Years later when Wally was employed by the Southland Harbour Board as a Chippy (carpenter) he soon learnt that many of his fellow workers were Freemasons. One of those was the late W Bro Fred Denny and Fred was pleased to Nominate Wally into Freemasonry.

However there was an objection by some Masons to Wally becoming a member of The Fortitude Lodge, as he didn’t live within the required twenty miles of Bluff. Other members claimed that he was entitled to join as he travelled to Bluff daily and spent many hours there at work. The problem of his qualification to join The Fortitude Lodge was eventually resolved.

Wally did his Second Degree at The Edendale Lodge No.289 (now defunct) on the 24th May 1960 and his Master Mason Degree at The Fortitude Lodge on the  20th August 1960.

Wally has had a long and exemplary history in Freemasonry, being Chaplain for the Fortitude Lodge for many years and being a member of two Research Lodges, Taranaki Province No.323 and Southland No.415. He has also been the Principle Officer in the following orders and became a 30 Degree Man.

• St Andrew - Royal Arch Chapter - No.90
• Southern Cross - Cryptic Council - No.3
• Southland Preceptory - Knights Templers - No.6
• Murihiku Sovereign - Rose Croix Chapter - No.36
• Red Cross of Constantine
• Royal Order of Scotland
• Invercargill - Secret Monitor - No.6
Above is a picture of Wally accompanied by members of The Fortitude Lodge at a Lunch at the Ascot Hotel in Invercargill on the 7th September 2017 to Celebrate his Birthday. Representatives of the Other Masonic Orders Wally has been in were also at the meal.

Other Information

Wallace Percival Roy Price Born 03/09/1917

The Fortitude Lodge  No.84
• Initiated 17/10/1959 The Fortitude Lodge No.64
• Passed 24/5/1960 The Edendale Lodge No.289
• Raised 20/8/1960 The Fortitude Lodge No.64
• Junior Warden 1963 / 1964
• Senior Warden 1966 / 1967
• Worshipful Master 1967 / 1968
• Has been a member of The Research Lodge of the Taranaki Province  No.323
• Has been a member of The Research Lodge of Southland  No.415

St Andrew Royal Arch Chapter   No.90
• Mark Degree 20/2/62
• Excellent Degree 20/3/62
• Royal Arch Degree 19/6/62
• 3rd Principle 1969 / 1970
• 2nd Principle 1972 / 1973
• 1st Principle 1973 / 1974
• Grand Standard Bearer 1984 / 1985
• Grand Scribe N 1999 / 2000

Cryptic Southern Cross Cryptic Council No.3
Past Thrice Illustrious

Knights Templers
Held Grand Chapter Offices

Murihiku Sovereign Rose Croix Chapter No.36
30 Degree

Red Cross of Constantine

Royal Order of Scotland
• Provincial Grand Lodge of New Zealand South
• Provincial Grand Master

Secret Monitor
• Supreme Ruler 1969/70
• Secretary from 1984 to 2002
• Grand Conclave offices held
• Dep. Grand Supreme Ruler1982
• Grand Counsellor 1983
• Grand Chancellor 1994