For the Men in Hats theme this week for Sepia Saturday I have this photo taken at Kooba in 1920. Kooba was a 120,000 acre station in south-central New South Wales . The station had been sold and now it was time to sell its 40,000 sheep as well as some cattle and horses. This photo of three men at their ease was taken at the sheep sale near the Woolshed yards at Kooba in October 1920.
The man in the centre is Alfred Ellis (1897-1954) and he worked for the Stock and Station Agent Wilkinson and Lavender which had a branch at Hay.. This was the firm which handled the sale of the Kooba sheep.
We have been to Hay before when we looked at an early plane crash there and where Alf Ellis became friendly with the Tansey family. But on this day of the sale he was about 100 km to the east of his home town. These Stock and Station Agents covered a large area arranging the sale of properties and livestock.
Now I could be completely and utterly wrong but I think the two men on the outside of the photo could be wearing hats called a Fedora while Alf Ellis in the centre is wearing a Trilby which is a type of Fedora. Or is Alf wearing a Fedora and he is simply showing his individuality by turning the brims down and not creasing the crown I can’t find any other style which seem similar to the hats in the photo. Alf Ellis appears to be wearing the same kind of hat in the final photo on the previous Hay Plane Crash page.
Here is another photo taken on the same day and once again the hat on Alf Ellis in the centre has the high crown and the turned down brim. The next two photos which also involve Alf Ellis give some idea of what the wool sale at Kooba was like but instead were taken at Carrathool which is nearer to Hay than Kooba. But they give a feeling for the size of these sales.
And there’s plenty more men and their hats to be found by following the links on Sepia Saturday.