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MASONIC GRAND LODGE.

! • 'election and investment j OF NEW-OFFICERS. I GRAND MASTER'S SEMI-JUBILEE ORATION. (FROM OCR SPECIAL CORRESPONDED.) WELLINGTON. May 12. There wore over threo hundred delegates at the annual (and semi-Jubilee) Communication of tho Mason w Granu Lodge of New Zealand, which was opened in the concert chamber of the Wellington Town Kail this morning. I M.W. Bro. J. J. Don-all, of Christchurch, presided as Grand Master, and the Past Grand Masters present wore: M.W. Bros. Niccol. Williams, Biniis, and Thompson. BUSINESS OF THE SITTING. Tho morning was devoted to the consideration of the rejjort'i ot the various boards, the contents of which were telegraphed .Yesterday, and these were eventually adopted. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The election or the officers returnable by Grand Lodge resulted as tollows: — 'Grand Master., M.W. Bro. J. J. Dougall, ot Christcliurch (re-elected). Officers from Canterbury Province — Grand Chaplain, W.-Bro. the Rev. A. J. S. Ssaton: Grand Registrar, V.W. Bro. E. l>. Mosley; Grand Treasurer. W. Bro. 11. J. 'otley; or, lioard of General Purposes, K.W. Bro. S. C. Bingham; President of Board of Benevolence. V.W. liro. J. Thornton; Grand Director of Ceremonies. \Y. Bro. .1 N. Dv Foil; Grand Organist, \\ - Bro. T. L. Ciookc: Grand Steward, U. Bra. W. C. Brvdon; -Members of Board of G.P.. W. Bros. F. C. B. Bishop, HHopkinson. 11. B. Sorensen. and McGregor B. Wright: me:nl>er.s of Board of Benevolence, \V". Bros. G. F. Whitoiide, T. Compton, .1. W. Koborts, A. U. Webb, and W. M. IJol'inson. Auckland District— J unior Grand Deacon, W. Bro. D. J. Jamiesou; Grand Standard Bearer. W. Bro. H. D. Bunbv; Grand Pursuivant. W. Bro. C N. Flyger; Grand Stowards, \Y. Bros. S. L. Bygrave and R-. W. Mears; members of Board of G. 1 ,., W. Bros. F. A. Balcke and J. Woolei-j members of Board of Benevolence, "\V. Bros. J. C Woodward and G. F. Lovegrove. Wellington District—Graml Chaplain,, Bro. the Roy. W. Shirer; Junior Grand Deacon, W. Bro. J. Rod; Grand Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. W. N. Jones; Grand Sword-bearer, W. Bro. J. Mcintyre; Grand Stewards, W. Bros. II J. T. Ja-rgard and R. Jenkins; members of Board of G.P.. W. Bros. C W. Nielson and T. W. Kirk; members of Board of Benevolence. W. Bros. A. W Chapman and H- J. Booth. Ota«'o District—Senior Grand Deacon, W. Bro. T. Gallagher; Grand Sword-bearer, W. Bro. Siiirley E. \\ . Baker; Grand Standard-bearer. W. Bro. D. Harris Hastings; Grand Stewards. W. Bros. A. Allan and J. L. Miller- members of Board of G.P., K.W. Bro. A. Ficldwick and W. Bro. D. C. Cameron; members of Board of Benevolence. W. Bros. H. E. Moller and H. Bain. Southland District—Grand Biblcbearer W. Bro. B. J. K. Jamieson; Grand" Pursuivant, W. Bro.G. A. R-eid; Grand Steward, W. Bro. E. Frobarth; member of Board of G.P., W. Bro. E. Parker; member of Board of Benevolence. W. Bro. C. Campbell. Hawke's Bay District —Senior Grand Deacon, W. Bro. L. Frcedman; Grand Steward. W. Bro. W. A. Chambers; member of Board of G.P., .\\. Bro. F. Craven: member of Board of Benevolence W. Bro. R, S. Chadwick. Nelson and Marlborough District— Grand Bible-bearer, W. Bro. R. P. Furne.ss: Grand Steward. W. Bro. M. Mclvenzie; member of Board ol Benevolen.