Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Top Mason Revisits Past; Grand Master Awaits Lodge Gathering to See Friends from Old Gympie High Days

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Top Mason Revisits Past; Grand Master Awaits Lodge Gathering to See Friends from Old Gympie High Days

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Rowena Robertson

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rowena.robertson@gympietimes.com

ADRIAN Burton can't wait to see Bundaberg get its comeuppance in its Coopers Cup rugby league clash with Gympie State High School.

The former GSHS footballer recalls that in his day, victory over Bundy was elusive and he's looking forward to seeing his old alma mater turn the tables on its arch footy foe in Friday's match.

For him, the game will be one of many highlights of Gympie State High's centenary celebrations, which will see the graduate of the class of '62 and now Queensland's highest-ranking Freemason back on home turf.

aWe always got a flogging in Coopers Cup,a he laughed. aI'm certainly looking forward to Gympie giving it to Bundy.a

Adrian is also looking forward to attending Braemar Lodge's celebratory dinner on Thursday night when numerous guest speakers will reminisce about days gone by at Gympie State High.

The 27th grand master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland was born in Kandanga in 1945.

His father's family, the Burtons, were farmers in the Mary Valley and his mother's family, the Stephens, were the first white settlers in the Mary Valley in 1864.

Stephens St in Kandanga is named after them and the land for the school was given to the Education Dept by the Stephens family in 1915.

His parents, Alen and Hilda Burton, bought a home in Bligh St in 1958 when older sister Carmen started high school.

aCarmen had been staying in Gympie at the Winston House hostel run by the Presbyterian Church at the time. I was there for the early part of 1958, but once the house was bought in Bligh St we started at Gympie High.

Younger brother and sister, David and Melinda, followed Carmen and Adrian to Gympie High where, as was the tradition, the whole family was in Tozer house.

aI was very pleased that the whole family was in Tozer and I remember the school's old draught horse Gilbert being sprayed with a bit of green paint (Tozer's colours). …

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