We are pleased to offer four hats, the Banjo
the Lightning Ridge, The
Overlander and Lawson,
from Akubra's Heritage Collection.
The Heritage Collection presents a line of premium quality hats developed by
Akubra. The felt in these hats is made from a select blend of specially graded
furs of rabbit and hare which permit a longer and more arduous shrinking process.
This process develops 25% more shrinkage, producing a denser and stronger felt,
which in turn provides the basis for a superb pounced finish. The roan leather
for the sweatbands is tanned from selected sheepskins, for an exceptional quality.
The bands themselves are cut wider than normal to ensure the greatest comfort.
The Heritage Collection hats are in all ways premium hats in the Akubra tradition,
superb long lasting felt with outstanding leather sweatbands.
A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, born in 1864, spent his boyhood years in the Australian
countryside near Yass. Although he began training as a solicitor, he turned
to journalism and was a correspondent in the Boer war. His verse was first published
in The Bulletin — Australia's most widely read and influential journal
of politics and literature — in 1889. His best known ballad is The
Man from Snowy River. Although there is now some dispute, it is generally
believed that Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda
in about 1895. Paterson's bush ballads capture the essence of Australian outback
The Lightning Ridge opal fields are in northern New South Wales. The fields
were discovered about 1895, and are still among the most productive opal fields
in Australia. They are noted for the unusual black opal found there. The name
was given to the area after a drover, sheltering his sheep from a storm under
a ridge, was struck by lightning and killed, together with his dog and 600 sheep.
The Overlanders were the Australian cattle drovers who handled the long distance
movement of cattle. In the early 1800’s they opened up new areas of the
outback, often unexplored, to cattle raising. In the 1850’s they made fortunes
supplying cattle to the mining towns of the Australian gold rush. Later, as
cattle properties became established in areas such as the Northern Territory
and The Kimberleys in Western Australia, cattle were regularly driven 1,500
miles or more to bring them to market. The Overlanders were a hardy and independent
lot, often rough and not mindful of the law. They took their cattle through
arid or semi-arid country with uncertain and scanty feed,creating as they did
so an heroic history and legend of endurance in the face of harsh conditions.
Henry Lawson was born in a goldfields tent in Grenfell, New South Wales, in
1867. His early years were spent in the harsh environment of the Australian
bush. He later moved to Sydney, where he took up writing. His short stories
of life in the bush, such as The Bush Undertaker, have become classics. He depicted
the hard life, filled with grinding poverty, dashed hopes and the overwhelming
obstacles met in the marginal farmlands, yet with the dry Australian humor and
mutual support that kept the people going. Henry Lawson died in 1922.
For more information ...
Please follow the links below for more information about Akubra hats and related
Fedoras & Dress
Your Open Crown Akubra
Man from Snowy River
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-- Akubra's own website in Australia.