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THE GRAND LODGE MOVEMENT. [From Our Special Reporter.] WELLINGTON, September 14. During the late Masonic movement held here the unanimous feeling expressed by the brethren was that the installation of the grand master (who will doubtless be Earl Onslow) should take place in Dunedin during the Exhibition period while Lord Onslow is in Dunedin, The probabilities are that Lord Carrington (Grand Master for New South Wales) and the Earl of Kintore (Grand Master for South Australia) will assist at the ceremony; and if Lord Carrington comes over it is understood that he will be accompanied by a majority of his grand officers. The installation, which it is expeeted will be witnessed by nearly 400 Masons, will take place about the first w-eek in December. In discussing the proposal for the formation of a grand lodge of New Zealand from a non-Maaonic point of view, the ‘ Evening Post’ to-night says:—“ The question has considerable interest for those who have not been admitted to the mystic brotherhood. Id is undoubtedly a mark of the development of national life in the colony, and is therefore to be hailed with pleasure by all who have faith in New Zealand’s future. The divisions of the Masonic Order in New Zealand into three distinct branches, under national names which have really no significance in New Zealand for the members of the various lodges, have not been by any means confined to the natives of the portion of the United Kingdom, the name of which the respective lodges bear ; and this anomaly, has now culminated in the determination to form a grand lodge of New Zealand, which shall claim an equal position os a supreme governing body within the limits of the State with that occupied by the grand lodges of other States. The movement is not as might be at first sight imagined—one of separation but is distinctly based on the truest and best ids**, of federation. We can detect a distinct political significance in the Masonic movement which has just been carried to such a successful conclusion, and on the broad grounds .of public policy we hail it, as we have said, as being a very healthy development of national life, which cannot fail to exercise a beneficial influence in many directions apart altogether Freemasonry.”

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MASONRY., Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889

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MASONRY. Evening Star, Issue 8012, 14 September 1889