By Beth Miller
Who would have thought that Living Choice Broadwater Court had a former Daily Telegraph’s 1946 Beach Girl winner in their midst? Yes, all was revealed when Pat Fox celebrated her 90th birthday recently and, although no longer a young 21-year-old beauty, Pat still retains her elegance, deportment and beautiful complexion of yesteryear.
Born Patricia Rea in Newcastle, NSW, Pat grew up during the Depression and WW2 broke out during her teens. While sunbathing on Bondi Beach, convalescing from a tonsillectomy, she was approached by a Daily Telegraph photographer and a smartly dressed woman. This woman was French Madame Chambon who brought the first French models to Australia for showings at David Jones.
Pat was informed that she had been chosen to launch the 1946 Beach Girl Competition, which she subsequently won. The final showing was held at the Bondi Open Air Auditorium and the compere was the inimitable radio comedy entertainer and showman, Jack Davey.
In the audience was the managing director and general manager of Scamp Swimsuits, Ray Scott. Obviously impressed, he sent Pat a request for an interview, a contract was later signed and she began touring the main centres throughout Australia, giving radio interviews and retail showings. She became the Fashion Advisor to Grace Bros for 12 years.
Marriage to Ray Scott took place in 1948 and two sons followed. Sadly, she was widowed at the age of 50. Upon retirement she remarried and lived in both Roseville and Daly’s Point before finally settling very happily at Broadwater Estate.
What does she enjoy about her life today? “I enjoy just being here…I feel very contented with beautiful friendships and I treasure the closeness of my Christian friends most of all.”
May your days continue to be all that you would wish Pat, and many congratulations!