Sharing Australian Red Hat Information



The Sassi Charm Belles of QLD recently marked the 95th birthday of their oldest member Mildred at a local venue.  She enjoyed her many gifts and the delicious birthday cake.


Another Birthday Bash celebration in QLD was for Queen Joan ((Red Hot Mommas) of Bribie Island.  Her Hippy themed party was full of laughter and frivolity with guest dressing for the occasion. 

Queen Joan is always up for a party! In 2009 she arrived at her Hawaiian themed party on a jet ski. 



The Ritzy Red Hatz activities for August included a night event at Redcliffe Paceway. It was such a fun night they plan to do it again in September.

They also joined in the fun celebrating Queen Joan’s  Birthday on Bribie Island and what a fantastic time was had by all. 

A movie event completed the program for the month. After viewing The Time of Their Lives, the ladies had lunch at the Coffee Club.

Queen Carol relays: “We have all enjoyed a great month of fun and friendship and look forward to September.”

          TASSIE HATTERS to GO

What a great time the Burnie Hatters to Go have been having with lots of fun, frolics, and laughter!

Their Utterly Ulverston luncheon event was held at Queen Jan of Fabrica's Ulverstone home, when 10 Red Hat Sisters became members of Jan's Bead Girls Club!!. Jan was thanked for her friendly hospitality and sharing her gorgeous home and view with the Red hatters!

Lady Connie of Trade was the Queen for the day for "Lunch at The Top" where 17 members shared fun, chatter and Hatters To Go memorabilia, which included Dame Hattie Artist’s collection from 2005 onwards; the beginning of the Red Hat Chapter.

Suzanne was acknowledged for her creative work. Lucky Prize winners on the day, thanks to Connie, were Rosaleen; "Celtic Goddess", Madam Margaret of Mayham, and Carol; Lady Gad~about.


The Red Hat girls in Western Australia massed together on Wednesday 2 August, to Storm Betty's Jetty (known to the public as Elizabeth Quay, but that sounded way to posh), and to ride on the exquisitely crafted Carousel.  Originally this was planned by the Sassy Sisters for just a few chapters, as a bucket list item to be ticked off for their Vice Queen - The Countess of Chaos, who is returning to live in the U.K.  However it quickly gained momentum as others saw an opportunity to congregate and To Age Outrageously with their like-minded Sisters.

Normally a large outdoor event like this would have been planned for warmer weather (yes, it rains in winter in the West), and here they were, with storms lashing Perth for the weeks leading up to the day.  So the call went out to one and all for a Reverse Rain Dance!  A couple of the Sassy Sisters actually went in to do it on the Quay itself!   And it worked.  The only fine day in the week! 

The Providers with businesses on Betty's Jetty came on board with discounts and special offers, from the Carousel itself, to the Jet boat and ferry rides, eateries, and heaps others.  Willie Creek Pearls approached the ladies and offered  complimentary tours of their pearling process and showrooms.  And the women surely did bring them good fortune with one oyster yielding a massive $6000.

Dressed in their finery the Red Hat girls created a vibrant splash of colour across Betty's Jetty.  To add to the celebration of the day there was an officially unofficial ceremony where State Dignitary MP Emily Hamilton (representing the Minister for Women's Interests) presented the Empress of the West (Bev Fussell who started Red Hats in the West) with The Key To Play On The Quay, who then waved it aloft to bestow on everyone permission to 'Play'.  It was great to see everyone, including the MP, entering in the spirit of the day.  And it was such a beautiful gold filigree key, found by none other than Chaos herself in an Op Shop.

To add to the excitement Channel 9 covered the event, putting it to air in their afternoon and evening news, with a Live Cross to Bev, who was a wonderful ambassador for Red Hats.  Their coverage was very tasteful, and the feature on the Channel 9 Website was inundated with 'hits'. Such an amazing opportunity to showcase Red Hats and spread the word.  View:


Once  a group photo was taken the girls fanned across the Quay, engaging in whatever activity took their fancy.  There were lots of photos, but the most amazing were of the beautiful Carousel filled to capacity by Red Hat girls looking ravishing (Stef for one), as they had responded to the call 'Dress To Impress'.

The camaraderie of the Sisterhood was evident for all to see.  After a fun filled day ladies departed filled afresh with wonderful memories, and a new zest for life.  Actually, most of the women  rushed home to catch the afternoon news!!  After all, what Red Hatter is not adverse to seeing herself and her antics displayed on the media, and delighting in the chance to promote the Red Hat ideal.

All in all it was a totally awesome day, just showing that from little things big things grow.

                                     EXTRA PICTURES ON THE PHOTO GALLERY


The Round Table once again this year, gathered multiple red hat groups from Brisbane North to the Sunshine coast, this time for their fundraising day on August 11th to raise awareness for cancer research.  Over a delicious lunch in the beautiful setting at the Bribie RSL Memorial Club, Management and Staff alike, gave hostess, Queen Marivi and all her guests  the Royal treatment in every way.

They were entertained by Totally Charlie, who is well known in the red hat circles. “Charlie” delighted everyone with his sharp musical skills and professionalism.

A total of $4690.55 was raised while guests enjoyed themselves, having genuine fun in typical hatters friendship style.

Attending Chapters travelled from near and far, including the Red ‘n’ Purple Ragers   - Caboolture Shangri-Lars  –  Gateway Goddesses  - The Roving Queens  - Gadabout Queens -  Ritzy Red Hatz –   Redpeppers of Moreton - Mei Mei’s – Ruby Dolls – Beautiful Bribie Blond Bomshells  - Red Hat Mommas –Fab Femmes  and Queen Joy Muller, plus ladies from the local groups.

