About the Shire of Adora

Heraldry

Arms of the Shire of Adora

The Shire’s device is Per pale gules and or, two dragons combatant above a laurel wreath all counter-changed.

The picture form of this is the two dragons facing each other on the shield at the top of this web page.

The dragons were inspired by the Port Kembla Steelworks, whose steam and smoke is visible from the Illawarra Escarpment.

Geography

Adora, seen from Sublime Point

Adora, seen from Sublime Point

The Shire of Adora officially covers the Illawarra and South Coast regions of New South Wales, Australia. Most of our members are based in the Greater Wollongong area, and nearly all events are held in Wollongong. The Shire is bordered to the north by the Barony of Rowany, to the south-west by the Canton of Okewaite, and to the east by the Tasman Sea.

History

The Shire's petition to Their Royal Majesties, Berenger and Bethan.

The Shire’s petition to Their Royal Majesties, Berenger and Bethan.

The first SCA group in the area was the College of St Malachy, which was first mooted at Rowany Festival AS XXXI (1997). A few months later, SCA members held a demonstration at the University of Wollongong that drew approximately thirty members to the newly-formed College. The College’s first event was subsequently held on 7 August 1997 at the University of Wollongong (Wollongong Campus).

The College was sponsored by the Shire of Agaricus. Agaricus consequently assumed responsibility for the greater Wollongong area, in which the College was located. Over time, the expanded Shire attracted members all the way from Wollongong to Jervis Bay.

At Rowany Festival AS XXXVIII (2004), a proposal was made to split Agaricus into its northern and southern parts. The subsequent poll overwhelmingly favoured the creation of a new shire covering the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. The Shire of Agaricus continues to serve the south-western Sydney area.

The first event of the new Shire, the Feast of the Four Winds, was held on 13 November 2004. The feast has been held every year since except for 2012, when the Shire hosted Lochac’s November Crown event. The Shire’s other major event is the Flametree Ball, held in May every year since 1999 (when it was sponsored by the College of St Malachy).

The Shire was originally known as Colles Ardorum, being Latin for hills of flame or hills of passion, and inspired by the Illawarra Escarpment and the Illawarra Flame Tree. This name, however, in January 2007 was notified by the College of Heralds as unacceptable to not being a meaningful Latin place name.

It was announced on April 2nd 2007 that the name of Adora was the winner of a closely contested poll. Adora is one of the biblical era names of the Palestinian town now known as Dura, and had been suggested as an acceptable sound-alike to Ardorum. The runner up in the poll, which was actually leading in the poll before allocation of preferences, was the Welsh name Caerleon-yn-Arfor¬† meaning “Fort of the Legion by the Sea”.

The first event of the Shire now known as Adora, after its new and current name had been accepted by the college of Heralds, was the Flametree Ball on May 24th 2008. The Flametree Ball, has been held each year in May since 1999 (when
it was sponsored by the College of St Malachy).

The Flame Tree Ball and the Feast of the Four Winds continue to be held each year. A newcomers feast is often held at the beginning of the year for new members though new members are welcome at any time of the year. Please contact the Seneschal or see the Events page for these and other upcoming events for the Shire of Adora and other nearby medieval re-enactment groups.

 List of Seneschals of Adora

Current: Lord Simeon Wallace

Past Seneschals

  • Lord Maelgwyn of Adora
  • Lady Alessandra Dellamorot
  • Lady Gabrielle de la Riviere
  • Lady Artemisia da Quieto d’Arzenta
  • Lady Zanobia Adimari