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2007/221/2 Hat, rabbit fur / leather / metal, made by Akubra, Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, worn by Bridie Carter in the television series 'McLeod's Daughters', Gawler, South Australia, 2001-2004. Click to enlarge.

Hat worn on ‘McLeod’s Daughters’

This Akubra hat was worn by Bridie Carter as Tess McLeod in the successful Australian television show 'McLeod's Daughters'. The distinctively Australian clothing worn by the characters in this series helps create authenticity and local colour, two factors in its success both here and overseas.

Carter was nominated for the Gold Logie award in 2005 and 2006 on the strength of her performances in this show. A highlight of Series 4 in 2004 was Tess McLeod's highly anticipated wedding to Nick Ryan (played by Myles Pollard). In Series 6 the couple left the Drover's Run property to live in Argentina.

The brainchild of series creator and producer Posie Graeme-Evans, 'McLeod's Daughters' is a weekly drama series that has screened on the Nine Network since 2001 and has been seen in over 100 countries. It is filmed on a property near Gawler in South Australia and is a co-production between Millennium Television and the Nine Network.

Uniquely combining romance and life on the land, it has featured strong women as lead characters and attracted a young, predominantly female, audience. It has a large cast of young, attractive actors, and its plots revolve around complex family affairs, emotional matters and dense webs of relationships. In this respect it draws upon some of the conventions of drama serials or 'soaps', although its storylines are more episodic than the continuous open narratives found in serials. Soaps deploy a narrative style that continually cuts between multiple parallel storylines, and this is not a defining characteristic of 'McLeod's Daughters'. While soaps are usually set in familiar domestic interiors and are therefore cheap to produce, 'McLeod's Daughters' uses external locations and action sequences, and it displays high production values that are evident in its appealing look. The first Australian drama series to be filmed in High Definition Television format, it was shot on super 16 mm film.

High ratings have allowed 'McLeod's Daughters' to endure, and in 2007 it reached its 200th episode. Although numerous cast changes have included the departure of principal actors, the show's writers have found ingenious ways to introduce new characters who are revealed to be daughters of Jack or other McLeods. The show has won several Logie awards, including Most Popular Australian Program in 2004 and Most Popular Australian Drama in 2005.


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Object Statement

Hat, rabbit fur / leather / metal, made by Akubra, Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, worn by Bridie Carter in the television series 'McLeod's Daughters', Gawler, South Australia, 2001-2004

Physical Description

Brown felt farmer's style Akubra hat with a braided brown leather band around the crown. A small metal name plate with the company name 'Akubra' is attached to the band. The brim has rough edges in a few places, probably put there by the wardrobe staff working on the production of 'McLeod's Daughters' to give the appearance of signs of wear. There is a black stain on top of the brim at the front. Faint hand-writing inside in felt pen includes the name 'Tess' and some indecipherable letters.



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The hat was made at Kempsey in New South Wales, Australia, by Akubra.

Most of the hundreds of thousands of pelts used by Akubra each year are sourced from feral rabbits, which are a pest in Australia.



The hat was worn by Bridie Carter as the character Tess McLeod in the Australian television series 'McLeod's Daughters'. This show is based around two half-sisters who are re-united after the death of their father, Jack McLeod. The hat was lent to the Powerhouse Museum by Millennium Television for display in the 2006 exhibition 'On the box: Great moments in Australian television' and subsequently donated to the Museum.


Credit Line

Gift of Millennium Television, 2007

Acquisition Date

18 December 2007

Cite this Object


Hat worn on 'McLeod's Daughters' 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2020, <>


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