Overview of Sunshine Harvester Works' beauty pageants.
The search for 'Miss Sunshine' was a feature of the Sunshine Harvester Works' annual picnic. The first company beauty pageant was featured during the 1949 picnic held at Frankston Park. A total of 1,500 employees and their families attended the picnic.
The pageant was staged on the beach, drawing a large crowd. The judges included Mrs S.S McKay, V.R McKay and W.H Thompson. Nine women entered the competition, with Joan Evans emerging as the winner. She was awarded a blue and gold sash and a crystal powder bowl. Barbara Ellingsen came runner-up.
Norma Bradley, an employee in the company's Head Office, was crowned 'Miss Sunshine' the following year. In 1952, Miss Fowler was judged winner of the competition, with Miss Thomson a close second.
During the 1953 picnic, the 'Miss Sunshine' contest was divided into two categories – the Picnic Girl and Beach Girl. Miss Oatway won the title of Picnic Girl, with Miss Wilkinson as runner-up. Miss Ansty was crowned Beach Girl, while Miss Day came second.
- '1500 People Attended Harvester Picnic', 1949, Sunshine Advocate, 18 February, p.1.
- 'Attendance over 2,000 at Harvester Picnic', 1950, Sunshine Advocate, 3 March, p.1.
- 'Harvester Picnic a Great Success', 1952, Sunshine Advocate, 22 February, p.1.
- 'Harvester Picnic Popular as Ever', 1953, Sunshine Advocate, 27 February, p.2.