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■— « (PER PEKSB ASBOOIAXION. ) 1 > Weminotox, September 11. [ The M*nomo Ouuvoatlon of Ljdge , Delegates m oonneo ion wltb the Grand i Lodge movement asseoabltd to-night m . the Athonsstim. Delega'es were present ■ from all parts of tbe colony, inoludlog a ) considerable number of members cf the ! LeSlslature. Bro. E. T. Glllon presided. 1 It wai aanounoed that ninety lodges had noir resolved m favor of a Grand Lodge, J and of this number sixl/fonr wers repra- > nanted tit the Convention by sixty-seven k delegates, nome brethren representing . several L dafns, The roll having been , oalled and the pcoopudlngs opened with ; prayer by tho Bey. Bro. Paige, P.M., the j Obalrman dolivared an address, tracing i tho history of the movement, and • outlining the steps neceisary to be taken by the Contention. A f >rm of doolara'ion of the Oonatitutlon of the Ge vi d Lodge wai then submitted and fully dlfiouesed. It was then resolved to r omit tho word "United" m the title of ; the Grand Lodge, aDd the declaration ) was finally unanimously adopted m the . following form : —"Whereas Freemasonry , was established m New Zealand m the ) year 1842, and haa since been perpetuated i- and practiced by numerous lodges estab* • llphed from time to time under the Grand ; Lodges of England, Ireland and Sootlaud , respectively; end whereas a majority of r the lodges established have determined ■ that It is expedient m the beat interests i of Jreemasonrs and for the better - ordering of the oraft m the oolony that i there should bo fall, perfeot and perpetual 1 unity, with uniformity of obligation and ■ discipline amoDg the members thereof, at i present divided into and working under i the three separate and distinct Oonatltui tlor sof EngUnd, Ireland and Scotland, so i that m all time to come they shall form and oonatltute one brothe' hood, and be represented In one Grand Lodge. Now i therefore we the delegates duly appointed In that behalf by the lodgea sot, oct after our signatures hereto, do by these piosonts l deolare and agree that the raid lodges ohall, from and after the 9th day of November, 1889, constitute and form one Grand Lodge, under the style of " The Grand Lodge of New Z« alond, 11 and tbat tho Masters and Wardens of the said lodges for the time being shall be deemed »nd taken to be members of gaoh Grand Lodg», together with such Past Masters and Present or Fast Provincial or Dlstrlot Grand Lodge Officers as., shall bo members of saoh lodges, and also the signatories hereto, provided always that such mem* bars (ex- Wardens and Masters of ledges) are duly enrolled, d on the register of members of tho Grand Lodge), And it la farther ngrefid that as soon after the aald Qch day of November ns may be possible, a communication of the Grand Indgo shall be held for the purpose of electing a Grand Master and making other provisions for the good government of the Oraft and tho Constitution and registration of the Grand Lodge. D»ted at Wellington, New Zealand, this lllh day of September, 1889, A.D., and E»888, A.L " This was ordered to be engrossed for signature. The consideration of the basis of Union was postponed until to-morrow, bo that tbe proposed amendments might be printed for consideration. The articles of union, as agreed on, will be recommended to Grand Lodge for ratification. The Oonventiaa adjoarned to 3 o'olook tomorrow. The most absolute unanimity prevailed throughout the meeting, and all the proposals ware 'oar rfod without dissent.

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GRAND LODGE OF NEW ZEALAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889

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GRAND LODGE OF NEW ZEALAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889