History of Philae Temple

During the early years of the 20th century, Shriners in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were associated with Luxor Temple located in Saint John New Brunswick. Under the sponsorship of Luxor Temple a charter was granted for the formation of Azhar Temple to serve the Nova Scotia Shriners, dated July 12 1911. Subsequently, it was learned that on July 15th 1908 a charter had been granted to Galgary in the name of Al Azhar Temple. To avoid the obvious possibility of confusion, Imperial Council granted a charter for the Nova Scotia jurisdiction in the name of Philae (an island in the river Nile).

The war years of 1914-1918 followed by the depression of the 1930’s kept membership at a low ebb, dropping in the 1940 to 306 from 600 in the early 1920’s. However the Nobles continued to raise money for philanthropic work regardless of their low membership. During this period the “Distressed Shriners” Fund was instituted and remains in place to this day.

In 1943 records indicate the first joint Ceremonial took place with Cresent Temple from New Jersey bringing its Nobility and its renowned Brass Band which still enjoys undisputed popularity. This band preformed at a concert in the Public Gardens. Other joint ceremonials followed with Luxor Temple on several occasions, and with Anah Temple in 1954.