On Friday 26 August 2016, 180 of the Association’s members, Life Members, and current and former employees, gathered at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street to celebrate the 125 Year Anniversary of the Master Plumbers.
The sold out event was held in the Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, a fitting venue given that the Association was established in 1891, only 8 years after the Hotel itself was constructed in 1883. The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks in the Bourke Room where historic artefacts from the plumbing industry’s early days were on display. Guests then moved into the spectacular and unique high Victorian character of the Grand Ballroom for a three course meal, speeches and entertainment.
The guest speaker for the evening was Kevin Sheedy, who began his career not in the AFL but as an apprentice plumber. He was awarded Honorary Member status of the Master Plumbers in 1998 after he was invited to present an award at Gold Medal and Training Awards. Kevin entertained the audience with personal stories from his time as an apprentice plumber, plus anecdotes from his illustrious football career that highlighted the importance of loyalty, longevity and commitment, values that are reflected across the membership of today’s Master Plumbers.
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