DISTRICT TEAM - WICKLIFFE DISTRICT
District Grand Master
Graeme is a semi-retired Presbyterian Minister having served three provincial parishes for over 39 years and was made a Minister Emeritus in 2013. He has completed post graduate degrees from three universities.
In Freemasonry he is a Past Grand Chaplain as well as being an active member in three Lodges: Oamaru Kilwinning, the United Lodge of Otago, and the Research Lodge of Otago. Graeme, in addition to enjoying Freemasonry lists among his interests reading, the theatre, and teaching speech, drama and public speaking.
He is currently embarking on expanding his cooking and gardening skills (which is a work in progress!). His sense of humour endears him to many as well as his nine grandchildren for whom he has published a book of children’s Christmas stories.
Married 56 years to Joan with 3 married children and 7 grandchildren. I have 3 brothers and a sister. Our whole family are involved in freemasonry and proud that our son is also a MM. My father, 3 brothers, and brother in law are all Past Masters. Two of us have continued into Grand Lodge.
Initiated into The Hercules Lodge 36 in 1997 and served as WM for 4 years. A founding member of Lodge Kakapo 471. I became a Grand Steward 2013.
Strong interests in pedigree livestock breeding and served as a councillor on two different sheep breeding associations. Also been associated marketing dairy and beef cattle genetics.
For the last 17 years I have been a leading team member, working for the advancement of our Communities Health Services and Aged Care Facilities. This community project has been strongly supported by all of The Hercules Lodge members, Otago Masonic Charitable Trust and Freemasons Charity.
District Grand Director of Ceremonies
Initiated into lodge Wanaka 277 in December 1983, installed as Master 1988.
Installed as first Principal Cromwell Coronation RAC 1998. Master of lodge St. John 84 in 2013-2014 at present GDC of Royal Arch chapter of Otago.
Married to Sally for 27 years with two daughters 22 & 19. Worked on farms in Otago. Spent 5 ½ years living in England where we were married. Since returning from England have lived in Clinton and work on a sheep, beef and cropping farm.
Freemasonry runs through mine and my wife’s side of the family. Currently there six of us still members of the craft.
I was initiated in April 1995 and have served 6 terms as Master of Lodge Clinton 183.
Interests are rugby, golf, snow skiing and fishing.