Sir Darrell Bossley
Darrell BOSSLEY left home on horse back at the tender age of 15 years. He hails from Nelligen on the Far South Coast of N.S.W. Darrell has been a martial arts instructor for 46 years specialising in weaponry. Having retired from a 50 year career as a 'Blacksmith/Farrier', gave Darrell the opportunity to pursue his love of the chivalric culture of the middle ages, jousting and skill at arms. Darrell will be jousting on his stead whom famously is known as 'Pony' a 3/4 Clydesdale. Darrell lives his life by his heraldry - 'ESSE QUAM VIDERI' - which translates to - 'BE RATHER THAN SEEM TO BE'.
Lady Katherine McWade
Katherine McWade from Drummond, Vic.
Lady Katherine is a genuine 'chevalerie', personifying the virtues and true horsemanship that became
chivalry as we know it today.
In the midst of recent skill at arms competition she was awarded the “Herald's Choice for best rider”. In
thought, word and deed she exhibits the virtues so valued in the knightly code of conduct.
Lady Katherine's combat experience spans the ages including both the valiant Australian Light Horse of the
20th century and the gritty determination of the 14th century medieval warrior.
Lady Katherine has ridden and trained horses all her life. She has competed to the highest levels in many
disciplines including show jumping at World Cup shows and Equestrian Australia Eventing.
She is riding Kit, a very quirky Thoroughbred – Stock Horse cross. When not jousting he and Lady
Katherine are training high school classical dressage, competing in HRCAV, working equitation, show-
jumping, skill at arms and marching through the streets of Melbourne as part of the Light Horse.
Her symbol of the Phoenix rising from the ashes shows her determination to succeed no matter what
obstacles are before her. She jousts in 14th century armour. Her motto is “I Can, I Will, Watch Me" back to top
Her heraldry is a Phoenix on a black field and is jousting in 14th century armour.
Sir Justin Holland
Sir Justin Holland BioName: Justin Holland
Motto: Invictus in animo (Unconquered in spirit)
Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( 3 white fleur de lys on a red field)
One of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting in Australia, Justin has been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland.Justin was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012.Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW
Interesting Facts:Justin has a B.A. Hons in Classical Studies and Latin.He is one of only 6 people to have jousted in Tasmania, and the first!He personally floated 2 horses to the Abbey Tournament in 2013 from Ballarat, Victoria….a round trip of 4000km!He has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times!
Abbey Champion 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2016
Champion of castle Gniew, Poland 2010 back to top
Sir Gregory Nash
Sir Gregory Nash 54 years old Resides in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Greg has been a passionate historical reenactor for 7 years. He first started squiring for the joust 5 years ago and more recently began training his horses in the preparation of realising his dream of becoming a jouster.
During an already illustrious career on both horse and foot, Greg has commanded the field crew at both Blacktown and St Ives Medieval Faires as Captain of the Lysts. Greg was awarded the Order of St Ives last year for his dedication to supporting the Knights of the Joust.
In recognition of his tireless dedication and great skill, Sir Greg was knighted by Sir Phillip Leitch at Kryal Castle. Recently, Greg has participated in tournaments at Kryal Castle with honour.
He now seeks further renown on the tournament field in this, his journeyman year….
Motto: “Ne timeonecperfice I neither fear nor despise”
Arms: Party per pale gules and azure, a hound rampant argent. back to top
Sir David Williamson
Adapt and Overcome...
Sir David is a full time dairy farmer and also a member of Ballarat's iconic Kryal Castles mounted Knights. He is also one of the world’s youngest serving knights, having first jousted at the age of 17. Sir David is an accomplished rider and has represented Polocrosse Victoria in numerous Nationals teams since he was 11 years of age. He competes in Skill at Arms and Jousting on a regular basis at Kryal Castle. Sir David has competed and been successful in various tournaments since beginning his career in 2015 at Kryal castle, including winning at our faire in 2016 and runner up in the 2017. Sir David came runner up in the Keith Ryal memorial joust in 2016 and 2017.
At the 2017 Victorian Goldfields Medieval Faire Sir David Williamson was officially knighted by Lord Stephen Thomas.
