Lost Brown Felt Hat
Watercolour on Arches 640 gsm,
57x65cm (framed 82x101cm)
On 27 March,1902 Dahlke rode “Boadicea” to the police station to overnight with Doyle, Millard and Johnson. He had his swag, brown felt hat and, as usual, carried his stock whip. Strikingly unusual were the long glass-headed pins in the lapel of his faded, black serge coat.
Carefree conversation about working at Tamrookum, the kindness of Mrs Collins, and his mother’s gift of pins, was sobered by another memory—Robert Collins’s caution about risk of death at Kenniff hands.
This image hints at times of carefree conversation. But, it also alludes to the future when hat, arm-bands, spurs, glass-headed pins, and saddlebags are lost.