Kingdom of Lochac
The Kingdom of Lochac is one of nineteen "Kingdoms" or regions, of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) - an international organization dedicated to researching and recreating aspects of the Middle Ages.
Comprising Australia, New Zealand and their Antarctic territories, it is made up of almost 40 local groups.
The current King and Queen are Niall I and Liadan I.
The SCA in Australia was initiated with a local SCA inspired group, "The Society for the Current Middle Ages"(SCMA) holding its first event in November 1980 The SCMA joined the US based SCA in Sydney around 1981, and in Christchurch shortly after. Other cities in both countries formed groups, but the New Zealand groups became part of the Kingdom of Caid, while Australia became the Crown Principality (and later the Principality) of Lochac under The West Kingdom. Lochac became a kingdom its own right in 2002, and the New Zealand based groups joined in 2003.
The different branches of the group are known within the group by their SCA names, for instance Liverpool in Sydney is known as Agaricus, the Blue Mountains is known as the Shire of Dismal Fogs, greater Sydney itself is the Barony of Rowany.
Other groups include:
- Barony of Aneala - Perth, Western Australia
- Barony of Ildhafn - Auckland, New Zealand
- Barony of Innilgard - South Australia
- Barony of Krae Glas - South Eastern Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Barony of Mordenvale - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
- Barony of Politachopolis - Canberra, ACT, Australia
- Barony of Riverhaven - North and Western parts of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Barony of Rowany - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Barony of St Florian de la Riviere - Brisbane South and Redland Shire Council, Queensland, Australia
- Barony of Southron Gaard - Christchurch, New Zealand
- Barony of Stormhold - Inner and west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Barony of Ynys Fawr - Tasmania, Australia
- Canton of Abertridwr - Part of Aneala
- Canton of Cairn Fell - Ballarat, Australia
- Canton of Cluain - Part of Ildhafn, New Zealand
- Canton of Draks Fjord - Part of Riverhaven, Queensland, Australia
- Canton of Stowe on the Wowld - Part of Rowany, Australia
- College of Blessed Herman the Cripple - Adelaide University the first of the Colleges registered in Lochac
- College of Saint Aldhelm - Australian National University
- College of Saint Andronicus - University of Canberra
- College of Saint Bartholomew - University of Melbourne
- College of Saint Basil the Great - University of Western Australia
- College of Saint Crispins - University of Newcastle
- College of Saint Gildas the Wise - University of Tasmania
- College of Saint Monicas - Monash University
- College of Saint Ursula - University of Sydney
- Shire of Adora - Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
- Shire of Boesenburg - Bunbury, Western Australia
- Shire of Darton - Wellington, New Zealand
- Shire of Dragons Bay - (Perth Southern Suburbs, Western Australia)
The society has a number of awards that are given to group members to encourage their skills in Historical based arts. Examples of these include the
- Shining Helm - for armour
- Order of the Pelican - for exceptional service and organisational skills
- Order of the Chivalry - for martial prowess and chivalry
- Order of the Laurel - Exceptional skill as an artisan, in a specialised area
The group's largest event is the Rowany Festival, a week long Medieval festival that features classes, tournaments, competitions and general revelry. It is held at Easter every year, near Sydney. Amongst SCAdians it is known as "Rowany", except those who live in the Rowany (Sydney) area, where it is known as Festival.
The Festival has been running since April 1983, is the longest running medieval/living history event in Australia. It has grown to its current size at which 1000 people may attend. It is the largest SCA event in Australia, and is a de fact "National event".
As it is held over Easter, Christians generally get together in a discreet place to hold a scheduled Easter Sunday mass. And if Pesach falls at the same time of year, there are often people cooking in accordance with the very special customs that relate to that.
Traditionally large battles involving SCA Heavy Combat are fought at Rowany Festival that may include up to 300 combatants. Medieval feasts are held by the households participating. A "merchants row", a street of merchants, runs for the whole weekend, as well as a Saturday only market. Typically, the merchants sell arts, crafts and off the peg armour.
Rowany Festival has had four different locations. It was held from 1981 to 1997 at Fairholme Park in Wilton. It then moved to Tara Girl Guide camp in Silverdale in Western Sydney from 1998 to 2002, thence to the Crossroads Medieval Village medieval community in Yass. In 2008 it moved to the Glenworth Valley Horse Riding centre at Peats Ridge, New South Wales, and it will to another location in 2014.
Other large, multi day event activities include Canterbury Faire held in New Zealand, "Great Northern War" held in Queensland, Spring War held in Newcastle, "Autumn Gathering" and "Pencampwr" held in Western Australia.
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- Kingdom of Lochac - official website
-  - A short history of Lochac
-  - The History of the Kingdom of the west - The longer history of Lochac
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- "The By-Laws and Corporate Policies of the SCA,Inc"
- The Known World Handbook (3rd ed.). Milpitas, CA: Society For Creative Anachronism, Inc.
- "The Origins of the SCA"