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Bro. Eddie Matane - new Port Moresby Lodge Master
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HISTORY was made on Saturday, May 17 when Alan Wright, Grand Master, installed Bro. Edward Cleland Matane into the chair as Master of Port Moresby Lodge No. 445, UGLQ

Bro. Eddie Matane, as he is usually known, an aeronautical engineer, was the first national from Papua New Guinea to be installed as Master in Port Moresby Lodge. Of singular note, the three principal officers are also PNG nationals - Bro. Theodore Varpiam, a finance consultant, as Senior Warden and Bro. Hubert Kikira, a lawyer, as Junior Warden.

Bro. Eddie Matane is the first national to be installed as Worshipful Master of Port Moresby Lodge No. 445. Alan Wright, Grand Master, conducted the ceremony. Bros. Theodore Varpiam and Hubert Kikira were invested as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively.

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A total of 70 brethren, wives, partners and guests, including the Master's parents, Sir Paulias and Lady Matane, attended the installation banquet.Some traditionally- prepared Papua New Guinea food was a novel part of a sumptuous menu.

Entertainment was given by an accomplished professional music trio, the lead keyboard player having many distinguished credits, including playing with the well known group Yothu Yindi.

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Lae lodge is enjoying a renaissance, with two Entered Apprentices and a Fellowcraft, all of whom are young businessmen in the town.

A three-course dinner festive board at the Lae International Hotel followed.

Next day the Grand Master, Grand Director of Ceremonies and two Grand Officers flew to Lae and demonstrated degree working for the benefit of the brethren.

Papua New Guinea members are to be congratulated on their expansive thinking and the promotion of Freemasonry with the result that quality candidates are enquiring about joining.

The Master and of Port Moresby Lodge No. 445:

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