Today in history: Nurse declared Miss Tannum Sands

ON THIS day (December 31) in Gladstone history:

1958: 

Christmas wrap: Tannum Sands attracted a large gathering over the Christmas vacation, all shacks being occupied with many campers to augment the numbers. 

The newly-erected Progress Association hall was gaily decorated for the Christmas Eve Dance and a large Christmas tree was erected at the entrance to the hall.

The evening commenced with the singing of carols led by Mr Gilbert Stevens.

The dance was the popular rendezvous for the younger set, and soft drinks and light refreshments were served by the members and the ladies of the Tannum Progress Association.

Music was supplied by Hansen's orchestra augmented by Mr L McLachlan on the clarinet. Mr R Smith capably carried out the duties of MC.

The fun continued on Wednesday night with a social in the hall when music was supplied by Mesdames M Fenton, P McCallum, A Crawford and community led by Mesdames N Norris and A Crawford.

Miss Tannum Sands: The Miss Tannum Sands Competition is retaining its popularity and this year no less than fourteen candidates sought to annex the coveted title.

The line-up was very impressive and presented the judges with a real problem, however they finally declared Miss Jean Andrews, a Gladstone nurse, Miss Tannum Sands for 1958, with Miss Sonie Michel and Miss Noeleen Parsloe, also of Gladstone, in second and third places respectively.

Other competitors were Misses Val Rossi, Nancy Finger, Ann Westrupp, Lee Farmer, Lorraine Lindley, Daphne Schultze, Paulette Reinke, Noela Anderson, Janice Hughes, Eunice Cameron and Gail Lee.

The judges were Mesdames A. C. McLachlan (Ubobo), Fitzgerald (Biloela), and Mr P McCallum (Brisbane).