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GRAND MASONIC CEREMONY.
LOBD JERSEY'S INSTALLATION. .
The ceremony of installing his Excellency Lord Jersey into the office of Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lod^e of Free and Accepted Masons of New South Wales took place on the evening of June ll in the Centennial Hall. The gathering was a brilliant one. There were over 3000 members ot the craft
present, all, of course, in Masonic regalia, many of the uniforms being rich and costly ; and the scene was most picturesque. À more represen- tative gathering of brethren of the inystic tie has never assembled in Australia ; indeed, the Pro-Grand Master, Dr. Tar- rant, declared at the banquet that it was the greatest gathering of Masons ever held in Aus- tralia, and the greatest in the world except one the occasion' of the installation of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as Grand Master of England. The office into which Lord Jersey has just been installed is the highest in Masonry in thie country, and his Excellency was the unanimous choice of the brethren. ; The federal spirit was manifested by the representation of the sister colonies of Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania, and unavoidable circumstances, such as the obligations of parliamentary life, prevented other colonies from participating. Victoria was represented by Sir W. J. Clarke, W.G.M., and his Grand Lodge officers ; Tasmania by Deputy W.G.M. Dr. Giblin ; and Queensland by Brother Unmack, District Grand Master under the Irish Constitution. AU the Grand Lodge officers of New South Wales were in attendance
in full regalia. The ceremony was conducted without a single hitch. Appropriate andi very beautiful musical selections, vocal and instru- mental, were given between the various stages of the proceedings, Brother A. Gehde presiding at the grand organ, Brother Massey conducting, Brother Drewe acting as grand director of music. There .was a choir on the stage of nearly 100 voices. Brother Humphreys was Grand Director of Ceremonies, and was one of the most ' con- spicuous figures in the proceedings. The cere- mony of installing Lord Jersey into the Grand Master's chair was performed by the Pro-Grand Master, the Hon. Dr. Tarrant, M.L.C., ; who administered the prescribed obligations in a very clear voice and an impressive manner. After the ceremony the P.G.M. delivered ah ap- propriate speech, congratulating Lord Jerseyhipon his election to the highest position in Masonry in New South Wales, and the order upon having so distinguished a Freemason to preside ' over it. Lord Jersey responded in sympathetic terms, thanking the brethren for ; the honour they had conferred upon him, .'? and expressing his determination to do: all in his power to advance the interests of the crafts and to strengthen the fraternal bond existing between the home and the Australian lodges. Hie Excellency announced that he had appointed Brother Tarrant P.G.M. for the year. Aftér the Grand Lodge officers had been invested; and the lodge closed, the brethren partook of a banquet in the basement, Lord Jersey presid- ing. The toasts were-"The Queen," proposed by his Excellency ; " The Most Worshipful the Grand Master," proposed in eloquent terms by the Right Rev. Dr. Camidge, Bishop of Bathurst ; " The Installing Master," by Lord Jersey ; and " Sister Grand Lodges," proposed by Brother J. C. Remington, and responded to, by Sir W. J. Clarke, Dr. Giblin, and the Hon. Mr. Unmack. This brought the proceedings, which were of the most harmonious and fraternal character, to a close.