Sharing Australian Red Hat Information


Chapters around the States invite you to join in their planned activities as noted. 
Please contact the relevant person as listed.

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                                                                                                   2018 EVENTS



The ROCK n ROLL THEMED event will be held at RYDGES HOTEL & RESORTS,
23 Palmer Street, TOWNSVILLE on 20th – 22nd JULY 2018

Enjoy the winter sunshine in glorious Townsville.   A funfilled weekend of like minded red hatters is yours for the asking!  Dust out your dancing shoes, your poodle skirts and bobby socks for a great time listening to all your favourite songs.   Are you a latent widgie, sheila or bobsey twin? 


For Registration package and all enquiries please contact
Queen Jenny: [email protected]    0417 805 103

Or Diane (07) 4773 3704 or 0478 099 602

Cost $280. Deposit of $130 required from each attendee with the submission of the Registration and Indemnity Forms.
Balance of $150 was to be made by March 30th 2018




Friday 20TH

2pm to 4pm - Registration in the Foyer to the Grand Ballroom

6pm to 10pm  - Official Opening in the Grand Ballroom

Theme: "Happy Days"

Canapés with a Cash Bar - Rock and Roll Demonstration - Dancing till close.


Saturday 21ST

Free Day – Plan your own activities or join a Tour.

Tours available at own expense. Payment required with registration.


Magnetic Island $54 includes Return Ferry & Guided Bus Tour:

Group departs from the front of Rydges Hotel departure time TBA. Ferry departs 10:30am. Lunch at either: Peppers $27.50 or The Tammarind Tree $20.25

Great Barrier Reef Aquarium located at 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville.

Entry $28  Adult / $22 Concessional. Opening Hours 9:30am to 5pm daily.

Recommended 2 – 2.5 hours to experience the beauty and wonders of the Aquarium.

Daily Tours:  10:30am – Predator Dive Show  

                             1pm & 3:30pm Turtle Talk  

                            2:30 Animal Feeding Tour (Fri & Sat)  

                            Waterview Café open for lunch and refreshments between 9:30am to 3:30pm

Townsville Day Tours $50.00

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Sightseeing tour of Townsville and its history.  Lunch additional cost - location to be advised.


Townsville Walking Tour $75.00  

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Includes Devonshire morning tea, location TBA

Billabong Sanctuary $35.00 plus $7.50 Bus fare

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Lunch extra cost at Blinky Bill’s licenced Café which offers freshly made light meals, Devonshire tea and coffee, cold drinks and yummy deserts. Gluten-Free options available. Hot Food closes at 2:30pm with snacks and drinks available until closing.



6pm Dinner Party in the Grand Ball Room
Theme: "Grease"


Sunday 22ND

Free Morning: Suggestion - stroll through the Cotters Markets, Flinders Street (Between Stanley St & Denham St). Open from 8:30am to 1pm

12:30pm to 3pm - Closing Ceremony at Rydges Hotel. Lunch included  

2:30pm Handing over of the Flag



Direct Deposit (please include your Name/Surname on the bank deposit):

BSB 514-179,  Account No. 1706000,  

Account name Social Club.

Mail to: RHS, Unit 148, RSL Villas, 9 Havan Street, Rowes Bay, QLD, 4818


Deposits are non-refundable

If you can be replaced from a waiting list, refund moneys will be paid. However cancellations are not a guarantee of repayment.



The Kilmore Rubies & Pearls, Wandering Wenches & Merry Muck Ups

invite you to join them to help celebrate the
17th Anniversary of Red Hatting in Australia on Wednesday 25th July at 12 noon. 

Venue chosen for this happy occasion is the
Growling Frog Golf Club,
Donnybrook Road, Yan Yean VIC

The cost for a 3 course lunch is $35 per person.


Main meal choices: 

Tempura battered Blue Grenadier fillet served with chips, salad and tartare sauce.

Baked Lasagne served with crisp salad and garlic bread

Beef and Ale pot pie, served with creamy mash & buttered vegetable.

Entrée and desserts will be served as share platters.
Tea /coffee station is included.  All drinks are at bar prices.

Your meal preference is to be noted on the Registration Form, available from
Rene Robinson - Email [email protected]  or 5 Waterhaven Place, Doreen, 3754

Bank details: Name Irene Robinson BSB - 063 594  A/No 1034 3170  

Money to be paid by the 11th July.  
No refunds can be given.


There will be a “chook” raffle so come along and join in the fun.  Numbers are limited so book early.


