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An Address to M.W.Grand Master at his Installation

Author: M.Bro.Hugo Carl Emil Muecke     Posted on: Saturday, March 3, 2007
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[We are all familiar with an address or charge to the W.M at the Installation ceremony. In fact, it is one of the important and impressive portions in the ceremony of Installation. A similar address was delivered, when M.W.Bro. Sir Samuel J. Way was installed as the first M.W.Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia in 1884. This address is unique and was delivered by Bro.Hugo Carl Emil Muecke on whom the Past Rank of Grand Master was conferred later and who had the unique distinction of Installing another M.W.Grand Master a few years later. Bro. Richard Num was kind enough to forward this Address as his response to Article No.156 and share the same with all of us. We thank Bro. Richard Num for remembering us and for sharing this nice article.  Please read on . . . .]

  "... By the immemorial usages and landmarks of Freemasonry you, as Grand Master of Masons, are invested with powers and prerogatives, which are well nigh absolute.  The interests of the Craft, for weal or woe, are placed in your hands during your term of office.  The good resolutions you have doubtless formed in your own mind that these powers shall not be abused or perverted while in your hands, I would gladly strengthen by a few words of admonition, which it would not become of me after this morning to utter...

  To rule .. well has been the fortune of  but few, and may well be an object of every honourable ambition.  It is not by the strong arm or the iron will that obedience and order, the two great requisites to good government, are secured, but by holding the key to the hearts of men.  The Most Worshipful Grand Master.., to rule well, requires the possession and practice of several important requisites.  As a man, he must be of approved integrity and irreproachable morals, freed from the dominion of hasty temper or ill-governed passions; of good repute in the world, and practising as an example to the Craft the cardinal virtues of prudence, fortitude, temperance, and justice.  As a citizen, he must be loyal to his government, obedient to its laws; prompt in the duties he owes to society, and a very pattern of integrity in all his social and domestic relations.  As a Mason, he must cling to the Ancient Landmarks, and sternly oppose their infringement; be  proficient in the laws, language, and literature of the fraternity, ever desirous to learn and apt to teach; though not a workman himself for the time, yet master of the work and qualified to earn his wages; ever ready to relieve, slow to demand; ever remembering that, though elevated for a time above his fellows, he was elevated by them, that he is yet a Craftsman more sacredly bound by a Craftsman's obligation; and that at all times, wherever he be, he should practise the golden tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.  As an officer,of the Grand Lodge, he should remember, first of all, that he is an individual Mason, and as such, sharing a common lot with his Brethren, and feeling an interest in the welfare of each and all; he should avoid all undue ostentation or haughty overbearing; be accessible to all, cultivating the closest friendship and most unlimited confidence with his associate officers; ever ready to take council with the Brethren, and to give it; forbearing long and much with evil doers, ready to reward the good; be free from favouritism, and wholly impartial; watchful over the treasury, keeping an eagle eye on every part of his jurisdiction, and breasting over the restless spirit of innovation.

Such, Most Worthy Master, are some of the qualifications of a Grand Master of Masons.  The virtues he should possess, the errors he should avoid, probably most, if not all, have not come up to this standard, but it is attainable; be it your purpose to reach it, and be a shining light to your successors."


Bro.Hugo Carl Emil Muecke, a distinguished Mason of South Australia was appointed R.W. Provincial Grand Master of the Scottish Constitution and was installed as such in the Adelaide on 20th October 1880, before a large gathering of Masons. He laid the foundation stone of the Port Adelaide Masonic Hall according to Ancient Masonic custom, in a public ceremony in 1881. Concordia Lodge No. 672 S.C. was consecrated as the fifth Scottish Lodge by R.W. Bro Muecke in 1882. Holdfast Lodge No. 686 S.C. was consecrated in 1883 at Glenelg as the sixth Lodge under the District Grand Lodge of Scotland. All the said six Scottish Lodges joined as the Foundation Lodges for the new Grand Lodge of South Australia at its formation in April 1884. R.W.Bro. Hugo Carl Emil Muecke resigned his Office of District Grand Master of the Scottish Constitution and Installed M.W. Bro. S.J. Way, as the first M.W.Grand Master of that Grand Lodge. R.W. Bro. Hugo Carl Emil Muecke , as the Installing Officer, delivered this Charge to M.W. Bro. S.J. Way, the new Grand Master, during the ceremony of Installation of the M.W.Grand Master . During the formative years of the new Grand Lodge H.C.E. Muecke was given the rank of Past Grand Master. M.W. Bro Muecke continued his Masonic activities and remained active for many years in the affairs of the new Grand Lodge and served as a member of the Ritual Committee in 1890-92. He was a Trustee of the Freemasons' Hall Property and of the 'Gray Settlement' (for the erection of Masonic homes). He had the proud distinction of Installing M.W. Grand Master on the 25th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge on 21 st April 1909. At that time M.W. Bro. Sir Samuel Way paid tribute to M.W. Bro Muecke for his contributions to South Australian Freemasonry and towards the formation of the Grand Lodge. During his Address to the Grand Lodge M.W. Bro Way publicly acknowledged the great sacrifice made by M.W. Bro. Muecke in 1884, in the following words, "we cannot forget ... that you resigned the high office of District Grand Master of the Scottish Lodges, which you so highly valued, in order to join with your Brethren in the establishment of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of South Australia." He was a prominent person in the commercial and public life of South Australia. In 1877 he was appointed Vice-Consul of Germany and in 1883 Imperial German Consul, which post he held for the following 32 years until the commencement of World War I, when he renounced his appointment. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce for many years and served as its President during1885-1886. He was a Director of many companies, including: BHP (Board member in 1892, Chairman 1914), Bank of Adelaide, Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd , Executor Trustee & Agency Company, South British Insurance Co Ltd and National Life Assurance Company. He was very active in public life also. He served as a Justice of the Peace and as warden of the Marine Board. He was involved in local government affairs, at various times being involved with the municipalities of Port Adelaide, Rosewater (Chairman) and Walkerville (Chairman). In 1903 he was elected to the South Australian Parliament and served as a member of the Legislative Council for 7 years. M.W. Bro. Muecke died at the age of 87 years on 6 th June 1929, which was forty five years after the formation of the Grand Lodge of South Australia During the Fortieth Anniversary of the Grand Lodge in April 1924, he was remembered and his many contributions to Freemasonry were acknowledged in the Address of the retiring Grand Master, M.W. Bro. A.W. Piper.

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