Sharing Australian Red Hat Information

                           BURNIE - TASMANIA

St Patrick’s Day for the Hatters To Go (HTG) of Burnie was a little bit different this year, they had an evening gathering AND brought their partners along (weren’t they lucky!) Queens Joan of Arke and Rosaleen hosted the event which was held at the local RSL.


The Red Hat Tassie Sisterhood Lunch Gathering gave members from a number of chapters the opportunity to meet up. Good food, good company, and friendships were enjoyed by 44 Tassie Red Hatters in Latrobe.

The Queens from Scarlett O’Hatters, Hatters To Go, Roses of the Tamar, and the Red Hat Tassie Devils all shared their Chapter’s story. Queen Merveen, Queen Mother Jean, and Queen Janine were acknowledged for the prizes for the lucky draws.

A first for HTG – they were asked to perform an ENCORE of their chant. Overall, a really lovely day was enjoyed by all. Lots of feedback was received and it all added up to “we should do it more often!”

Thanks was extended to Val, Lady Pom Pom for her country hospitality, wine, plants, chocolate treats … and more when she hosted the Up-Country Easter Hat lunch.  Lots of fun was shared and prizes were awarded for the best hats.


April activities included a Burger Me Lunch at the Oasis Burger Bar - Federal Hotel, Wynyard and plans for the Yeah Mumma gathering for Soup ‘n Sandwiches at the Two Oaks Café, Somerset had been programmed.  This occasions will celebrate being a Mother, Aunty, God Mother, or otherwise special person in in a younger person’s life! 

                                      BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF  EASTER BONNETS

The Ballarat Ladybird’s April afternoon tea was an Easter Bonnet Parade which was judged by the café workers.  Chocolate Easter bunnies were given to the winners and surprise prizes were given to everyone for their great efforts.

Their creations would have no doubt impressed the general public that passed by on the day!


The Dames Down Under of SA recently visited the interesting home of Jeanne, Marchioness of Yarn.   She is a very artistic and creative lady and has many eclectic things to admire in both in her home and her gardens. One of her many creations is a purple dragon she made with a Jacaranda pod that was picked up one day while the Dames were on their  travels. After a lovely gathering Jeanne waved the ladies farewell from the porch entrance to her home.

                                  EASTER AND MEMORIAL  RACES IN QLD

The Red’n Purple Ragers celebrated their Easter lunch at Birches Restuarant at Mt Mee – about an hours’ drive from the Sunshine Coast in the hills looking out to the ocean but more towards Brisbane and Redcliffe. This was a first time visit to this area for a number of the members of the Red’n Purple Ragers and their guests which included Queen Dorothy of Bling Babes and a couple of her members, Sharmaine of Hats Down Under along with her friends Wendy and Gerty; as well as Queen Robyn of Scarlett Ladies of the Night and her good friend JoAnn. Those guests not yet Red Hatters were ‘blown away’ with the day with lots of fun and dancing to the music of much loved Billy Guy – a man of many hats to suit the music – even Queen Mum did a couple of lively Jazz numbers near the end of the day, much to the delight of her members and the visitors. Queen Julie had much fun in telling some that she used to attend country dances in the hall next door to the restaurant (once a stately homestead) as her Dad played in a dance band and she was allowed to go along with him from about 15 yrs.

While not the hostess of the day – Peta who had hosted the February luncheon at See Restaurant, drove 4 other ladies up early to ‘set up’ and what a great job they had done with the decorations and had it all ready for the 53 seat bus load and others driving, to arrive and enjoy.  Val and her band of assistant hostesses had done a fabulous job in preparing the decorations and great raffle prizes plus a bottle of very nice champers for best Easter Bonnet – won by Annette who had gone to a lot of trouble – she would have been closely followed by Madeline also setting an Easter theme with her bonnet.

The food and service at Birches was superb while Billy Guy (and wife Sally) kept them jumping with the music, so much so that Queen Julie had fun getting them all back on the bus a bit later than planned  when it was time to go home.

Everyone agreed that it was a fabulous day out and anticipated more frivolity at the Memorial Race day “Fascinators and Bubbles” held at Corbould Park, Sunshine Coast Race Club, on the following Sunday. Race 5 was named for their much loved and missed late Contessa of the Coffers – Margy Kellehan, who passed away last year.  Over 100 family and friends of Margy’s attended, with a good ‘sprinkling’ of red hats there to show that “Red Hatters Matter” and they don’t forget their own!



