From Benalla to Cohuna, and Maffra to Lilydale, dozens of women descended on the Royal Melbourne Show on Friday to celebrate 60 years since the beginning of the Miss Showgirl event.
With winners from the event’s inception in 1957, to modern winners who were awarded the Miss Showgirl title in 1996, it was a look back at the history of an event that holds fond memories for many.
Heritage curator Annette Shiell said the competition was a key attraction at the show throughout its 39 years.
‘‘It touched the lives of so many, many people. It was so significant and its importance to the Royal Agriculture Society of Victoria cannot be underestimated,’’ Dr Shiell said.
‘‘Each woman has such wonderful stories to tell and we’re so glad to be able to share those stories.’’
■Thank you to all the former Miss Showgirls who have shared their stories with us at Country News. We hope you enjoyed reading the stories each week as much as we enjoyed writing them.