Sharing Australian Red Hat Information


The day may have been very grey and wet but a bit of precipitation didn't dampen their spirits as the fun had by the 70 Red Hatters that attended far outweighed any challenges they had getting to the venue. The rain did mean that the planned photo outside the venue couldn't happen, The Goodna Services Club has an avenue of Jacaranda Trees which were in full bloom. Quite a special welcome to have all that Purple but the ladies will have to join in a future gathering to see the real splendour of this display.


8 different Chapters were represented which showed how important interaction between Chapters really is and the reason that Red Hatters continues to grow.


Some ladies travelled quite a distance to join the fun and even hired a mini bus. The range of ages was vast with a Pink Hatter in attendance and an inspirational lady who was 96 years young. This amazing lady had travelled on the mini bus and had great stories to tell including having gone flying for the first time the week before.


The attendees were kept busy and entertained by a raffle with some great prizes as well as Lucky Door prizes. There was a Lolly Bar with Purple & Red lollies as sugar is always popular. A Purple Trivia Quiz plus a Guess the Number of Movie Titles made sure the ladies brains were ticking over.

Everyone showed their sense of fun with dress ups but the favourite photo opportunities were with the Special Guest Celebrities. Red Hatters is definitely a female domain but these 3 men were a welcome distraction with ladies queueing up to have photos. The photographer even got in on the fun and resulted in a new Roving Red Hat Adventurers member which is the best advertisement for any activity.


October is a busy month for Birthdays so they celebrated with a Cup Cake each - Red Velvet of course, while everyone showed their vocal talent.


The photos on this page and on the Gallery show the fun cheekiness of some of the ladies.

Best of all the photos show that Red Hatters are having a good time while they continue to Grow Old Disgracefully 


The Strawberry Tarts future activities include a bus trip to the Perth Crown for lunch picking up ladies along the way. Maybe some may try their luck at the Casino.


For those that ever wondered what the inside of a prison looks like there will be a chance to see when the group visit Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women, a minimum security prison and temporary home to 95 women.  There will be an opportunity to interact with the women who make the toys, gifts, craft items, plants, lunches, sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas, cakes, pastries and preserves and other items for sale. 


And the S’Tarts will no doubt enjoy their Melbourne Cup function to be at the Wanneroo Bowling Club which includes lunch and entertainment  plus a prize for the best Melbourne Cup Hat!




The Sassy Sisters of Butler WA recently had a tour of the local fire station. From that they came and lifted down all of Queen Anna’s boxes she had piled to the ceiling, and after several falls could no longer do safely. They did a great job!

When one of Ann’s fire alarms kept beeping – one evening at 7 pm she done everything she could do, including disconnecting it completely, but was still getting fainter beeps. So she called them. And yes, of course they would come.  The engine, the pilot truck and 3 fireies!  Hey presto. No more beeping. Fabulous Community Service.

Mind you they spent more time fussing over Anna’s dog then the alarm.  She told them if he went missing she’d know where to look.


On all accounts the 10th Annual Red hat gathering at Norfolk Island was another great success. Queen Rosalie and her Bounty Babes are renowned for their hospitality and this year was no exception.

Queen Annette (Redbacks – Sydney) attended and shares her photos.


There has been a number of changes of queens of groups around the states, including that for the Shoalhaven Southern Belles. Due to personal reasons Queen Bev has stepped aside and new Queen Margaret and Vice Queen Trudy are stepping in to continue to grow the chapter, with Bev's blessing.


Margaret has been with the Chapter since March 2013 and has enjoyed many happy gatherings. Trudy originally hails from New Zealand and was a member of the Hatters to Go chapter at Burnie before moved to NSW.  Trudy still writes the newsletter for the HTG group and will be the new editor for the Southern Belles.


The Chapter will celebrate their 5th Birthday in March of next year and are planning to devise a special ceremony for the occasion.


Meanwhile members are continuing to enjoy their red hat friendships and making plans for future activities including luncheons at Bomaderrry Bowling Club and Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant & Café, Grenwell Point during November.



What a great time the Hatters to Go of Burnie have been having of late with their fun, frolics, and laughter!


