History: Looking Back

Looking Back: Miss Illawarra Quest 1942

IS your grandma or mother among six 1942 beauties featured in our latest Looking Back story? Click or tap into the story for pictures of Kath Philpott, Violet Sharpe, Lillian Curry, Ruby Buist, Margaret Guinery and Ruth White. The Miss Illawarra Quest was held during the war years. The winner of the quest was decided by a popular vote. It cost a penny to vote, with proceeds donated to the Australian Comforts Fund, a charity that supplied men and women fighting in World War II with home comforts.

Looking Back

IS your grandma or mother among these six 1942 beauties?

The Miss Illawarra Quest was held during the war years and received a record number of entries in 1942.

The winner of the quest, organised by the charity group, 10,000 Brigade, was decided by a popular vote. It cost a penny to vote, with proceeds donated to the Australian Comforts Fund, a charity that supplied men and women fighting in World War II with home comforts.

Different businesses and organisations, including Central Illawarra Council, banks, and mining unions, nominated young women to represent them in the widely popular quest.

Pictured here are six of the eight finalists in 1942. The ultimate winners of the quest were Kath Phil (£50), Miss Neville (£10) and Violet Sharpe (£5).

Can you tell us what suburb or town these beauties called home, or any other background information?

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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