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INAUGURATION OF THE S. AUGUSTINE LODGE OF MASONS.

The imposing and solemn ceremony of inaugurating and consecrating a new lodge of the ancient and honorable fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, under the title of the " Saint Augustine Lodge," No. 885, on the registry of the Grand Lodge of England, took place at Christchurch on Wednesday last. At six o'clock about 40 brethren assembled in the Magistrate's room at the Land-Office, which had been kindly granted for the purpose. The following brethren took the respective chairs:— Brother Fooks, p. m, as p.g.m. Brother Alport, p. m., as p. g. s. w. Brother Donald, as p. g. J. w. Brother the Rev. R. B. Paul, as p. g. Chaplain. After the new Lodge had been constituted and consecrated according to the ancient usage of the Craft,and an excellent oration on the principles of Freemasonry,byilhe Rev.Chaplain, and an address on the duties of the officers of the Lodge, and on the duties of Freemasons to the brethren generally, by the presiding officer ; — Brother John Seager Gundiy, the W.M. elect, was duly installed, and invested the lollowing officers to assist in the government of the lodge for the ensuing year. Brother I. Luck, s.w., Brother J. Marshman, j.w. Brother J. C. Watts Russell, Treasurer. Brother C. Simeon, Secretary (pro tern.). Brother C. Davie, s.d. Brother J. Beswick, j.d. Brother J. Fry, i.g. After the necessary masonic busines had been transacted the Brethren adjourned to the other large room of the building where a banquet had been prepared that would have done credit to the old country. The usual loyal and masonic toasts were proposed by tbe W.M., and honored in the usual manner. The W.M., in proposing the health of Brother Fooks, who had officiated on that occasion as P.G.M., felt assured that he was expressing the sentiments of all the Brethren in saying that the ceremony of constituting the Lodge had been conducted in a manner that reflected equal credit on himself and honour to the Craft. Brother Fooks returned thanks and expatiated on the principles and universality of Freemasonry, instancing among others the gratifying fact "that two Brethren bad joined the Lodge that evening, who only a few hours since had landed on these shores from England, and here they were unexpectedly surrounded by a band of real friends right glad to receive them. The Rev. Chaplain's health was next proposed by the W.M., and was drunk with the ut-

most cordiality, attended with an expression °* regret that he was so soon about to leave th c settlement. The Rev. Brother replied in an eloquent address,and still hoped that his absence from them would be only temporary. Brother Fooks proposed the health of the W.M., whose zeal for freemasonry he felt assured was of so sound a character that it would not only advance the interests of the lodge oyer which he presided, but also lead to the extension of the principles of the Craft generally. The W. M. in acknowledging the toast felt the importance and responsibility of the office which he had undertaken at this, the inauguration of their lodge, but felt assured that with the cordial and fraternal assistance of his officers, which he had no doubt of receiving, that what might be termed arduous duties, would be rendered comparatively light, and concluded by recommending the brethren to disseminate the true principles of freemasonry in the world, by their conduct in the ordinary duties of life. The W.M. gave the heahh of brother Alport, W.M. of the lodge of Unanimity at Lyttelton, and prosperity to that lodge, which was received in a manner" that must have been peculiarly gratifying to the brethren of that lodge, who had nearly all attended on this important occasion. Brother Alport returned thanks in a speech that did honour to him as a mason, expressing a hope that the bond of union always existing amongst the brethren might be particularly exemplified by a similar general feeling between the two lodges. The healths of the s.w., J.w., Brother Captain Simeon, who had served as secretary for the evening, the Treasurer and assistant-officers then followed in succession, aud were responded to. Prosperity to the St Augustine lodge was proposed by Brother Alport, and responded to by the W. M.

ua. account of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Province of Canterbury, Fob the Qtjakter Ending Sept. 30, 1853. Receipts. Customs £1478 16 6 Post-Office 62 11 6 Fees, Eesdt. Magist. Court. 76 17 1 Fines, do •• 19 5 0 Fees on Bush Licenses 10 0 0 Pilotage 12 9 7 Incidental Receipts 74 12 0 Advances repaid (Post-"ffice) 20 0 0 Revenue from sale of Town Sections at Chiistchnrch . 96 0 0 Deposit on purchase of land at Timaru (not available until purchase is complete) 300 0 0" Total £2150 11 8 Expenditure. £. s. d. Resident Magistrate ....... 96 12 11 Police ". 114 6 2 Post Office 53 12 2 Sheriff and Gaol 59 3 8 Inspector of Sheep 20 Id 0 Medical, Colonial Hospital... 104 10 8 Harbour Master 70 19 8 Crown Lands 75 0 0 Government Survey 77 19 2 Coroner .*. 4 12 9 Treasury 18 19 6 Charitable Aid 17 4 1 Miscellaneous 195 19 1 Advance for Colonial Ser-\ <^q q q vice, Akaroa / Customs and Drawbacks 254 19 0 Payments to Civil List 374 3 0 Total £1628 16 10 Total Receipts of Quarter I 2150 11 8 Balance from last Quarter I 914 18 8 [£3065 10 4 Total Expenditure , 1628 l'> 10 Balance on 30th September j (including- deposit una-J 1436 13 6 vailable of £300 J Vg306o 10 4' J. W. Hamilton, Sub-Treasurer. Treasury, Lyttelton, Oct. 20,1S5S.

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INAUGURATION OF THE S. AUGUSTINE LODGE OF MASONS., Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 146, 22 October 1853

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INAUGURATION OF THE S. AUGUSTINE LODGE OF MASONS. Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 146, 22 October 1853

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