Age No Barrier for the Master’s Chair

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Ill. Bro. George Smith 31°

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In a few months Illustrious Brother George Smith 31° will turn 93, but this was no barrier for him being Installed recently as the Most Wise Sovereign of the Grampians Sovereign Chapter No. 156 in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Scottish Constitution).

Born in Banffshire in Scotland, George came to Australia by sailing ship in 1928 at the age of three, along with his mother and two sisters. The family immigrated to Australia due to the collapse of the fishing industry in the north of England at that time. His father owned a fishing boat which he sailed to Sydney where he re-established himself as a fisherman.

George grew up in Sydney where he qualified as a Fitter and Turner with John Heine, an engineering and metal forging company. He left the firm in 1955 to work for the Post Master General’s Department, (now Australia Post) and in 1962 moved to Melbourne take up a Trainee Manager position in the PMG Headquarters. After a distinguished career he retired in 1979 as Assistant Manager, Stamp Design and Production.

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George, who has been a Freemason for more than fifty years, knelt to take his obligation, a feat not possible for many of his peers twenty years his junior. George is a member of a number of Orders and is still able to learn and deliver ritual. He is able to stand in at short notice to deliver charges or take the place of Offices in more than a handful of degrees.

George continues to amaze all who know him, not only with his physical ability and stamina, but his astounding memory of Masonic Ritual, his warmth of friendship and his willingness to contribute to Freemasonry in so many ways.

Ill. Bro. Neil Nyholm 32°