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The Masonic Convention of lodge delegates in connection with the Grand Lodge movement assembled to-night in the Athenaeum. Delegates were present from all parts of the colony, including a considerable number of members of the Legislature. Bro. E. T. Gillon presided. It waß announced that ninety lodges had now resolved in favor of a grand lodge. Of this number sixty-four were represented at the Convention by sixty-eeven delegates, some brethren representing several lodges. The roll having been called and the proceedings opened with prayer by the Rev. Bro. Paige, P.M., the chairman delivered an address, tracing tho history of the movement and outlining the steps necessary to be taken by the Convention. A form of the declaration of the constitution of the Grand Lodge was then submitted and fully discussed. It was then resolved to omit the word " united " in the titlo of the Grand L^dge ? and tho declaration was finally unanimously adopted in' the following form : \ Whereas Freemasonry was established in New ( ' Zealand in the year 1842. and has sinpe been' perpetuated and practised by numerous lodges established from timo to time under the Grand Lodges of Kpg'and. Ireland, and Scotland respectively ; aud whereas a majority of tho lodges established hnv.-> determined that it is expedient, in the best interests of Frcem&sonry and for tho better ordering of the craft in this colony, that there should be full, perfect, and perpetual urity, with uniformity of obligation and discipline among tho members thereof at pre-ent divided iuto and working under the three separate and distinct constitutions of Kngland, Ireland, and Scotland, so that in all time to come they shall form and constitute one brotherhood, and be represented in. one grand lodge: Now, therefore, we the dele-: gates duly appointed in that behalf by the lodges, sot out after our sign:. tuns hereto, do by thc3u: presents declare, and agieo th\t the said lodges,, shall, on and after the oth day of Novemb?r, 1889, constitute and form one of the grand lodges under the style of thu "Grand Lodge of New Zealand,' - and that the masters and w.irdona of ihe said lodges for the time being shall be dceired and taken to be members of such grat.d lodge, together with moh past masters and present or past provincial or district grand lodge officers as shall be members, of tuch' lodges, and also the signatures hereto, provided: always that such members (ex-wardens and masters of lodges) are duly enrolled on the register of members of the grand lod»e ; and it is apreed that as noon after the sa>id 9th; day of No.vfinjbi'r as may he possible a com-' munication of th,e lodge shall be held for the purpose of eleeting a grand master and making other provisions for th.s gou v d government of the craft aud the constitution and i registration of the grand lodge. Dated at Wellington, New Zealand, this 11th day of September, 1889 A.a, and 5889 a.j„ This was ordered to be engrossed for signature, The consideration of the basis of the union was postponed until to. morrow, so that proposed amendments might be printed for consideration. The articles of union, as agreed on, will be recommended to the Grand Lodge for ratification. The convention adjourned to three o'clock tomorrow. Tho most absolute unanimity prevailed throughout the meeting, and all the proposals were carried without dissent,

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NEW ZEALAND MASONIC GRAND LUDGE., Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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NEW ZEALAND MASONIC GRAND LUDGE. Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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