WBro Francis Murphy, known to Frank by all in the Southern Cross Duke of York Lodge No. 66,

was recently awarded his second gold bar to celebrate his 60 years in Freemasonry.


Accompanied by his wife of 72 years, Joyce, as well as one of his daughters, Frank was decorated with his second gold bar as brothers and friends alike joined to celebrate his commitment to the Craft, and his service to his current Lodge as well as other Lodges over his 60 years.


Born in Peterborough, SA, Frank moved to Adelaide to finish his schooling before starting his career as a fitter and turner at the Islington Railways. 


Frank's passion for contributing to society started young. He became involved with St John's Ambulance as a young cadet, which gave him an introduction to his future father-in-law who happened to be the District Officer. Within just seven days of passing all necessary tests for the Army, Frank was posted to the Middle East at the outbreak of World War II, where he spent the next five years in Libya, Syria and Egypt. After joining Freemasonry in 1953, Frank was keen to build up the social aspects within his Lodges, and alongside Joyce was a foundation member of the Masonic Caravan Club.


Frank has been a member of Adelaide Lewis Lodge, Mount Gambier Lewis Lodge, Torrensville Lewis Lodge and now Southern Cross Duke of York Lodge. He also served Grand Lodge as a Steward in 1975.


Presented with his bar by Lodge brother and Acting Secretary, VWBro Don Jury, Frank said it had been a privilege to be a part of the Craft for 60 years. He paid special tribute to his wife, Joyce, for whom he said his service to Freemasonry would not have been possible without her support.


Acting Worshipful Master for the ceremony, WBro Jeffrey Naqvi, echoed these sentiments: "Frank is a core part of Southern Cross Duke of York Lodge, and has been since the day he joined. Even when health afflictions have challenged his ability to physically attend, he has always been in contact to see where he could be of assistance, and if ever we needed anything, he'd be first in line to offer help. It is truly an honour to have Frank in our Lodge, and we all heartily congratulate him on this special occasion."