V Wor Graeme McKandry

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Hi, I’m Graeme McKandry.

I was born on the 29th of October,

 1948 in Auranga in Auckland. I attended Auranga Primary School

 Manukau Intermediate and Penrose high school now called One Tree Hill College.

 I left school and became an apprentice

 toolmaker and completing a five year apprenticeship in three years and eight

 months of student in the apprenticeship commission

 I after I finished my apprenticeship,

 I went to Australia for four years and in all sorts of jobs around there,

 returning to New Zealand in 1970.

 And then I met Sharon so I ended up marrying in nineteen 1972.

 And we have two children, a son and a daughter.

 After following the children around

 and taking them here, there and everywhere for many years

 in their sports, I decided I needed to do something for myself.

 So I started looking around

 for organisations to join and I was introduced to Freemasonry by

 Brother Dave Roberts, who was also a toolmaker.

 I ended up joining the Prince

 of Wales Lodge in 1989, became their master in 1996,  97, 98 year

 I was a second double master

 in 109 years.

 Dave Roberts being the

 first double master in 107 years

 I was lucky I received after finishing my mastership, I was privileged to receive

 District Grand rank of District Grand Sword Bearer,

 Then just Grand Chaplain and then the Senior Grand Warden.

 The Prince of Wales Lodge was certainly.

 In my opinion, the best lodge in the North Island of New Zealand,

in my opinion, others may differ, but there was a lovely,

as you say, brotherhood, comradeship and everything within this

lodge, which having visited nearly every lodge

in the North Island, I’ve found that everywhere.

So, masonry is basically universal.

When I first joined Freemasonry, some of the charges that were given were

absolutely brilliant and as a school pupil was never able

to put a four line poem together and in a week, which really frustrated my

English master that I think the night that I installed

my successor in the lodge was one of the biggest

achievements of my life and one of the most satisfying.

I absolutely was blown away by the experience

and I think my school master would have been proud of me and

had he been there that night.

I love the ritual.

I love ritual being done well, and I strive to do the best of my ability.

The whole time.

I have been a member of the Prince of Wales since 1989 and I’m still

a country member having moved from Auckland to Martin in 2015.

And it was only down here a little while I

joined the Tongariro Lodge and the United Manawatu Lodge.

And within a few months was the

director of ceremonies at United Manawatu and Junior Warden at Tongariro.

and for my sins, I have now become the master of the United Manawatu.

but again, it’s the camaraderie of the people.

The brothers you meet keeps you

wanting to go back every night, you know, and continue doing this and that

United Manawatu at the moment

we have five candidates on the go

from Entered Apprentices, Telegraph’s and Master Masons.

So to give them the experience that I had

coming through Masonry to me is the best thing that I can think

of in returning something to someone else in Freemasonry

I played rugby for the type of rugby club, which is in Auranga or te papa.

I didn’t do very well here, but I was selected to play for the test.

When I went to Australia, I was selected

to play for the Tasmanian rugby team, but missed out against playing against

the All Blacks because I did my ankle and in the last trial.

But met all the All Blacks

at the Race Point Casino after the game we’re beaten 109 nil.

I also played rugby in Perth and in Kalgoorlie

when I was on the Goldfields and returned to New Zealand and

had an operation on my back, which put an end to my rugby career.

As I said, I supported my kids through their sports.

My daughter was an Auckland representative

in hockey and my son was an aid representative right up to 18 in Auckland rugby.

As I say, I joined Freemasonry, which is my hobby now.

I also enjoyed fishing for many years in the Hauraki Golf.

I had a friend that lived in, Hunua,

when we used to go toKawakawa Bay and had many enterprises.

The worst thing was we took our wives fishing one day and they caught

the biggest fish that we had been caught on that boat,

the wife’s and the dog showing.

So when Freemasonry allows,

I go and support her.

She’s done very well.

Over the years, we’ve had Norwegian Alcorn’s Samoyeds German pences.

And we have now down to very small dogs, more border terriers, which the wife has

done very well with in the last couple of months.

This is a very expensive hobby

or can be depending on how many shows and how far you have to go to these shows,

but I’m glad that my wife has an interest other than

just being around the house.

We moved to Martin

where the wife has a,

sharon, my wife, has a historical attachment to the town in respect that her

great great grandfather, set up a brick and tile works here in the late 60s.

This wasn’t the reason for moving here.

It’s just that one day she was flicking

through a real estate magazine in Auckland and saw some houses advertised in

Martin, and quite like the process.

So we joked about it for a month or two.

And then we decided one Friday night to come down and have a look around on the weekend.

We liked what we saw, put an offer on the house went back to Auckland.

We sold our house and moved to Martin.

I think it was a good move and respect that

had we stayed in Auckland where we were living,

we would have stayed in the same routine, whereas by moving to Martin,

we’ve had to get out, meet new people, join new things and new lodges.

And I think that’s been really good for both of us.

It was exalted into rural masonry in 1989 in the Auckland chapter number 1338.

I was the first principal in 2002 2003 year.

And after finishing that a couple of years

later, I was privileged to be given District Grand Chapter Rank.

I was First Assistant District Grand Director of Ceremonies,

the District Grand Director of Ceremonies, and a few years after that,

I became the Third District Grand Principal and in 2015,

I was really privileged to become the Deputy Grand Superintendent.

I’ve also been a member of a few other

orders, namely the Union Mark in Auckland, the reviewer of conclave

and the Te Awamutu Rose Croix. A bit owing to ill health in 2003, I

resigned from these orders and continue

with my craft and Royal Arch Masonry. Over the years, I’ve seen people deliver

charges in the royal arch, particularly about earlier days.

He was basically my mentor and everything and

everything I know about my basically from Bob.

And he did this, the symbolical lecture in the Royal Arch.

And I said, oh, Bob,

there’s no way in the world I’ll ever be able to lead a charge like that.

But I did learn it and delivered it to actually

a companion Peter Paris  when he was exalted and him being dead,

I was able to guide him around the chapter room at the same time.

And that was an absolute awesome

experience to be able to do that to someone,

although he has a lot of those plush implants that were still easier to take

around the Chapter room and explain the things. You mentioned,

the importance of turning up at the district meetings.

I thought,

yeah, well, if you accept a rank,

I think that the importance is that you do turn up to represent the district.

Ranks aren’t given out willy nilly.

They’re given out so that you can perform for the district, help the district and

support the chapters and lodges within those districts.


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