A lucrative profession for Masons
IN WHAT has been described as a "fluke", Warwick resident Ron Bryant has become the third APN compositor to be elevated to one of the highest standings in the Freemasons fraternity.
Mr Bryant was installed as Deputy of the Supreme Council for Scotland for the Province of South Queensland Darling Downs District during a ceremony at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday night.
He follows in the footsteps of former colleagues Rex Baguley and Paul Kennedy who have both previously held the title.
Mr Bryant and Mr Baguley worked alongside each other as compositors at the Warwick Daily News for almost 40 years. Mr Kennedy held the same title at fellow APN paper, The Chronicle.
The three men attended Saturday night's ceremony and took the opportunity to reflect on the unlikely event that had occurred.
Mr Kennedy said it was a "fluke of nature" the three men had come from the same background and gone on to hold the same elite title within the fraternity.
Mr Baguley said he believed it was such a rare occurrence for the three men to have held the title that it would probably never be repeated.
"It is unimaginable that we have come from the same trade and same company and I can't see anything like that happening again," he said.
When he first joined the fraternity Mr Bryant never thought he would see the day when he would be honoured with such an important role in the Freemasons.
His new appointment means he is head of the Freemasons fraternity for this region and he will attend regular meetings as the representative for both Warwick and Toowoomba.
Saturday night's celebrations attracted about 60 guests and Mr Bryant said some people travelled from as far as Sydney to be part of the event.
"It was an unbelievable night - just tremendous," Mr Bryant said.
"The feedback we have been getting is it was the best night some of these people have been to."
Mr Bryant said he now just hopes to continue the good work of his predecessor.
He will fill his new role within the organisation for the next five years.