Honour earned for dedication
Bill gets 50-year jewel for freemasonry membership
ITWAS an emotional moment as Bill Mellor received his 50year jewel at the Gayndah Masonic Lodge.
The jewel represents half a century of devoted membership to freemasonry.
Wor Bro Mellor first joined the freemasons on July 3, 1962, with Prince of Wales Lodge in Brisbane before joining Star of the East in Maryborough on May 5, 1966, Raphael Lodge at Roma on March 13, 1971, Gayndah on July 10, 1976, and Lee Bryce at Mt Perry on July 19, 1991.
Very Wor Bro Don Dowling said he was honoured to make the presentation.
“When you joined Gayndah Lodge in 1976 I was the worshipful master at Biggenden Lodge,” he said.
“We’ve been great mates since then.”
‘Without Eileen over almost 50 years, life would not have been the same.’
Cricket also played an important part in their association.
“We played cricket together for many years,” VW Bro Dowling said.
“In those days we travelled to Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto.”
In response Wor Bro Mellor thanked VW Bro Dowling for his friendship and support.
“What I do remember from our cricketing days was your medium pacers and scattering of the wickets,” he said.
Wor Bro Mellor turned back the clock, reminiscing about the time before he joined freemasonry and met menwho are now his lifelong friends and fellow freemasons.
The first was brother John in 1941who, although not a freemason, was there to give his support and congratulations.
“Also here is John Jensen, whom I met in 1943 when we started school together in Bundaberg.
“In 1949 Frank Petterson and I went on a YAL tour to Sydney and he just happens to be organist here tonight.
“In 1956 I met David Mungomery, and then in 1960 Harvey Bamford when I went towork for the railway.
“I first met Rob Meredith when I joined Gayndah Lodge in 1976 and the annual visit to the Gabba started.”
He gave his thanks for his “good lady” for her support.
“Without Eileen over almost 50 years, life would not have been the same,” he said.
And when asked what he had got out of freemasonry, Wor Bro Mellor’s reply was simple – “plenty”.
“Lots of good friends and fellowship, but most importantly improved confidence,” he said.
PROUD MOMENT: Eileen Mellor congratulates husband Bill on his 50-year jewel from the Gayndah Masonic Lodge.