                            MY FAIR LADY

And it was another wonderful day out for 50 red hatters who travelled to Brisbane to see My Fair Lady – well there were 4 ‘ring-ins’ but one was an original Red’n Purple Rager some years ago so didn’t feel too out of things and another may be a red hatter in the making – especially after enjoying the fun and friendship of these ladies. QM Julie had organised the booking for her members plus some Bling Babes, Q Marivi The Round Table, Empress Redpepper of Redpeppers of Morton, Q Robyn Grills and her good friend Jo-Ann plus Queen Dawn  and Judy (Bubbles and Butterflies) and ‘Magilly’ (Denise Magill) who travelled by train, and/or car from Shorncliffe, Manly and Run-away Bay to join the fun and see this fabulous production which was directed by Julie Andrews. A standing ovation was given to the very talented and entertaining cast before the rush to board the bus home and try to beat the traffic leaving Brisbane early for the Easter holidays at Sunshine Coast.



Queen Purple Obsessed, Dee and some of her members from Blight Park - NSW had a fun morning when Sunrise Weekend came to film a segment at her home which was shown on Sunday  19th March.

As a result there have been many more ladies of the public now enquiring  about membership to groups around the states.  Congratulations Ladies on a great job well done!

 The TV segment was in addition to the local Penrith Press news coverage:

Visiting the local Quilt Show was the perfect way for 4 new members of the Happy Hawkesbury Hatters to find their red hat rhythm. The increase in membership was the result of the  Sunrise segment

The ladies found a Red Hatter Quilt which was pretty special as it was the Eeyore Quilt.  The Quilt Group also donated a Quilt to the HHH’s Relay for Life Team which is made up of many of the members.

The ladies then went to lunch at the local Rowing Club where the view while you have lunch is of the river.

The  next activity is in May which will be the post Mother's Day activity but will also be Dee – Queen Purple Obsessed will be able to join in following some health issues and she is looking forward to what is sure to be a fun day and will indicate that she is back to continuing to Growing Old Disgracefully.


It was another wonderful day when the Scarlet Women of Camden Haven gathered at Miss Nellie’s. It was very pleasant sitting out the front away from all the other customers where they were able to chatter away to their hearts content!

Helen was thanked for organising this venue for her birthday lunch.


A Pool Party at Marlene (Marlinka Madame de Plonk)’s, this was a perfect way for the Strawberry tarts (WA) to start to 2017.  Many bathers took advantage of the sparkling pool, while their very much loved “Life Guard” Pat Hart (Princess Queen of Hart) stood watch on the day.  After steadily working up an appetite, they all headed indoors to partake in a feast that each lady had caringly contributed to.  The impressive selection of salads, meat and finally dessert were simply delicious.  The sharing of share some party jokes gave all a good laugh. It was  a totally awesome day.


During February the S’Tarts ventured out toward the Swan Valley to enjoy lunch at a hidden gem known as Ellenbrook at “The Brook Bar & Bistro”.


Veronica (Lady of Sparkles 'n' Bubbles)’s  hosted the first craft day of the year. with a a Veronica had put together a few fascinators and supplied all raw materials for ladies to use and many ladies were eager to try their hand at creating not only something for their personal use but also items for future sales.  Everyone turned up with something delicious to share and food was in vast supply. 


St. Patrick’s Day at the Kingsley Tavern was another fun day with a big group of ladies getting with the theme of the day and wowing each other with their individual take on traditional green.  There were three menu options with a selection of Irish flare accompanied with the regular senior’s menu and their current a la carte option. 


The final event for the first Quarter was the Annual Tram Ride from Crown at Burswood.  Mother Nature treated the 72 participants to a gorgeous 26 degree Autumn experience with ladies attending from a variety of local chapters who came from far and wide.  Fifteen Strawberry Tarts gathered at Crown with great expectation and were not to be disappointed.  There were three carriages filled with a sea of purple and red.  The drive took them around the South Perth foreshore where they stopped off for a photo opportunity and light refreshment.  The bubbles flowed quite early in the day!  From there they travelled up to Kings Park and were mesmerized by the stunning views of beautiful Perth.  The next 30 min stop was Water Town to cater to the shoppers looking for a bargain or to sit and have a coffee before heading back to Crown for lunch.  No doubt everyone enjoyed their travels and the forging of new friendships.  