-c, W. Bro. W. Cowin. West Coast District —Grand Superintendent of Works, W. Bro. E. Warnes; Grand Steward, W. Bro. G. W. Jones; member of Board of G.P., W. Bro. 11. Colhg&n; member of Board of Benevolence, W. Bro. E. Taranaki District—Grand Superintendent of Works. W r . Bro. A. K.. Surrey;' Grand Steward, W. Bro. \V. H. If* Young; member of Board of C.P., W. Bro. J. B. Sim. INVESTMENT OF FUNDS. A resolution was passed empowering the Hoard of General Purposes to invest the funds of Grand Ixidge in local body debentures or similar approved securities, instead of -limiting them as heretofore to deposit with the Public Trustee: also recommending tho Board to consider tho question of a Consultative Committee upon investments, consisting of financiers in the cities other than that where the Board is lor the time located. The afternoon sitting was given up to matters of purely Masonic import, the chief matter of interest being the confirmation by Grand Lodge of the election of a Master of a southern lodge which had been challenged as being irregular on technical grounds. installation of grand μ-aster. An exceptionally large gathering took placo in tho mam Town Hall in tho evening, when M.W Bro. J. JDougall was reinstalled as Grand Master, with tho usual Masonic pomp and ceremony. 11 „« In his address to the assemblage after his installation, -M.W. Bvo. Doucall gave an exceedingly interesting review of the history of tho Grand Lod«o of New Zealand lrom the date of tho commencement of the movement in 1876, sketching the difficulties which confronted its promoters tor many years, but which, were final y overcome in April, 1890, when tho late *»•*• Bro. Henry Thomson was installed at Christehurch ac the first Grand Master of the territory. , "To-day." said the speaker Grand Lodge celebrates its semi-Jubilee. J? or twenty-five years it has swayed the destinies ot* Freemasonry in this Dominion. Tnrough evil report and good report, through storm and «nm, through ■impecuniosity to comparative affluence, it has steadily persevered in sowing the seed of Masonic knowledge, and in propagating the ideals and traditions of the fraternity. It has not only survived the labour of what ma> bo "deemed a premature birth, but stands to-day an emblem of the toresight of its progenitors, at peace witli the world, a peer among peers, a triumphant vindication of the sacred right ot free government. Eminently satislactoiy as has been the progress or Oranci Lodge remarkable as has been the -wise administration, the distribution ot charity, the accumulation of . wcalt |!' and the increase of membership, still icoro remarkable would have been th<result had Freemasonry in this country been a united body. One can only hope that the -results already achieved may in the near future convince those brethren who do not as yet see eye to eye with us that tho future of 1- reemasonry in New Zealand is mdissolublv" wrapped "P with thp P,;' o^ of Grand Lodge. If it does well. New Zealand receives the credit: if « ooos badly. tho discredit will be >ew Zealand's. The only desire of Grand Lodce is to foster Freemasonry in etnet accordance with the Masonic tradition. Grand Lodge wants every Freemason ir. the Dominion to assist in this, laudable object. _~ , „! "The accretions to tho Widows and Orphans' and Aged Masons' fund, and the relief afforded to the distressed, constitute the brightest jewel crown of Grand Lodge, and fi"<- » complete answer to those °Vl-°" c^ ts who contended that 'any hope ot per-

manontly establishing a benevolent fund of a substantial character from w small a body of Masons was lallaeious. The fund "has increased in the most creditable xnaniuM-. On .March Jlst, 1003, tho credit .VaJanco was £±200. on March 31st. 190-". £-"i 037, on March 31st 1010 £ 13.63 S and on -Marchoist, 191 o. £24.447.'' , , , Referring further to the work done by the national M.isonic institution in the relief of distress, trie Grand Master showed that up to- irOo the amount provided by lodges t-iirough the medium of circular appeals w 24- not recorded in Grand Lodge'office, .