Lance honoured for service
AFTER he wore dungarees while fighting for Australia in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Lance Reddick craved the comradeship forged through war and found peace with the brethren for 70 years.
Wearing a white dinner jacket in summer and always a black bow tie, the former long-term Warwick resident was honoured at Warwick’s St Georges Lodge on Tuesday night for 70 years of service as a Freemason.
A jewel he will wear on his jacket lapel at meetings and a tribute which has never before been awarded in the lodge’s district 20.
“I’ve never seen one before myself,” Mr Reddick said.
Deeply embedded in ritual, history and community service, the 92-year-old and third generation Freemason said the club offered support after conflict.
“It was strong after World War II, a lot of men joined once they came out of the army,” he said.
“We’re a male group who do a lot of good for society, not a secret society.”
Flanked by his family, Mr Reddick received the accolade at a ceremony and supper after a six hour car journey.
Mr Reddick said he loved Warwick stopping every few metres along Palmerin Street to stop and talk with friends was home but now enjoys life near Bundaberg to be closer to his daughter.
“I joined the Freemasons in 1940 (in Victoria) but I married a Queenslander and we moved to Warwick after the war,” he said.
“We lived in Warwick for about 60 years and I moved almost two years ago.”
Apart from a dashing suit, Mr Reddick has a quick – green – thumb timing the Southern Downs’ best as swimming meets across the region. A job he loved well into his late-80s.
“They’d pop me on a bus and off we’d go, I’m their swimming patron,” he laughed.
“I was also the treasurer for the Horticultural Society for about 11 years... there was a lot of stuff I had when we moved.
“I’ve had a lot of fun over the years.”