Sharing Australian Red Hat Information

Autumn is now upon us and no doubt Red Hatters will be making the most of the change of seasons, dusting off their felt hats and finding some indoor activities.
Whatever is on your groups program may it always involve the fun and friendships that we all value.


For their 12th Birthday the Shangrilars went to a love Cafe in Sandgate overlooking the water with lovely views.  Sandgate is only a short distance away, but even so Queen Nettie decided that as the Royal Treasury was quite full of golden coins a bus would be hired for the ladies to be able to travel and celebrate in style.  This turned out to be a wise decision as the day turned out rainy and windy.  So the bus took the ladies door to door without anyone having to run through the rain when they parked and get their lovely hats wet.  The event was advertised as a Mystery Bus Trip so along the way there was great chatter as to whether they would head South or North when they hit the highway.

But no, it was East so then the discussion was which restaurant they may have been going to in Redcliffe.  But ooops no here they were then heading over the Hornibrook Highway so it became obvious they were not going to Redcliffe.  The Ladies curiosity was soon to be satisfied.

As usual the company was great and the food delicious.​  It proved to be a very popular destination.  Lady Jenny Mistress of Mirth was inducted to the Royal Court on this auspicious day and as the newest lady assisted the Queen in cutting of the cake.  The only complaint the Queen heard was "the day was not long enough"​.

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The new chapter at Lawson, NSW, The Dazzling Divas have had their first Sunday outing at the Lime Ladder Cafe at Springwood where they enjoyed a beautiful High Tea by the lovely hostess Kate Lime Café’s owner.

The ladies had a fabulous time chatting away, they almost lost track of time, as Red hatters are well known to do!

Queen of Bling and Glam, Marilyn  is now looking forward to the next outing to see the  Burlesque Idol at Penrith  Panthers. The group will be having dinner prior to the show and invite any new ladies that may wish to join them who will be most welcome.


Barb and Julie of The Scarlet Women organised the latest luncheon at the Bonny Hills Tavern. The custom of this chapter is that those having birthdays on that month host the occasion.

This was a very intimate and cosy occasion as the group had the dining room to themselves, which created a lovely atmosphere that felt as though they were in someone's cosy lounge room!


While Dee - Queen Purple Obsessed of the Happy Hawkesbury Hatters remains housebound her ladies have been keeping the momentum going and recently attended a High Tea at Mulgoa. The local press were in attendance taking photos for an article about the fun-loving group that was to feature in the local paper.  No doubt there will be more ladies wanting to join in the near future.


The ladies also attended a Sound of Music Singalong and got into the spirit by dressing up. There were many members of the public who wanted to confess to the Nuns, but Queen Dee feels they ( the Nuns) may have had a few confessions of their own to worry about.


The ladies continue to enjoy making life-long friendships and more importantly support each other.

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It has been reported that the attendees at the 3rd  Victorian Convention had lots of fun during the convention weekend.


It was very well presented, especially with their props and bits and pieces bought from USA for the event. The entertainers over the weekend were excellent.

 Queen Lilimarlene (Roving Rubies of Kincumber NSW) and Queen Julie (Red’n Purple Ragers  - QLD) relayed the many themes over the weekend were well represented: the Friday evening Welcome Beach Party Dinner with music and dancing with Frankie Stevens.  There were raffles and prizes and a Beach hat and Beach Bag Parade.

On Saturday ladies met for an open Buffet Breakfast before heading off on either the Yarra Valley, or on the Tramboat Cruise to Williamstown.  There was a free hat making session and free Boot Scootin’ lessons in the afternoon.

On Saturday evening the Boot Scootin Cowgirl Gala Dinner included music and dancing with Issy Dye and Friends with more raffles and prizes awarded during the night.

Sunday Brekky was a Mad Hatters theme with a Queens Council Meeting held at the end of the event.              

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Crystel, Queen of Travelalot – Cousin Jennies on the CCDU has been busy of late travelling here and there.


During February she joined in the 6th Birthday celebration lunch for the Westside Glitzy Girls held at the British Hotel, Port Adelaide.  Ninety two Red Hat ladies were in attendance and it was a spectacular picture. Congratulations was extended to Queen Lesley and the Westside Glitzy Girls.


