Peter Crick has always been a fan of the outdoors and hiking, and has walked some of the world’s most famous trails. He has trekked to Machu Picchu, traversed the Kokoda trail, and also followed in the footsteps of the ‘Sandakan Death March’ in Borneo. He appreciates the self-discipline one must have to complete these arduous treks, and recognises the important and often tragic history behind them; the sacrifices made, the hardships endured, the lives lost. He applies these same values to his association with Freemasons Victoria – ever mindful of the lessons of history in the hope of striving towards to a better future.
Peter, who joined Freemasonry at Fiery Creek Lodge No. 157 in Beaufort in March 1967, has served in a number of Masonic roles during his time as a member. Currently the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter, he is also a Past Deputy Grand Master of Craft, a Past Deputy Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters, a Past Master of Mark and Ark, and recently joined the Order of the Secret Monitor.
Peter is a strong believer in getting people to start on their Masonic journey as soon as possible. “Simply put,” he explains, “You don’t have as much time when you get older.” This was certainly the case for Peter who joined as a 22-year-old but soon found himself busy with his work as a Business Banking Manager for the National Australia Bank, and of course with his beautiful family. Fortunately both his loving wife Deidre, and Freemasonry itself, helped and supported Peter in his attempt to juggle all of his new found responsibilities and organise his life to be able to find time for all of them.
The couple remains very much invested in Freemasons Victoria, and still find tremendous pride and joy in their work with the organisation. Living the Masonic values of “charity” and “taking care of people in need”, they both get involved in efforts to look after the more elderly members, and also widows of members who have passed.