Excellent Companion Irwin Prowse celebrates his 100th birthday at his Royal Arch Chapter

Born in Adelong, NSW on the 20th August 1914, Irwin Prowse, the current First Principal of Australia Mark and Royal Arch Chapter No. 28, holding under the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of NSW and the ACT, celebrated his centenary in that position on Wednesday 20th August 2014 at the Yass Masonic Centre where the Chapter meets.

irwin prowse in chair

Supported by many visiting Companions for surrounding Chapters, Irwin displayed his usual competence in chairmanship and the Chapter closed so that the celebrations could continue at a local appropriate venue.

A foundation student at the Canberra Grammar School, Irwin is the oldest surviving ‘Old Boy’ of that school.

His working life was in the public service, with the Federal Department of Social Services which became the Department of Social Security. He became the First Assistant Director General and was awarded the OBE in June 1979. He also served with the armed forces during WWII.

He joined masonry in Melbourne when the Federal Department shifted to Victoria for several years, and was initiated into Lodge Symphony No. 690 on the register of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria on the 7th April 1956 in Box Hill where he stayed a member until he and the Department returned to Canberra.

On retirement he moved to the far south coast of NSW and became a foundation member of Lodge Pambula Daylight No. 1000 which was consecrated on the 12th November 1988. He became their Worshipful Master of that Lodge on the 5th November 1993.

It was in Pambula that he joined Royal Arch Masonry becoming a Mark Master Mason on the 23rd August 1999 and a Royal Arch Mason on the 28th February 2000.

In the Craft, he is current a member Lodge Commonwealth of Australia, Lodge Woden Valley and the Linford Lodge of Research in Canberra. He has received conferred rank as a Past District Grand Inspector of Workings in the Craft.

The celebration dinner was well supported and many good wishes were received from those who could not attend.

Irwin proved that age is not an issue if you keep active however he did get a little hidden help from his DGIW in blowing out the candles.


Bryan Davis   - Area Grand Principal – Area F