Luke Payne founded Jorth Gar as an official branch of the NVG in September 2005, days before the groups first show at Tugun Medieval Fayre. The group had existed before this date, with members doing private tuition with Luke, but no formal recognition had been acquired before Tugun Medieval Fayre.
Luke was a member of Rusland NVG (Brisbane branch), since 2000, and had risen to Officer and Varangian status during this time, eventually acting as 2IC of the troops. He formed Jorth Gar after seeing a need for it within the Gold Coast, which at the time lacked any reenactment groups.
Since that time, Jorth Gar have been expanding and training its members to a professional status. Our first complete show season was in 2006, which covered 2 private and 9 public events, and established the group as a serious contender within the reenactment scene.
Right from day one, Jorth Gar have expanded on the NVG’s already solid reputation for quality troops and equipment. We are renowned for our military drill, professionalism and discipline, and through applying this successfully on the field of battle. The high standard of the equipment and uniformity of our group, has also earned us much praise and admiration.
Jorth Gar specialise in producing Soldiers, as opposed to undisciplined warriors. To be a Soldier, a recruit is expected to attend training and work on military drill, exercise, military formation, weapon skill, discipline, safety, and respectful conduct.
As of 2015, Jorth Gar number over 80 members, which are a mixture of warriors, craftsmen, civilians and friends. We compete and perform in a number of major public and private shows each year, and even run 2 of our own. We hope to continue to expand and grow, and welcome all serious people to contact us and enquire about joining and training.
List of Previous Shows (Battle Honours)
- Abbey Medieval Tournament
- Beaudesert Art Gallery Launch
- Brisbane Medieval Fayre
- Burleigh Winter Solstice Festival
- Cararra Medieval Fayre
- ESK Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival
- Gold Coast Military Festival
- History Alive
- Lismore Men’s Mental Health
- Mt Nathen Steiner School Educational Day
- Murwillumbah Banana Festival
- NEMAS Armidale Gathering
- NRL Pre-Game Entertainment
- Numinbah Gathering
- Palm Beach Springfest
- Sarabah Winery Medieval Feast
- Sunshine Coast Medieval Fayre
- Tugan Medieval Fayre
- Viking Culture Day
- Great South East (2006)
- ABC radio interview (2007)
- Nine news (2006 & 2007)
- Tamborine Times (8 times during 2005 – 2010)
- Beaudesert Times (4 times during 2007 – 2010)
- The Courier Mail (3 times during 2006 – 2007)
- The Bulletin (2 times during 2006 – 2007)
- Gold Coast Sun (5 times during 2006 – 2010)
- Tamborine Mnt. News (2007)
- Daily News (4 times during 2007)
- Albert & Logan shire news (2007)
- Tweed Border Mail (5 times during 2007 – 2010)
- The Tweed Sun (2007 – 2010)
- Murwillumbah Weekly (2007).