Honouring the finest in our field

Established as a local network of Locksmiths in 1967 and as a national body in 1982, the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA) has been serving our industry for more than 50 years.

Throughout our history, many individuals have shaped the Association and the industry at large. It is our duty and honour as the peak body of this industry to uphold and award some of its key influencers.

The MLAA also acknowledges the achievements of the next generation of Locksmiths by annually awarding the John Andrews Apprentice of the Year Award.

Life Membership

Members who have a distinguished record of achievement with the Association or the security industry may, at the invitation of the Board, be awarded a Life Membership of the Association.

Recent Life Membership recipients

Life Membership was awarded to Rod Croot in 2021.

Life Membership was awarded to Len Lorraway in 2020:

Len Lorraway at the ABUS Factory in Rehe, Germany

Life Membership was awarded to John McMullen in 2019.

Life Membership was awarded to Grant Baxter in 2019:

Grant Baxter (middle) being awarded Life Membership, with National President Peter Lloyd (left), and Life Member David Rees.


Name  Branch  Year
John Andrew NSW 1983
Albert Chantry Snr VIC 1983
Keith Cohoe QLD 1983
Andrew Crandon NSW 1983
Max Hull VIC 1983
Stephen Mills NSW 1983
Alex Stewart VIC 1983
Bruce Hilderbrandt NSW 1985
Harold Johns VIC 1986
Allan Axford NSW 1988
Robert Bull NZ 1988
Stuart Johnson VIC 1991
Mick Berrell NSW 1992
Hugh Hendry VIC 1992
David Le Fevre VIC 1992
Ray Clark SA 1993
David Stewart VIC 1994
Laurence Mills NSW 1995
Frank O’Neill QLD 1995
Keith Ross VIC 1996
Robert McKenzie QLD 1997
George Ramsay NSW 1997
Jack Sheldon NSW 1997
Rae Mortimer NZ 1998
Doug Wickham NZ 1998
Robert Larsen QLD 1999
John Payne VIC 1999
Trevor Storen WA 1999
Clive Tulloch NSW 2003
Jack Coomber SA 2011
Jim Beveridge NZ 2013
Tony Douglas NSW 2013
Fraser Burns NZ 2014
Robin Gibbs  SA 2014
Geoff Ross VIC 2014
John Denzin QLD 2016
Eric Higgs QLD 2016
Cliff Forrester QLD 2017
Norm Axford NSW 2017
David Rees VIC 2018
John McMullen NZ 2019
Grant Baxter VIC 2019
Len Lorraway QLD 2020
Rod Croot WA 2021

John Andrew Apprentice of the Year

This annual award honours the memory of the late John Andrew who was the Association’s inaugural Life Member and a winner of the A.L. Chantry Memorial Award for the Pursuit of Excellence.  Eligible apprentices employed by MLAA Business members in Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate.

The test covers Picking, Impressioning, Lock fitting, Master Keying, Safe Diagnostics and General Knowledge.

LSC, Silca and ABUS continue to be major supporters of the Award, with the winner (and their mentor) to receive a fully funded trip to Italy and Germany to visit the Silca & ABUS factories respectively.

Locksmith Shop & Van of the Year Awards

The Locksmith Shop & Van of the Year Awards, sponsored by SG Lock & Security, recognise the best retail outlet and vehicle in the locksmith industry across Australia and New Zealand.

A.L. Chantry Memorial Award for the Pursuit of Excellence

This Award was established in 1987 in honour of the late Albert Chantry, a pioneer of locksmithing in Victoria (AU).

It acknowledges the commitment and contribution of a Member or Director of the Master Locksmiths Association.

It is awarded periodically and requires 75% of the votes of the current Directors of the MLAA.

Fraser Burns – Recipient of the A.L. Chantry Award for 2019

Pictured below (from left): 2019 recipient Fraser Burns, President Peter Lloyd, and 2018 recipient Cliff Forrester


 Year  Recipient  Branch
1987 John Andrew NSW
1987 Laurence Mills NSW
1987 David Stewart VIC
1988 Hugh Hendry VIC
1989 Mick Berrell NSW
1990 Stuart Johnson VIC
1991 David Le Fevre VIC
1992 Rae Mortimer NZ
1993 Brian & Peter Preddy NSW
2005 Max Cherry VIC
2007 Murray Sanders NZ
2012 Norm Axford NSW
2018 Cliff Forrester QLD

Nominations for the A.L. Chantry Memorial Award are considered by the Board and require a vote of no less than 75% of Directors voting.  The Award is presented at the Association’s Annual Conference.

S.D. Mills Award

This Award honours the memory of the late Stephen D. Mills and acknowledges an outstanding practical example of locksmithing, e.g. the design of a new lock, locksmithing tool or procedure in areas ranging from the cutting of ornate keys to the development of computer software concepts or programs.

 Year  Recipient   Branch
1995 Wayne Fisher NZ
2002 Geoff Ross VIC
2004 John McMullen NZ
2007 Jack Coomber SA
2012 John McMullen NZ

Whilst the initiative may have been developed by a group working independently or under supervision, only one person can be the recipient of the award.  Judging of the Award will be undertaken by leading industry representatives members nominated by the MLAA Board of Directors and the judges will take into consideration:

  1. the originality of the initiative
  2. its usefulness in the industry
  3. the quality of work undertaken.

Presidents of the MLAA

As a Member Organisation, the MLAA is governed by a Board of Directors. The MLAA Board consists of six Regional Directors representing New Zealand and Australia’s states and territories, and a President.

The President is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the Association.

The President also acts as the Association’s spokesperson on relevant issues in the public domain and in the media, represents the Association at key internal and external events, chairs Board Meetings, ensures the diverse views of the Association are represented at Board level, and ensures that the views and decisions of the Board are communicated effectively.

Jim Fisher, current President of the MLAA
 Name  Branch  Period
David Stewart VIC 1982 – 1983
Lawrence Mills NSW 1983 – 1985
David Le Fevre VIC 1985 – 1992
Lawrence Mills NSW 1992 – 1993
David Stewart VIC 1993 – 1995
Trevor Storen WA 1995 – 1998
George Ramsay NSW 1998 – 1999
Clive Tulloch NSW 1999 – 2003
Jim Beveridge NZ 2003 – 2007
Tony Douglas NSW 2007 – 2011
David Rees VIC 2011 – 2017
Peter Lloyd NSW 2017 – 2021