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New Caledonia Lodge, A.F.& A.M.
 No. 11 G.R.N.S.


Warrant No. 35, dated January 26th 1810, was granted to New Caledonian Lodge
Warrant No. 826 , E.C., October 15, 1849.
Warrant Changed to No. 565, 1863
Joined the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia as New Caledonia No. 11, 1863

Regular Communications on the Fourth Monday of Each Month
Except July and August
Pictou, Nova Scotia

New Caledonia Lodge has sold its building in Pictou and temporarily meets at:
 2187 South Main Street, Westville (Western Star Lodge No. 50)

Contact: Hugh Palmer; eMail: hughiepalmer#hotmail.com  Tel.: +1 902 396-4940
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Mailing address:
P.O. Box 25
Pictou, NS, B0K 1H0

Driving Directions: From the TCH 104, take exit No. 21 and drive into town on Cowan Street. At the end of Cowan street, take a right turn and follow Main Street past the Post office. Follow the left at the fork by the Needs Store. Continue on South Main Street up the hill. The Lodge is on the left hand side right after the Middle School.

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Events

200-Year Celebration

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Please Visit our 200-Year Celebration Page and Photo collection.
 
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January 29, 2011
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New Caledonia Lodge No. 11 enjoyed an excellent turnout for it's traditional Robby Burns' Night Dinner. A great roast beef dinner. Burns' 'Address to the Haggis' recited by Fred Polley, and entertainment by Spider MacDonald.
Watch the Slideshow - Photos by Robert Meyer
February 22, 2010
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Bro. Jake Brown is presented with his Master Mason Diploma by Rt.W.Bro. Hugh Palmer. D.D.G.M.  Watch the Slideshow Photos by Robert Meyer


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Officers 2015/2016

Worshipful Master: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Immediate Past Master: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Senior Warden: Bro. David Burrell
Junior Warden: Bro. William Marshall
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: (vacant)
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: Rt. W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: Bro. Edward Noel
Marshall: Bro. Bob Buell
Inner Guard: (vacant)
 Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: W.Bro. Alfred Irving
Junior Steward: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Tyler: W. Bro. William MacDonald
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Officers 2014/2015

Worshipful Master: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Senior Warden: Bro. Robert Buell
Junior Warden: Bro. David Burrell
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: (vacant)
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: Bro. William Marshall
Junior Deacon: Bro. Edward Noel
Marshall: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Inner Guard: (vacant)
 Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: W.Bro. Alfred Irving
Junior Steward: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Tyler: W. Bro. William MacDonald

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Officers 2013/2014

2013 Officers
Installed on Monday, 22 April, 2013

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Immediate Past Master: V. W. Bro. Richard Clark
Senior Warden: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Junior Warden: Bro. Robert Buell
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: (vacant)
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: Bro. David Burrell
Junior Deacon: Bro. Edward Noel
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: (vacant)
 Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: W.Bro. Steven Stewart
Junior Steward: (vacant)
Tyler: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum


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Officers 2012/2013

Worshipful Master: V. W. Bro. Richard Clark
Immediate Past Master: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Senior Warden: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Warden: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: Bro. Edward Noel
Junior Deacon: Bro. Robert Buell
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: Bro. David Burrell
 Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: W.Bro. Steven Stewart
Junior Steward: Bro. William Sinclair
Tyler: Bro. Ronald Goodall
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Officers 2011/2012

Worshipful Master: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Senior Warden: Rt. W. Bro.  Robert Meyer
Junior Warden: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: V. W. Bro. Richard Clark
Director of Ceremonies: vacant
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: Bro. Edward Noel
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: W. Bro. Robert Burns
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: Bro. Ronald Goodall
Junior Steward: Bro. William Sinclair
Organist: Rt. W. Bro. Robert Meyer
Tyler: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
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Officers 2010/2011

2010 Officers Group Picture

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Senior Warden: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Junior Warden: Bro. Gary Nowlan
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: V. W. Bro. Richard Clark
Director of Ceremonies: Rt. W. Bro.  Robert Meyer
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: Bro. Jacob Brown
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: Bro. Edward Noel
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: Bro. Ronald Goodall
Junior Steward: W. Bro. Alfred Irving
Organist: Rt. W. Bro. Robert Meyer
Tyler: Bro. William Sinclair
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Officers 2009/2010

