WHERE ARE WE?
We stretch from the Indian Ocean in the West to the Darling Escarpment in the East, extending north from Rowley Road (which runs North of Wandi). From there, our "territory" if it can be called such extends to the Swan River - which runs through the heart of Fremantle and Perth.
Abertridwr is essentially a South of the Swan River group, but you don't need to live south of the river to participate.
Many of our activities are held at the Wandi Community Centre at Lot 302 De Haer Road, Wandi, W.A. 6167. Here's How To Get to Wandi.
WHAT DOES ABERTRIDWR MEAN?
Abertridwr is Welsh and it should be pronounced "Ab-Er-Tree-Doo", however we pronounce it "Abba-Tree-Der".
It means "the meeting of three waters". This name was chosen because our original geographic borders were the three rivers - the Swan, the Canning and Murray Rivers. Now however, the southern lands from the Murray River up to Rowley Road have become the lands of the Shire of Dragon's Bay.
There are a couple of suburbs in the North that don't exactly fit into this scenario and yet we claim them anyway. These are
the "contested lands" - which most importantly includes the suburbs of Manning and Wilson. As with everything in the Society, geography isn't really important but the fact that some very wonderful people live in that area, make it a boon to own for either group.
WHAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDIEVAL LIFE?
Who knows? So much is conjecture based upon assumption. What is becoming clear, as more evidence comes to light, is that the stereotypical views of medieval life, as taught in classrooms for the last two hundred years, have been full of holes. The three class
"feudal" system (peasant, priestly and noble classes) has been shown to be a creation of revisionist scholars who were trying to change history to create a greater legitimacy for the authority of the Catholic Church.
In fact, Medieval social structure was anything but uniform - being particular to each people, place and time. For instance, whilst feudalism flourished in the countryside, most towns and cities practiced a partially enfranchised form of democracy (ie. merchants and artisans were able to elect town councils) at the pained tolerance of their feudal overlords; industrialisation began in the 14th century at least; Vikings settled briefly in the Americas; medieval people knew the Earth was round... why, there are no end of illusions waiting to be shattered if you are willing to do the research.