Sharing Australian Red Hat Information

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. 
It can often then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. 
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.


There was good round up of the ladies at the Honeysuckle Hotel on the waterfront at Newcastle, hosted by Queen Lilimarlene from the Roving Rubies (Central Coast, NSW) when they gathered to celebrate 4 new engagements of red hat sisters and an early Valentine days celebration. Together with the Roving Rubies, Red hatters came from the Hunter region, Sydney, Nowra and even one from Canberra for the day.

One QM won the prize for the most engagement rings - 4 wow! Brenda, one of the newly engaged girls’ son Shaun is the manager of the Hotel who looked after all the attendees very well. Helen QM of Purple feathers was award her new bling OBE.

More pictures on the PHOTO GALLERY.

                                                  MONTHLY BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON

Pam and Dottie of the Scarlet Women were the organisers of the recent monthly luncheon held at the Sandbar, Laurieton, although Dottie was unable to attend on the day. The food is always enjoyable and the company was fantastic.

Pam was celebrating her 70th and bought along her guest, Cheryl on the day.

A number of the group have been coping with ill health and it was great to see some of those ladies on the day, with well wishes extended to those unable to attend, which included Queen Bee Linda.




2018 is shaping up to be another interesting year for the Go Go Girls – Gold Coast . They are already planning trips away to Northern NSW, Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba and to the “All That Glitters” Convention in Melbourne, 2019.


Their original Red Hat Group (Sassy & Sensational on Sundays) started in 2007, but as they had enquiries from all over the Gold Coast, realised that lots of Red Hatters love to go to different places. Thus the “Go Go Red Girls” was formed in 2015.  While the regular outings are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, ladies have been to a Red Hat Convention in Adelaide, Giggles in Brisbane, Cairns, Nambour and Bundaberg, Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba, Xmas party at Caloundra, Matriach Florence’s 100th Birthday in Warwick, train trips to Southbank (Brisbane),  day trips to Canungra, Ipswich and Northern NSW and to shows at Spotlight Theatre and the Arts Centre.

They love any excuse to dressup.  Australia Day, St Patrick’s Day, Melbourne Cup.

View their photo album on the Gallery

The Go Go Girls also enjoyed a lovely lunch at Galaxy Southport with Pam, a special guest from Flighty Fillies from Dunstable (UK) who is over visiting her son and his family.  Queen Marge wished Pam a lovely stay and was hoping the weather improved soon!

Birthday wishes were also extended to Nita.

                      MORE FUN AHEAD FOR SASSY CASSIES - NSW

The Casino Sassy Cassies had their first gathering for the year at the Clubhouse, Gateway Lifestyle Casino, this was held on the usual meeting day which is the first Monday of the month. This February is the group's 11th birthday. A cake was cut by 3 of our lovely February birthday sisters Judy, Anne & Beth. Memberships renewed numbered over 30 and a new member Sue was welcomed. There was lively chatter over morning tea followed by planning for future activities such as a mystery tour, Easter hat high tea, visit vivid lights Sydney, a cruise. Lucky door prizes were drawn and a lunch catered by the Village Cafe was enjoyed by the sisters that stayed on.
Along with Q. Betty, Q of Vice Barb, VQ's Ronda & Desley the Sassy Cassies are looking forward to the 2018 red hat year.


The M’Ladies of the Lake are back for more of the same for another year, good company, the sharing of life’s good and bad, all mixed up with that essence of adventure and fun they have enjoyed for over 11 years.  Their program is full for the first half of the year and suggestions from the members will soon fill the spots remaining.  Lunch is always a great time to catch up and Club Macquarie was the ideal spot recently which allowed everyone to share their post-holiday news and for some, their travel plans over the next few months.

A Road Sign Rally will take them to beautiful Lemon Tree Passage during March and midyear they will also car pool to the Hunter Valley to visit Monach’s in the Hunter – which houses a private collection of British Royal Memorabilia.   In between there will be lunches, movies and whatever else takes their fancy.

The M’Ladies now have their own website which details their adventures since they commenced in 2006. View:


If you’ve previously been to a Norfolk Island Gathering you’ve no doubt picked up a copy of the Island’s free ‘Discover Norfolk Island’ magazine. In the latest issue you’ll find a 3 page spread on the story of the Norfolk Island Red Hatter Chapter and highlighting that this year they will be hosting their 10th Annual Gathering. For Her Royal Highness Queenalee Rosalie Radiant Rose of Divinity, this is the first time she has had her photo in a magazine!!