 A collection of photos of the above activities can be viewed on the Photo gallery.



After much planning and organising the volunteers from the Fleurieu Fillies of Port Elliot were able to decorate the South Lakes Golf club dining room with wall and table decorations. The throne and banners were installed resulting in a room that sparkled ready for the occasion!
There were Red Hatters visiting from, England, Western Australia, Victoria and from all around our state of South Australia, as well as the Fillies!

When the time came for the ceremony to begin a guard of honour was formed by the Fleurieu Fillies, as the 'Queen to be' made her way through it she was greeted with cheers, curtsies, sparkling streamers and bubbles galore all the way to the amazingly decorated throne.

The Queen of Bluebells made a short speech before placing the magnificent crown on the Duchesses head but when the Royal Sceptre came down she was pronounced to be Jacquie, Queen of Glitz'N'Glam. The Royal Oath was made by the new Queen as well as short speech about her journey through Red Hatting.

This was followed by much cheering, clapping and many congratulatory hugs, a beautiful bouquet and many gifts were presented to her. This was followed with a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen, accompanied by kazoos.

The visiting Queens were presented with crown brooches to commemorate the coronation and the hatters received a beautiful bracelet each as a memento of the special day.
As well as enjoying the formalities of the day a delicious lunch was served, entertainment was provided by the chapter members and laughter inducing games were played too!
A very special and enjoyable day was enjoyed by all.'




The Ladies of The Round Table and The Glorious Red Peppers of Moreton, are sister groups, who regularly enjoy each others company.


This month their luncheon date coincided with St Patrick's Day so a few of the ladies added a little green to their lovely purple and red outfits when they gathered at Birches of Mt Mee.


Redpepper recently had her DNA tested and found that she is 52% naturally she wore a touch of the green on the day.



A shopping spree  at Just Add Bling at Burpengary was a fun and productive event for the Ritzy Red Hatz of Redcliffe.  Fiona provided a lovely snack for the girls while they shopped.  Much fun was had by all and lovely purchases made.   Coffee at one of the local cafes finished the morning.


For their St Patricks celebrations the Roving Rubies went on the Sydney Harbour and invited their fellow sisters from Wollongong, Sydney, Castle Hill and Diamond Dazzles from Lake Macquarie. A lot of fun was had by all and Queen Lilimarlene was quite a sight in her Irish wench apron! 

She has promised a couple of her members, who are in love, that she could produce 80 bridesmaids and is having fun collecting the photos to show any prospective bride should they want to plan a wedding. They have on plans, a red hat wedding and an available marriage celebrant. Guests would take a plate for a feast and their drinks and it would be fun and cheap.

The chapter’s next Harbour function will be Thursday 14th  September to celebrate their 11th birthday.

Honorary Member of the Roving Rubies (Kincumber NSW) Lady Ida-Denny Atkins will turn 100 in April in Scotsdale, Tasmania. She gets such a thrill out of wearing her birthday hat that Queen Lilimarlene gave her for her 99th. Ida-Denny went out and bought a purple outfit and Q Lilimarlene didn’t have the heart to say Red hatters reverse the colours on our birthday month - at 100 she can do what she likes.

Ida-Denny was one of Marlene’s Mother’s life long friends - her other friend Nancy also turned 100 in Feb.  

Ida took a great interest from the start in the red hatters and Marlene keeps her up to date with magazines and being a retired nursing matron who has a fabulous mind and memory, it gives her an interest as she finds the other residents are either deaf or have dementia. She is sure to get a thrill out of the cards the Ladies of the Roving Rubies will send - hopefully they will fill a wall. She is very good at the royal wave which she gave all the time when Marlene picked her up in the Betty Boop Ute on a recent visit. She certainly looks lovely for 100!



There were only a few M’Ladies of the Lake able to attend the annual St Patrick’s event  held at Kerrys abode.  Catherine, Pauline, Lexie, Vicki, Margaret, Kris and Kerry had a lovely day despite the weather, enjoying a feast of green and orange linguini carbonara, a yummy salad, egg sandwiches, fruit platters, muffins, lime cheese cake and a great Happy St. Patrick's Day cake care of Margaret's bakery. All washed down with non alcoholic punch, green Easter eggs and of course mint leaves and grapes, strawberries and choc and caramel dipping sauce. So healthy!

The obligatory Irish music and Irish jokes were the only activities that interrupted their nattering.