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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Some Historic Photos of The Duncan Masonic Temple, Circa 1912-1915

Here are some historic photos of the Duncan Masonic Temple which we came across recently.

The first photo shows Canada Avenue (then known as Front Street) circa fall 1912 or sometime in 1913. We are using those dates because the Duncan Masonic Temple was built in the summer of 1912 while the building that is now the Duncan Christmas Heritage Mall, which was completed in 1914, does not appear in the photo.  The Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Station, built in 1912, appears at the right of the photo with the word “DUNCAN” on its south facade.

Front Street (now Canada Avenue) in downtown Duncan looking northwest, circa 1912-1913. The Duncan Masonic Temple is in the center right.
Front Street (now Canada Avenue) in downtown Duncan looking northwest, circa 1912-1913. The Duncan Masonic Temple is in the center right.

The following photograph was taken from the upper storey of a building (since demolished) on Duncan Street looking northwest. The photo shows the E & N Railway Station on the left and the Duncan Masonic Temple on the center-right. We are guessing this photo was taken circa 1912-1913.

The E&N Railway Station (left) and the Duncan Masonic Temple (center) circa 1913-1914
The E&N Railway Station (left) and the Duncan Masonic Temple (center) circa 1913-1914

The following photograph shows Front Street (now Canada Avenue) looking southwest from Kenneth Street circa 1914.-1915. We are using those dates because the Duncan Christmas Heritage Mall, which was completed in 1914, appears in the photo adjacent to, and to the left of, the Duncan Masonic Temple, which is the building on the right of the photograph.

Front Street (now Canada Avenue) in downtown Duncan circa 1914. The Duncan Masonic Temple is on the right.
Front Street (now Canada Avenue) in downtown Duncan circa 1914. The Duncan Masonic Temple is on the right.

 
Here is a current photo of the Duncan Masonic Temple:

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

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Deceased Brethren On The Ross Bay Cemetery Tour – 30 June 2019

On 30 June 2019 our Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian did a tour of some Masonic graves in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, as a fund raiser for the Old Cemeteries Society.

For those wanting more information about the graves included on the tour, and the occupants of those graves, here are links to more information about them. Continue reading Deceased Brethren On The Ross Bay Cemetery Tour – 30 June 2019

1910 Advertisement For Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russell Ker

Vancouver Island Masonic History Project

Our Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian recently came across this 1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1.

1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

This Brackman-Ker Milling Company mill pictured in the advertisement stood on Victoria’s Outer Wharf, now Ogden Point. It has since been demolished.

Although this mill has been demolished, several Victoria buildings built by David Russell Ker and his Brackman-Ker Milling Company are still standing in downtown Victoria. Here are the ones we know about:

1407 Government 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 (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
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 (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

1420 Broad Street

[Note: 1420 Broad Street is the Brackman-Ker Milling Company head office address pictured in the 1910 advertisement above]

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

510-512 Fort Street

512-514 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Built for David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
512-514 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Built for David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

Here is a photo of David Russell Ker:

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 is buried in Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery.

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

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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