Miss Warana 1973

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.

Miss Julie Younger being crowned Miss Warana at Cloudland Ballroon, 1973.  John Oxley Library, Acc: 32078
Miss Julie Younger being crowned Miss Warana 1973 at Cloudland Ballroom, Brisbane. John Oxley Library, Acc: 32078

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.

Miss Warana, Julie Younger, with the cast of the television series “Matlock Police”, Michael Pate (far left) and Paul Cronin (right).

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.

Julie Younger, Miss Warana, and attendants, on a Warana Day float 1973

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.

Julie Younger adjusting the crown of Miss Warana 1974 at Cloudland Ballroom.

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

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