Ron Lockens

Ron Lockens

A life-time Wilston-Grange man who as a former player and committeeman turned professional photographer is almost single-handedly responsible for the photographic library of AFL Queensland over the last 40 years. Born in Melbourne, he moved to Queensland with his family aged three in 1949 and played with Grange from the U12s. He made his senior debut as a 16-year-old and played about 50 senior games over 12 years in a career heavily disrupted by two major knee operations.

Was also a member of the Grange U19 premiership side in 1962 – the first year of Colts football – and is a Grange life member after untold service as a committeeman and volunteer worker that continues today. A former sales representative for a photographic company, he was a social football photographer in the ‘60s and a part-time QAFL photographer through the ’70s who moved into full-time photography 20 years ago. Was the first official photographer of the Brisbane Bears in 1986, and has photographed virtually every significant moment in the Bears/Lions history, including the 1991 Reserves premiership and the 2001-02-03 AFL premierships.

Best known for his widely-acclaimed photograph of former champion full forward Ray Hughson taking a spectacular high mark, he received Lions Life Membership in 2008.R

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