To celebrate their 10th Gathering Queen Rosalie has organised a program full of dazzling diamonds including a Diamond Luncheon with Games and a Diamonds are Forever Dinner with special entertainment. There’s tours, dinners, activities and lots of fun in the program and you can get a copy from Christan Davies at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre at or by freecall 1800 1400 66.  If you book your travel package through Christan remember to ask for $50 discount off the Registration Pack price! 

Details are noted on the FUTURE EVENTS page.


Thanks was extended to Janice; Lady Potter~About and Sir John of Mow a Lot for their hospitably at the Hatters to Go Chapter Summer Luvin’ Lunch, held in their gorgeous backyard garden. 20 Red Hat Sisters were snapped on camera by Johns keen photography work. Janice and Jean's wine prizes will (or have been) enjoyed by Madam Margaret of Mayhem, Connie; Lady of Trade, and Merlene; The Matriarch of Chatter.


An activity during February was to be hosted by (event) Queen, Marie; Lady EatOut-Shopping and Margaret; Madam Margaret of Mayhem at the Purple Sage Restaurant at Wynyard. And the Chapter were also planning on sharing the JOY OF RED HAT SISTERHOOD when 20 ladies from The Shoalhaven Southern Belles (Nowra, NSW) docked at Burnie onboard the Sun Princess. The thrill and pleasure of Meeting ‘n Greeting with the NSW Red Hat sisters and entertaining them – Tassie-style – with a lunch gathering in Burnie was to be a highlight of the group’s early 2018 activities.

To this end, there was also the lunch at The Mecca Restaurant, being held mid month, and plans for more shared Fun & Friendship with ALL Tassie Red Hat Sisters was anticipated when NORTH meets SOUTH (and everyone in between) for the Bi-Annual Tassie Red Hat BYO Picnic. Lunch to be held from 11am to 4pm at the Longford Village Green, Longford on Saturday 24th February 2018 to Celebrate 20 Years of Red Hatting Worldwide.  The theme is “Bears and Mascots”.  Prizes for the best dressed bear or mascot!

See collection of photos on the HtO’s album on the Photo Gallery.

                                                 CELEBRATIONS FOR IPSWICH CHAPTER

The Roving Red Hat Adventurers, which has been functioning since March 2008, gather together at Casa Mia Italian Restaurant (1/43 Brisbane Rd, Newtown, Ipswich) for lunch on the first Friday of each month to organise coming outings. (They are lucky in securing the Casa Mia as a meeting place, the food is wonderful and the owner is very attentive.)


The Chapter is open to new members from age 50 and they want to encourage some younger members to join for continuity of service to the group. Events are varied to suit those still employed, with both day and evening activities, as well as weekend outings. The program includes a regular monthly luncheon, plus an outing to cafes and visit to a festival or theatre etc each month.

On 24th February the RRHA’s are celebrating their Birthday and Coronation of the incoming Queen Sue at Casa Mia and the announcing their new Vice Queen, Denise. See the Events Page for details.

Attendees will enjoy a two course smorgasbord luncheon together with birthday cake plus entertainment has been organised.

The celebrations will be taped by students in Media at the University of Southern Queensland as part of the creation of a DVD of the Chapter being assembled from the humble beginnings to the present. Red hat members have been sorting through their photos which will be added to the final product sponsored by USQ. This enables the student to be assessed in Media Productions as their chosen course at the USQ.


The RRHA’s will organise a viewing event in the near future in the theatrette of USQ, Springfield. If any chapter is interested in this project contact Queen Sue, for further information.


USQ have Phoenix Radio 1173 AM and Phoenix TV and the chapter will be interviewed in the future by both Media outlets. The listening area is from Springfield to Gold Coast and up to Toowoomba.


The Red’n Purple Ragers (Sunshine Coast QLD) have been enjoying some big Red hat Days of late. Over 50 of the members attended a recent showing of Mamma Mia at QPAC in Brisbane and the chapter also held their regular February luncheon, where Queen Kool Jools reducted two new members (Marilyn B and Marylyn D), as well as a new Contessa of Coffers – Fran, after Mary D had agreed to step aside from this job as she is travelling so much.  An inaugural award of "Vintage Deputy Doll & Life Member" was also presented to Rosalie F - one of the original R’n P members and a long time Deputy Doll  who has 'lived the dream' always.  As Rosalie also celebrated both her birthday, along with her 65th Wedding Anniversary, this time was very special.


Marylyn D had a great day as, not only was she reducated into the R’N’P’s, she also won the lucky door prize and one of the raffle prizes.


Everyone enjoys the little ceremony for reductions where Queen KoolJools read the promises etc to the ladies and they have to reply "I do, I do, I do" after each promise, and when they receive their certificate, name badge and copy of 'The Warning" poem,  the deputies 'dib dib' them with a rose… all very traditional Red hattish!



