Guests from as far as Sydney, were among the 150+ people in attendance at the North Queensland District Grand Installation in May. The important event, which takes place every three years, marked the ‘handing over of the reins’ or installation of the new District Grand Master and Deputy District Grand Master.
Beresford Whyte was installed as the District Grand Master by the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Alan Townson (now immediate past Grand Master). It was then the new District Grand Master’s role to install his Deputy, John Playford.
In his first speech as District Grand Master, Beresford Whyte said this role was both the highest honour and heaviest responsibility.
“I trust that these two balancing aspects of the office of District Grand Master may keep me in equilibrium, so that I may carry out my duties with simple efficiency, and that you may, at the end of my term, not be disappointed with your choice,” he said.
He also spoke about his desire for the District Grand Lodge to be an organising and educational body, as opposed to just having an administrative role.
Following the pomp and ceremony, guests made their way from the Townsville Masonic Centre to the Installation Banquet at the Mecure Inn. With the festivities underway, a number of presentations also took place including, the Order of Service to Benevolence Jewel, the highest benevolence honour, being bestowed on Norm Souter-Smith.
06 September 2019