THE WAY WE WERE: Having a (debutante!) ball

For many decades St John’s Pro-Cathedral Parish, Maitland, held an annual Debutantes’ Ball at Maitland Town Hall, where the young ladies of the parish would be presented to the Bishop of Maitland.

THE WAY WE WERE: Having a (debutante!) ball

The photograph of the ball held on 10 May, 1974, shows the official party with Bishop John Toohey. It was Bishop Toohey’s last Maitland Catholic Ball as he died the following year.

(l-r) Milton Morris MLA and his wife Colleen, parish priest Fr Lex Levey, matron of honour, Miss Suzanne Martin, Bishop John Toohey, Ball Committee President, Mrs Margaret Anlezark and her son Ian.   

How times – and hair styles – have changed!

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