The state of Kedah, during the 19th century, was greatly influenced by her northern neighbour, Siam which in 1821 invaded the State. It was only in 1909 when the British negotiated the Anglo-Siamese Treaty that peace was restored. The British influence was established with the appointment of a British Advisor to the State and along with the British Civil Servants and Planters, came Freemasonry. As rubber estates were opened up in the central and southern region of the State, Sungai Petani (and not Alor Star) became the natural location for the Lodge.
Upon receiving the Warrant dated 1st January 1918, the date of consecration was fixed for 2nd August 1918. The then District Grand Master, Rt Wor Brother F.M. Elliot travelled from Singapore to perform the ceremony of consecration and the Lodge was simply but uniquely called THE LODGE KEDAH.
The 15 Founding Members were:
- Charles Geoffrey Boutcher - Chief Draftsman
- Richard William St. George - P.W.D
- Alexander William - Surveyor
- James Gorman - Engineer
- Nelson Edmund Bromehead - Agent, London Elec. Works
- Charles Edmund Jenkins - Marine Engineer
- Philip Hewitt Le Seur - Accountant
- Leonard William Money - Gentleman
- Walter Frederick Nutt - Commission Agent
- Charles Yule - Gentleman
- Frank Blackwood Sewell - Gentleman
- Walter John Smith - Marine Engineer
- Percy Julian Sproule - Civil Servant - Lawyer
- H J Van & Staveren Twamley - Gentleman
- Reginal Osman Wood - Planter
It was noted in the Pentagram of 1918 “that Lodge Kedah made Masonic history in the District for the prospective members had erected the Temple and paid for its cost even before the Consecrating Ceremony took place".
The scribe who wrote a detailed account of the consecration event also noted that “... the general consensus of opinion of the visitors was that Sungai Petani has extended to us hospitality that could not be exceeded in many a larger town“. This appears to be an inherited trait which has manifested itself over the years to the credit of generations of Lodge Kedah Brethren.
- 1927 - 1st meeting of Gottlieb Lodge of Mark Master Masons held at LK
- 1927 - First convocation of Victoria Jubilee Chapter held in LK.
- 1941 - WW II Japanese occupation of Malaya - halt of activities.
- Among items looted was a pair of Ashlars from King Solomon's quarries (presented to the Lodge in 1937 by WB W.J. Vickers).
- Japanese forces occupied the building
- Then turned into a "coolie line"
- Later used as a goat shed
- At the Junior Flat of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank in Sungai Petani
- Pre-war ruling Master, WB. M.B. Osman resumed duties.
- Friday 9th August 1946 - J.J.P. Davies installed as WM by WB Baldwyn Lowick, then Deputy District Grand Master.
- To this day, Lodge Kedah and Priory Lodge have kept in close touch.
- In the aftermath of the Tsunami disaster (in 2004), Priority Lodge collected funds to aid victims in Kedah.
- Brethren emerged from their rubber estates armed and escorted by special constables. The Lodge tyled at 3.00 p.m. and ended no later than 6.00 p.m. to beat the curfew.
- 1957 (Independence) - Increase in number of Asian Brethren.
- Membership further developed with influx of airmen from the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Butterworth.
- Nevertheless, the love of the craft overcame the discouraging circumstances and LK managed to reverse our fortunes.
- The Hall was named after His Highness
- HH was presented with a silver key bearing the emblem of Lodge Kedah signifying that he was always welcome and at the same time to lock up our secrets in the safe and sacred repository of the heart.
- HH reciprocated by presenting 100 dining chairs and would thereafter with the Consort, grace our Annual Ladies Night Gala as Guests of honour without fail.
- Rt. Wor. Brother Joseph William Yee Eu (District Grand Master) explained the various symbols in the Banner and summed it all up with these profound words - "This lodge can be called, the Lodge of Peace, Tranquility, Wisdom and Understanding".
- The planning phase took almost two years. Brethren of Lodge Kedah, sister Lodges and individuals contributed financially.
- WB Dr. Khoo Boo Khean, covered close to one third of the entire cost and in appreciation the Lounge was named after him and he was conferred Honorary Membership of Lodge Kedah.
- A Past Master of Kinta Lodge, WB Raam Kumar remarked at one time "Brethren, your Lodge not surprisingly has a mystic aura about it because even before getting to your temple, one has to negotiate two other temples and a church" at once evoking nostalgic thoughts of that famous counsel of Antient Rome, General Marcellus, who erected two temples so situated that the only avenue to the Temple of Honour lay through the one he had dedicated to Virtue.