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Belle of the Ball

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Débutante balls were one of the highlights of the social calendar in the past and were something of a rite of passage for young women of the time.

City of Canada Bay Museum currently has a fascinating display of photographs and memorabilia of past balls held in our area, including gowns worn to Concord Mayoral Balls.

The photograph above shows débutantes at the Concord West Royal Arch Masonic Ball in 1934: (left to right) Valerie Clark, Grace Pogmore, Marjorie Scott, Ileen Schroder, Lady Mayoress Mrs C. K. Longmuir (Doris May Longmuir who was Matron to the débutantes), Gladys Beazley, Gwen Kingston, Wilsie Golding, Daphne Knight and Amy Whitmarsh. More photographs can be seen on the Canada Bay Connections flickr page.