The Installation of a new Deputy to lead the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Scottish Constitution) in the Province of Victoria is a once in five-year event.In a colourful ceremony, V∴Ill∴Bro. Neil Nyholm 33° was installed as Deputy for the Province of Victoria by his predecessor, V∴Ill∴Bro. Uwe Lau 33° who has held the position since 2016. V∴Ill∴Bro. Nyholm, who joined Freemasonry in 1977, received a ‘Patent of Office’ from the Supreme Council for Scotland which is Headquartered in Edinburgh.
Over 120 people were able to attend in the Bayside Masonic Centre following the recent relaxation of the Covid restrictions. The Ceremony and Banquet were attended by V∴Ill∴Bro. Nyholm’s wife, Cynthia, their children and partners, as well as their six grandchildren ranging in age from five to eleven. Fourteen Orders of Freemasonry were represented, with Most Wor. Bro. Neville Smith, Past Grand Master representing the Grand Master. The Order of the Eastern Star was represented by Sister Sandra Davis, the Past Most Worthy Grand Matron of the United Grand Chapter of Australia.
The retiring Deputy V∴Ill∴Bro. Uwe Lau 33°, conducted the ceremony along with two Past Deputies V∴Ill∴Bro. Brian Crane 33° and V∴Ill∴Bro. David Paroissien 33°. In his Address, V∴Ill∴Bro. Nyholm said that “occasions like this provide an opportunity for family, friends and those outside the Rite to gain some appreciation of it, and to relate, if only in a small way, to the aims and practices of Freemasonry”.
Pictured: V∴Ill∴Bro. Neil Nyholm 33°
Pictured: The Nyholm family
Pictured: Masonic Orders in Attendance
Pictured: The Installation team