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Senior Warden: V. W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Junior Warden: Bro. Gary Nowlan
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: V. W. Bro. Richard Clark
Director of Ceremonies: (vacant)
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: W. Bro. Raymond Tucker
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: Bro. Bill Sinclair
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh  Palmer
Senior Steward: W. Bro. Alfred Irving
Junior Steward: W. Bro. Steven Stewart
Organist: (vacant)
Tyler: Bro. Ed Noel
     
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Officers 2008/2009

Group Photo of Officers Installation 2008

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Richard Clark
Senior Warden: W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Junior Warden: W. Bro. James Craig
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: (vacant)
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: W. Bro. Ray Tucker
Marshall: W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Inner Guard: Bro. Gary Nowlan
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer
Senior Steward: W. Bro. Alfred Irving
Junior Steward: Bro. Bill Sinclair
Organist: (vacant)
Tyler: W. Bro. Sheldon Chisholm

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Officers 2007/2008


Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Richard Clark
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Senior Warden: Bro. Bradley MacCallum
Junior Warden: W. Bro. Alvin Granville
Treasurer: W. Bro. Larry Ingham
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Steven Stewart
Chaplain: Rt. W. Bro. Granville Miller
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Harris MacKenzie
Junior Deacon: W. Bro. Raymond Tucker
Marshall: (vacant)
Inner Guard: Bro. Gary Nowlan
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer
Senior Steward: W, Bro. Alfred Irving
Junior Steward: Bro. Bill Sinclair
Organist: (vacant)
Tyler: W. Bro. Sheldon Chisholm

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Past Masters




1810
James Graham
John Fraser (Deputy Master)
1811
John Fraser
1812
John Fraser
1813 James Skinner
1814 James Skinner
1815 James Skinner
1816 James Skinner
1817 James Skinner
1818 Ezra Reid
1819 Ezra Reid
1820
Hugh Denoon
1821 Hugh Denoon
1822 George Johnston
1823 George Johnston
1824 James Skinner
1825 James Skinner
1826 James Skinner
1827 James Skinner
1828 James Skinner
1829 James Skinner
1830
James Skinner
1831
1832
1833
1834
1835
1836
1837
1838 Henry Blackadar
1839
1840

1841
1842
1843
1844
1845
1846
1847
1848 Thomas Dickson
1849 Thomas Dickson
1850

1851
1852 B. H. Norton
1853 B. H. Norton
1854 Daniel Hockin
1855 William E. Cooke
1856 James Skinner
1857 G. M. Johnston
1858 G. M. Johnston
1859 J. MacDonald
1860
E. M. MacDonald
1861 G. M. Johnston
1862 G. M. Johnston
1863 W. H. Davies (PGM)
1864 W. H. Davies (PGM)
1865 G. M. Johnston
1866 Richard Tanner
1867 S. G. Rigby (PGM)
1868 W. N. Rudolf


1869 William Campbell
G. M. Johnston
1870
S. G. Rigby (PGM)
1871 S. G. Rigby (PGM)
1872 J. A. Gordon
1873 Geo. R. Davies
1874 Geo. R. Davies
1875 Thomas Robley
1876 W. W. Glennie
1877 J. R. Davies
1878 J. R. Davies
1879 T. Tanner
1880 K. J. McKenzie
1881 K. J. McKenzie
1882 W. F. Tanner
1883 W. F. Tanner
1884 J. MacMillan
1885 C. E. Tanner
1886 C. E. Tanner
1887 M. Morrison
1888 S. F. Mckaracher
1889 G. R. Chisholm
1890 G. R. Chisholm
1891 G. R. Chisholm
1892 F. McLellan
1893 F. McLellan
1894 S. F. Mckaracher
1895 S. F. Mckaracher
1896 G. R. Chisholm
1897 M. C. Webster
1898 M. C. Webster
1899 M. C. Webster
1900
J. D. McDonald
1901 J. D. McDonald
1902 J. P. English
1903 J. D. McQueen
1904 J. D. McQueen
1905 Alex Fraser
1906 C. L. Moore
1907 H. C. McLellan
1908 A. McDougall
1909 J. A. Sproull
1910 A. B. Almour
1911 J. W. Heighton
1912 F. A. W. White
1913 J. A. McEachern
1914 William Carlton
1915 H. Silva
1916 J. W. F. McLeod
1917 G. B. McLaren
1918 J. W. Heighton
1919 D. D. Heighton
1920 William Bonner
1921 W. C. Wetmore
1922 E. G. Irish
1923 R. Silva
1924 J. A. Hislop
1925 S. S. Harvie
1926 J. S. Talbot
1927 M. M. McKenzie
1928 J. G. Reeves
1929 J. R. Fraser
1930 S. Fowles
1931 W. E. Harris
1932 J. J. McKinnon
1933 H. E. McDonald
1934 D. M. Fisher
1935 W. H. Murdock
1936 J. W. Arthur
1937 R. A. Baxter
1938 G. B. McLaren
1939 W. R. Fraser
1940 E. D. Fraser
1941 E. D. Fraser
1942 A. C. Reid
1943 G. S. McLean
1944 J. H. Baillie
1945 M. McDonald
1946 F. R. Munro
1947 A. H. Peppard
1948 A. K. Logan
1949 A. M. Roy
1950 R. C. McKean
1951 W. S. Heighton
1952 R. R. Anderson
1953 R. D. Murdoch
1954 R. X. Reid
1955 J. H. Munro
1956 L. M. Watt
1957 E. P. Brown
1958 G. W. Baird
1959 F. Osmond

