Akubra: About The
In the early 1870s, Benjamin Dunkerley arrived in Australia,
determined to set up a hat making factory. His skills as a hatter
were backed by his ability to invent machinery, and soon after
arrival he had developed a mechanical method of removing the hair
tip from rabbit fur so the under-fur could be used in felt hat
making. He moved his business from Tasmania to Sydney and set up a
Stephen Keir I joined the business soon after. Whilst working for
Dunkerley Hat Mills, he married Ada Dunkerley. Following Benjamin
Dunkerley's death in 1918, Stephen steered the Company to greater
things; he moved the factory to larger premises, increased
production and began branding the hats "Akubra". The Company won
large contracts for the supply of the famous military Slouch hat in
both World Wars, and in the early 1950s obtained the prized licenced
manufacturing agreement from Stetson of America. In the 1970s,
Akubra moved to its current site in Kempsey. Although modern
techniques are used and new machinery has been installed, the
traditional family values are still clearly evident.
Over the years, Akubra has maintained its ability to be in vogue. "Akubra'
in fact has become the generic term for hat. Always at the forefront
of the industry, Akubra adorns the heads of State, Royalty,
Presidents, film and sporting personalities - the famous and
sometimes the infamous.
Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Akubra hats are
appreciated worldwide. This Australian family company is set to move
confidently into the next century. Akubra takes great pride in
maintaining the traditions of quality and style established so long
ago in this superb Australian product.
AkubraS ARE PURE
Every Akubra hat
is made from pure rabbit fur felt and depending in the
style, anywhere from 10 to 14 rabbit skins make an
Felt is the strongest fabric known because every fibre
is interlocked in every direction with a number of other
fibres. That is what makes Akubra hats so durable.
The prime factors in the quality of fur felt are the
quality of the fur used and how tightly it is worked
together in the felting process.The basic fur in a felt
hat is the under-fur of rabbits, and the quality of this
fur is a prime factor in the quality of the hat
produced. Fur from wild rabbits gives the best quality.
Akubra not only
uses more wild rabbit fur in their hats than any other
hat company, but also a better fur, as they cut their
own fur from the skins, keeping control of quality of
the hats from start to finish.
Akubra is the
only major hat company making fur felt hats from start
to finish, beginning with the raw skins through all the
processes of preparing the fur, forming the hood,
dyeing, blocking and pouncing the hat to the final
trimming. Their control of the entire process allows
them to produce an exceptional quality of fur felt.
The quality of
Akubra's felt is attested to by the fact that they have
no need for the colored powders used by many
manufacturers to even out the color and hide flaws in
the felt. The reputation of Akubra hats is built on the
long lasting quality of their fur felt and the comfort
of their reeded leather sweat bands.
Reeded Leather Sweatbands:
sweatband inside the hat is the only part which touches
the head and hence is the key to a comfortable hat. Good
leathers are breathable, soft and absorbent.
In the best hats
the leathers are "reeded" in order to conform better to
the head. A reed, once a thin piece of rattan, but now
commonly a plastic fibre, is encased in an impervious
ribbon of oiled silk or synthetic material, and attached
to the bottom of the leather. The ribbon helps to keep
perspiration from staining the body of the hat.
leather sweatbands used by Akubra are made of the finest
roan sheepskin, specially tanned to ensure comfort.
Banjo Patterson Hat
The Banjo Paterson from Akubra's Heritage Collection of
outstanding hats is a great style suitable for town or
country wear, named after the Australian poet and writer.
The pre-creased crown has a wide center crease with side
dents in the front. The crown is 4 inches high at the front,
4-1/2 inches at the sides.
The brim is 2-3/4 inches wide. The striking hat band, 1/2
inch wide, is made from the skin of the Barramundi, one of
Australia's fine food fishes found in the Condamine and
other northern rivers of Australia. Premium quality pure fur
felt, fully lined. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in
Burke and Wills Hat
by Akubra $225.00
Premium quality pure fur felt
Pre-creased center crease crown
with side dents
5" high at the front, 5-1/2"
high at the sides
4" brim, raw edge
Horse hair hat band
Premium reeded roan leather
No chin strap hooks
Color is Sand
Sizes 7 through 7-5/8
Burke n Wills
custom shaped into a ‘Quigley’
or ‘Open Range’ pictured below
NOTE: The above demonstration is
designed to give you accurate views
of the hat from all angles. In the
photos however the hat appears
slightly lighter in color than it
actually is. The color is LIGHT SAND
as in the photos and sample swatch
to the right.