The good times have started again for 2018 for the Dinki Di Divas with their first activity being Breakfast at Out Board Café in Hillarys. The happy table of purple and red obviously glad to be back together ready to celebrate another year. There was lots to talk as they compared Festive Season celebrations and other wonderful experiences they’ve recently had.

Queen Elizabeth always endeavours to provide a variety of events and since she considers members are all past ice skating, rock climbing and the like, they are happy to settle into such events as the movies, morning teas, posh luncheon experiences or the occasional bus trip. Of course the essential components of any event are FOOD, FUN, FRIENDSHIP and the occasional drink or two!!


Looking back over the past few months there have been some marvellous experiences.            In the area of trips, they enjoyed carpooling and driving to Areluen to view the tulips which had been lovingly cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers. Such beauty in such an idealic location where birds, running water, greenery and the stunning colour made it a day of absolute joy.

There was the fascinating visit to Elizabeth Quay, a top National attraction which in time will become just as Darling Harbour in Sydney or South Bank in Melbourne. It certainly was a day to

remember when the Divas jumped on the first carriage of the train and headed to the beautiful city to view this amazing development and see it gradually taking shape. No doubt in the future, the red hatters will grace the Ritz Carlton with their Diva presence……but right now it is little more than an excavation site. The morning tea at The Voyage and then the ferry ride across to South Perth was delightful…and so too was lunch at the famous Cocos.


The bus trip to New Norcia happened in the best of weather with everyone being in good form.

Chris, the coach driver provided a delightful morning tea at the park in Gin Gin and even provided a swing for Di - Duchess Diddles and Liz - Countess of Cleverland.


A journey driving through the countryside to New Norcia was a sight for sore eyes as the ladies wove their way up to this country town which was built by the monks who still reside there and run their olive farm and of course their winery. Long gone are the pupils but the photos on the walls of their school remind us of their lives spent there. Such a historical town with a delightful old Pub set amongst the gum trees which is still the favourite meeting place for a “coldie” and a good meal. Sitting outside under umbrellas was delightful with good food and plenty of champagne …what more could one ask for?


All of the Diva “foodies” have been satisfied with the variety of experiences enjoyed.


The Posh lunch at Hamptons met all expectations. Such an ideal location and fortunately they provide the food and the service their location deserves.


Another posh affair was Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Queen Elizabeth’s. Such a glorious array of fashionable outfits, most choosing to venture to other parts of their wardrobe and skim past the red and purple. Taking off the fashion stakes were Jenni - Princess of Holidays winner of the “Fashion in the Field” and the most stunning hat went to Rae - Princess of Beauty.


The lunch at Pavillion Restaurant at Joondalup Tafe was a great way to observe the students  as they tentatively “tip toed” around obviously lacking confidence but still trying to impress as their tutors watched on. In trying not to make a mistake the attendees had to smile as students performed their tasks with everyone being so understanding of their nervousness. One is  reminded….we all had to start somewhere!


Vice Queen Annie organized a Fashion Parade and High Tea at the Ambassador Hotel in the city with Divas hitting the catwalk and Queen Elizabeth doing the comparing. Such talent the DDD’s are surrounded by!


The Divas Christmas Party was a huge success. Vice Queen Margaret (and hubby Richard) hosted this event with the festive season flowing throughout their lovely home. They did a fabulous job of setting up tables so as everyone could sit down and enjoy a typical Christmas fare. ….and this they surely did!. Even Santa arrived with his big strong helper looking ever so cute yet voluptuous (thanks to Mary Christmas having to source a size 22EEE bra) Lovely prezzies from under the Christmas tree to delight all…..lots of fun!


Of course there have been many more Events… and all in the name of fun, friendship and frivolity. Thanks was extended to Maureen - Lady Harefield for quietly gathering raffle money at each event (and ensuring there are always have great raffle prizes).


Three new Divas were welcomed to the chapter who have truly embraced red hatting: Ruth -Lady Ruth of Wheatlands, Ann- Lady Crownpoint and Dorothy -Dame of Corndolls.  Queen Elizabeth and the Divas are proud that the new members will have the opportunity of enriching their lives by being a red hatter.


Q Elizabeth often reflects on how many amazing ladies there are in their area who could have their lives lifted so much with the colour and friendship that exists within the group and this is why she always encourages her members to be mindful of sharing what they have with others whom they feel would further enrich the group. She is appreciative of the positive comments received from members along the way. It is nice to know they acknowledge the time and effort that goes into running the Chapter and the planning involved in the event calendar. Queens do take their roles seriously and do same lovingly and willingly. Elizabeth is extremely grateful to have the support of her delightful Vice Queens, Margaret and Annie who, together with the brilliant group of red hatters are happy to be together sharing the red, the purple and all that their togetherness brings.

