Jorth Gar Living History Society

Official garrison of the New Varangian Guard Inc


The Jorth Gar branch of the New Varangian Guard concentrates its living history re-enactment primarily on the earlier Varangian Guardsmen of Viking origin, and their many exploits and accomplishments. Those that were given to Emperor Basil II in recognition of his military treaty with the Rus, by Prince Vladimir of Kiev.

Many of these warriors held fast to their traditional Pagan ideals and spirit, and derived inspiration from their ancestors and kinsmenship, even though their new employers were strongly Christian Orthodox. It is with these Varangians from which Jorth Gar derives its identity and focus. We also reenact warriors that returned back to their homelands after active service in the Guard, and have a strong civilian and family base within the group as a result.

Jorth Gar is based at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Together with our allies in Brisbane, Rusland NVG, we can field the largest infantry battleforce in Queensland and quite possibly Australia (real weapon combat). This can be seen and experienced at shows like the NEMAS Armidale Easter Gathering and the Abbey Medieval Tournament, which are the biggest reenactment events in the southern hemisphere.

We are always recruiting for new members, and advise interested people to contact us (below) for more information, or to arrange to come to a training. Public are welcome to come and watch, but please remain at a safe distance when combat is underway, to avoid any injuries or problems. For more information, have a good look through our website.

Contact Us

Membership, Bookings, or any further information, please contact us:

Press, Bookings & Membership: Luke Payne .
Training & Event Coordination: Daryl Rowley or .
Post: PO Box 1492, Kingscliff NSW 2487.
For email, please use the form below.

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Jorth Gar News

Saturday 9 February 2013

Jorth Gar helped out a university student's (Stockade Productions) video production assignment by being dead extras. Check out their video here.

Saturday 26 January 2013

Combatant training started after a nice xmas new year break.

Saturday 1 December 2012

We had a really nice end of year camping party in Numinbah. Weather was hot, but the water hole and cliff jumping was refreshing and fun! See some photos on our Facebook page.

Sunday 9 September 2012

Jorth Gar hosted it's yearly Viking Culture Day, a dark age period festival that educates the public of the various aspects of Viking culture. It was a successful day with over 1300 people attending.

7 & 8 July 2012

We will be performing at the Abbey Medieval Tournament in Caboolture. Download your copy of the latest Jorth Gar Training & Activities Calendar on the training page.

9 & 10 June 2012

History Alive was a lot of fun, with no injuries and plenty of piggy runs.