Members of the public are welcome to attend our Trust Talks, which are held every few months. Under normal circumstances, Trust Talks are held at one of our extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour. Due to the current climate, however, it has become difficult for people to visit our beloved destinations. As such, Trust Talks has evolved into a series of digital talks, which you can tune into from the comfort of your own home! (see also: DigiTalks)
Runs 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020...
The manufacture of cabbage tree hats was a thriving cottage craft in Australia from the 1790s until the emergence of mass-produced felt hats in the 1930s. Although convicts and shepherds commonly made these modest hats, they were – for more than a century –worn by everyone, from bush rangers and bullockies to royalty. On 30 September, historians Sue and Don Brian will demonstrate how the iconic cabbage tree hat was made and share photos and traditional songs that reveal their significant place in Australian history.
Sue and Don Brian have been researching the lesser known social history of the convict era, the influence of 19th Century whaling on Norfolk Island culture and the traditional craft of Cabbage Tree Hat making. As ReCollected, they have led tours to Norfolk Island and have presented at the National Folk Festival, the Australian Folklore Conference and local history groups. Sue has taught the making of Cabbage Tree Hats to interested individuals, historical societies and milliners. Don Brian is a consummate singer of Australian songs in the traditional unaccompanied style.
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