The District Grand Master presides over the District Grand Lodge. The District Grand Master for the District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria is Henry Condon.
RW Bro Henry Cecil Condon became District Grand Master in 2017.
He has been an officer of the District Grand Lodge for the past 25 years, and has particularly enjoyed the company of his father RW Bro Cec Condon, in numerous Lodge visitations.
He was initiated into Ravenshoe Lodge 297H in 1985 and is still a member of this Lodge, which is the highest Lodge (altitude-wise) in Queensland!
RW Bro Condon has just completed 40 years of service with Education Queensland after retiring in 2017. He enjoys his family life, and he and his wife Helen now enjoy their first grandchild, born in March 2016.
He is very keen to see Freemasonry flourish throughout the world.
Raja was born in India and migrated to Australia with his mother in 1957 to join his father who had arrived in Australia in 1948. His family’s presence in Far North Queensland dates back to 1901 when his grandfather first migrated to the sunshine state from Punjab aged 23.
With a family background in cane farming, Raja holds a Diploma in Agriculture and a Degree in Agriculture Economics and Accountancy. He has spent 44 years of his working life as an Australian public servant, starting off at the Bureau of Statistics in Canberra, before taking up a position at the Aboriginal Loans Commission in Cairns. He later worked at Department of Aboriginal Affairs and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He currently works as a Senior Advisor/Project Support Manager with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Raja was initiated into Freshwater Lodge in August 1980. He is also a member of the Cairns Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star as is his wife Rani. Raja's eldest son, Robby, is also a member of Freshwater lodge having been initiated into that Lodge in August 1999.
Among the aspects of Freemasonry that he enjoys the most is the fellowship and friendship that it offers, the challenges of being the head of a Lodge as well as the challenges of the ritual work.
Raja and his wife Rani live in the Redlynch area in Cairns and have three children and four grandchildren.