Hat - Slouch, Australian Light Horse, General Edmund Herring, 1918-1945 Object Reg. No: ST 043665

Slouch hat with upturned brim, emu feather plume and badge. Part of General Sir Edmund Herring collection. The presence of the feather distinguishes the hat as Australian Light Horse.

According to the Australian War Memorial, Herring was one of the most renowned Australian senior officers in World War II. In September 1942 he became commander of New Guinea Force. He also served in World War I in the British Army, earning the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. Herring later served for 20 years as Victoria's Chief Justice, and was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria for a record 27 years, retiring at the age of 80 in 1972. He was also Chancellor of the Diocese of Melbourne, was President of the Boy Scouts' Association of Victoria for 23 years, and became President of the Australian Boy Scouts' Association.
Slouch hat with badge and emu feather cockade on left side. Khaki. Australian Military Forces badge on left side. Badge on front of puggaree is gold embroidered wreath with crossed dagger and case on black velvet with crown and lion at top. Leather internal band.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from General Edmund Herring
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 165 mm (Height), 378 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, military uniforms australian, world war i 1914-1918, emu feather cockade
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: uniforms
Inside on band 'V.553./7/1942'
Previous Owner: General Edmund Herring, Australia, 1918-1945


Dave Kearton Posted on 29 Sep 2011 5:49 PM
The hat is on backwards - or the picture is reversed - take your pick
Elaine Heeney Posted on 30 Sep 2011 6:20 PM
I agree with the backwards theory, the Emu feather should be on the right side as should the slouched brim, I understood the turn up was so it the brim didn't interfere with the Rifle.

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