Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For March 2018 – Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889)

Each month we feature a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic history.

For March 2018 our featured deceased Vancouver Island Freemason is Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889), a former Premier of British Columbia.

Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889) - B.C. Archives photo
Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889) – B.C. Archives photo

Alexander Edmund Batson Davie is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

The Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889) grave, Ross Bay Cemetery. The grave has been damaged over the years. A feature, possibly a cross, which once stood on top of the base has since disappeared.
The Alexander Edmund Batson Davie (1846-1889) grave, Ross Bay Cemetery. The grave has been damaged over the years. A feature, possibly a cross, which once stood on top of the base has since disappeared.

See our web page on Alexander Edmund Batson Davie

Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For March 2018 – Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch (1892-1966)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased member as a way of highlighting Masonic history in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased Member for March 2018 is Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch (1892-1966), a retired A/Commissioner of the R.C.M.P.

Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch in RCMP ceremonial uniform.
Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch in RCMP ceremonial uniform.

Theodore Sandys-Wunsch is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Cemetery in North Cowichan.

Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch grave, St. Peter's Quamichan Anglican Cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.
Theodore Vincent Sandys-Wunsch grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.

See our webpage on Theodore Sandys-Wunsch.

Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For January 2018 – Simeon Duck P.G.M.

Each month we feature a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic history.

For January 2018 our featured Vancouver Island Freemason is Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master.

Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master of B.C., 1874-75
Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master of B.C., 1874-75

Simeon Duck also commissioned Vancouver architect William Tuff Whiteway (a Freemason) to design and build the Duck’s Building on Broad Street in downtown Victoria.

Duck's Building, Broad Street, Victoria, B.C. Built in 1892 for Simeon Duck.
Duck’s Building, Broad Street, Victoria, B.C. Built in 1892 for Simeon Duck.

See our website for more information on Simeon Duck.

Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For December 2017 – Amor de Cosmos (1825-1897)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project and as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Vancouver Island.

For December 2017 we a featuring Amor de Cosmos (1825-1897), a charter Member of Victoria Lodge 1085, the first Masonic Lodge on Vancouver Island, the founder of the British Daily Colonist (now the Times-Colonist), M.L.A., second Premier of B.C. and Member of Parliament for Victoria.

Amor de Cosmos (1825-1897) - photo from B.C. Archives
Amor de Cosmos (1825-1897) – photo from B.C. Archives

Amor de Cosmos is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

Amor de Cosmos grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
Amor de Cosmos grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

See our webpage on Amor de Cosmos.

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 Vancouver Island Freemason for July 2017 – Edgar Crow Baker (1845-1920)

As part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project we have started a monthly feature highlighting a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason who has played a role in Vancouver Island history.

This is our fourth such post. Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for July 2017 is Edgar Crow Baker, (1845-1920) Past Grand Master of B.C. Among his many other accomplishments he set up the first telephone service in Victoria in partnership with Robert Burns McMicking, our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for June 2017.

Edgar Crow Baker, Past Grand Master
Edgar Crow Baker, Past Grand Master

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Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For June 2017 – Robert Burns McMicking (1843-1915)

As part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project we have started a monthly feature highlighting a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason who has played a role in Vancouver Island history.

This is our third such post. Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for June 2017 is Robert Burns McMicking, (1843-1915) Past Grand Master of B.C. Among other accomplishments he set up the first telephone service in Victoria.

Robert Burns McMicking (1843-1915) as Grand Master of British Columbia, 1894-95 (Photo courtesy of Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)
Robert Burns McMicking (1843-1915) as Grand Master of British Columbia, 1894-95 (Photo courtesy of Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

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Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For May 2017 – Eli Harrison Jr. (1852-1930)

As part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project we are starting a monthly feature highlighting a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason who has played a role in Vancouver Island history.

This is our second such post. Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for May 2017 is Eli Harrison Jr. (1852-1930), a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 and a former Supreme Court Judge in Nanaimo.

Judge Eli Harrison Jr.
Judge Eli Harrison Jr.

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Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For April 2017 – Charles Hayward (1839-1919)

As part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project we are starting a monthly feature highlighting a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason who has played a role in Vancouver Island history.

This is our first such post. Our first Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason and our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for April 2017 is Charles Hayward (1839-1919), a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 and a former Mayor of Victoria.

Charles Hayward (1839-1919). This photo appeared in his 1919 obituary in the Daily Colonist newspaper
Charles Hayward (1839-1919). This photo appeared in his 1919 obituary in the Daily Colonist newspaper

Charles Hayward‘s term as Mayor of Victoria saw the start of the Inner Harbour Causeway project and negotiations for the construction of the Empress Hotel. Charles Hayward‘s home at 1003 Vancouver Street in Victoria is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

To find out more about Charles Hayward, see our webpages for Charles Hayward and 1003 Vancouver Street.

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Featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 – Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943)

Temple Lodge. No.33 is starting a new monthly feature on our website to promote awareness of our Lodge history and our Deceased Brethren. Each month we will feature a different deceased member of Temple Lodge, No.33.

Our featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 is M.W.B. Donald Edward Kerr, Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon in 1930-31.

Most Worshipful Brother Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943) was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1862. He was initiated, passed and raised in Corinthian Lodge, No. 27, Rossland, B.C., in 1898.

He moved to Duncan, B.C. where he practised as a dental surgeon. He affiliated with Temple Lodge, No. 33 in 1919 and remained a member until his death in 1943. He served as Grand Master of B.C. in 1930-31.

Donald Edward Kerr as Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon
Donald Edward Kerr as Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon in 1930-31 (photo courtesy Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

Here is a brief biographical sketch of Most Worshipful Brother Donald Edward Kerr, taken from various sources:  Continue reading Featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 – Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943)