M.W.Bro. Ernest C. Evans

(1955-56) shared the loss of the new Grand Lodge Regalia and Records in the fire at the Temple on Grafton Street on December 14. Replacement cost of the Regalia was placed at $2134. M.W.Bro. Evans appointed a Special Committee to explore the possibility of establishing a Home for aged Masons in the Province.

M.W.Bro. C. Gordon Lord (1957-58) laid the Corner Stone for the present Temple on Hillsboro Street on June 14, 1958. Following his death in April 1983, Victoria Lodge established the Gordon Lord Memorial Library in the Temple.

M.W.Bro. Gordon L. Bennett

(1967-68) stressed the importance of Craft Lodges developing programs of Masonic Education as a means of enabling the Brethren to better understand, appreciate and apply the great principles and teachings of the Order. M.W.Bro. Bennett holds the distinction as the only Freemason in the Jurisdiction to serve as Sovereign Grand Commander Supreme Council 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada.

M.W.Bro. Keith MacKinnon (1971-72) re-introduced the issue of having the Grand Master serve for a term of two years. The question had been raised previously in 1894, 1897, 1901, 1946, 1958 and 1970.

M.W.Bro. James I MacKay

(1982-83) presided at a Special Communication of Grand Lodge in O’Leary on January 15, 1983 when the Corner Stone for Corinthian Community Home was laid in accordance with ancient custom.

M.W.Bro. S. Forrest Dumville (1997-98) issued a Warrant of Dispensation on May 28, 1998 to enable Eldon C. Wright Daylight Lodge to open in North Bedeque. A key element of M.W.Bro. Dumville’s theme of “Building a Visible Bridge to the Masonic Future” was the goal of educating the general public on the principles of Freemasonry. A televised documentary, “Behind Closed Doors’, was a major part of that initiative.

Victoria Lodge has been a vibrant Lodge throughout most of its history. The Lodge has experienced proportionally fewer low periods than others in the Jurisdiction and has been able to rebound when fires, internal strife or other forces have challenged the will of the Brethren. The Lodge has been generous and steadfast in its benevolent activity and in rendering honour to the lives of deceased members. In the last half-century the Lodge has cultivated strong fraternal relations with several Lodges within and outside the Jurisdiction. On the social side of Freemasonry, Victoria Lodge is a model to others in the variety and frequency of social events. As the Lodge approaches its 150th Anniversary may the principles of charity, the bonds of Fraternal relations and the appeal of social events continue to serve as its strong underpinnings.