Janice Gray earned the affectionate moniker of “Miss Arts and Crafts”, a fitting title for a woman who spent 17 years administering the Melbourne Royal Show Arts, Craft and Cookery Competition.
Janice began her Melbourne Royal involvement in the RASV with the Dogs - Championship Show in 1963 at the age of 16, before later moving into the Arts, Craft and Cookery Competition. Sadly, Janice passed away on February 24, 1988, aged 41.
That same year, RASV and staff developed the Janice M Gray Memorial Trophy to honour Janice and her achievements. The trophy was originally awarded to the most successful school in either garment construction or woodwork, but in 1993, the conditions were changed. The Janice M Gray Memorial Trophy is now awarded to the most successful school in the junior arts and crafts competitions (excluding cookery).
The coveted trophy has been proudly displayed in many schools, particularly Genazzano FCJ College who won it six years in a row from 2014-2019.