As a tribute to our late Supreme Matriarch Florence Slattery of Rose City Red Hatters who was first to bring the Red Hat concept of love, laughter and friendship to Australia, receiving her original charter 25th July 2001, and on behalf of the ladies of Red’n Purple Ragers – and all chapters who recognise the feat of this lovely lady who turned 100 on 22 June 2016 – sadly she passed away in February 2018 while still taking a keen interest in red hatters – you are invited to join in the
                                 2018 AUSSIE RED HAT DAY CELEBRATION
                               to be held at Caloundra RSL - Main Stage
                           on 27th JULY, 10.30am to 2pm


                           RSL Constitution - NO HATS!!  (Fascinators & Hatinators are acceptable)

Cost $26 includes:   

Lunch – 2 course with alternate drops - menu to be advised                       

Raffles - $5 for 3 tickets – great prizes - Discount drinks voucher
Entertainment by “TOTALLY CHARLIE”.


RSVP your attendance sooner rather than later, and definitely by closing date of 1 July with
Pre-payment to:
QM Julie  : [email protected]  m: 0412 789957  up until  20 April.

NP: From 21 April - 13 May please direct any enquiries or transfer notices to Fran Kosenko: [email protected]

Cheques payable to:  Red’n Purple Ragers C/- Fran Kosenko 119/118 Bellflower Rd, Sippy Downs, 4556   or 

Bank Tfrs:   Red’n Purple Ragers, ANZ Kawana Waters   BSB 014616 A/c 4848 16056


PLEASE ADVISE ANY SPECIAL DIET REQUIREMENTS along with names and if you would like to be placed with particular person/s, as personal seat places will be in effect.    Free Buses will be made available, subject to numbers, for Red Hatters travelling from Kilcoy/Woodford/Blackbutt; Caboolture/Bribie Island/Morayfield; Redcliffe/Mango Hill; Brisbane (northside & possibly CBD) – DON’T MISS OUT! Book now!

Ipswich Red Hat Gala Luncheon

10th August commencing at 11.30am
at Brothers Leagues Club,
Wildey Street, Raceview

Alternate drop menu which includes a welcome drink.

Price: $40

RSVP & Payment by 25th July

Bank Details: Red Hat Down Under - BSB: 804059 Acc No: 351345

Contact: Sharmaine: [email protected]

Come and party the afternoon away


Travelling to Dublin during August 2018? Then consider joining in the
European Red Hat Hoot which this year will be taking place on
Saturday 11th August
hosted by Wanda - Queen Opal, British Red Hatters.

For further information email Queen Wanda: [email protected]


The main event will be Afternoon Tea at the famous Bewley's on Grafton Street and there is an optional visit to the Gaiety Theatre in the evening for Riverdance.

For over 175 years Bewley’s has had a special place in the hearts of Dubliners. It has recently reopened after extensive renovations. Founded in 1840, Bewley’s is Ireland’s leading café having perfected the craft of tea and coffee making over many generations, from humble beginnings in a little shop on Sycamore Alley in Dublin, Ireland, to the home and heart of the brand in Bewley’s Grafton Street, which extends right through to the world-class coffee, roastery and tea blending facilities in North County Dublin, as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Bewley's is spacious and light, with luminous new white carrera marble floor, plus the famous Harry Clarke stained glass windows which are now visible from the entrance following the renovations. The mahogany panelling, velvet upholstered banquettes – many in cosy private booth formations – and original marble-topped tables surrounded by bentwood chairs, are all back in place in the series of rooms at Bewleys that have been offering beverages and buns since 1927.


                                                        SYDNEY HARBOUR BIRTHDAY CRUISE

The next Party Afloat being held by the Roving Rubies will be held on
Thursday 13th September

Great news to anyone coming to Sydney so you can plan around it.  This event is always great fun.

The occasion will celebrate the Chapter’s 12th Birthday

Leaves from Casino Wharf 11am - is easy to access by public transport. Limit is 100.

Theme Gatsby - grab your pearls, feather boas, bling head bands - easy to throw over your purple or get out the roaring 20’s fringe dress and show us the your Charleston.

Tickets $50 ( 3 course meal ticket) - $10 deposit will secure your seat

Payments to be  made to Bendigo Bank - Roving Rubies Account: BSB633 000 A/c No 141169417

Contact Queen Lilimarlene [email protected]    02 4369 8367  0412 760 725

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre is offering special travel packages for Red Hatters wanting to take part in this fabulous week from
28 September - 6 October

Your hosts will be the Norfolk Island Red Hatter Chapter with Queen ‘Her Royal Highness Queenalee Rosalie, and her ‘Bounty Babes’!

