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H4581 Hat, cabbage tree palm / cotton / linen, maker unknown, Australia, c. 1860-1880. Click to enlarge.

Hat from Australia

The cabbage tree hat is characteristic of Australian men's fashion in the nineteenth century. Woven from the fibre of the native cabbage tree palm (Livistona australis), the hats are also historically significant as an early example of Australian dress made entirely from Australian materials. Adapting traditional British skills to the raw materials of the local environment, convicts and first settlers began making hats using the native fibre to protect themselves from the harsh Australian …


Object No.


Object Statement

Hat, cabbage tree palm / cotton / linen, maker unknown, Australia, c. 1860-1880

Physical Description

Cabbage tree hat, hand sewn, with coarse brown linen thread with deep oval crown and wide flat brim with cabbage tree band and stylized bow at junction of brim and crown. Crown lined with coarse brown cotton.



120 mm


363 mm




Credit Line

Gift of J T Boland, 1943

Acquisition Date

5 December 1943

Cite this Object


Hat from Australia 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 May 2021, <https://ma.as/240168>


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