Sharing Australian Red Hat Information


The start of another year!  Here’s to lots of happy fun filled red hat activities around the states.

Thank you to the continuing support of those ladies who provide news and photos to fill the pages so that others can get to know of what Red hatting is all about.


All groups are welcome to send articles at any time.

A special mention is being made of Countess Colleen – Queen Dame Dancing  - Dames Down Under of Sth Plympton SA who has been a consistent and long-term provider of the monthly Damely Natterings since the inception of the Matilda Rose website in November 2004.... Where did those years go?

Queen Colleen will continue to offer her band of Dames the support and friendships they share each year by gathering for regular Morning Teas at Gays Arcade, plus extra activities along the way.

               NSW Blacktown/Hawkesbury  Chapter

The Christmas High Tea celebrated at King Henry's Court by Dee, Queen Purple Obsessed and her Happy Hawkesbury Hatters was certainly an enjoyable event. There was lots of frivolity and laughter as there always is when this chapter gets together.

For some reason there is always a male who wants to join in with the ladies when they are out and about, so of course there is the obligatory photo included in this collection.

The group also attended Fawlty Towers Theatre Restaurant  during December which was hilarious and so much fun. There was so much laughter that everyone had sore faces from laughing. Of course ladies with red hats and fascinators were always going to be in the firing line but it was all in good fun. The characters were so much like the show that they could picture the actual episodes.


The ladies had photos with the cast after the show who thanked them for getting into the spirit of the show (as if they had any choice). More pics on photo gallery

                                                           ELVIS FESTIVAL - PARKES NSW

Queen Annie-Lou and her Motley crew of Sydney, together with Queen Lilimarlene of the Roving Rubies, Central Coast ventured out to Parkes for the Elvis Festival.

The girls got so many compliments on their purple outfits  and the ladies gave out a lot of  Red hat cards.

They managed to have some photos taken with the Lord Mayor of the City.

Talent scout Barry had a great time playing the crowd and made the parade so much fun.

                                            VICTORIAN LADYBIRDS FESTIVAL EVENT

When the Ballarat Ladybirds attended the Lavendula Harvest Festival they blended in well with the fields of flowers. Chris (Ladybird Newsletter Ed) relays that the activity was an enjoyable occasion with good food, great music and everything lavender.



Carol has been a member of the Mei Meis for some years and recently completed at the World Master Athletic Championships in Perth during Oct/Nov 2016 along with 4000 athletes from 93 different countries.


Carol completed in the 75 to 79 age group in a total of six events and brought home three medals, a gold, silver and bronze, she also gained two fourths and a seventh placing. What an accomplishment!


She is a long distance runner and took on the 10,000m, 8,000 cross country, 5000m, 1500m 200m and a 4 by 400m relay. She won bronze for the 10,000m, Silver in the 1500m and a gold in the 4 x 400m relay.


Her team was 100 metres behind when she took the baton as the last runner. With determination to give it her best shot, she took off overtaking the other runners to take out the win and the gold medal with her team. What a fantastic achievement especially that long distance running is her speciality rather than sprinting.


Carol had won three bronze medals before at the World Masters in 1994 and had also held the record of running 180kms in 24 hours which she did in 1991.


It was a privilege and an honour for the Mei Mei ladies to see and be able to hold her medals.


The end of  2016  was a busy time for the Ladies.  The group’s Christmas Luncheon was held at The Round Table Queen’s abode where 11 diners were seated at the table, and arrangements had to be made for a few more who happily  used coffee tables in the adjoining lunch room due to the pending inclement weather, rather than being outside.

It was the first Christmas lunch celebration for the chapter and on this occasion 3 new members, Robyn, Diane and Naomi were inducted. Both Robyn and Lyn also celebrated birthdays during December

On behalf of the members of The Round table, Queen Marivi would like to wish all red hatters a Fabulous  and Safe  2017.




Snippets from the Gazettes from the previous year showed how the Divas enjoyed another string of activities of shared fun and friendships in the past year.  A few highlights are noted.

A number of Morning Teas were enjoyed with one being held at the Queen’s Palace which was such a happy relaxed affair.  As usual there was plenty of food and all the Divas were acknowledged.

Queen Elizabeth also hosted the Melbourne Cup Luncheon another very successful day where the spread of food was again amazing and the company delightful.    Winners on the day included Diva Dale who won “fashion of the field” and Fran “Dauphine Francesca” took off the prize for the most fashionable hat…which she made it herself!   Beverley Ann “Baroness Butterfly” won the sweep prize.

Lunch at Kailis Trigg took the group back to a favourite eatery and sitting at the long table looking out on the shimmering ocean was a delight in itself.  Many ordered fish and chips and were thrilled especially if it went with champagne. 

High tea at Peninsula Tea Gardens at Tranby was another superb gathering where they sat outside under the trees alongside the river….just perfect.  They enjoyed home made scones, jam and cream, lots of lovely sandwiches and petite cakes…..all yummy and a great selection of teas.


The Trip to Toodjay was a wonderful day stopping for lunch at Duck Duck Goose Restaurant via varied routes through the countryside where the spring had sprung and everything was colourful from the bright lush green rolling hills to the colours of the wildflowers. Gary, who opened his restaurant during the week especially for the group prepared a delicious roast, followed by sticky date pudding and home made icecream!


An Afternoon Tea at Vice Queen Annie’s sitting inside or out in her relaxing Bali retreat outdoors was another happy occasion.

Breaky at Burns Beach is always a popular gathering. This is a favourite spot for the regular Diva walkers to meet after their exercise.

Of course there were many birthday celebrations. Café 28 at the Joondalup Country Club saw a huge table of Divas tuck into all types of food, especially their famous hamburgers on one occasion where the bubby flowed freely which may have added to the level of noise. Other patrons commented on what a happy fun group we were and definitely added to the atmosphere of the establishment.

The Purple Passion Party saw some Divas grab some amazing pre loved bargains at the private home where the party was held which had many stalls just of red and purple.

The Divas always love the movies and they viewed a great variety of presentations throughout the year.

And as for the Cocktail Night this was an evening that consisted of enjoying a tasty array of finger food with the very talented V.Q. Annie not only being the Hostess but was also in charge of the Cocktail Bar!   It seems she practiced her talents on hubby Nigel the night before being very strict in following the cocktail recipes…..but as the party went on it was noticed by some that she used her own quantity ‘swig’ judgements which must have been good as there were absolutely no complaints from the patrons!

Mandurah Christmas lights Coach tour was more than they could have ever expected with the spectacle of the Christmas lights along the Mandurah canals which were breathtaking beautiful.  As a bonus the City put on a fireworks display which blew everyone away. 

The Christmas Party was another joyous occasion.  Holding this event in the home of Vice Queen Margaret proved such a good choice. Margaret and hubby Richard ensured their home was so welcoming having all the Christmas trimmings twinkling and festive tables and individual seating for all. The traditional Christmas fare was thoroughly enjoyed not to mention the delicious sweets that were so lovingly prepared by Chef Pierre.

Santa visited and there was lots of  fun opening the Christmas presents he delivered. Vice Queens Margaret and Annie and Queen Elizabeth were delighted to observe the obvious joy that was being shared throughout the evening by the entire gathering of Divas and husbands.

Queen Elizabeth and the Divas all realize how fortunate they are to be part of such a happy band of red hatters.  It is worth reminding all that the Dinki Di Diva group was the first in Western Australia and have continued on for 12 years now.  Having been Queen for over 10 years  Elizabeth believes the members have developed a tremendous bond that extends far beyond red hatting!

View a selection of pictures on the Photo Gallery