1960 Sheldon Chisholm

1961 Don Cox

1962 M. Freeman

1963 H. MacNaughton

1964 D. P. McInnis

1965 Herbert MacDonald

1966 Steve Elliot

1967 Le Roy Amon

1968 Rob McCallum
1969 Ron Chisholm

1970 Alfred Tupper

1971 Alfred Tupper

1972 R. C. McKean Jr.

1973 J. P. McDonald

1974 Hugh MacDonald

1975 James L. Robertson

1976 Alex Logan

1977 A. MacLean

1978 Alfred Irving

1979 Stanley Jones

1980 Leonard MacKenzie

1981 Raymond Tucker

1982 John M. McDonald

1983 John M. McDonald

1984 George Baird

1985 Larry Ingham

1986 Walter Jewell

1987 Ron Chisholm

1988 William Ives

1989 Raymond Tucker

1990 M. James MacDonald

1991 Jim A. Dickie

1992 Alexander E. Mackay

1993 M. James MacDonald

1994 Raymond Tucker

1995 Kurt R. Jensen

1996 Robert R. Burns

1997 Peter S. MacDonald

1998 J. Hugh Palmer

1999 J. Hugh Palmer

2000
John M. Kilburn

2001 John M. Kilburn

2002 Alfred Irving

2003 Robert H. Meyer

2004 Steven Stewart

2005 Alvin Granville

2006 Harris MacKenzie

2007 Richard D. Clark

2008 Bradley MacCallum

2009 Bradley MacCallum

2010 Bradley MacCallum

2011Alvin Granville

2012Richard D. Clark

2013Harris MacKenzie

2014Alvin Granville


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Lodge History

(Following is the transcript of an article which appeared in the Pictou Advocate in November 1960. It has been made available by Bro. Bill Sinclair. Unfortunately there are a couple of gaps in the text (...-...) If you have a copy of the original newspaper please contact the webmaster.)


1960

Masonic Lodge 150 Years Old

By Edwin Bliss


The first appearance of Organized Freemasonry in Pictou County was in Pictou in the year 1784, when Walmesley Lodge 14 was formed, and, although this Lodge was rather short-lived, continuing only for a bout ten years, it was the start of Masonry as we have it in the County today. 

The History of Walmesley Lodge dates back to what was known as the 82nd Regiment. During 1780, the Regiment was moved from Halifax to New York. After the Battle of Guilford Court House in March 1781, the Regiment was returned to Halifax, for we find Captain John Moore present at St. John’s Lodge, Halifax, on April 2, 1781 when he was initiated, receiving the 2nd and 3rd degrees on June 5th and 26th 1781. Thistle Lodge in the 82nd Regiment took part in the Meetings of the Quarterly Communications from June 1782, until July, 1783. 

In April, 1783, the Regiment was transferred to Scotland, Many of the men of the Regiment were settled at Pictou Landing then known as Walmesley Township, and some of the m were responsible a year later for the formation of Walmesley Lodge. The colors of the 82nd now hang in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and are the oldest of all the Scottish Regimental Colors in that edifice. 

