Category: Historian’s Corner

Some random thoughts on LABOUR TO REFRESHMENT

Visiting various lodges can spark interest in what may otherwise be a quiet night. The calling of a lodge from labour to refreshment or as it may be called in some jurisdictions, “calling off the lodge” At some meetings the Junior Warden stating “By order of the Worshipful Master, the craft is called from labour…

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A Masonic Band

The Masonic Band was formed next and the leader was Martin White. Although this band played mostly for funerals and church parades, it made its place in history when it went to Saint John on Aug. 3, 1860 to be in the welcoming procession for the Prince of Wales. The future King was so impressed…

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The scarcity of History

HEREWITH A PLEA FROM THE GRAND HISTORIAN All things are subject to change, even the weather. History, we are told, repeats itself. History is also lost to future generations as empires rise and fall. With some, the records may be accessed; others, we rely on ledgend and myth. Records may become lost due to fire,…

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This month in Masonic History

On the 16th of August 1867, in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick five lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of England were represented: Albion Lodge No. 400; Saint John Lodge No. 436; Carleton Union Lodge No.524; The Union Lodge of Portland No. 535; and New Brunswick Lodge No. 1084. In addition, there were…

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WOMEN IN THE MASONIC WORLD

As Grand Historian, there are all sorts of interesting items crop up. Recently when reviewing some files I came across a newspaper clipping from the Sussex Record of 03 April 1947. There have frequently been articles about women hiding and finding out the rituals and ceremonies of the Masonic Order. Possibly one of the most…

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