A Documentary About Sir Arthur Currie, A Past Master Of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 In Victoria

Here is a documentary about General Sir Arthur Currie, a Past Master of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria.


Here is another video about the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, in which Sir Arthur Currie was the commanding General:

Here is a video about Sir Arthur Currie and the last 100 days of the First World War:

Here is a video of Canadian historian Dr. Tim Cook discussing Sir Arthur Currie:

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Regular Meeting Of Temple Lodge No. 33 – 8 November 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of Temple Lodge No. 33 for November 2022 will be held at the Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C. on Tuesday,  8 November 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

All Visiting Brethren are very welcome to attend.

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

Here is a map showing the location of the Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, BC.

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Temple Lodge No.33 Will Host An Informal Meet & Greet At The Duncan Masonic Temple, 22 October 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Temple Lodge No.33 will be hosting an informal Meet & Greet at the Duncan Masonic Temple on Saturday, 22 October 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in, or curious about, Freemasonry is welcome to attend.

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

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Regular Meeting of Temple Lodge No. 33 – 11 October 2022, 7:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of Temple Lodge No. 33 for October 2022 will be held at the Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C. on Tuesday,  11 October 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

All Visiting Brethren are very welcome to attend.

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

Here is a map showing the location of the Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, BC.

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Joe Ferguson Memorial Golf Tournament, Eaglequest Golf, 1601 Thatcher Road, Nanaimo – 28 August 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Brethren,

The Golf Tournament is scheduled for 1:00 pm, August 28th, 2022 at Eaglequest Golf course,  1601 Thatcher Road, Nanaimo.

Cost for Golf and BBQ will be $35.00 per person.

Cost for only golf is $15.00 per person.

Cost for only BBQ is $20.00 per person.

Payment in advance would be greatly appreciated to confirm your attendance.

Please contact Ken Slawson at nanaimolodge110@gmail.com as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.

Here is a map showing the location of Eaglequest Golf Center, 1601 Thatcher Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

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Ukraine Relief Fund Through The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon

Brethren,

We have received the following message from the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon regarding a new Ukraine Relief Fund:

“Brethren, all :-

The Grand Lodge of Ukraine has contacted our Grand Lodge, requesting assistance during their current humanitarian crisis. Brethren wishing to make financial contributions are asked to forward cheques to this office, payable to the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon, noting that the funds are to be directed to the Ukraine.

The Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon will forward the funds directly to the Grand Lodge of Ukraine.

S&F,

V.W.B. Trevor McKeown”

This is an excellent way to provide direct financial support to our Ukrainian Brethren during these times of desperate need in Ukraine.

We will look at setting up a way of collecting cheques from any Vancouver Island Brethren wishing to contribute and then forwarding those cheques to the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon in a single package.

St. John's Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, BC (photo by St. John's Lodge Historian)
St. John’s Masonic Temple, 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, BC (photo by St. John’s Lodge Historian)
Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Duncan Masonic Temple, 163 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Malahat Lodge No. 107, Mill Bay, BC (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
Malahat Lodge No. 107, Mill Bay, BC (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

 

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Photo Of Temple Lodge No. 33 Member Ormond Towers Smythe On Mt. Prevost, Circa 1920

Duncan resident Larry Kier has allowed us to use this photo of Ormond Towers Smythe (1882-1948, former Duncan Mayor and member of Temple Lodge No. 33,  from his family collection.

Ormond Towers Smythe on Mt. Prevost, circa 1920. The tent is for the surveyors' pin that is still on the west hump of Mt. Prevost. (photo courtesy of Larry Kier - private collection)
Ormond Towers Smythe on Mt. Prevost, circa 1920. The tent is for the surveyors’ pin that is still on the west hump of Mt. Prevost. (photo courtesy of Larry Kier – private collection)

The photo shows Ormond Towers Smythe on the west peak of Mt. Prevost, circa 1920. The tent in the photo is covering the surveyors’ pin that is still in place on the west peak of Mt. Prevost.

