Bryan Lock is the face of Iron Knob, even though he wasn’t born there.
A staunch advocate for the town as part of the Iron Knob Progress Association, Bryan recently received a Premier’s Certificate for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
The volunteer group are tasked with maintaining and funding recreational and sporting facilities, as well as the town’s parks and gardens and community buildings.
Bryan himself has been in charge of taking tours of the mine, assisting in the visitor information centre and has helped run the postal agency.
As a leader within the progress association, he has supported the development of:
- The Tourist Centre and Iron Knob Bus Tours.
- A new community park area for use by community members and tourists.
- A new playground for the youth in the town
- A new Rural Transaction Centre and Post office for the community
- A new outdoor gym for use by the community
Bryan has trained tour guides, maintained buses, helped with financial management, and was part of the group that secured Commonwealth Government funds to establish a Rural Transaction Centre in town.
Bryan was born in England. His family moved to Whyalla in the 1950’s, and he attended Whyalla Town Primary School, Memorial Oval Primary and finished his schooling at Whyalla High School.
Bryan’s father used to work in Iron Knob and camp in the single men’s quarters, his first exposure to the town. However, Bryan and his family moved to Adelaide after his father secured a job at Holden.
In Adelaide Bryan completed an apprenticeship with an electrician and applied for a job at a power station in Alice Springs. Just as he was about to fly out, he was told his his trade certificate would not be recognised in the Northern Territory.
“As I was going down the passage I noticed a queue and I asked one of the blokes what the queue was for,” he said.
“He said ‘it’s shearing up north, the big stations are shearing and you can always get a job up there’ so I thought ‘what the heck I’ll join the queue’.”
It took Bryan two days to travel to Mulgathing Station – he arrived just in time.
“I had about two shillings and a sixpence in my pocket and about a quarter of a tank left in my FX Holden ute,” he said.
It was there he met his wife Helen, the two married in 1964. The couple share three children Julie, David and Megan and two grandchildren Lucy and Tom.
After working at different stations around Australia, Bryan retired to Iron Knob with his family.
“People in Iron Knob were really nice and they looked after each other which was a big thing, it was almost a 1950s feeling - it was nice,” he said.
Bryan has now held every role on the Iron Knob Progress Association committee, and has become ingrained in the community for his dedication to the town.
“I’m working harder now than I ever did, I do this, I do that, I do whatever comes up,” he said.