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Unlabelled dark blue beret referred to by its wearer Sir Hubert Opperman as a 'Beret Basque'

Object type
Berets

Object number
1996.0048.0001

Description
A dark blue beret with a brown leather band on the inner edge. The beret is very worn and has no lining, maker's mark or size.

Collection name
Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 1

Collection statement of significance
The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection no 1 consists of two worn blue berets used by and belonging to Sir Hubert Opperman, cyclist and diplomat. Beret no 1 is dark blue with a brown leather band on the inner edge, very worn, with no lining, maker's name or size. Beret no 2 is dark blue with a brown band, white and red trim with a small white bow. The material is alcantara and pure wool, size 55/912

Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

Wearer
Sir Hubert F. Opperman

Place worn
France

Date worn
1928

Date worn
1931

Materials
Textile - non specific, Leather

Dimensions
Diameter: 220mm



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