Conditions in Pictou and Pictou County in general are far different now than they were in 1784 when Walmesley Lodge was organized. Pictou was then only 11 years old, the Ship Hector having dropped anchor in the Harbour, opposite where the Town of Pictou now stands, on September 15, 1773, the end of a passage which had started from Greenock and Lochbroom, Ross-shire, Scotland, early in July, 1773.

The homes of these early settlers were composed of logs, generally in their round state, laid upon one another, with moss stuffed between them. The roofs were formed of the bark of trees cut in pieces of equal length, disposed in regular tiers, with ends and edges overlapping. The bark was kept in place by poles running along the whole length of the building and fastened at the ends with whites. Squire Patterson’s house was the only framed one in Pictou. Most of the furniture in Pictou homes was of the rudest description. A block of wood or a rude bench made out of a slab of wood with four sticks inserted, served as chairs and tables. Food was served in wooden dishes and eaten with wooden spoons. Money was scarcely seen, and almost all trade was done by barter. Wheat and maple sugar were the principal circulating mediums.

Thus had Pictou progressed from the wilderness in 1773, which greeted the first settlers from the Ship Hector, to the time when Walmesley Lodge was organized in 1784. Two years later, we can see Pictou as seen through the eyes of the Rev. James MacGregor, who arrived at Pictou on July 20, 1786, “When I looked round the shores of the Harbour, I was greatly disappointed and cast down, for there was scarcely anything to be seen but woods growing down to the water’s edge. Here and there a mean timber hut was visible in a small clearing, which appeared no bigger than a garden compared to the woods. Nowhere could I see two houses without some woods between them. I asked Hugh Fraser, ‘Where is the Town?’ He replied, ‘There is no Town but what you see.’ My disappointments were immensely discouraging to me; for I looked on myself as an exile from the Church and society. I saw that Nova Scotia and especially Pictou, was very far behind in the idea which I had formed of them. I renounced at once all idea of ever seeing a Town in Pictou.” Dr. MacGregor preached his first sermon in Pictou in Squire Patterson’s house.

It is unfortunate that we do not know more about the details and personnel of the Masons and Mas…

following are a few records of Walmsley Lodge No. 14, Pictou, N.S. Dec. 1785-1794, which are preserved in the Archives of Grand Lodge at Halifax:

  1. List of officers for 1789
  2. Letter from John Fraser (First Master) to Secretary Peters – mention about a Post Office to be established soon in Pictou. Date of letter: Jan. 30, 1798
  3. Letter from John Fraser, WM; James Ellmsley, SW; S. Corbet concerning Warrant – May 4, 1789

Masonry remained dormant in Pictou during the period 1794 until about 1810, when a number of Masons assembled and decided to petition for a Warrant under the name of “New Caledonia Lodge.” The Warrant was granted and the number “35” was assigned to the Lodge.

The Records of New Caledonia Lodge No. 35, Pictou, N.S., which are preserved in the Archives of Grand Lodge are:

  1. Petition from Masons at Pictou for a Warrant to be called “New Caledonia Lodge” – James Graham, W.M.; John Fraser, Dept. M.; John Cameron, S.W., William Taylor, J.W., William MacLean, Treas., Arch MacLean, Sec’y, James Wilson, Tyler – Dated January 3, 1810.
  2. Letter from Dr. James Skinner, Treas – 1810
  3. Petition to Grand Lodge to set aside rule that a W.M. may not continue above 2 years in office – in favour of James Skinner – 1810
  4. Letter to Grand Lodge in reference to expulsion of James Logie.
  5. Letter to Grand Lodge from P.M. Graham resigning – June 6, 1810
  6. Letter to Grand Lodge from W.M. & Wardens apologizing for not making returns – June 25, 1810
  7. Letter to Grand Lodge reference to expulsion James Logie – expelled Oct. 23, 1812
  8. Letter from Richard Masters, Feb. 1, 1813
  9. Letter from Robert Logan, enclosing Petition on behalf of James Logie – March 9, 1813
  10. Letter from James Skinner, W.M. – March 8, 1814
  11. Certificate – James Stevenson – October 2, 1819
  12. Letter to Grand Lodge – October 2, 1819
  13. Letter from Alexander Thain, Halifax – October 12, 1819
  14. Letter from Hugh Denoon to Grand Lodge – 1821
  15. Letter from Dr. Johnstone reporting exclusion of a brother, February 20, 1824
  16. Letter enclosing returns – also reporting exclusion and expulsion of brethren – February, 1826
  17. Letter from James Skinner, W.M. to G.M. John Albro, asking aid to build New Masonic Hall – March 22, 1826
  18. Letter enclosing returns May 8, 1827
  19. Returns, Officers, Members and Dues from 1810-1827
  20. Letter (duplicate) from Lodge, James Skinner, W.M. Oct 6, 1828
  21. Petition to Duke of Sussex from new Caledonia Lodge No. 35 Pictou, N.S. for Aid from – Robert Ewan – October 15, 1828 - Note: (H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex was the last Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England known as the Moderns, and the first Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England and presided as such from 1813 to 1843.)
  22. Letter in favour of dispensation – October 21, 1830
  23. Petition for dispensation – October 25, 1830
  24. Petition for dispensation October,25, 1831