Queen Marivi’s helpers on the day this year were Queen Robyn, Empress Jeanette and two of her ladies, Maureen and Penny.  Good friend Penny D once again acted as the official photographer, and John D who set-up the photo display. Queen Marlene, was set to be a helper, but was taken ill and was unable to make it.

Queen Marivi expressed her special appreciation to her Vice-Queen Rosemary and Vivien, who sat side by side with the queen selling hamper tickets during many weeks and special thanks to her helpers on the day  and for showing their support in may ways during the past few months.

Also, sincere and  humble thanks was extended to all Chapters and locals who by being there, contributed towards Cancer research. 



At their latest activity, the Roving Rubies celebrated “JeansForGenes" day and raised some money by fining those in attendance who did not have on something in denim. Queen Lilimarlene just scrapped by wearing her fancy jeans she had promised to fit in this year, wrapping them around her waist - well she was wearing them.  Lady Jo Not to Tonight Josephine had a fall last year and managed to save one leg of her jeans which she wore. The August birthday girls got to huff and puff the magic wish candle on the day.


Marlene met up with an old Launceston High School fellow student, Ray Martin  recently and took him some of her famous tomato relish which he said reminded him of home (Tassie).  It was great that he has praise for public school LHS.  Queen Lilimarlene wonders if any other red hatters went there - besides  Queen Judy Guyton who has returned to Launceston.



The Redcliffe Ravishing Rebels celebrated their 15th anniversary at the Over There Café, Redcliffe and a good time was had by all.  Queen Mother Lynne was in attendance and Queen Kaye cut a beautiful cheesecake to commemorate the birthday celebrations. 
The Ravishing Rebels continue to enjoy their activities and friendships.


54 ladies from various Victorian locations as well as from NSW gathered to celebrate the Aussie Red Hat Day organised by Queen Janesca  and her Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore chapter members, held at Penny's Restaurant in Kilmore.

Each guest received a bracelet of rubies and pearls (faux) and a lapel badge commemorating the event.  The bracelets were made by two of the R&R’s ladies and the badges were made by Obsi (web mistress of Red Hats Victoria).

The occasion celebrated16 years of Australian Red Hatting and  it was appropriate that  party at Penny’s was in the heritage listed Old Kilmore Town Hall.

The room was very elegant with red sashes around each chair and fresh flowers as table centre pieces.  First prize in the raffle was a Faberge like carved egg decorated with red hat, tiny shoes and bag.   This was made as a "one off" especially for the birthday celebration.

                        AUSSIE RED HAT DAY - QLD


It was a sea of red and purple at the beautiful Caloundra RSL Thursday, when Queen Mum Julie and her Red’n Purple Ragers hosted the annual “Aussie Red Hat Day” luncheon.

Ladies came from near and far – from Gladstone in north Queensland to Gosford in Northern NSW; Bundaberg to Bribie Island; Blackbutt ladies drove to Kilcoy to join their bus; Gympie ladies were in strong force; Brisbane, Manly, Sunnybank, Redcliffe Peninsula, Mango Hill, Morayfield, Caboolture, Woodford – most took advantage of the free buses supplied but Gold Coasters stayed over and others decided to drive themselves including the Bundaberg ladies who drove there and back the same day.


Just under 300 ladies enjoyed the fun and friendship – some newbies were in awe of the whole scene while others were checking if old friends may be there to catch up with. The local ‘non red hatter “Charlie fans” who packed the balance of the Main Stage area, weren’t put off from joining in the dancing and enjoying the entertainment provided by the ladies

Totally Charlie entertained and had them dancing, jumping – you name it (just ask Carol – Mistress of Mayhem??) The club’s service was second to none as were the meals including special diets being catered to.


As this special day is a tribute to the late Supreme Matriarch Florence Slattery (who was first to introduce Australia to the Red Hatters) a special menu was designed – a group effort by Princess Patti Perfect, QM Julie and Anita – Functions Manager – as well as the written tribute to Florence there was also one to the late Greg Doolan who had been ‘the main man entertainer' for this event since its inception but who passed away earlier this year after a very brief battle with cancer.


Lots of fabulous raffle prizes were won and QM Julie thanked the club for their generous donation of a number of bottles of wine to be included as extra raffle prizes. Three lucky ladies won lucky door prizes – bottle of Moet Chandon each!


Ladies have been sending their thanks to QM Julie for organising this event each year and I am sure they will be watching for details of 2018 day to be released next year.


One lady’s bracelet was found by Dave the bus driver so if you think it might be yours please contact QM Julie.


The Ritzy Red Hatz certainly enjoyed themselves celebrating the Aussie Red Hat Day at the Red’n Purple Rager’s function. 


As Queen Carol relays: “Queen Julie and her ladies do a wonderful job of getting everything organised for us. We had a ball! Always a fabulous event - one not to be missed.”


Queen Bette and the Outrageous Redhatters Toowoomba joined Queen Babette for High Tea at the beautiful Valetta Restaurant, in Toowoomba where everyone had a wonderful morning.    



It was another wonderful luncheon for the Scarlet Women of Camden Haven when they gathered at The Village Restaurant. Four of the ladies, including Queen Linda celebrated their birthday month with lots of laughter and chatter shared.