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VANCOUVER ISLAND MASONIC HISTORY PROJECT
Welcome to the Vancouver Island Masonic History Project, an ongoing voluntary effort by a dedicated group of Brethren, maintained online by Temple Lodge, No. 33 in Duncan, B.C., to document the rich heritage and legacy left by Vancouver Island's Freemasons and Masonic Lodges.
Since the Island's first Masonic Lodge was chartered in Victoria, B.C. in 1858, Freemasons have played an active role in Vancouver Island communities. Masons have been involved in politics, public service, law, commerce, charitable organizations as well as a wide and varied range of other productive activities.
Given Freemasonry's use of building and construction as a foundation for its allegorical lessons, it is perhaps quite fitting that many of Vancouver Island's leading pioneering architects and builders were Freemasons. Examples of their work are still prominent in every major Vancouver Island community. We have included links to help explore the architectural heritage left by local Freemasons.
Many of the Vancouver Island buildings built by Freemasons were also built for other Freemasons as residential or commercial buildings. We have also included links to those buildings.
For historians, geneologists and other researchers, we are gradually publishing the membership lists of Vancouver Island Masonic Lodges up to the early 1960s. In keeping with current privacy legislation, our online Masonic membership lists are at least 50 years old.
We are gradually linking the names on the membership lists to individual pages for each member, containing biographical details, gravesite location (if applicable) and other information. This is, however, in early stages.
Please note that the Vancouver Island Masonic History Project is run by volunteers who are regularly uncovering new material. Just because something isn't yet on our site doesn't mean it's not an item of interest. We are always on the lookout for new material. If you have something, or know something, that you think we'd be interested in, please don't hestitate to contact us to let us know.
Here are some quick links to some topics of interest:
ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS
Many of Vancouver Island's Heritage Buildings were designed by architects and builders who were Freemasons. Examples include John Teague, Thomas Trounce, Alexander Maxwell Muir, Richard Lewis, Percy Leonard James, the Luney Brothers and many others.........
BUILDINGS BUILT FOR FREEMASONS
Many prominent, readily recognizable buildings on Vancouver Island were originally built for Freemasons as their residences, business premises and for other purposes.
Here are some noteworthy examples....................
VANCOUVER ISLAND CEMETERIES - MASONIC INTERMENTS
Vancouver Island Cemeteries contain many Masonic interments.
Here are some lists of Vancouver Island cemeteries and the Deceased Brethren we know to be interred in them..............
HISTORIANS, GENEOLOGISTS & OTHER RESEARCHERS
Many historians, geneologists and other researchers visit our site. We have included a lot of information of interest to researchers and will be adding more over time.
Our Lodge History page has links to historical information about Temple Lodge History, our Historic Membership Lists, Principal Officers, the Vancouver Island Masonic History Project and much more.......
MASONIC LODGES & MASONIC LODGE BUILDINGS
Here are lists of Vancouver Island Masonic Lodges and the Lodge buildings associated with them.......
HISTORIC BUILDINGS & FREEMASONS
There are historic buildings associated with Freemasons in all major Vancouver Island communities.
Here are some of them.......
VANCOUVER ISLAND MASONIC HISTORY PROJECT
The Vancouver Island Masonic History Project is an ongoing volunteer effort, coordinated by Temple Lodge No. 33, to document the rich heritage of Freemasons and Freemasonry on Vancouver Island.
SOME NOTEWORTHY VANCOUVER ISLAND FREEMASONS
There are many noteworthy Freemasons in Vancouver Island's history, in fields ranging from politics, business, public service, military and law enforcement..
Here are lists of some of them........................
MASONIC HERITAGE IN VANCOUVER ISLAND COMMUNITIES
Freemasons have been active in most Vancouver Island communities and have left behind many reminders of their activities.
Here are some examples............
GRAND LODGE OF B.C. & YUKON
The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon has an excellent Masonic website, with links to e_Bee (the online Bulletin), Masonic Event Calendars, Masonic History, Answers To Our Critics, Freemasonry In B.C., Masonic Bulletin, Some Famous Freemasons , More Famous Freemasons and much more.........
During research or travels we often come across Interesting Connections to Masons and Freemasonry. Our Interesting Connections Page has some interesting Masonic connections uncovered by members of Temple Lodge, No.33, like Sun Studios in Memphis (left).......................
MUSIC BY MASONS - BOOKS BY MASONS
Masonic musicians and composers range from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Howlin' Wolf. Writers include Rudyard Kipling. For music fans and book lovers, here are some links to the works of Masonic musicians, composers and writers..............
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