As we head into our summer recess we decided to go out with a bang, performing the first double-initiation undertaken by the Lodge in over twenty years, and certainly the first ever undertaken by the current Officers of the Lodge. Given we only had one Lodge of Instruction to rehearse the double, all of those that took part can be immensely proud of the ritual on display, once again upholding the high standards we place upon ourselves.
As part of the Sunderland History Fair 2022, we once again opened our doors to the public on Saturday, 21st May.
Once again appreciating not everyone would be able to attend, a fly-by tour video was recorded.
Samuel Peter Austin, Junior (1842 -1925)
One of the River Wear’s most famous shipbuilders, Samuel Peter Austin, was initiated into Palatine Lodge, No 97, on March 27th, 1868. He played an active role in the Lodge, becoming Worshipful Master in 1873, Treasurer in 1875 and received the honour of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (PProvJGW).
The entry for Samuel Peter Austin in Palatine’s Membership Record
Peter Riddle Grey Phorson was initiated into Freemasonry on the 14th of February 1901 and became Worshipful Master of Palatine Lodge in 1906.
Palatine Membership Record
Robert Singleton was born in July of 1852 in Garstang, Lancashire, to Robert Clifton Singleton and his wife Susannah (nee Dickinson). He was the second of six children, having four brothers and a sister. On the 1861 census his mother is listed as an Innkeeper’s widow, so she was left with a very young family to tend to.
Sir Edward Temperley Gourley was Initiated into Palatine lodge on the 10th of October 1861. Little is known about his masonic career other than he sustained his membership over a number of decades; he never became Worshipful Master, so it is likely he enjoyed his time on the sidelines.
He was a notable ship owner and prominent Sunderland figure in the latter part of the 19th Century and was Knighted in 1895 for his political work.
Throughout the long history of Palatine Lodge No. 97, the Lodge has borne witness to numerous historical events and many of its members have helped to shape Local, National and World History.
The Lodge minutes are a rich source of information and a fascinating glimpse into the past, but often, our members interesting life stories have long been lost in time.
Before every meeting, the Lodge publishes a Summons; essentially an agenda, and, on important occasions, the Summons includes a list of Outstanding Events; a reminder of our Lodge’s incredible history.
In Fraternal Remembrance
Bro Joseph Cowey, RGA
Who was killed in France on 29th August 1918
I knew Bro Cowey years before he joined the Craft as a leading chorister at Christ Church, where Sunday after Sunday I heard his fine voice raised in the service and praise of *TGAOTU.
The following is taken from our Volume II History book (1937) and is replicated, as written, here. A postface is added at the bottom to give a little further information.
Sir William Allan was initiated into Palatine Lodge No. 97 in 1890 and remained a member until his death in 1903.
He was an interesting character, his London Times Obituary, dated the 29th December 1903, documents a remarkably interesting life.