Wendy and Queen Crysel hosted a Royal Afternoon Tea at Noleen’s Book Café, Wallaroo.  The seven attendees had a most enjoyable afternoon with plenty to chat about.   


There was also the luncheon held at the Wombat Hotel, Kadina with 40 attending which included 6 ladies who came along to see if they would like to join the chapter. Kate lightened the afternoon with some jokes that mature ladies could identify with, so there was plenty of laughter.


A visit with the Piriettes at Pt. Pirie for a Pancake Luncheon gave Q Crystel the opportunity to catch up with Queen Ann and her members.


Wendy and Q Crystel also attended the Down Under Scarlett Bells, 3rd Convention which was a great  experience. The decorations and table decorations were amazing and there was always a gift for everyone on the table. There was an abundance of Red Hat clothing and bling and it was obvious to see the extreme energy the Scarlet Bells put into every theme over the weekend’s program. 


                FAREWELL LUNCH

Queen Glee of the Sunny Coast Rovers & Queen Joan, The Gypsy Queen joined Queen Margaret of the Rambling Roses and Countess Bev at the Dicky Beach Surf Club for their monthly Luncheon.

It was with a fond farewell the ladies said goodbye to the lovely Queen Joan, as she and her Prince plus the fur babies are moving to Hervey Bay. Q Joan will look into Red Hat chapters in that area once they are settled.

A lovely lunch was enjoyed by all and Q Margaret was delighted to have two new prospective Red Hatters join her.



Robyn Queen Swimalot from the Tantalising Tenacious Tarts, East Perth recently celebrated her 7th anniversary of her crowning at Bentley Pines TAFE Restaurant.

Robyn had only imparted this news to 2 TTT’s but that was enough to galvanise them into action with a beautiful cake and flowers to mark the special occasion.

3 TTT’s that were at the original Crowning in 2010 were also in attendance.



The Dames Down Under set out down Rundle Street, Adelaide to find an ice cream or gelato shop, but after some time wandering found all the shops had  disappeared (despite Queen Dame Dancing, Colleen’s Google search which indicated they were still there!) They were therefore enticed to stop for coffee instead of ice cream. 

Dame Elizabeth Jill showed off her running style as she posed with the sportswear dummy model.  

As Red Hatters we don't care what passers-by think!

For their next gathering the chapter will celebrate Jeanne, Marchioness of Yarn’s birthday. 

How did Jeanne come up with her name? She was born in the month of March in the town of March, England; she is a spinner of yarns – both literary and wool/fabric… so there you are - Marchioness of Yarn.  The birthday bash will be held at Jeanne’s home where the Dames will be able to admire some of her creative work.

                                             THE QUEENS OF THE NORTH QLD

It was another successful day, hosted by Queen Sandy Owen and her lovely Sunshine Sirens who had worked very hard to attend to every presentation detail. Representatives from a number of chapters in the region gathered and enjoyed a nice luncheon and shared ideas and lots of laughter. The venue, Headlands Golf Club was tops with a glorious views out to the Sunshine Coast​, the food and the company was absolutely awesome.

There was fun with a meet and greet game aimed at getting to know something about each other one perhaps did not know before.  The table conversation topic of the day was about "Networking" and how groups would like sister Chapters.  Two sister Chapters were formed The Ritzy Red Hatz and the Shangrilars and The Ruby Dolls with their sister Chapter The Bright and Cheery.

It was decided that in SE Queensland groups network very well with multi chapter events happening throughout the year.

The Raffle Prizes were wonderful with everyone having their eye on something to win.  The winners envied by all.

The Queens look forward to their next get together towards the end of the year hosted by the Scarlet Ladies - Redcliffe, Queen Cinderella.


Queen Nettie and  Queen Marivi and their ladies thank Queen Sandy for a lovely day!



The Ritzy Red Hatz had a great time, as always, when they attended the Mulberry Tarts 9th Birthday party, which was a picnic in the park.  Everyone was asked to bring along a Teddy Bear and shared the stories of how the Teddys came into their care.  There were some funny and some some very touching tales.

The attendees also learned a line dance which was an extra bit of fun – something they have decided they could do together at Aussie Red Hat Day.