Proceedings of the District Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Otago and Southland, Under the Grand Lodge of England.
The Right Worshipful Brother Thos. Sherlock Graham, District Grand Master.
Worshipful Brother E. Nathan, Deputy District Grand Master.
Worshipful Brother Robt. Stout, District Grand Senior Warden.
Worshipful Brother C. De L. Graham, District Grand Junior Warden.
Worshipful Brother W. Ronaldson, District Grand Chaplain.
Worshipful Brother Jno. A. D. Adams, District Grand Registrar.
Worshipful Brother Sydney James, District Grand Secretary.
Worshipful Brother D. Cameron, District Grand Senior Deacon.
Worshipful Brother T. Proctor, as District Grand Junior Deacon.
Brother R. Mckenzie as District Grand Pursuivant.
Brother A. J. Barth, District Grand Steward.
Broter J. M. Hunt, District Grand Steward.
Brother A. Westwood, District Grand Steward.
Brother H. W. Meyer, District Grand Tyler.page 2
Minutes of last Quarterly Communication read and confirmed.
|844||Otago||Worshipful Master, Past Masters, Wardens, and Brethren.|
|931||Dunedin||Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren.|
|942||Port Chalmers Marine||Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren,|
The following Lodges under the sister constitution were represented :—St. Andrew's, Thistle, Otago Kilwinning Scottish Constitution, St. Patrick's Irish Constitution.
The Roll of Officers was called, and responded to by those present Apologies were received and accepted from Brothers Hyman, District Grand Treasurer; De Leon, Director of Ceremonies; and Horsburgh, Steward.
- The District Grand Secretary reported the following Dispensations granted by the Right Worshipful District Grand Master :—
- October 18, 1883.—Southern Cross Lodge 997.—Authorising wearing Masonic clothing at funeral of late Brother R. Powell.
- December 14. 1883.—Otago 844.—Authorising wearing Masonic clothing at the re-union of the Otago Kilwinning Lodge, S.C.
- January 16, 1884.—General.—Authorising wearing Masonic clothing at Divine Service at St. Peter's Church, Cavershatn, on Sunday, January 20.
- March 3, 1884.—Mount Ida 1262.—Authorising wearing Masonic clothing at funeral of the late Brother E. T. George.
- March 4, 1884.—To Brother H. F. Dench, P.D.G. Swordbearer, and Brother W. G. M. Mackenzie, P.D.G. Pursuivant.—Authorising them to represent this D.G. Lodge at the Installation of Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart., as District Grand Master of the three Constitutions in Victoria.
- March 29, 1884.—Southern Cross Lodge 997.—Authorising wearing Masonic clothing at funeral of the late Brother McChesney.
The audited balance-sheets of the General Purpose and Masonic Benevolent Funds, as below, were read and adopted.
General Purpose Fund, 1883-84.
|Port Chalmers 942||19||15||6|
|Southern Cross 997||30||17||0|
|Mount Ida 1262||10||9||6|
|Hiram 2008 (Warrant and Registration Fees)||14||17||6|
|Balance Due Union Bank||16||8||4|
|Grand Lodge Fees||48||12||6|
|Rent of Hall||16||10||0|
|H. T. Lamb, on account of D. G. Lodge clothing||50||9||3|
|Sundries—Insurance, Printing, and other Expenses||10||9||0|
Masonic Benevolent Fund, 1883-84.
|Dues from Lodges as under—|
|Port Chalmers 942||8||18||0|
|Southern Cross 997||9||3||0|
|Mount Ida 1262||5||4||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 931||2||2||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 554||1||1||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 770||2||2||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 1430||5||0||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 1147||2||2||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 721||1||5||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 1811||5||0||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 942||8||8||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 1147||2||0||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 844||7||4||0|
|Relief to Brother of Lodge 1262||5||5||0|
|Sundry Expenses and Salaries||12||10||0|
|Balance Union Bank||54||0||8|
Julius Hyman D.G. Treasurer.
Sydney James D.G. Secretary.
We have examined the books of the District Grand Lodge, compared the vouchers, and find the receipts and expenditure correct.
Septimus De Lion
J. A. D. Adams, Auditors.page 5
Treasurer.—Letter read from Brother Hyman, thanking the D.G. Lodge for having elected him for the last two years, stating that he did not wish to take office again.
Resolved—"That Brother H. Eldridge, P M., Lodge 844, be elected Treasurer for current year.
|Certificates issued during the year||94|
|Dispensations issued during the year||21|
|Total number of certificates issued||1094|
|Total number issued by present D.G.M.||210|
|Port Chalmers 942||63|
|Southern Cross 997||79|
|St. George 1128||25|
|Mount Ida 1262||33|
The Right Worshipful District Grand Master then addressed the D.G. Lodge upon the state of Masonry in his District, and upon the Masonic circumstances which had occurred during the past year, especially alluding to the opening of the Hiram Lodge, No. 2003, Green Island, and thanked the officers for their regular attendance, and for the support which had been accorded to him in the chair.