Sir David recently returned from his first international tournaments, where he travelled to the Americas to compete with Sir Charlie Andrews and the “Knights of Mayhem”. While jousting in the USA, he did not miss a single lance pass over six shows in three weekends. Sir David travelled from the City of Ballarat to be at the Abbey Medieval Festival with his war horse “Amica”, At the Abbey Medieval Festival Sir David became the winner of the Jousting competition.
Sir David has travelled back to America to compete in the annual Estes Park International “Heavy Armour” solid lance style jousting tournament...back to top
Lord Stephen began his career of heralding at Kryal Castle (Vic) and since leaving Kryal Castle has built up a massive demand and respect throughout the medieval world for his unique and engaging style of heralding. He travels Australia heralding at most of the major medieval events and faires. His portfolio is vast; specialising in medieval weddings, conferences, seminars, medieval education and of course at the top of his list of loves and passion is the mounted skill at arms and of course the joust. He is now based at Landsborough, Sunshine Coast (QLD), and does medieval research for the Abbey Museum (QLD), also Lord Herald at Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli (QLD). And proudly represents Nova Hollandia Entertainment, where and when possible along the eastern states of Australia. He is highly regarded for his authenticity of 14th Century style of garments. Lord Stephen is now regarded as the most experienced Lord Herald in Australia and is only too happy to be again attending the Victorian Goldfields Medieval Faire.....back to top
Gaviscon is a man whose voice is sought for many purposes, from advertising to commentating, from jousts to jam contests. He travels far and wide lending his voice to those who ask (and even more to those who pay). His fees are matched only by his dashing appearance, his dapper apparel, and decidedly unequalled attitude toward telling the populace how things are.
Born in a sleepy village south of our fair town of Ballarat, it was gleaned early on that Gaviscon had a hidden talent. This talent became well known as soon as he opened his mouth; not only did his village sleep nary a wink at night when Gaviscon cried out, but neither did the surrounding villages. This powerful voice of Gaviscons was not always a tool of righteousness; his raucous voice inspired many of the village youths to stir against their elders and incite youthful rebellion upon the village. With heavy hearts (and heavier pockets) Gaviscon’ mother and father decided to send him away…far away…somewhere that wouldn’t shake with the echoes of their son’s voice so that they could get a good night’s sleep.
During his schooling Gaviscon had the opportunity to visit a variety of events that required a powerful voice to entertain the populace. It was during one particularly intense joust that Gaviscon found his calling. He found his reason to live – telling crowds of people about knights, their horses, their weapons, and why you should not attempt their daring manoeuvres at home. But announcing jousting tournaments, it seemed, were a long way off what Gaviscon was introduced to first.
Gaviscon returned home and heard a whisper amongst the village people that the local magistrates were seeking someone to represent their village in a noisy competition. After making a few inquiries, the magistrate signed Gaviscon up on the spot (the man probably hadn’t forgiven Gaviscon for waking him up before the sun a long time ago and so wanted to see if he could repay that favour). But to everyone’s surprise, Gaviscon was successful in the competition; his voice was useful for something after all! Soon Gaviscon became the talk of the town (pun fully intended) and his voice became something of a legend in his village.
But soon his attentions were called elsewhere. A large town a bit further away than where Gaviscon was sent when he was younger had heard the man’s powerful voice and sent a missive: “We would be honoured if you and your voice spoke our announcements at our upcoming jousting tournament.” It took Gaviscon less time to think about his answer than it did to discover his voice. He packed his essentials and, after a rushed goodbye to his mother and father, set off on his journey to fulfil his lifelong dream.
The tournament was more than successful. Gaviscon received many admirers that day, and even more requests to announce jousts in other towns and cities. Gaviscon fast became a famous name, the herald now a travelling voice willing to work where he was needed. Crowds flocked to see him in the arenas, his quick-witted humour and cheerful banter with knights and attendants alike putting smiles on their faces every time he spoke.
Now a world renowned herald, Gaviscon is available for all your jousting or jam contesting and announcing needs. Provided the pay is right, of course...back to top