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 north-west by the Shire of Agaricus, to the south-west by the Canton of Okewaite, and to the east by the Tasman Sea.
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.
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 Shire’s first event, 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, was unacceptable to the College of Heralds. A later poll chose the name Adora, which was suggested as an acceptable sound-alike. Adora is the biblical name of the Palestinian town now known as Dura.
The Shire’s device is Per pale gules and or, two dragons combatant above a laurel wreath all counter-changed. The dragons were inspired by the Port Kembla Steelworks, whose steam and smoke is visible from the Illawarra Escarpment.