. It meets at the Masonic Hall, 26-30 Victoria Street, West, Alliston.