Sharing Australian Red Hat Information


The Hatters To Go events program over the recent past have included a variety of activities.

Sadly, they farewelled their Red Hat sister, friend, and Queen of the Red Hat Tassie Devils, Estelle, at her funeral in Devonport. Three HTG Chaperettes joined with their RHTD sisters, along with Estelle’s family and friends, to celebrate Estelle’s life and farewell her in style, with love.


Their Winter Warmers lunch at the Town House in late August was a joy filled day. They even entertained the hotel guests as well, which is nothing unusual for HTG! They were joined by five Red Hat Sisters from the Red Hat Tassie Devils in Devonport. (They just love to share this special time together, and visitors are always encouraged and welcomed to come along and join in the fun and frivolity.)


Thanks was extended to Duchess Dottie and Madam Manicure, who were the Co-Queens on the day.


The Red hatters welcomed Spring with their unique brand of pizazz and flair - of course – at an outing at the Seabrook, hosted by Joan and Jean.


Around 30 Hatters were in attendance, including again a number of ladies from the Red Hat Tassie Devils. The tables were bedecked with spring flowers and the atmosphere was one of lightness, love, friendship, and enjoyment. Leanne - Lady Butterfly from the Tassie Devils won the best decorated hat: A worthy prize for all her hard work in making her hat, which was adorned with a white spring lamb, butterflies, and handmade felt flowers. It was a stunning creation.


Plenty of laughs were had at the skit of Red Hat poems performed by Queen Mother Jean - Her Wineness of Wynyard, and Margaret, Madam Margaret of Mayhem. It was heartily received by all. Margaret, up to her usual hijinks, continued on, in her long skirt covered in flowers, when Joan - M’Lady of Music and Merriment broke in to song with “Little Old Lady Passing Bye”.

What fun! Joan; M’Lady of Music and Merriment said of the day, “Marg was getting up to mischief - I was just giving her a little song to help her along. Marg and Jean did a great skit on the Red Hat poem - plenty of laughs.

Queen Merveen also took a few moments to talk to about Queen Estelle’s passing.



The Red Hot Tootsies of Hervey Bay recently celebrated their anniversary at the Dock Restaurant on the Marina. The restaurant has been opened for almost a year and is very popular place to eat, being right at the Marina where the boats go out for Whale Watching, other cruising and fishing trips.  The food was wonderful and the staff were very helpful and efficient.

The ladies went to town with their fashion statements. Joan Mullins wowed them all in her beautiful hat and of course all the ladies looked beautiful.  There were lucky prizes and a lots of laughter and winners galore.


A smoky haze was created after the blowing of the candles and all the girls sang Happy Birthday.  It was a very enjoyable luncheon and it was determined the group would certainly go back to the Dock restaurant.


A cocktail night at Panthers Leagues Club was a lot of fun with lots of frivolity as well as the ladies making new friends.

They also went to a performance of Beauty and the Beast put on by the local theatre group Richmond Players. The HHH’s have attended a number of this groups productions but this production was very large it was at a different venue and the performance was amazing. Some of the red hatters had photos with the cast after the performance which is very much the norm for this group.

The Richmond Player recognise the Red and Purple as they are frequent attendees to presentations and are always acknowledge the “Mad Hatters”, which they find quite enduring. Lunch was enjoyed before the performance at Café Relish which is another favourite eatery.

The HHH’s again supported the All Sorts Hawkesbury Relay for Life Team by holding a Morning Tea to raise funds for the worthy cause, with many of the ladies being in the actual relay team. The ladies participated in purple trivia as well as raffles, while a purple lolly bar was quite popular, plus the dress up corner was well used. Nobody left empty handed or hungry as each lady received a cookie in the shape of a Liquorice All Sort and also a wooden purple rose. One of the very talented red hat ladies made the amazing and very tasty cake. The Morning Tea raised the incredible amount of almost $2,000 showing just how very generous these ladies are.

Relay for Life was held on the 9th & 10th  September with the All Sorts raising an absolutely amazing $6,000 making All Sorts the 3rd highest fundraising team as well as the largest team having 18 Team Members.

Queen Dee was honoured to be asked to address the Relay about her cancer journey during the Opening Ceremony of the weekend and also cut the ribbon to open Hawkesbury Relay for Life.

The Hawkesbury H’Hatters  were lucky enough to have a hand made Quilt donated which they raffled with one of the  hatters being lucky enough to win it which is a special memento of the Relay. They were also lucky to share this special event with the Dazzling Divas who had the adjoining camping site. A nice introduction for the new group to Red Hatting and Relay.

A Pot Luck Lunch was another fun time for the ladies that attended and at the time of the submission of the report, 11 ladies were looking forward to attending the Harbour Cruise with the Roving Rubies to celebrate their 11th birthday and especially doing the Hokey Pokey  on the wharf before the cruise with Sydney in the background.

                                                              See more photos on the HHH's photo album.


The Roving Red Hat Adventures Ipswich Chapter will be celebrating their birthday, 8 years, next February together with a Coronation of their new Queen. Queen Yolande is standing down and moving north to enjoy retirement with her husband. She will continue to keep in touch with the members. Look out Bundaberg one fine lady is heading your way and she already has a long time friend in Rum City Reds so she will feel right at home. The Roving RH Adventurers wish her well for the future.

The crowning of the new Chapter Queen, Lady in Red - Aka Sue Ward and her Vice Queen Carol Pardon will take place on 24 Feb 2018 for the combined Celebration. Details will be posted on Matilda Rose2 very soon. 


The chapter is open for new members and they are considering night and weekend events for those who are still working. Looking through the calendar of events produced by Queensland Events there are plenty of festivals, theatre and National Trust activities offering some wonderful outings within the region and with the influx of coffee shops and eateries to Ipswich and Springfield, food, wine and coffee is all covered.


The Chapter meet on the 1st Friday of months February to December at Casa Mia Italian Restaurant, Brisbane Rd, East Ipswich at 11am where they discuss plans for outings and then partake in the fine menu on offer. The ladies are welcomed by the owner to use the venue and their celebrations in February will be there. 


A Melbourne Cup Day event, to be shared with husbands and/or partners and friends and anyone from other chapters, will be held at Casa Mia from 12 noon. Lunch will be off the menu and the venue is licensed.  There will be a prize for best racing themed Hat and you may wear Red Hatter attire if you wish. For further information on the chapter, or for booking of the Cup day please contact the incoming Queen Sue via email: [email protected]