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Dr Lisa Murray: Akubra – An Aussie icon

Event Information

  • 5 Feb 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney 2000
  • New South Wales
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Join City Historian Lisa Murray as she charts the history of an Australian icon: the Akubra hat.

Holding a unique place in Australia’s national identity, the Akubra is worn by hardworking men and women on the land, has been incorporated into national Olympics uniforms and is presented to foreign diplomats as souvenirs.

Above all, the Akubra is synonymous with the Outback, an enduring symbol of the Aussie bushman. Yet for over 70 years, Australia’s ‘national hat’ was manufactured right here in Sydney, first in Surry Hills and then in Waterloo!

Guest Speaker

Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian and concurrently holds the Chair of the Dictionary of Sydney Trust. She is a committed public historian who is interested in the intersection between family, local and urban histories. Her current research projects include articles for the Dictionary of Sydney and a book presenting the social and urban history of the southern-city industrial areas. Other research interests include cemeteries, cultural landscapes and memory; and Sydney cookery books. This talk is part of research towards Lisa’s publication on the history of South Sydney.