                                                               View the DDD's album on the Photo Gallery


The planned Hawaiian around the pool themed gathering for the Ritzy Red Hatz of Redcliffe turned out to be Hawaiian around the air-con. Although the weather conditions were very hot it did not deter the RRH’s spirits and they had a fun day, as always.

Ladies food bought food to share and over a few glasses of wine, juice or bubbles they reinforced their friendships. 

View the RRH's Album on the gallery


Wanda - Queen Opal, British Red Hatters (Aust expatriate) who provided the tribute information of Jenny Joseph has provided more personal news and photos of the famous poet with UK Red hatters.


Although Jenny had no time for the Red Hat Society and the Americans, she warmed to British Red Hatters. One of the chapters, the Absolutely Fabulous Ladybirds of Thornbury, had the pleasure of hosting Jenny at one of their lunches in January 2012. She gave them each a signed copy of one of her books and posed for photographs. Queen Margaret Crocombe is seen presenting flowers to Jenny. It is particularly special that these ladies met with Jenny Joseph.

The Ladybirds are the longest established chapter and the only one surviving from the original 3, 2 of which never really got off the ground. Margaret had been Queen from Day 1 and in August this year will be celebrating its 16th birthday.

Another of the chapters from Bromley in Kent ran into Jenny Joseph at Victoria Tube Station. She asked them if they were American. She was very pleased when they said they were not!

In sending her report Wanda takes this opportunity to wish all of the Australian sisters a very Happy New Year and the best of Red Hat fun in 2018.


Queen Wanda and her ladies are hosting the European Red Hat Hoot which this year will be taking place in Dublin on Saturday 11th August. 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.

If any Aussie Red Hatters are planning on being in Ireland at that time and would like to join in they would be most welcome.  See more information and contact email address on the EVENTS page.


Ladies in Red held a lovely luncheon held at "The Lakes Retirement Village" in Bundaberg. They celebrated 4 birthdays in all, with 2 ladies joining in from the Tropicanas chapter of Gladstone, plus 2 other guests.  Everyone had an enjoyable time. The birthday ladies included Vice Queen Jean, Olwyn (Madam Butterfly), Lyn (Countess Shop a Lot) and Lurene (Lady of the Lakes Lurene and the organiser of the day).

Queen Maree extended a big THANK YOU to Lurlene and best wishes to the special birthday gals.


              HTG - HATTER MATTERS

25 Hatters to Go Sisters, TAS were blessed to share their finale for 2017 at The Town House in Burnie, hosted by Xmas Queen Chris; "Lady Peealot".  Chris excelled her talent as a crafty Mother Clause with her creative hands making little red hats, treats in the boots, table runners, and 3 lovely flower arrangements, which she presented to Queen Merveen, Queen Mother Jean, and Vice Queen Merlene. Other winners on the day were Kaylene - Xmas Lady, Connie - Xmas Hat, Jill - Lucky Chair, Jan C & Marilyn - Lucky Spots, with Madam Margaret of Mayham receiving The Red Hatter of the Year Award from Queen Merveen.


The Cruise Ship "Meet n Greet" offer to visitors to Burnie is well under way for this season. The presence of the Cruise Ship HTG greeters certainly adds a certain sparkle to the day at the Makers Workshop for all the cruise ship guests when they disembark. A highlight will be the visit of the Shoalhaven Southern Belles from Nowra in NSW on Thursday 15th Feb aboard The Sun Princess (a Chapter Lady Cupatea has visited with as they are just 40 minutes down the road from where she now lives).


It will be a busy February with 10 cruise ships calling into port, as well as the chapter hosting their Bi-Annual “REDHATTERSMATTAZZ” BYO Red Hat Picnic Lunch on Saturday 24th February, from 11am to 4pm at Longford Village Green, Longford.


This is a great opportunity for ALL Tassie Red Hat Sisters to gather when NORTH meets SOUTH (and everyone in between) for an afternoon of Fun and Friendship and an opportunity to celebrate 20 Years of Red Hatting Worldwide.


Each Chapter will have a Red Hat Trade Table on site and any Hatter who wishes, can bring and buy Red Hat gear. At the end of the day ladies will take home any of their gear that has not sold. Bring cash!!


The Scarlett O’Hatters (Hobart) will also have a section, or another small table, for the sale of Elysebeth Fraser-Pryce’s hats and accessories. Elysebeth-The Crazy Caramel Lady was a member the Scarlett O’Hatters for several years: She passed away in 2015. Her daughter has only just been able to get the bits and pieces together. All proceeds from the sale of these goods will be donated to Cancer Research.