These hats are
just a few of the hats
we custom shape (photos above &
We custom shape several other Akubra
too and will be posting photos
These hats were Inspired by
the hat worn by
Tom Selleck in “Quigley Down Under”
magazine photo as Inspired by the
worn by Tom Selleck in “Last Stand
at Saber River” (1997)
Akubra History This 10 minute video will not
only take you on a journey through Akubra's rich
it will also show you how their iconic hats are made
and how they should be cared for.
Akubra Fairfax Winning Through
Akubra Managing Director, Stephen
Keir, speaks to John Petty from Winning Through,
about the Akubra Family business and why it
continues to be such a valued industry model.
by Akubra The Boss is a hat that shows
the on-going love affair between Australia and America - a happy
melding of rolled up sides, downswept front and back brim and tapered
open telescope crown. The raw-edge brim is 3-1/2 inches wide and the
pre-creased crown is 4 inches high, fully lined. Made from Akubra's
Imperial Quality pure fur felt, The Boss has a brass-studded leather
band. There are chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy
attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in
The Kiandra, from the Akubra range of town and country hats, is
named for a town in the Kosciusko National Park in New South Wales.
The crown, about 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the
sides, has a center crease with front pinch. The hat has a 3 inch raw
edge brim with rolled sides, down in front and rear. Imperial Quality,
pure fur felt. It is fully lined, with chin strap hooks set inside the
crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather
sweatband. The ornamental leather band has a braided overlay in the
center, bronze Akubra nameplate. Made in Australia.
by Akubra The Pilbara has a high crown
and wide brim to give outstanding protection from the sun. The
raw-edge brim is 3-5/8 inches wide and the pre-creased crown is 4-3/4
inches high at the front, 5-1/4 inches high at the sides, eyeletted
and fully lined. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. The
attached ornamental band has bronze fittings. There are chin strap
hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded
roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia. $170.00
River Hat by Akubra
The Snowy River is a pre-creased stockman's hat from Akubra, a
classic Australian outback hat. It has a pinched telescope crown and a
brim with rolled sides with front and back turned down. This enduring
outback style may be worn over the eyes or well back on the head in
typical Australian fashion. The brim is 3-1/4 inches wide, with a raw
edge. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. The hat is fully
lined and has a leather ornamental band with sueded insert and chin
strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap.
Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia.
Coober Pedy by Akubra The Coober Pedy by Akubra is a popular fur-felt hat for both
city and country wear. The 3-1/4 inch bound edge brim, tilted down in
front and back for protection from sun or rain, is dinkum Aussie. The
pre-creased crown is 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the
sides, eyeletted and fully lined, with a half inch ribbon band. There
are chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a
chin strap. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. Reeded
roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia. $155.00
We offer customers
the following custom hat services:
crown and brim
crown and brim
long oval shaping
All these services
are included in our show and fair prices. If needed, we will also
reshape your hat for you at no charge.
On mail order add
$20.00 for any custom work.
$8.00 West Coast /
$16.00 East Coast
Below are a few samples of the many
custom shapes possible for your Akubra hat. Any of the shapes can be
mixed and matched to create the style you are looking for. Sometimes all
it takes is a minor adjustment to give you the perfect look.
We also have many types and styles of hatbands for the final touch of
making your hat unique.
modified pinch front brim slightly lowered side
modified pinch front brim slightly lowered horse hair hat band
modified pinch front brim slightly lowered rear
modified pinch front brim slightly lowered
and Outback brim side
and Outback brim with leather hat band side
and Outback brim with leather hat band
and Outback brim
and rolled brim side
and small mule kick
and rolled brim
Range rolled brim side rear
Range rolled brim side
Range rolled brim
Range with Outback brim
gus and Outback brim
gus and rolled brim
tall gus, mule kick and rolled brim side
Montana Peak top
Open Range with acorns
Open Range side
semi -gus and rolled brim
semi-gus and rolled brim rear
semi-gus and rolled brim side
Montana Peak side
Open Range rear
Open Range side
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Learn more about AKUBRA hats including cleaning & care instructions,
a step by step process of how they are made and an interesting
history about the company.
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