M.Ex. Comp. J.S (John) Ross GZFirst Grand PrincipalSupreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland.
I was born in Brisbane on 1st November 1955 and lived at Toowong. My school years were spent at Taringa State School and then Toowong State High School. On the weekend in the late sixties I spent my leisure time fishing with a couple of friends in the St. Lucia reach of the Brisbane River. It was here that two brothers I fished with introduced me to their sister, Wendy.
On completion of Year 10 I left school and after passing what was then known as the railway exam I went to work for Queensland Government Railways (QGR) as an apprentice Sheet Metal Worker in 1971. I attended training at Yeronga Technical College and in 1974 on completing my apprenticeship I was kept on as a tradesman.
In 1976 Wendy and I were married and we moved to Ipswich to live closer to where I worked - North Ipswich Railway Workshops. In 1984 I transferred to Redbank Railway Workshops where I am still currently employed.
In January 1989 Stuart was born and then in December 1990 Megan was born. These were wonderful years and they are wonderful children, each being very accomplished in what they do.
At 2.40pm Friday 29th October 2010 Wendy lost her battle with cancer and will always be sadly missed.
Initiated into Portal Lodge No.444 UGLQ in 1990 and progressed through office until installed as Worshipful Master of Portal in 1997. In 2013 I received the conferred rank of Past Junior Grand Deacon.
Advanced into Sherwood RAC No.53 SGRACQ in1992 and proceeded through the various offices until Installed as First Principal in 1998. Joined Indooroopilly RAC No.109 after closure of Sherwood RAC
Served Active Grand Chapter Office as Grand Steward 2000, Grand Sword Bearer 2001, Grand Third Sojourner 2002, Grand Principal Sojourner 2003, Grand Scribe Nehemiah 2004, Third Grand Principal 2005 and 2006, conferred rank of Past Second Grand Principal 2007, District Grand Educator 2007 to 2009 and Deputy First Grand Principal from 2010 to present
Other Masonic Orders-
Joined District Grand Priory of Queensland and P.N.G. in Queensland St. John Preceptory No.77 in 1992 and was installed as Preceptor in 1996. District Grand Officer from 1998 to 2009 and installed as District Grand Prior in 2010 to present.
Grand Imperial Conclave of Queensland 1997 to present
Sherwood of Brisbane Tabernacle No.67 – HRAKTP 1997 to present
Provincial Grand Lodge of Queensland - Royal Order of Scotland – 1997 to present
Knights of the York Cross of Honour – 2003 to present