I am a fourth generation of the McCready Orange Family in New Zealand, my Great Grand Father came from Larne, in Northern Ireland, and sailed on the ship “Ganges” arriving in 1865 and settled in Kawakawa as a boot maker and saddler. He joined the Orange Lodge in Kawakawa at a time when the membership was 50 Brethren he soon was made Secretary and later went on to become Worshipful Master. The Lodge met for some time in the local hall before building their own Hall. He was also one of the first trustees of the Methodist Church in the area.
My Grand-Father who was also a boot maker and saddler became a member of the Kawakawa Lodge before going to Opotiki where my father was born.
The family returned to Auckland where they both joined the Orange Lodge Number 114 and at that time they met in Mt Albert where I joined and later the Lodge moved to the Auckland Orange Hall, in Newton Road. My Father and I both served over 50 years in the Orange Lodges and served on the Auckland Orange Hall Society for several years.
I trust that this has given you something of my past membership to date.
I congratulate the Auckland District Organising Committee for their tremendous work they did for the Grand Lodge Sessions at the Sudima Hotel, the Church Service at St John’s Presbyterian Church, Papatoetoe, and the Bus Tour for our members and visitors to Auckland.
It was a privilege to welcome the Grand Master and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Australia and the Grand Master and Grand Organist of Victoria Grand Lodge and for participating during the Conference and making it a great happy family event.
After the Conference I had the pleasure of taking Most Wor Brother Jeff Hardy and Wor Sister Janine Hardy for a trip around Auckland as this was their first visit to the City.
The highs and lows for the past twelve months for me was being elected Grand Master of New Zealand, my Daughter installed as WorMistress of her Lodge and the low would be the passing of my wife Patricia of fifty four years to the Grand Lodge above.
God Bless you all,
Kerry K. McCready, Grand Master