Book on freema­sons launched

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By STEVE CARLE´

An his­tor­i­cal ac­count of the Ruahine Lodge No. 80 Woodville was launched as Bush Brothers at a func­tion held at the Woodville Race­course on May 5.

It was writ­ten by Paula McCool with graphic de­sign by Jackie Tay­lor.

Mayor Tracey Col­lis was present for the oc­ca­sion and spoke about the Tararua District.

“The his­tory of the Lodge is also a his­tory of the district,” Noel Gal­loway, for­mer Master Ruahine Lodge said.

“Woodville was a great ser­vice town for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, namely Rail­ways, Elec­tric­ity Depart­ment, For­est Ser­vice, Post and Telegraph, Bor­ough Coun­cil, County Coun­cil, five dairy fac­to­ries plus other as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries. All of th­ese have gone.

“Bruce Hut­ton was keen to get this his­tory put down and knew Paula McCool was an ac­com­plished au­thor.

“We talked about it and things started to move. The book gives an in­sight into freema­sonry,” he said.

“Writ­ing a his­tory like this, you get the feel­ing you were ac­tu­ally in the town in 1886,” writer Paula McCool said.

“It brings it so to­tally alive. Both read­ing and writ­ing puts you on the spot as a par­tic­i­pant. There were lots of ad­ven­tures, many I couldn’t put in the book un­for­tu­nately. I think its a shame that many clubs and so­ci­eties like the Lodge have gone. Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions bind us to­gether as hu­man be­ings, help­ing build char­ac­ter. It’s a shame that many peo­ple now spend their time watch­ing TV or play­ing on their iPads, of which I’m guilty,” she said.

From left — Kerry Ni­choll (Master of Hawke’s Bay Re­search Lodge); Jackie Tay­lor (graphic de­signer), Ian Hunt (District Grand Master); Paula McCool (au­thor); Tracey Col­lis (Mayor); Noel Gal­loway (for­mer Master Ruahine Lodge); Bruce Hut­ton (for­mer Master Ruahine Lodge).

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