Back in June, my friend took me to a History Alive event here in Brisbane. History Alive is one of those re-enactment festivals, where people dress up as if they lived back in Medieval ages, the 60’s, the 1500’s etc. The event or festival was held at Fort Lytton National Park, Brisbane. Fort Lytton has its own bit of history. It was built in 1881 I think, and it was used as part of Brisbane’s defense during WWII.
Anyway, the whole place was alive that day. There were different historical sections, you had medieval on one side, Vikings on the other, the Spanish Conquistadores on one, with the WWI and WWII soldiers on the other. People were dressed as knights! All I could think of was the knight with no limbs from Monty Python – hilarious.
I have to admit, it was very exciting seeing the different uniforms/costumes. And, amazingly, a lot of the people who were dressed in the medieval costumes, all of them were volunteers, but some of them were actually archaeology students from the local university. There were kids dressed up too.
The local sword fighting – or fencing – club were also present, dressed in classic Spanish ceremonial/soldier uniform, showing off their skills to the visitors. There was also a black smith, demonstrating how weapons were made; there was a woman weaving with a hand-made frame; and even people cooking with wood and fire. It was fun.
On the other side, were all the war ‘veterans’. You had your USA Civil war group, Vietnam vets, the World Wars – French, American etc. There were also demonstrations of cannons firing. I won’t dwell on some of the details, but here are some of my favorite photos from the day. I hope you enjoy these!