The Mayhew Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 436 was founded in Singapore on 24 May 1928. As is required under the Constitution and Rules of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England & Wales, the Lodge must be attached to a Lodge of Mark Master Masons and bear the same number, and in this case, the Lodge became attached to The Edaljee Khory Lodge of Mark Master Masons and carried the same registration number 436.
The Lodge was named after Thomas Oswald Mayhew, an outstanding Freemason of his time in this region. He arrived in Singapore in 1896 and was initiated into Freemasonry in Zetland in the East Lodge No. 748 EC in 1896, rising to Worshipful Master in 1909. Mayhew also held the Master’s Chairs of Eastern Gate Lodge No. 2970 EC in 1913 and The Lodge St Michael No. 2933 in 1919. He was installed as the Master of Edaljee Khory the moment he stepped down from the Master’s Chair of Zetland in 1909.
Mayhew occupied the Master’s Chair of Edaljee Khory two more times – in 1915 and 1919. He was appointed as District Grand Master of Mark Master Masons of South-East Asia in 1925. He was instrumental in founding Batu Bertanda Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 609 in Kuala Lumpur in 1927 and the Mayhew Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in l928. His contribution to Mark Masonry did not cease even after his demise. His grand-daughter Diana Jones was generous enough to donate to the District Grand Lodge of Mark Masons of Singapore scores of Masonic Jewels of her grand-father, which the Mark District hopes to display at the Freemasons’ Hall in Singapore.
Mayhew Lodge is consistently supported by the three Mark Lodges in the District Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Singapore. The Lodge is proud to count amongst its members, besides Mayhew, three other District Grand Masters of the Mark Order, namely, Joseph William Yee Eu, RW Rawlings and MPH Rubin. Three outstanding figures who were instrumental in fortifying the Lodge during its leaner days were Donald Herring, Tuan Sabeer Zain, and Eidwin Mullan.
The Lodge continues to thrive and now witnesses strong attendance at its ceremonies. It is the only Royal Ark Mariners Lodge in Singapore.