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.
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;
“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.”
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.
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.
WB Mark Anderson
Historian, Temple Lodge No. 33
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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.
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 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.
Here is a current photo of the Duncan Masonic Temple:
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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:
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.
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.