Focusing on the historical time period of 700-1065AD, Austr Hofn Dark Age Guild is a group of people interested in Dark Age History and the re-enactment of that particular time frame. Based in Coffs Harbour, our members come from the city and surrounding areas to take part in our various activities.
Although we have weapons training and combat for interested members, we have many other activities that would appeal to most people who are looking for something different to participate in.
eg. The production of authentic clothing and other equipment, historical research, archery, various craft eg loom weaving, lucet, naalbinding, leather work and other craft work), re-enactment, cooking, camping, entertainment
We are a group of like-minded people, which is essential in our group, as much of what we do centres around the time frame of 700 - 1065AD and it helps immensely to be ‘on the same page’ - with a love for not only the all important socialising together as friends, but also for re-enactment, an interest in the history of the time frame, and for working together as a team.
Our clothing, chain mail, shields, tents and many of our other items have been made by members of the group. This has involved research into the areas of history pertaining to our era as we try to stay close to authenticity as possible, as well as the practical aspects of actually making items.
Our clothes are pretty basic. Tunics, trousers, cloaks, shoes/boots, arming caps, hoods, belts for the men ; and for the women long dresses, headgear (varies with which persona is chosen), shoes, cloaks, belts. Each historical time frame has its own style of clothing and if you join us as a member, it is mandatory that you work on getting your garb together as soon as you can to be able to take part in any gatherings with other reenactors and/or public performances that may come up.
One of the nice things about our group is that ‘those who can’ will help and teach ‘those who can’t’.
We use natural fabric when we can. Fabric, for our time frame, would have consisted mainly of pure linen and pure wool, When buying the material, we check out the sales in Spotlight, garage sales, op shops or send away for our fabric on line.
There is the old saying, ‘When in doubt….ask’ that we all take advantage of. Someone in the group will always be available to help where they can.
We are happy to encourage both male and female members to train to fight, if they so wish.
We have weapons training and archery. For safety reasons, we wear chain mail, gauntlets and helmet etc. for protection
The swords we use are all blunted steel recreations of medieval weapons, and even though blunted can still pack a wallop on someone, so the blows are ‘pulled’. Safety has to be first and foremost in any group, and as such a member has to be well trained before being able to use steel.
Our main focus is on living, learning and enjoying the subject of Dark Age History and the experiences that come along with it.
If you are interested in being part of our group, we invite you to come along to a couple of our get togethers to see us ‘in action’. This would give you an idea of whether you would like to become a member or not.
If you decide to become a member, Insurance will be $45 per year for an adult through a bona fide Insurance Fund for reenactors. The first membership insurance will be $60. There is also a membership fee of $30 per year which goes to our group's needs.
If, after reading this, you are still interested, then please feel free to get in touch with us. One thing you can be sure of is making new friends, gaining new experiences, stepping away from the mundane things of life for a few hours, and relaxation
Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our next get together.
For further information, find us on Facebook under Austr Hofn Dark Age Guild and leave us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.