A meeting of delegates from lodges holding under the Scotch Constitution in Canterbury, was held on Thursday evening, the 9th inst, at Quill’s Commercial Hotel, Ashburton, when four out of the six lodges were represented as follows : Canterbury Kilwinning, Christchurch. —P.M., Bro. Taylor; J.M., Bro. Carrel!; Treasurer, Bro. Grubb. Robert Bums, Christchurch. —P. M., Bro. Fleming; DM., Bro. Johnston; Treasurer, Bro. Pulton. Southern Star, Geraldine. —W.M., Bro. Williams; S.W., Bro. Robertson; Brc. Cullen (proxy). Thistle, Ashburton. W.M., Bro. Hurst; Treasurer, Bro. Quill; Bro. Harris.
P.M., Bro. Fleming, was voted to the chair, and explained that the principal business to be considered was the desirability; of forming a Provincial Grand Lodge for Canterbury. The delegates present fully discussed the question, when the following resolutions were carried : 1st —That in the opinion of this meeting it is desirable that a District Grand Lodge be formed, and that the boundaries of the proposed , new district be those of the present Provincial District of Canterbury. 2nd—That the expenses of the proposed D.G.L. be borne by all the lodges, proportionately to the number of their members. — —- 3rd-—That a petition be drawn up by a committee, consisting of Bro. Taylor, Fleming, Hurst, Harris, and Williams, asking that the various lodges in Canterbury be released from the present G.L and that. they be constituted a G.L. having jurisdiction extending over the Provincial District of Canterbury. It was then proposed by Bro. Fulton and seconded by Bro. Quill, “ That Bro. J. E. H. Harris be asked to act as Hon. Secretary until the petition be received or rejected by the G.L” Carried. A good deal of discussion took place as, to where the proposed G.L. should hold its meetings, when it was proposed and carried that the G.L. should * meet alternately at Christchurch, Ashburton, and Timaru. After some further business had been transacted, the delegates were invited to a banquet, which was tastefully served at tfae Ashburton Hotel—Bros. Mutch and McKenzie , catering in a manner which not only did credit to themselves, but afforded every, satisfaction to the guests, who numbered about 30. Bro. P.M. Fleming occupied the chair, and B.W.M. Bro. Williams the vicechair. .
The usual Masonic toasts were drunk, and some, very good songs were rendered. An expression of regret was passed during the evening when it . was mentioned that Bro. Felton wm lying dangerously ill.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879
MASONIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879
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