Miss Australia: A Nation's Quest

Past Event: 11 October 2007 to 6 April 2008

Miss Australia, 1972
Gay Walker, Miss Australia 1972, Miss Australia Company
Source: The Scope Collection, National Museum of Australia

Relive the splendour, romance and glamour of one the nation’s most successful charity events.

The exhibition features the historic crown, gowns and key moments in the history of the Miss Australia Quest, which sparkled in our national consciousness for almost a century.

Stylish and proficient fundraisers, trade envoys and advocates for the disabled, Miss Australia become a national cultural phenomenon.

The exhibition follows the competition’s changing fortunes, from its beginnings as a magazine promotion in 1908, to its ascendancy in the 1950s and 1960s, and its eventual end in 2000.

Miss Australia: A Nation’s Quest is a travelling exhibition developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia.

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