For all details VIEW:

Holiday package includes:

  • Return economy class ‘seat + bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
  • Meet & Greet at the Airport
  • Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
  • Seven night’s accommodation staying at Paradise Hotel and Resort
  • Daily fully cooked breakfast
  • Complimentary Islander fruit cocktail & sweet treat on arrival
  • Managers Cocktails & Canapés at Paradise Hotel (Mondays)
  • Free wireless internet in hotel lobby
  • All day free tea & coffee station
  • Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card including free gift

Red Hatters Registration

Fun-loving Red Hatter program and activities additional cost AU$410 per person (or special AU$360 per person price for those who book through Norfolk Island Travel Centre) includes:
  • Welcome Bag with Gifts
  • Welcome night Fish Fry “On Darr Cliff” including entertainment
  • Exclusive Red Hatter Half Day Island Tour
  • 10th Anniversary Diamond luncheon including a glass of bubbles
  • Special Red Hatter light luncheon including fun and games at A Walk in the Wild (includes glass of bubbles on arrival)
  • Farewell ‘Diamonds are Forever’ themed Dinner at  Paradise Hotel including entertainment

Program subject to change

SAVE AU$50 per person off registration pack if booking your travel package through Norfolk Island Travel Centre




Don’t Miss the TRAIN: SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2018



Don’t be left on the PLATFORM:  12.00pm - Noon

Plenty of Parking - 30 Metres from Station - Disabled Access – Lift


DINING CAR Available  – Pay on Day –

Seniors 3 Tier  Meal - $15.90 Main / Dessert / Tea or Coffee or select from Menu



Don’t Get DERAILED – Come Prepared:

RAFFLES on the Day – Tickets $1 or 6 for $5

Best Hatinator/Fascinator (Judged by Management)

Lucky Door Prizes



Do you feel like BRANCHING out for an adventurous detour on the way?

Have you got Purple & Red Fever or want some Bling?

A special bonus of Red Hatters / Retail Therapy & a cuppa – what could be better ???

Venture out to our very own Red Hatter Shop Red Hats  Down Under

16 McEwan St Riverview  9.30 – 11.30am

(Alight at  Riverview Station – please note no lift so steps to be negotiated)

Or take a leisurely drive for an abundance of Purple & Red


RSVP  by Saturday 6th October to CONDUCTORS:

SUE WARD    [email protected]              

DEE CAIRNS    0419485502                                   

Cruise n Groove “Elvis meets the Legends” Cruise from 6th – 13th November 2018.

Departing from Sydney this 7 night adventure will visit Noumea and Mare.

This cruise has been coordinated by QM Julie and the Red’n Purple Ragers and will be a once in a lifetime experience.

For all Red hatters only, who book through Margaret Ong at Seniors Travel [email protected] (Fortitude Valley) with the RED HAT CODE - RHCG2018, there will be in a random draw to win the value of their cruise.

During the cruise you will enjoy over 30 live acts featuring a line-up of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world ever assembled on water for an array of concerts showcasing Elvis through the years. Together with concerts from more blockbuster legends of the era, this once in a lifetime experience will take you on a trip down memory lane.


There are two themed nights advertised – Blue Hawaii and Via Las Vegas and a great opportunity for ladies to dress for the occasion as they always do.


Royal Carribean is a well respected shipping company – it may be a bit more expensive than other cruise lines but by ladies sharing cabins (as they do rooms when attending multi groups functions) the cost is reasonable .


The cruise is not a regular Royal Carribean but rather is a charter – by Cruiseco Travel (Sydney) and is already heavily booked, so ladies need to start putting down a 25% deposit right away. This event is opened to partners, family and friends.


For all details link to:

PH: 07 3211 8599 or 1800 300 999

When booking with Margaret at Seniors Travel (Fortitude Valley) use CODE: RHCG2018


Highlights include:

‘Viva Las Vegas’ Glitz & Glamour Theme Party  - ‘Blue Hawaii’ Theme Party -
Vegas Renewal of Vows Ceremony - ‘Young Elvis’ Rising Star Contest - Elvis – The Gospel Years Concert - Elvis Trivia -Elvis Pool – Side Movie Cinema - Elvis & Priscilla Look-A-Like Contests - Elvis Cooking Shows - Elvis ‘Super Fans’ Group Photo

  2019 EVENTS


You are invited to celebrate Sharmaine’s birthday on
Friday 2nd February commencing at 11.30am

Well known for her Red Hats Down Under merchandise, join with others
and sip some champagne, scatter some confetti and sprinkle some love for a special lady.

Venue: Brothers League Club - Wildey Street, Raceview

Cost: 35 includes a welcome drink, lunch and dessert

Contact:  Phone 0419 024 663 or email: [email protected]

Please have your RSVP and payment submitted by 30th November.

Bank details will be given when your RSVP has been supplied.



Roast beef & vegetables
Honey mustard chicken

Raspberry Cheescake

Sticky-date pudding

The Down Under Scarlett Belles Convention
will be held from 1st – 3rd MARCH 2019
Bayview Eden Hotel, 6 Queens Road, Melbourne.




