With spring in the air and the weather warming up, some of us, over a certain age, may remember Brisbane’s Warana Spring Festival. The John Oxley Library recently received a lovely donation of photographs from a former Miss Warana, Julie Cable, who was then known as Julie Younger.
Julie, a private secretary from Toowong, was crowned by the Tourism, Sport and Welfare Services minister, Mr Herbert, and was sponsored in the quest by Collins Foods International. She had already won the titles of Miss Miami Surf Girl 1971 and Miss Wests Rugby League 1973.
A highlight of the crowning ceremony was the attendance of actors from the popular Australian television series “Matlock Police”, including Michael Pate and Paul Cronin, who sadly passed away on 13 September this year.
The Warana Day parade through the streets of Brisbane was held the day after the crowning. The collection also includes a photograph of Julie assisting at the crowning of Miss Warana 1974, a year later.
We are very grateful to Julie for donating copies of her photographs to the library and reminding us of Warana, which I am sure, holds a special place in the memories of many Queenslanders.
32078 Julie Younger Miss Warana Photographs collection is available to view onsite at the State Library of Queensland
Lynn Meyers – Specialist Librarian, State Library of Queensland