of Duke of Connaught Lodge
an Excerpt created for our Centenary Banquet Program 5th May, 2012)
1910, Luther Watts Doney arrived in the new City of North Vancouver, with a
population in excess of 7,000 Western Europeans. Three years prior to the
arrival of Watts Doney, North Vancouver had just been incorporated and six years
prior to that, North Vancouver became a municipality, stretching from Deep Cove
to Horseshoe Bay ( apart from Moodyville ) with a Western population of around
360 men when there likely more bears than people.
Founder would have found North Vancouver to be growing at an alarming, head
spinning rate and was the first community north of San Francisco to have the
benefit of Electric Light.
Duke of Connaught Lodge was formed in 1911, on the 28th Day of
November, under Dispensation and Constituted 2nd July 1912.
original ideal of the Duke of Connaught Lodge was conceptualized by Right
Worshipful Brother Luther Watts Doney, who became the first Worshipful Master of
Brother Watts Doney was born in Altarnum, Cornwall, England in 1865, son of
Peter Doney, 25 and a widower. By the age of 6, Master Luther Watts Doney was a
“ Scholar” at Boscastle, Cornwall.
his Masonic career, he was initiated into Union Lodge #1951, English
Constitution, Tianjin China, and was also a founding member of
Anglo-Colonial Lodge 3175. He was translated
to the Grand Lodge above in 1926.
in his life, while he travelled to China where “his labors for the order were
rewarded with Grand Lodge Honors”. He attained Senior Grand Warden of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of North China, English Constitution. Also accredited to
his achievements is the founding of Coronation Lodge # 2931 in Tianjin.
Right Worshipful Brother Watts Doney would have witnessed upon his arrival,
would have been a thriving city with all the amenities of any metropolis,
including street cars. A far cry from the beginning days of that decade.
is where our story begins ….
W.Bro. Paul Puleston-Clarke,
Lodge Historian Duke of Connaught Lodge #64