Again the Masonic Lodge at Pictou apparently died down and the members disbanded as there are no further records of Masonic Activity after 1831.

Masonry again remained dormant in Pictou about the same length of time as when Walmsley Lodge expired.

In 1848 or 1849, a number of Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of England for a Warrant or a restoration of the Original Warrant of New Caledonia Lodge. And a Lodge again became chartered in Pictou under the Number 826 by the Grand Lodge of England in 1849.

This number was changed to No. 565 in 1863, and to No. 1, when it came under the Registry of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia in 1869. I have no knowledge of the workings or records of New Caledonia Lodge during the period from 1849-1869.

In 1870, we find New Caledonia Lodge with a Membership of 124 which grew to 143 in 1873, dropped to 131 in 1875, and back to 143 in 1876. New Caledonia Lodge had the largest Membership of any Lodge in the Province from 1870-1884, when it was surpassed by Albion Lodge No. 5 at New Glasgow.

A. C. Page, D.D.G.M., on his visit to New Caledonia Lodge No. 11 on April 27, 1874, says in his report, “This Lodge has the largest roll of Members in the Provice – Last year, 143. They meet in their own Hall which is commodious and comfortable, with furniture approaching elegance. They owe on their building – $2.400. Rental Received $350.00, Insured for $5.000. Dues received during Year, $700.00, Outstanding Dues $200.00.

On March 14, 1876, report on New Caledonia Lodge is: Value of Masonic Temple, $8.000, Mortgage $2.400, Rent Revenue $350.00. Donated to Charity, $52.00.

In 1877, Grand Master J. Wimburn Laurie sanctioned the By-Laws of New Caledonia Lodge, as well as the By-Laws of Keith Lodge and Manitoba Lodge.

From 1876 to 1879, the Lodge had a set-back in Membership, dropping from 143 in 1876 to 134 in 1877, to 111 in 1878, to 110 in 1879.

On November 27, 1881, New Caledonia Lodge No. 11 lost by fire the best Lodge Rooms and Equipment in the District. Clothing and jewels were also lost, as was also their charter. Notwithstanding the great loss, this Lodge is financially sound and what is better, has a large and active Membership. Membership in 1881 was129.

The Brethren of New Caledonia Lodge, having expressed a strong desire to obtain, if possible, a duplicate of the Original Charter, Grand Master J. Wimburn Laurie, on his visit to England in December 1882, attempted to do so, but this was a deviation from their general practice and, as it was not possible to duplicate, the seniority of the Lodge would be lost by having the charter signed by the present Grand Officers. Therefore, Charter from the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia was issued, phraseology requires modifying or changing (On the present Charter of New Caledonia Lodge, ther is a note of explanation attached, explaining this information.)

Membership in the Lodge declined from 129 in 1880 to 102 in 1887.

In 1886, a New Hall was erected on the site of the one destroyed by fire. And was dedicated on December 2, 1886. Grand Master Lewis Johnstone was present at this meeting and reported: “This building will, I hope, stand for many years, a handsome memorial of the recuperative energies of the brethren of this fine Lodge, having among its Members some of the most influential and talented citizens of the Town of Pictou.”

In 1888, Membership declined to …--… number until 1892.

