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The Akubra hat has come to symbolise the Australian bush. Made of felt from the underfur of rabbits, the wide-brimmed hat is the head-cover of choice for many Australians, especially in rural areas. Akubra is the name of the major company that produces the hats but has come to mean any hat of that style. The style of hat was first produced in the early 1870s, the hat gained its current name in 1912. 'Akubra' is believed to be derived from an aboriginal word for 'head covering'. Not to be confused with the Australian Army 'slouch hat', which is made by the same company, the Akubra is worn most commonly by farmers because it is hardy enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.