2.00 – 4.30pm - Registration and Vendor shopping 

6.00 – 11.00pm    WELCOME DINNER “HAPPY DAYS” 

Dress in your swirling poodle skirts, rock n roll outfits, pedal pushers or your Red Hat Colors and dance the night away to the music of Frankie Stevens and Derek Redfern. Theme is “Happy Days” but music will be a little more subtle (we can’t dance QUITE LIKE WE DID 40 YEARS AGO !!!! ) Sumptuous 3 course dinner served 50/50 basis. Drinks at bar prices. Raffles, games, table prizes, table gifts for you to take home.

Lots of fun and laughter combined with great music to be enjoyed with your red hat sisters.

SATURDAY 2nd    

7.30 -10.00 am Full buffet breakfast in main dining room.

10.00 – 5.00pm Vendor Shopping.


TOURS - 3 choices: 

9.30am - Optional Yarra Cruise up the Yarra River to your mystery destination. Official Red Hat Attire There will be limited spaces. Details and cost TBA.

9.30am – 4.30 Tour repeated by popular demand - Optional All-Day Bus Trip to the Yarra Valley. Bus trip includes visits to Rayners Fruit Orchard with tractor tour and lots of delicious fruit tastings, the Blue Lotus Water Gardens, light lunch before journeying on to the yummy Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery (with free samples of the most delicious chocolate EVER).  Lunch is included. 

Official Red Hat Attire.

Cost TBA - limited spaces so please BOOK EARLY.

9.30am -  Optional Luv a Duck Outing at their headquarters in South Melbourne for a fantastic cooking demonstration where you will learn all the secrets to cooking 4 wonderful duck dishes – and best of all you will then be served these dishes for your lunch. Lunch is included. Official Red Hat Attire

Cost TBA – only 30 places so please BOOK EARLY


1.00pm -5.00pm     Hat making craft session. FREE  ACTIVITY! 

This was such a huge success in 2017 with ladies making the most amazing red hats from placemats. For 2019 you will have the opportunity to make a “Cherry Blossom Hat” that you can show off at the Sunday Morning Breakfast

Numbers are limited to 60 for this free craft session, so please book early to secure your spot.  Only those who have a booking will be able to make a hat. 

Placemat, head band and glue guns supplied, please bring along any adornments you would like to add to your hat i.e. blossoms, chop sticks, origami, cranes etc.  

6.30 pm to 11pm GALA NIGHT                      

DINNER AT TIFFANY’S   Dress in your favourite Audrey Hepburn   outfit, elegant, sophisticated style, and of course don’t forget your tiara or hat (black if you have one) 

Sumptuous 3 course meal served 50/50 basis. Drinks at bar prices.

Featuring a ‘Audrey Hepburn Look a Like’ Competition. Games, raffles, table prizes and lots lots more. Elegant table gifts to take home.

Dance the night away to the music of the much loved Frankie Stevens.




Breakfast - buffet style.

Dress Code. Chinese/Japanese housecoat, Chinese/Japanese Pj’s or Red Hat travelling clothes, don’t forget your Cherry Blossom Hat. Major prize raffle, and farewell gifts for everyone to take home.  Featuring a ‘Banner Parade’, so be sure to bring along your Chapter Banners  

9.30 am  Farewell speeches.


10.45 to 11.30  QUEENS COUNSEL MEETING for Queens, Vice Queens Queen Mums, and potential interested future Queens. 

COST - $275

  •  $150 Balance PLUS any chosen tour costs,   payable by 1st December 2018 

Deposits are non refundable but can be transferred by you to a replacement up until 1st August.

Cost includes buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 3 course deluxe meals on Friday and Saturday nights.

Entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

Table gifts to take home on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday morning.


Accommodation at own expense. Please book early to ensure you secure a room at the venue at Bayview Eden Hotel Tel. 039250 2222 (Don’t forget to mention you are with the Red Hat convention for the discounted price). Room Rate Per double $160 a night. Undercover parking $14 a night. 


For Registration  information please contact:

Queen Travelot (Vivienne): email [email protected]  Tel: 03 5976 4643
Vice Queen Janice: email  [email protected] Tel: 03 5982 123  
Vice Queen Helen Tel: 03 5976 2615 


Queen Travelot and the Down Under Scarlett Belles look forward to seeing you and thank you for attending the convention and for helping make it a wonderful event. We hope you go home with happy memories and enjoyable moments to remember.


The next convention (2021) will be Fair Maidens of the Round table (Medieval Theme)



                                           2020 EVENTS


                             Queensland Girlfriend’s Giggle
                   SeaWorld Convention Centre,
Gold Coast.

A fantastic, mesmerising, absolutely fabulous Extravaganza, not to be missed.  
More details later in 2018.   

Queen Michelle, the Magnificent Mesmerising M’Ladies.    [email protected]


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