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Why are there so many SCA groups in South East Queensland?

Duena Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora

We are one group. We are the SCA. We're broken up into local chapters of the one group because we cover many regional areas. Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Ipswich, North/South Brisbane, Logan are the main hubs of activity in Queensland at the moment. We've got medieval names and fall into organisational structure:

Kingdom:

Lochac is Australia and New Zealand however there are many other Kingdoms in the Known World.

Barony:

Like a City has a Lord Mayor and in the SCA case, Baron and Baroness who is the representative of the Crown. (And the administrative head is a Seneschal).

  • Like Cities, which have suburbs, a Barony may have smaller groups such as cantons. Each canton has an administrative head - Seneschal, which reports to the Barony.

Shire:

This would be similar to a town where it the administrative head is the Seneschal.

Each of these groups house a slightly different focus just like each scout club would do the same thing. They have different numbers which indicate the size of the group - a small group that requires support from a parent group is a canton, a group that is independent could be a Shire. A large group is a Barony. Queensland is sooo lucky to have two Baronies (with two cantons), and two Shires. That means we're doing well up here.

One of the greatest benefits is that if you happen to prefer another group setting or services to another, then that's up to you to make that choice. If you wanted to go to fencing twice a week, you could go to both Mondays at St Florian and Wednesdays at River Haven.

The first port of call for anyone is to work out your closest SCA group. There's a postal code group finder on the Lochac website which will advise you on which is responsible for administering that area. However be aware that it may not necessarily be the closest place where regular meetings are held nor does it guarentee that the types of activity that you want to participate are provided. If you visit the various local websites, you'll get a feel for what's available to you and where and then you can make a decision on what best suits your needs.