On April 23, 1889, Most Worshipful Grand Master D.C. Moore visited New Caledonia Lodge and made the following report of his visit.

On that day, he attended the funeral of Mrs. Lewis Johnstone at Stellarton, and arriving home found a fast team of horses at his door, provided by D.D.G.M. Gordon, Bro J. R. Davies and others which conveyed him to the Wharf at Pictou Landing, where there was a steamer waiting to transport him over the Harbour, making the total trip of 11 miles by road and 1 miles by water in one hour and a quarter. In his Annual Address, he says of New Caledonia, “You can see for yourself, brethren, how New Caledonia is again made new, how Phoenix-like she has risen from her ashes. You know how New Caledonia invited our presence, and you are even now experiencing their brotherly kindness and hearty hospitality. My brethren of New Caledonia are mostly sprung from sons of Old Caledonia, a modest, retiring race, who might blush if I said too much in their praise. Moreover, the “Noble Race” are just a little renowned for the attachment each man has to his clan, and if I praised a Gordon, I might be thought to slight a Chisholm; if I said too much of a Johnstone, I might have the whole of the Frasers at my heels; and if I tried to save myself by throwing a sweet morsel to my pursuers, they would be outnumbered by the MacDonalds, and I should be crushed.

Seriously, however, I found matters in connection with this Lodge very satisfactory, and with so many brethren whose ‘life on the ocean wave’ prevents regular attendance, I must say the present renewed condition of affairs here is marvellous. New Caledonia was formerly No. 565 R.E. and was chartered in 1849, and therefore no longer “New” in one sense, but Pictou Town had a Lodge long before this, whose list of worthy brethren would do honour to any Lodge. I should be ungrateful if I forgot to allude to the very pleasant supper, with which the night of my visitation ended, or so many kind words from the brethren assembled round the hospitable board.

On June 12, 1889, the first Grand Lodge Annual Communication ever held in Pictou County met at Freemasons’ Hall, Pictou. The Meeting commencing at 12:00 o’clock noon.

New Caledonia Lodge was now in a depression of Membership, reaching a new low of 84 in 1893. This was the lowest Membership of the Lodge during the period 1870-1956. During the next 33 years, the Lodge Membership wavered back and forth but gradually gaining until it reached its highest peak in Membership of 187 in 1926 and 1927.

In 1934 a Keystone found at Pictou Landing, which was probably used in Walmsley Lodge No. 34 held at Pictou (1784-1795), was placed in the Grand Lodge Museum.

On Feb. 23, 1937, New Caledonia Lodge again met with a very heavy loss, when their Lodge-room was totally destroyed by fire. They were however, fortunate to save their Charter, Minute Books and regalia. The brethren were optimistic and in hopes that a bigger and better Lodge-room would rise from the ashes.

However, New Caledonia Lodge was again in a state of recession in Membership which had started in 1928, and which continued downwards until 1940 and 1941, both years showing a Membership of 108. Again the Membership started climbing and in 1948 reached a total of 167. Just previous to this time, the brethren had started considering the purchase of a building offered for sale in Pictou, and remodelling it and making it over into a Masonic Temple. The building was purchased, renovated and, on September 20, 1948, Grand Master M.W. Bro. David A. O’Neill, accompanied by a very large number of Grand Lodge Officers, effectively carried out the beautiful ceremony of dedicating the Masonic Temple of New Caledonia Lodge to the purposes of Masonry.

During the 172 years since organized Masonry first made its appearance in the Town of Pictou, it has had many reverses, two lapses, the first of 16 years from 1794-1810, the second of 17 years, from 1831-1848. Two losses by fire, the first on Nov. 27, 1881, the second on Feb. 23, 1937. It has suffered quite a number of depressions, losses of Members, but it has always come back strong. This is only a brief sketch of Masonry in Pictou and of New Caledonia Lodge. There are many items of inertest that can still be filled in. The list of Officers down through the years. The D.D.G.M.’s from New Caledonia Lodge and other Grand Lodge Appointments. The District Meetings held at Pictou and many other occasions of importance that could be taken from the minutes of the Lodge and from Grand Lodge Proceedings. To this also could be added the names and records of Members of New Caledonia Lodge who have contributed so much to their Lodge, to Masonry in general and to the Town and County of Pictou.


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