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Saturday's Newspaper Snippet - Monica Battye's Debut

Today's post involves my Great Aunt Monica Battye.

Source: GOULBURN (1947, June 26). Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from


On June 3, the annual Catholic Ball was conducted at the Gundagai Theatre.  Success was achieved from both the social and financial viewpoint, over 500 people attending and an amount of almost £200 being taken at the door.  Visitors from Wagga, Cootamundra, Tumut, Adelong and other neighbouring towns, as well as the district centres, attended.  Following a fanfare, the official party entered the hall at 9:30p.m.  It comprised his Lordship Bishop McGuire (who received the debutantes.) the Rev. Father A. Deegan, P.P. (Gundagai),  B. McDonagh (Cootamundra), and J. O'Brien (Gundagai), the deputy shire president , Mr. R.R. Knox and Mrs. Knox, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Hogan, Mr. and Mrs. D. Koch, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Horsley.  The debutante retinue was led by little Rea Jones, with flower-girls, Patricia Barton and Peggy Nicholls, and page boys, John Reardon, Fred Horsley, Lester Koch and Graham Hunt, following.  The young ladies who made their debut were ; Verlie Koch, Betty Bartlett, Monica Battye, June Carrigg, Jewell Summerville, Peggy Sheahan, Kath. Sheahan, Beryl Chalker, Dorothy Churchin and Shirley Quinn.


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