Festival Royalty

2011 Princess, crowned by Shirley Hume in the temporarily redecorated dining room of the New Ivanhoe Hotel.
Left to right: Councillor Terry Hamilton, Crown Bearer Mark Best, Festival President Sabine Erika, Shirley Hume, Princess Kimberly Wilson, Sash Bearer Myra Hutton, 2010 Princess Lauren Nankervis.

(Photo: Linda McLaughlin 26 October 2011)

The highlight of the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival has always been the crowning of the Festival Queen, as she was called initially. Until 1969 the Queen was selected as the woman who raised the most money for the festival. From 1969 the Queen was drawn by lot. At some point in time the title changed to Princess, and that remained until 2019 when the first Royal Family was appointed (Bruce, Michelle and Isobella McKenzie).

The following table is a list of festival royal crownings, compiled by Larraine Home (née Hynes, 1962 Festival Queen) for the 60th anniversary in 2013 and since maintained by Linda McLaughlin.

The Friends of The Hall are planning an Honour Board and would like there to be no mistakes, so have requested that anyone who can assist with the following get in touch through the Contact form:

  1. 1956 – B King – what does B stand for? According to the 2006 Revue script, it’s Betty (this may be the result of someone in 2006 remembering or it may have been assumed). Larraine Home believes she was a daughter of the then station master at Mount Victoria if that jogs anyone’s memory.
  2. 1997 – who was it?
  3. Is anybody in the wrong year?
  4. Is anybody’s name incorrectly spelled?
  5. Are there any names that should, for honour board purposes, be in a different form (e.g. Susan rather than Sue… etc)?
  6. Does anyone have certain knowledge about why “Queen” was changed to “Princess” and when (sometime in the 1990s)?

1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986

Judy Tierney
Marie Boyd
Maureen Roach
B King
Doris Thomson
Diana McKenzie
Helen Bricknell
No Queen
Pamela Carroll
Larraine Hynes
No Queen
Helen Kentwell
Jannette Hennock
Fay Boyle
Dawn Clarke
Kerrie Ward
Sue Burrows
Rhonda Griffiths
Sue Boyd
Kathy Matthews
Marilyn Selman
Diane Halliday
Jill Webb and Hazel Moran
Trish Birdsall
Nerine Hide
Sharon Ryan
Sharon Carlon
Lisa Newman
Jeanette Hollingworth
Sharon William
Lindy Holt
Lara Dimitriyevich
Cathy Craft
Lisa Holmes

1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019-21

Erin Hiley
Michaleen Birrell
Jenny Pickard
Susan Tolhurst
Paula Gee
Kirrilly Stewart
Cassandra Muir
Melissa Hilman
Dana Burge
Sharon Kearney
?
Roslyn Cliff
Ashleigh Hughan
Merrilie Robinson
Kate McKenzie
Krystal McSorley
Erin Howard
Dannielle Goulden
Christy Hatton
Crissy Nankervis
Jessie Kelly
Carly Nankervis
Prue Keevers
Lauren Nankervis
Kimberley Wilson
Lydia Zandstra
Tayla Ward
Shauna Collier
Eleni Vergotis
Emma Crowe
Monique Von Zum Hof
Amy Antaw
Bruce, Michelle and Isobella Mckenzie

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