Chocolate Slouch Hats

New Merchandise Arrival - Chocolate Slouch Hat

 You can now take your own Aussie Slouch Hat home or eat it with a coffee after your tour.

Creamy milk chocolate filled with caramel.

Dairy and nut free hats also available.

Origin of the Slouch Hat

The slouch hat is an object strongly associated with Australian identity. The word ‘slouch’ refers to the sloping brim. The brim is made from rabbit-fur felt or wool felt and is always worn with a puggaree.

History has it that the origins of the Slouch Hat began with the Victorian Mounted Rifles; a hat of similar design had been worn in South Africa by the Cape Mounted Rifles for many years before 1885.  The intention of turning up the right side of the hat was to ensure it would not be caught during the drill movement of “shoulder arms” from “order arms”. 

Today, Army members wear the slouch hat with the brim down to provide additional protection from the sun when not performing ceremonial duties. 

The Puggaree

The term ‘puggaree’ originates from the Hindu word, ‘Pagri,’ meaning  a turban or thin scarf of muslin. The current puggaree has seven pleats, one for each state and one for the Australian Territories. It is made from light khaki coloured cotton and is worn on the slouch hat with a unit colour patch sewn on the right side.