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Khaki fur felt bushman's hat, worn by Major Les Hiddins


Khaki fur felt bushman's hat, worn by Major Les Hiddins

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Physical description

Khaki fur felt bushman's hat with a leather thong wrapped twice around the crown. The rim is curled up on both sides and the crown is quite squashed.

Statement of significance

The Les Hiddins Collection comprises a number of items of camping and research equipment used by Les Hiddins in his research in bush foods. The collection includes hat and clothing, an Alice pack, secateurs and sheath, camera and lenses, a Barrett HF radio, camping equipment, a copy of the thesis Survive to Live, and an Australian Army 'snack map'. The collection illustrates Hiddins' work in reasearching, collecting and cataloguing bush foods in the Australian bush, both in his capacity as a member of the armed forces investigating survival resources in northern Australia and through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Bush Tucker Man series. The collection evokes both the nature of Hiddins' research and the characteristics of his media persona.

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