Moka Only – Toys For Tots Charity Concert- Nanaimo – 15 December 2017

Vancouver based hip hop musician Moka Only, a Freemason (he is a member of a Lodge in Vancouver), is headlining Hip Hop’s Toys For Charity 2017, a charity concert to raise funds to help needy families at Christmas.

This concert will be held on 15 December 2017 at the Queens Hotel, 34 Victoria Crescent, in downtown Nanaimo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The Queens Hotel is only a few blocks from the Ashlar Masonic Temple, 101 Commercial Street, Nanaimo.  Tickets are available at Fascinating Rhythm, half a block west of Ashlar Masonic Temple.

We encourage all interested Freemasons to attend and support our Masonic Brother Moka Only in this charitable event.

Event poster, Hip Hop's Toys For Tots 2017, 15 December 2017, Nanaimo, B.C. (provided by Moka Only)
Event poster, Hip Hop’s Toys For Tots 2017, 15 December 2017, Nanaimo, B.C. (provided by Moka Only)

 

Regular Meeting Of Temple Lodge No. 33 and D.D.G.M. Official Visit – 14 November 2017

The Regular Meeting of Temple Lodge No. 33 for November 2017 will be held on 14 November 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Duncan Masonic Temple. Please note the change to 6:00 p.m. from our usual 7:30 p.m. meeting time.

This meeting will also be the Official Visit of our District Deputy Grand Master to Temple Lodge No. 33. In order to allow members of Admiral Lodge No. 170 to take the ferry to and from Salt Spring Island to attend the D.D.G.M. Official Visit we have moved the meeting time to 6:00 p.m. instead of our usual meting time of 7:30 p.m. 

Visiting Brethren are, as always, very welcome to attend.

Duncan Masonic Temple, 1963 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.

Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For November 2017 – David Russell Ker (1862-1923)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 and its Vancouver Island Masonic History Project features a Deceased vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic history and heritage on Vancouver Island.

For November 2017 we are featuring David Russell Ker (1862-1923), a principal of the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which has left two Heritage Buildings in downtown Victoria: 1407 Government Street and 1420 Broad StreetDavid Russell Ker was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1 in Victoria.

David Russell Ker (1862-1923) was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1 in Victoria, B.C.
David Russell Ker (1862-1923) was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1 in Victoria, B.C.

David Russell Ker’s Brackman-Ker Milling Company has left two Heritage Buildings in downtown Victoria: 1407 Government Street and 1420 Broad Street.

1407 and 1411 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. 1407 Government Street was built in 1889 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1
1407 and 1411 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. 1407 Government Street was built in 1889 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1
1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by david Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1
1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1

David Russell Ker is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria.

David Russell Ker, family grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
David Russell Ker, family grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

For more information, see our webpage on David Russell Ker.

 

Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For November 2017 – Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased Brother of the Lodge as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for November 2017 is Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968), who came to the Cowichan Valley with his family in 1921 and served as the local coroner.  Descendants of Alfred Edward Green are still living in the Cowichan Valley.

Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927
Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927 (photo copyright Temple Lodge, No.33)

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Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For October 2017 – Simon Leiser (1851-1917)

Each month our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project features a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Vancouver Island.

Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for October 2017 is Simon Leiser (1851 – 1917), a pioneer merchant of Victoria who also had commercial operations in Vancouver Island coal mining communities like Wellington and Cumberland.

Simon Leiser (1851-1917)
Simon Leiser (1851-1917)

Simon Leiser was a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria, as were his brothers Gustav Leiser (1856-1896) and Max Leiser (1862-1935).

For more information, see our webpage on Simon Leiser.

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Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For October 2017 – Thomas Anthony Wood (1857-1945)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased Brother of the Lodge as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for October 2017 is Thomas Anthony Wood (1857-1945), a farmer and Reeve of North Cowichan from 1896-1899.

Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899
Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899. (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)

Thomas Anthony Wood was also first president of the Duncan Board of Trade, now the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, being elected to that position in 1909.

For more information, see our webpage on Thomas Anthony Wood.

Thomas Anthony Wood is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican cemetery.

Thomas Wood, grave, St. Peter's Quamichan cemetery
Thomas Wood, grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan cemetery

Amalgamation Referendum In Spring 2018 – Did You Know That Members Of Temple Lodge No. 33 Were Instrumental In Creating The City of Duncan in 1912?

In the spring of 2018 there will be an Amalgamation Referendum on the question of whether to re-unite the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan into a single political entity.

With this Amalgamation Referendum soon to be upon us it is interesting to consider the historical fact that Duncan residents broke away from North Cowichan and created the City of Duncan in 1912 on land formerly part of the Municipality of North Cowichan, primarily because residents of Duncan were dissatisfied with the services provided, or not being provided, by the Municipality of North Cowichan.

The Incorporation of the City of Duncan in 1912 was accomplished primarily by members of Temple Lodge No. 33, including Kenneth Duncan, J. Islay Mutter, Andrew Hans Peterson, James MacLeod Campbell, Frank Brettingham, Thomas Pitt, William Gidley, Charles Herbert Dickie, James Whittome, William Mordaunt Dwyer, Thomas Pitt.

Another Temple Lodge No. 33 member, Thomas Anthony Wood, was on the other side of the issue as Reeve of North Cowichan in 1911 when these events began.

To document this history we have created a new webpage on Incorporation of the City of Duncan In 1912.

Here are photos of some of the Temple Lodge No. 33 members involved in Incorporation of the City of Duncan In 1912.

Kenneth F. Duncan, circa 1920
Kenneth F. Duncan, circa 1920 (Photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

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