Maffra and District Historical Society

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Do you know anyone?


Does anyone happen to know anyone in this Deb Set? It has come to us as a digital copy with others from the recent Maffra "Back To". But we are at a loss for names, or even a rough date.


There is a larger copy HERE.

(Linda suspects it is a Wain to the left of the lady in black, which would make it early 1950s. But she is just guessing)


Blogger Lenore Frost said...

It might even date to the late 1940s. There are photos of my mother at her Deb in the lace mittens. I'm not sure how long that fashion lasted, and I'm not sure when Mum would have done her Deb, but I expect she was 18 to 20, which would make it 1943 to 1945. I'm not sure if people did their Debs during the war. The necklines of the dresses also remind me of Mum's wedding dress, which was in 1949, wearing a borrowed wedding dress which had done at least three weddings. Fabrics were hard to get after the war, and probably patterns were pre-war patterns as well for several years, so there was a bit of a drag on fashions.

The local paper probably had accounts of the local debs, so that should help. Would the older woman be a dancing teacher, or the Mayoress, or someone like that? Having never done a deb, I don't know who would be in the photo with them.

August 6, 2011 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

It really is difficult - I had a friend who did her deb in the late 1960s, and she had puffed short sleeves and long white gloves. I think the gloves are part of the whole thing. I also think the woman is called the "Trainer" - interesting word. The local paper may name them, but is not held locally, and there are a lot of years to read (and many deb sets!).
Hopefully, someone will know someone. I'm aiming for late 1940s, as I reckon one of those girls at least is in the 1949 Queen carnival, slightly older.

August 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

This is now recorded (thanks to Joan) as Catholic Debutante Ball, unknown date, at Maffra.

FRONT: unk, Margaret Moran (later Cotterill), Margaret Kierce (later Woodlands), Margaret Coleman (later Lee), Josie Colman, Rosemary Canali, Margaret Trew (later Howard), Lorraine Colman (flowergirl).
BACK : unk, Patricia Coloe (later Lee), Dorothy Gibbs (later Ronalds), unk, Wilma Jones (later Jennings), Heather Mills (later Stewart) (I have obviously left one out here, can anyone help?)

Girls in front may be Margaret and Mary Davis (twins), Margaret Dorfield (later Mathieson), unk (And I obviously wrote this wrong in my haste - help again!!!)

August 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM  

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