They welcomed spring with a Right Royal Day when HRH Joan M’Lady of M&M & HRH Queen Mother Jean, along with 17 HTG ladies, welcomed 7 Red Hat Sisters from the Coastal Red Robins to the Seabrook Hotel during September.

Lady Connie of Sussex was creative with the best spring hat whilst Leonie; Lady La-Second Hand Rose and Carol; Lady Gad a Bout won the lucky placemats. The tables – and many of the hats - were in full bloom with lots of lovely spring flowers thanks to HTG gardens.


For their Utterly Ulverstone affair, Queen Jan of Fabrica opened her home and started the day with jokes and yummy soup and also rounded up garden seeds and plants for all to take home. Gift winners on the day were Matriarch of Chatter Lady La-Second Hand Rose and Lady Eat out Shopping. Jan was thanked for her most generous heart.


October was greeted with a Special Treat lunch held at Hellyers Road Distillery where a nip or two was enjoyed!! Thanks was extended to Chris; Lady Peealot for her prizes. Madam Margaret of Mayhem, HRH Patty Contessa Cruiser, and Lady La~Secondhand Rose held the lucky numbers. A great time was had by all.



It was a perfect day for the Yella Umbrella walk – and no umbrella needed!  The report from Dames Down Under, The Lady Rose details a very interesting historical tour of the city of Adelaide:


“It was a beautiful sunny day with a touch of spring warmth in the air, three Red Hat Ladies met Bob the Yella Umbrella Guide (a soft spoken Lancaster gentleman) out the front of The Strathmore Hotel at 10am.


We started the tour by crossing the road to the lower courtyard in front of the Hyatt to learn about the mosaic wall depicting a dreamtime legend. The walk continued along North Terrace with many stops along the way to hear about the special historical, architectural hidden details and stories of the movers and shakers who shaped our state over its history.  


Some of my highlights were the statue of Dame Roma Mitchell outside Government House, a visit to the Mortlock Wing of the Library which has displays and pictures of our state's history, with an old diarama of the city's  early days. We were shown where to find the Migration Museum and the old police barracks, then ducked in the back door of the SA Museum on the way to our morning coffee stop in familiar Gays Arcade. 


After our refreshment we continued on with the tour with stops and information at the Town Hall and Queen Adelaide's statue, then viewed the old wall inside the Adina Hotel located in the old Treasury building. 


Our last stop and where we had a picture taken was in the Adelaide Central Market.  After all that exercise the decision was made to have lunch and participate in a little retail therapy, where someone just happened to find a new Red Hat.  A most enjoyable day, with so much history, information and being shown some of the hidden gems in, around and about our fair city.”

Another write-up  came from Lady Grey, Janice –


“Kathryn, Rose and I had a great time. Bob was a very nice, well informed gentleman who came out from Lancashire 50 years ago. He took the history from the first discovery and settlement, backed up with fantastic photos. He took us to the buildings that had survived the longest and we went in to the Old State Library where there are many photos and charts. He shouted us a coffee at Gays Arcade where he saw us on Wednesday! We cut through and ended up at the Central Market where we ladies had some lunch. Good tour, good company.”



The Crimson Cuties of Burrum Heads have been busy Hatting around and having fun.

15 members made the long trip to Caloundra for Red Hat Day and had a wonderful day eating, dancing and meeting new Hatters. It was a firt time for some an a real eye opener.

July saw them dressing in Black for Friday 13th, a real spectacle at the Kondari Hotel which the staff and locals loved.

Morning Tea at the Sticky Fig café came next, with several enquiries on how to join hatting. One man said he wished he could join as we were having loads more fun than him.

A meet up with Queen Jan and Dianne of the Sunny Coast Dazzling Dames who was holidaying in the area, was another chance to dress up and hear what other groups are up to over a lovely Asian lunch.

Queen Betty has had an enforced absence but is back hatting with her ladies and looking forward to the next outings.

A trip to Childers and Bundaberg is on the horizon and before we know it Christmas will be upon us.

“Christmas cakes in the shops already!! Heaven forbid!! reports Joan.