Lincoln Wymer is a man that doesn’t do things by halves. When he discovered a love for the American sport of Gridiron, he joined a local team and was soon representing Victoria on a tour of the United States of America in 1995. When he discovered a hankering to complete an Ironman Triathlon, he begun training for it and finished not one, but two events. “The cut off was 17 hours,” he says with a cheeky grin, “and I managed to do it in 15.” When he decided to support the North Melbourne football club he wasn’t interested in simply barracking them on; he joined the cheer squad and became the treasurer. “It’s fair to say I throw myself into things wholeheartedly,” Lincoln explains. And so it was, when he found out back in 2005 that his father had been a member of Freemasons Victoria at the Essendon Lodge for 50 years, despite him staying fairly quiet about this fact. Lincoln did some research on the venerable organisation and then joined himself, committing to the Craft with the same enthusiasm and dedication he demonstrates for other facets of his busy life.
“I’ve always been happy to follow in my father’s footsteps,” Lincoln says, describing his relationship with his dad, “he was a tuna fisherman so that’s what I wanted to be.” His life took a slightly different course, leading him to the associated field of potato and sheep farming, and then later worked with Woolworths in retail. He was able to follow him into Freemasonry, however, and was happy with how their membership made their already close relationship even closer.
Lincoln is proud of many aspects of the Brotherhood he is part of. Primary among them is the history and the lessons passed down through the years, and maintained in the Masonic libraries, which Lincoln is still keen to continue learning about. Aside from this, however, is the layer of general mystery surrounding the organisation. ‘You tell someone you are a Freemason and they say ‘ooh, what are the secrets, what is the handshake?!’”, Lincoln explains, “But of course once you actually get to know it, there aren’t all that many secrets that you can’t read about in a book or online.”
Nowadays Lincoln is committed to bringing Freemasonry to the next generation, and encourages other members to be more open about their experiences. “The older generation didn’t talk about it that much,” Lincoln says, “but I think there is a place for Freemasonry now and in the future, and it is our responsibility to talk about it and get people interested.”