It was the year Australia said goodbye to the British pound and welcomed its own currency, the year the federal election saw Harold Holt rise to the highest office in the nation and Holden became the first car maker in the country to install seat belts in its cars.
It was also the year that a young Shepparton woman decided to enter a much beloved competition at the annual Shepparton Agricultural Show.
As a 19-year-old working at McKeons in 1966, Judy Judd (nee Robertson) had seen many before her enter the Miss Showgirl competition.
‘‘A few girls would always end up entering every couple of years and going into the showgirls. I don’t really know how I ended up entering, I think it was because of some of the girls I knew,’’ Mrs Judd said with a laugh.
‘‘There was probably six to eight other entrants on the day ... You just went to the judging, there wasn’t much to it in those days.’’
Dressed smartly in a white suit with navy trim, Mrs Judd said she was incredibly surprised when she was announced the winner of the competition, a reaction that others shared.
‘‘My mother was there and I think she was probably as surprised as I was,’’ she said.
Judy later married Peter Judd and the couple welcomed three children.
After running pubs and hotels for more than three decades, including the Numurkah Hotel, the Judds are now semi-retired in Katunga and run their stud Benstud Standardbreds along with their son and son-in-law.
■The RASV is looking for former Miss Showgirls to celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary. Contact Annette Shiell by email at [email protected] or by phone on 92817427.
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