Historical information

The pith helmet was worn to shade the head in hot and humid climates. Owned by donor's father when he was mining mica in the 1930s; not worn because of embarrassment.

Physical description

Light brown insulated hat, designed as protective covering for the head against the sun; red and green cloth lining, leather sweat band and chin strap

Inscriptions & markings

Gilt inscription on lining: "Real solapith, made in India expressly for the Myer store for men, Melbourne & Adelaide" [size] 6 7/8