The annual meeting of the District Grand Lodge of Otago and Southland, E.C., was held in the Freemasons' Hall on Thursday evening, and was largely attended.
The Auditor (Bro. J. E. M'Kelvey) called attention to a lengthy report by the Grand Secretary upon the various lodges in the district, but consideration was deferred. The following brethren were appointed the Board of Benevolence:—Bros. T. A. Poterkin, Rev. W. Ronaldson, T. G. De Ronzy, D. Leech, and Sydney James. The same brethren were appointed the Board of General Purposes. The following brethren were then installed by D.D.G.M. Bro. Sir Robert Stout into their respective ofibes for the ensuing ycar:-D.G.S.W., Bro. J. E. M'Kelvey; D.G.J.W., Bro. D. Leech; D.G. Treasurer, Bro. T. G. De Renzy; D.G. Secretary, P.D.D.G.M. Bro. Sydney James; President of the Board of General Purposes, Bro. T. A. Peterkin; registrar, Bro. J. M'Rae Gallaway; D.G.S.D., Bro. M. R. Bree; D.G.J.D., Bro. H. W. Wait; D.G.D.C, Bro. J. Horsburgh ; Sw.B., Bro. T. Smith ; pursuivant, Bro. H. A. Reynolds; tyler, Bro. H. Meyer; stewards—Bros. J. A. Kirby, J. Stone, W. M'Adam, C. Crump, T. A. Green, and W. Hopkins. The office of chaplain had not been allotted. After the installation of Bro. Jameß as D.G. Secretary, the D.G.M., Bro. Thomas Sherlock Graham, presented him, on behalf
of Gra«d Lodge officers, with a handsome silver muff, to be given to his first grandson. The mug bore the following inscription : "To Anhur Harry Aylmer Vivian, by the D.M. ami officers pf the Grand Lodge of Otago and Suuthluj.J, E.C., May 23, 1889." Bro. James replied, thankiug the lodge for the gift, and also for the honor they had conferred upon him in granting him the degree of P.D.D.G.M. It was resolved that a letter of welcome be sent to His Excellency Lord Onslow, P.G.S. W. of the Grand Lodge of England. It was also agreed to send a letter of condolence to the District Grand Lodge of Canterbury, E.C., on the loss it has sustained in the death of P.D.G.M. Bro. Dr Deamer.
The D.G.M. (Bro T. S. Graham) mentioned that, owing to the lateness of the hour, he would defer his address until the next quarterly communication. After some routine business the lodge adjourned.
The installation of Bro. James Gore as D.G.M. of the Grand Lodge of the South Island, S.C., will take place next month. A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Auckland district appointed by lodges favorable to the formation of a United Grand Lodge of ftew Zealand was held yesterday evening, when a sub-committee was appointed to carry out the work of organisation.
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MASONIC., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
MASONIC. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
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