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Baden Powell Lodge No. 929

under the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Fast East
of the Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons of Ireland

CONSTITUTED ON 22ND APRIL 1996 BY
THE MOST WORSHIPFUL PAST GRAND MASTER
OF THE GRAND LODGE OF IRELAND
M.W.
DARWIN H. TEMPLETON, CBE, FCA



PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER:
R
. W. Bro. Brendan Bong

OFFICERS FOR 2017-2018

WM and Wardens


Worshipful Master

W. Bro. Patrick Ong

Senior Warden

W. Bro. Edison Abella

Junior Warden

Bro. Jimmy J. Mackay Jr.

Treasurer

W. Bro. Anthony Kam

Secretary

V. W. Bro. Sandy Tang

Director of Ceremonies

W. Bro. Lai Tuck Weng

Steward of Charities

Bro. Carlos Ladislao S Jr.

Almoner

V.W. Bro. Ko Ying

Chaplain

Bro. Alan Chen

Senior Deacon

Bro. James Pippin

Junior Deacon

Bro. Billy Chan

Inner Guard

Bro. Peter Halliday


 

Asst. Director of Ceremonies

W. Bro. Ian Toh

Asst. Secretary

W. Bro. Roger Kwong

Asst. Treasurer

Bro. Peter Wong

Organist


Steward

Bro. Alan Chan

Steward
Bro. Rodney Chu

Steward

Bro. Wilson Chu

Steward

Bro. Joel Padilla
 

Rep. To Zetland Hall Trustee

V.W. Bro. Alexander Wong

   

Rep.on Prov. Board of
General Purpose

W. Bro. Anthony Kam

   

Rep. To HK & FE Masonic
Benevolent Fund Corp

W. Bro. George Leung and
W. Bro. Ng Wing Hong

   

Lodge Rep. To
Standing Committee

R.W. Bro. Samuel Wong and
W. Bro. Norman Lam

   

Hospital Visiting Committee

W. Bro. Clive Chu

 

PAST WORSHIPFUL MASTERS

Year Worshipful Masters Year

Worshipful Masters
1996/1997 W. Bro. Philip Toh 2006/2007 W. Bro. Norman Lam
1997/1998 W. Bro. Stuart McDouall 2007/2008 W. Bro. Lai Tuck-Weng
1998/1999 W. Bro. Gary N. Harilela 2008/2009 W. Bro. Alexander Lee
1999/2000 W. Bro. Edward Wen 2009/2010 W. Bro. Ian Toh
2000/2001 R. W. Bro. Samuel Wong 2010/2011 W. Bro. Anthony Kam
2001/2002 W. Bro.Kishor Gopal 2011/2012 W. Bro. Robert Ho
2002/2003 W. Bro. Ng Wing-Hong 2012/2013 V.W. Bro. Sandy Tang
2003/2004 W. Bro. Herman Chan 2013/2014 W. Bro. Saki Chatzichristidis
2004/2005 W. Bro. Clive Chu 2014/2015 W. Bro. Alex Lam
2005/2006
V.W. Bro. Alexander Wong 2015/2016
W. Bro. Roger Kwong


2016/2017
W. Bro. Ng Wing Hong













Grand Lodge of Ireland

Zetland Hall

2017 Installation


 2015
            Installation

How Freemasonry came to China

Freemasonry first reached China on the Prince Carl, a ship of the Swedish East India Company. The Freemasons on board had a document giving them permission to hold meetings whenever they entered a port and they did so in Canton (Guangzhou) in late 1759.

The records of the Grand Lodge of England show that in 1768, Lodge Amity No. 407 was meeting in Canton; however, it had ceased working by the end of the century.

Two Lodges were established in Hong Kong soon after the British acquired the Territory. The older one, Royal Sussex Lodge No. 501 EC (named after the Duke of Sussex, who was then the Grand Master of the English Freemasons) was warranted on 18th September 1844. It later moved to Guangzhou, then on to Shanghai and only returned to Hong Kong in 1952. The second Lodge, Zetland Lodge No. 526 EC was warranted on 21st March 1846. It was named after the Marquis of Zetland, the next Grand Master. Zetland Lodge claims seniority over Royal Sussex Lodge as it has remained in Hong Kong since its formation. Other Lodges were established over the following years. 

In 1853 Zetland Lodge built a hall for its meetings on the upper part of Zetland Street where New World Tower now stands. This was the first Zetland Hall and in time it became the meeting place of all the Hong Kong Lodges. 

In China, Lodges were formed in Shanghai, then in Ningbo and Tianjin. Lodges were formed eventually in most of the ports of China that were open to foreigners, and in the inland cities of Nanjing, Beijing, Harbin and Chengdu. These operated under charters granted by the supreme Masonic authorities in many countries, with those with most Lodges being from England, Scotland, Massachusetts and later, the Philippines. 

Because of restrictions imposed by the Imperial Government, it was almost impossible for a Chinese to become a Freemason during the Qing Dynasty, although in 1873 the leader of a Chinese educational mission in Massachusetts did so. The first known Chinese to become a Mason in China was Bro. Shan Hing Yung, a Lieutenant in the Imperial Navy, who was initiated into Lodge Star of Southern China No. 2013 EC in Guangzhou in 1889. Early Chinese Freemasons in Hong Kong included Sir Kai Ho Kai and the Honourable Wei Yuk.

By the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War, many Lodges in China had a majority of Chinese members, especially those meeting under the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. During the war, the Japanese persecuted Freemasons in the occupied areas of China. Lodges however continued to meet. Several of the Hong Kong Lodges met informally and under very dangerous conditions in the internment camps and Perseverance Lodge No. 1165 EC, meeting in Stanley prison, even kept a minute book.

With the end of the war, the Lodges in China and Hong Kong revived, although some Lodges moved from the provinces into Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong. Enthusiasm was so great that the six Philippine lodges meeting in China, which had an almost entirely Chinese membership, formed the Grand Lodge of China in 1949.

With the establishment of the People's Republic of China, all the Lodges continued to meet, but those that met in the American Masonic Temple in Shanghai - including the Grand Lodge of China - closed down in 1952. The English District Grand Master of Northern China offered to close if the Central Peoples' Government requested it, affirming that regular Freemasons always give obedience to the lawful government of whichever country they are in. No request was made and the British lodges meeting in the Masonic Hall in Beijing Road West in Shanghai continued to meet without difficulty. Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 428 SC met there until 1962, when it transferred to Hong Kong. This was because its largely foreign membership had by then left China and not because of any conflict with the authorities. The British Masonic Hall then became the Shanghai headquarters of the Five Chinese Medical Associations.

Zetland Hall on Zetland Street in Hong Kong Island had been damaged by Allied bombing at the end of the war and the present Zetland Hall at No. 1 Kennedy Road, was constructed in 1950. This enabled Lodges from Xiamen, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Shantou and Shanghai to be revived, and also permitted expansion of the Craft to take place. 

There are now 27 Lodges, with over 1,500 members, meeting at Zetland Hall, together with a considerable number of higher Masonic orders. All Lodges and Orders still meet under the three Grand Lodges of the British Isles, but enjoy considerable local independence.

(from page 4 of the Grand Lodge Newsletter, December 2004 Issue, of the A. F. & A. Masons of Ireland, Grand Lodge News with kind permission of the Trustees of Zetland Hall.)