1937 Junior Debutante Ball

1937 Junior Debutante Ball (photo courtesy of Hazel Fealy)

BALLS

An Orange Ball was held on 12th July each year in the Orange Hall.  A report on the 1887 ball states “…Dancing commenced at 9 o’clock, and was kept up with great spirit throughout the night, to the lively strains of a violin…”

            The first fancy dress ball was held on 2nd November 1905 in aid of the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institution, Brisbane.  The school later held an annual fancy dress ball for many years.

            The Dayboro Branch of the C.W.A. was formed in June 1927 and held their first ball on 2nd November 1928.  St. Patrick’s Balls were held each year until recent times.  The first Debutante Ball was held on 3rd July 1936 by the A.L.P.  There were 11 debutantes – Thelma Knight, Vera Dowling, E. Morrison, Dorothy Raaen, Jean Thomason, Grace Hart, Peggy Nugent, Alma Currell, Beryl Smith, Bertha Anderson and Ella Bradley.  A special rail motor left Brisbane at 6.15pm picking up passengers along the line and returning after the ball.  A junior Debutante Ball was held on 16th April 1937.Deb Balls and Junior Deb Balls were held in alternate years for quite some time as fundraisers for the local Ambulance Committee.

            On many occasions a ball would be held in the evening following a local event.  Many other organisations held balls, some on an annual basis.  Belle of the Ball presentations were often made.  Euchre games were also held in the supper room at some balls as an additional fundraiser.