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The Esk Festival, also known as the Brisbane Valley Festival, is an annual single-day event held in the Queensland town Esk. A major component of the festival are displays of ‘Living History & Medieval Re-enactments’ which take place…

This interest piece from The West Australian in 1953 discusses the symbolic use of animals in roman legends and medieval fables, and their anthropomorphic investment with human characteristics. Using an incident in New South Wales where a circus…

The Bulletin, which was resolutely “anti-imperialist” in its outlook, published a range of verses, ballads and other “poems in which the Middle Ages were represented as despotic and barbaric” (Louise D’Arcens, Old Songs…

This poem, which is best described as “an anti-nostalgic demystification of chivalric heroism” (Louise D’Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature 1840-1910, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011, p.143), draws…

This is a ‘frozen’ combat image taken at the Blacktown Medieval Fayre by photographer Richard Taylor in 2011. It depicts a participant dressed in a Norman style helmet complete with a chainmail collar known as an avential or camal, and engaged in…

Image of the colourful mosaic in the centre of a Great War Memorial Cross situated in the grounds of St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia. The mosaic depicts a warrior armed with a shield and a lance, and draws on a number of different…

An image of a Great War Memorial Cross situated in the grounds of St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia. The colourful mosaic in the centre of the cross depicts a warrior armed with a shield and a lance, and draws on a number of…

An article on page 4 of The Brisbane Courier newspaper on April 6, 1909. The article reports on an official welcome in Sydney Town Hall for returned Antarctic explorer Professor (Sir) Edgeworth David. In recounting the achievements of the expedition…