The Miss Tasmania Quest was an annual competition designed to raise funds to help children suffering from cerebral palsy. By 1958, it had become so successful that it could provide funding to assist children with other kinds of disabilities. From then on, it shared its work with the Retarded Children's Welfare Association as well as other similar charities. The Quest ended in 1999.
Committees sponsoring a young woman, for instance Miss Greek Community or Miss Transport Industries, organised fund raising activities. The final crowning ceremony was a popular television event. The winner became Miss Tasmania and the entrant who raised the most money, Miss Tasmania Charity. Miss Tasmania then competed to become Miss Australia.
Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Alison, From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow: the history of Oaks Tasmania, Oak Tasmania, Glenorchy, Tasmania, 96 pp; Rimon, Wendy, 'Miss Tasmania Quest', in The companion to Tasmanian history, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, 2006, http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/M/Miss%20Tasmania%20Quest.htm.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 20 January 2012, Last modified: 14 March 2014