From Quest of Quests to Miss World

The Quest of Quests was sponsored by Waltons a Sydney department store. They became involved in 1967 with the aim of recognising the achievements of the event for many local causes and on the international scene in the promotion of Australia throughout the world. Success came very quickly for the event when 17 year old Jeanette McLeod from Castle Hill in Sydney was chosen as Miss Teen International during a spectacular telecast in Hollywood in 1968. Channel 9 quickly realised the importance of supporting beauty contests primarily to give muscle to the charitable work done by the contestants. Apart from the beauty winners there was a Miss Charity Queen category. The first National Final was telecast in October 1968 when Penny Plummer was chosen to represent Australia at the Miss World contest in London. Penny was crowned Miss World just six weeks later and picked up Australia’s second international beauty title in the same year. Interest was stimulated from other pageant organisers such as Miss Asia, Miss International and Miss Universe. Quest of Quests record of successes is quite phenomenal. Seven International titles and eleven top placings from 1968-1976. Most importantly during those years the quests affiliated with Quest of Quests throughout Australia had been responsible for raising an estimated eight and a half million dollars for deserving causes.
West Australian Karen Pini was the 1977 Runner Up in the Miss World contest. Karen went on to be in the cast of Young Doctors and a presenter on Channel 9 Sydney.