We will take a hike on Mt. Prevost in the near future to get a photo of this site.

Ormond Towers Smythe, Mayor of Duncan 1914-16, 1923
Ormond Towers Smythe, Mayor of Duncan 1914-16, 1923 (photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

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A Video About Edmonton Masonic Hall

The Square & Compass Productions YouTube channel just released this video on Edmonton Masonic Hall at 10318 100th Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian would like to start doing videos similar to this on Cowichan Valley buildings associated with Freemasons and Freemasonry.

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Grand Lodge Historian Has Requested Assistance In Identifying A Photograph Of An Unidentified Mason

The Grand Historian, VWB Trevor McKeown, has requested the assistance of anyone interested in Masonic history in identifying an unidentified Mason, a Past District Deputy Grand Master, who appears in the photo below.

The Grand Historian has requested assistance in identifying this photo of an unidentified Past District Deputy Grand Master, taken by the Vancouver studio of Kenneth G. McKenzie (photo: Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)
The Grand Historian has requested assistance in identifying this photo of an unidentified Past District Deputy Grand Master, taken by the Vancouver studio of Kenneth G. McKenzie (photo: Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

Some additional information for interested historians:

  • The regalia is that of a District Deputy Grand Master but no particular Lodge or District is identified on the regalia;
  • The photo shows the imprint of photographer Kenneth G. McKenzie (1884-1975)

Here is some information on Kenneth G. McKenzie:

“Kenneth McKenzie was born Nov. 21, 1884 in Bristol, England. He arrived in Vancouver in or before 1921, at which time he was working as a photographer at Geo. T. Wadds. In 1922 he was working under his own name and continued to do so until he formed a partnership with Reuben Marlow in 1932. The partnership operated under the names Art-O-Rama Studio, then McKenzie & Marlow. By 1935, it appears that McKenzie may have left the city, returning some time in the 1940s.

In the mid-1950s, McKenzie operated his own studio located at 1900 Commercial Drive.”

(Source: Vancouver Archives)

Based on the style of this deceased Brother’s clothing,  I am speculating that this photo could have been taken between 1922-1932 or between the mid 1950’s and early 1960’s, during the two separate periods in which Kenneth G. McKenzie operated his own photographic studio in Vancouver.

Here are links to more information about photographer Kenneth G. McKenzie (1884-1975):

Researchers should forward their findings to the Grand Historian, VWB Trevor McKeown, at the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon office.

UPDATE: The unidentified Brother has been identified as RWB George Arthur Woodland. We received this from the Grand Historian:

“I sent the photo to the secretary of Tyee Lodge No. 66 in Prince Rupert, who quickly identified it as that of RW Bro George Arthur Woodland, who had affiliated with Tyee Lodge from Acacia Lodge No. 22, Vancouver on 10 March 1914. He had affiliated with Acacia from Civil Service Lodge No. 3118, England, on 4 January 1912. Woodland was master of Tyee in 1921 and DDGM for District 11 in 1927.

I don’t know why he’s wearing the Deputy Grand Master’s collar jewel but I suspect that at the time all Grand Lodge regalia were kept in the Grand Secretary’s office and when Woodland came to Vancouver for his portrait by Kenneth McKenzie, he borrowed the first collar that came to hand. I can find no evidence of him serving in any other role than DDGM.

The gavel in his hand is also interesting. It appears to be either a gavel presented to Grand Lodge in 1927 by Charles Blaney of Pacific Lodge 16—made from stone taken from King Solomon’s Quarry, Jerusalem–or else a duplicate. There is no symbolic reason for a DDGM to be holding a gavel and, again, I suspect it was lent to him by the Grand Secretary for the photograph, especially since Tyee Lodge has no similar gavel.
 
Here I’d thought I’d found a picture of one of our Deputy Grand Masters who didn’t become Grand Master. We may never know the sequence of events that led to this photo, but it does demonstrate that photos are evidence, not proof.
S&F
Trevor”

WB Mark Anderson
Historian, Temple Lodge No. 33

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