HillView’s Miss Australia (1965 / 66)
12 December 2018
HillView Resident Sue is no stranger to bright lights and the click and flash of a camera having spent much of her life in the spotlight. Sue constantly graced the pages of the major newspapers such as the Sunday Mail, Melbourne Age and the Sydney Sunday Telegraph. Sue is famously known as Miss Australia (1965 /66).
A local Bondi girl, Sue grew up around the beach and always had a tan. It seemed that where Sue went the spotlight followed her. Not only is Sue a great swimmer, she speaks 5 languages and is a professional ice skater. Sue toured New Zealand’s North Island with Pat Gregory’s Ice Follies as part of the chorus line. Although Sue recalls that it was not until she started in the show that she realized she wasn’t as good a skater as she initially thought. In the lead up to the title of Miss Australia: Sue was Miss Surf Rider, Miss Southern Beaches, Miss New South Wales and Miss Australia. Sue was one of the first Miss Australia’s with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in French and Italian. The Miss Australia contest was much more than a beauty contest. With the winner being judged on intelligence, looks and general knowledge.
When Sue was crowned Miss Australia she was gifted a Koala Bear by Qantas as she was about to embark on her world tour. Initially Sue was shocked by the strange gift however she soon warmed up to bear once she realized how much he symbolized Australia. The overseas press took to Bear. No matter where Sue was Bear went with her. Bear became Sue’s good luck charm with numerous newspaper articles featuring Sue and Bear both in Australia and throughout the world on her tour promoting Australian trade and immigration. In her world tour Sue visited 14 Countries.
Sue’s time as Miss Australia then led into Sue becoming a Sydney weather girl at channel 7, Beauty and the Beast Panelist and on camera news interviewing and reporting. From there Sue worked in Public Relations and in special projects for the liberal party. Sue now calls HillView her home.