About 150 members attended the adjourned meeting of the Otago branoh of the Masonic Union, which took place in the Freemasons' Hall last night. Much interest has been excited amongst members of the Order throughout the colony since the Union was first suggested, and although a large majority of lodges are in favor of a Grand Lodge for New Zealand, yet from a membership point of view the minority is by no means a small one. From the arguments pro and con. the new Constitution it is apparent that the idea is rather premature, the brethren not being of that unanimity necessary to make the establishment of a Grand Lodge a success. After a deal of discussion the following motions proposed by Bro. Sir R. Stout were carried : " That in the opinion of this meeting, before pny delegates are appointed to consider the propriety of establishing a Grand Lodge in New Zealand, the basis of the proposed Grand Lodge should be published and fully discussed by the brethren. That the following brethren—viz., Bros. J. Cherry, Neill, Peterkin, Do Renzy, Jeffrey, Gallaway, Nees, M'Nicoll, Wishart, and Ronaldson, with power to add to their number—be appointed to frame a basis of union for the proposed Grand Lodge, and to report to another meeting to be convened by Bro. Sydney James. That the Wellington Executive be invited to submit their proposed basis." Bro. Jeffrey was appointed treasurer.
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MASONIC UNION., Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
MASONIC UNION. Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
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