Lord Carrington was the first Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales. He held office from 18th September 1888, until 3rd November 1891.

At the completion of his term of office as Governor of the Colony of New South Wales he returned to England taking his Grand Master's regalia with him. He continued to be active in Masonic activities with the United Grand Lodge of England until his death on 13th June 1928. He was created Earl Carrington and Viscount Wendover of Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on 16th July, 1895, and on 26th February, 1912, was created the Marquess of Lincolnshire. Lord Carrington died without surviving male issue; his title, Lord Carrington, passed through his brother to his nephew. The title of Marquess of Lincolnshire died with him.

Most Worshipful Brother Edward Hungerford, the then President of the Board of General Purposes, conceived the idea that the regalia of this very distinguished Mason ought to be preserved for all time within The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.

On 12th December 1934, at the Quarterly Communication, he advised Grand Lodge that he had written to the present possessor of the title twelve months earlier. The then Lord Carrington wrote to his aunt, the Marchioness of Lincolnshire, and she, in turn, wrote to M.W. Bro. Hungerford ‑in the following terms:

 

Burnt Horror,

Campden, Gloucestershire, 8th August, 1934.

 Dear Mr Hungerford,

 Your letter to my nephew, Lord Carrington, has been forwarded to me.

 I have been making inquiries as to whether part of my dear husband's Masonic Regalia ‑ which you say the Grand Lodge of New South Wales would like to possess ‑ could be conveyed to you under the care of a member of H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester's suite, when he sails for Australia on 5th September.

 I am now glad to be able to tell you that this has been satisfactorily settled; and H.R.H.'s Equerry, Captain Howard Kerr, has promised, in a very kindly manner, to deliver the case, containing the Regalia, to you personally, on the Duke's arrival in Sydney.

 Now, may I say, on my own account, how gratified I am at the request of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales, which you convey in terms that touch me very much. I remember with great pleasure the events of that very interesting time, and Lord Carnarvon's visit to New South Wales, and how interested he and my husband were on the question of uniting the two Lodges.

 I part with my husband's Masonic Regalia with a full heart, but with the knowledge that his memory will live for ever within the walls of the Masonic Hall in Sydney.

 Yours sincerely,

Lily Lincolnshire

 

M.W. Bro. Hungerford's action was timely. Between the time of the Marchioness's letter and the handing over of the regalia to the Grand Master in December of the same year, the widow of our first Grand Master passed to the Great Beyond.

Grand Lodge caused two special glass‑fronted cases to be made to house the regalia and affixed them to the wall of the Board Room of the now‑demolished Temple in Castlereagh Street. The Masonic Centre Building Committee, realizing the importance of this special regalia, made provision for it to be displayed in the central case in the foyer of the third floor.

Encircled by M.W. Bro. Lord Carrington's Grand Master chain of office are three jewels. These are:

1. The Royal Alpha Jewel. The Royal Alpha Lodge, No. 16, was founded in London in May, 1722. Since 1823 it has been composed exclusively of Grand Officers of the United Grand Lodge of England, each member being approved by the Most Worshipful Grand Master. It obtained its Royal p Jewel in 1844.

The Jewel is a silver star of eight equal rays faceted, and at the top a gold and jewelled coronet of the Prince of Wales; a centre of white enamel bears the square and compasses in gold, and around this is a dark‑blue Garter with gold buckle and edges bearing the words "Royal Alpha Lodge".

The Jewel was worn by the late M.W. Bro. His Excellency Lord Carrington who subsequently was created the Marquess of Lincolnshire.

2.Past Senior Grand Warden's Breast Jewel. Six years prior to his appointment to the office of Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington served as Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England. During his Grand Mastership of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales he wore the above Past Senior Grand Warden's Jewel which is similar in design to the collar jewel worn by Past Senior Grand Wardens in this Jurisdiction.

3. Collarette Jewel of‑Representative of The United Grand Lodge of New South Wales near the United Grand Lodge of England. It is the custom in most Grand Lodges for a senior Grand Lodge Officer to be appointed a Representative of an overseas Grand Lodge. Our first Representative in the United Grand Lodge of England was M.W. Bro. The Earl of Carnarvon; on Earl      Carnarvon's death Lord Carrington succeeded him and became our second Representative.