Ian Brown

Ian Brown
“Masonry definitely made me more confident in public speaking. I've lost count of how many times I've been asked to talk at weddings and birthday parties since joining!”
“Find out what you enjoy and then get involved in that part as much as possible, whether that be ceremonies and rituals, doing research, improving your education, or organising charity events.”

Ian Brown only intended to move to Melbourne for a few years, having relocated there temporarily to continue working as a retail consultant with Myer. At first, Ian attempted the long commute from his hometown of Brisbane, flying back to visit his wife every weekend, but the pair soon realised this was untenable. On one trip Ian remembers getting off the plane on to the sticky tarmac in Queensland and immediately thinking “this is far too humid, I’m ready to go back!” However it was only when Ian’s significant other suggested they book their daughter into a Melbourne school that he got the first inkling they might just be there for a little longer than he expected…

33 years later Ian finds himself deeply entrenched in the Melburnian culture, and is a proud member of Freemasons Victoria, with his mother lodge at Berwick Balcara. Over 27 years, he has served the craft in many ways, including as a district coordinator for nearly 9 years, and has been heavily involved in meeting and interviewing new candidates. In this role, Ian was able to draw on his extensive experience at Myer and at Vicroads, where he often worked with new recruits as a training consultant. He takes particular delight in welcoming new Brethren to the Craft, seeing them as “the key to the future of Freemasonry”. Ian’s primary piece of advice for current and prospective Masons is to remember that “the more you put in the more you get out of it, so make sure you put in! You won’t regret it.”