The District Grand Secretary read the names of the officers that the Right Worshipful District Grand Master had been pleased to appoint for the current year as follows :—
- Deputy District Grand Master, Brother Robert Stout.
- District Grand Senior Warden, Brother C. De L. Graham.
- District Grand Junior Warden, Brother J. A. D. Adams.
- District Grand Chaplain, Brother Rev. D. J. Murray.
- District Grand Registrar, Brother W. M. Hodgkins.
- District Grand Secretary, Brother Sydney James.
- District Grand Senior Deacon, Brother B. Lichenstein.
- District Grand Superintendent of Works, Brother D. Cameron.
- District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Brother J. Jordan.
- District Grand Swordbearer, Brother J. Horsburgh.
- District Grand Organist, Brother J. A. X. Reidle.
- District Grand Stewards, Brothers R.Mackenzie, A.J. Barth, E. W. Cochran, A. Silverston, G. F. Rowlatt.
The officers appointed for the year were then conducted to the throne, addressed by the Right Worshipful District Grand Master, invested with their collars and jewels of office, and their patents of appointments handed page 6 to them with the exceptions of Brothers Hodgkins, Registrar; Horsburgh, Swordbearer; and Rowlatt, Steward; who wfere unavoidably absent.
- Brother C. De L. Graham,
- Brother A. H. Burton,
- Brother J. A. D. Adams,
- Brother D. Cameron.
The District Grand Master, Deputy District Grand Master, and District Grand Secretary being ex officio members of the Board.
The Right Worshipful District Grand Master, in accordance with the bye-law 21, has granted to Lodges Southern Cross, St. George, Ophir, and Hiram, the privilege of selecting a Brother as their representative on the Board, and has appointed Brother A. H. Burton President.
- Brother A. H. Burton,
- Brother B. Lichenstein,
- Brother R. Ritchie,
- Brother E. W. Cochrane.
The District Grand Master, Deputy District Grand Master, District rand Treasurer, and District Grand Secretary being ex officio members.
- From Caledonian Lodge, S.C., Timaru, asking for the names of the Lodge Secretaries in order to apply for relief for a Brother.
- The D.G. Secretary stated that he had replied that the R.W.D.G. M. did not approve of this, and that in any case communications should come from the D.G. Secretary.
- From V.W. Brother Clerke, Grand Secretary, enclosing warrant for, the Hiram Lodge No. 2008.
- From W. Brother T. H. Lempriere, D.G. Secretary of the D.G. Lodge of Victoria, E.C., requesting the pleasure of the attendance 6f the R.W.D.G.M. and officers of the D.G. Lodge, on behalf of Brother Sir W. J. Clarke, Bart., at his installation as District Grand Master for the three Constitutions in Victoria, on the 26th March.
The D.G. Secretary read letters which he had sent, by command of the Right Worshipful District Grand Master, to Brother Sir W. J. Clarke and Brother Lempriere, expressing the regret of the D.G.M. that he would be unable to accept the kind invitation congratulating Brother Sir W. J. Clarke on being appointed to so high and important a position and the Brethren of Victoria in having so worthy a head, and that he had deputed Brothers H. F. Dench and W.G.M. Mackenzie, two past officers of the D.G. Lodge at present in Victoria, to represent this District Grand Lodge at the installation ceremony.
Prospectus of an intended publication (to be issued at Wellington) called the "New Zealand Craftsman and Masonic Review."page 7
The D.G. Secretary reported that, by command of the R.W. District Grand Master, he had applied to Brother C. J. Toxward, R.W.D.G.M. for the North Island, at Wellington, to know if the intended publication was issued with his cognizance and support, and had received a reply to the effect that it was not so issued, consequently the D.G.M. had refused his sanction to the issue of the same in the Lodges of his district.
On the motion of Brother Stout, D.D.G.M., seconded by Brother James, D.G. Secretary, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded, and ordered to be recorded on the minutes, to Brother Nathan, Past Deputy District Grand Master, for his services during his term of office and to Masonry in general for a lengthened period.
Brother Nathan feelingly returned thanks.
Nothing further offering, the D.G. Lodge was closed in peace and harmony and with solemn prayer at 10 p.m.
Sydney James, District Grand Secretary.
Extracts From Bye-Laws.
17. Every private Lodge shall four times in each year transmit direct to the District Grand Secretary a list of its members and of the brethren initiated or admitted therein since the last return, with the dates of initiation or joining, and when passed or raised, the dates of those degrees respectively, together with the ages, titles, professions or trades of such brethren, and the name and number of the Lodge to which a joining member belonged, and at same time remit all monies due to the District Grand Lodge; the return shall be signed by the Master and Secretary.
21. The Board of General Purposes shall consist of eight members and the District Grand Secretary. Four of the members to be elected by the District Grand Lodge, and four to be elected by the country lodges as their representatives, in such manner as the District Master shall deem fit.
35. Each private Lodge subscribing five guineas per annum to the Fund shall have power to nominate a member to the Board of Benevolence.