-.te» the funds -ivero controlled by the orilariating lodges. !>ut it * was estimated that £10.000 had been raise if by that means sine*? the inauguration, of the Grand Lodge of New' Zealand. Taking this amount as :v has is. and Adding on tho known amounts of the last ten years, tho grants from the Cenisn! Benevolent I Fund and tho annuities, it iv.is found I that Grand Lodne, since ivs inception, had disbursed in charity a total sum lof C 20.728. Thi. was quit? apart from ■tho nrivato benevoience of Jo-lpes wh'"h t could tp'i'v be s--t <Ao\\n Mt considerably over £.3000 in addition. Ni >:* ithst.-md- ' ing this heavy expenditure, ihe Benevolent Funds now showed a- fash balance of £30.924, while the* Genera' Fund was in credit £44-30. i asking a gross credit of £3-3.374. Further eomnici' wa< needless. Concluding hi; address, the Grand Master said: "Has- Grand Lodge-, .'s the result of 2-3 years of labour, justified its existence? Surely mo one will s: \y nay. We may not, liave achieved all that was honed, it may br> rhnt some things could have been done better. it must bi> remembered that.we havo ("lad many ob't.icle* to surmount, and n>. Ny difficulties in overcome. "Whatever siu-re.ss ha- attemled our piweedniiTS has been achieved at mucli sac-rifiee :uid Ff'lf-denial. At present Gra.nd Loc. l ia'> 'placidly floats on a sea serenely calm' and the future woms assured, but 1?t us not forgot that our early brethren had to contend against a sea o.V troubles, that their action was viewed by the majority of their fellows with intense disfavour, and that their object wa-s gained only by incessant pej*SRveranco and mireniittiiig toil. 1o them beloi'.cs all credit, lo them we giro all praise. ft may be that the success attained is largely duo to tho stronuousness of the early fight for existence, that we have been chastened and refined by the trials through which wo have passed, that the measure of our success is the sum of the toil and selfsacrifice of the brethren who so faithfully laid tho foundation of Grand Lodge. May the odifi"c on that foundation prove worthy of Freemasonry, may it be instrumental in diffusing the li;;ht of wisdom, aiding the strength of " rmson, dispensing tho ; beauties of virtue, and lessening tho | aggregate* of human vice. May the • Great Architect euide, protect, and prosper tho work." ' OTHER GRAND LODGE OFFICERS. After his Installation, tho Grand ' Master a-nnounced tho appointment ot I tho higher otiicers for the year as follows :— Deputy Grand Master, II.W. J3ro. J. H. Harkness (Westport). Provincial Grand Masters —Auckland district: M.AY. Bro. Oliver Nichol- , son; Wellington district: R.W. Bro. T. j A. PeterkiiK Southland district: it.W. , Bro. Timpanv; Otago district: It.W. i Bro J. J. Clark; Hawkes Bay dis- ( trict; It.W. Bro. IT. L. Hanston; Tarn- ■ naki district: It.W. Bio X W. Sar- , gent; Nelson and 'Marlborough. dis- ( trict: It.W. Bro. W. K. Redman; West Coast district: R.W. Bro. It. H. : Richmond: Ruapehu district: lt..W. j Bro. D. J.F. McFarlane. M.W. Bid. F. C. Binus is Grand Master of Can- s terbury, as head of the Provincial Grand r 4 Senior Grand Warden, R.W. Bro. , Joseph Barton, Dunedin: Junior Grand Warden, R.W. Bro. M. J. Har- ; ris, Paeroa, Auckland; Grand Lecturers, V.W. Bros. T. W. Rowo (Christ- ' church), W. G. Mehaffey (Invercargill) j and H. B. Bridge (Wellington). , Most of those officers were present, ', and were inducted and invested in duo ■ form. ', A short sitting to-morrow morning is . expected to conclude tho Communication. ,

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MASONIC GRAND LODGE., Press, Volume LI, Issue 15277, 13 May 1915

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