Photograph, CWI Debutantes’ Ball; de Clifford Photography, Dunedin; 6 Sep 1956; ...


Photograph, CWI Debutantes’ Ball

About this object

Photograph; CWI Debutantes’ Ball; a black and white photograph showing 14 young Strath Taieri women, members of Middlemarch Country Women’s Institute and the Dominion president of CWI as well as the Dominion secretary on the stage of the Strath Taieri Community Centre at the first debutants’ ball held at Middlemarch in 1956. All are wearing long evening gowns, white gloves and posies, with the five office-bearers seated in front and the debutantes behind, all holding a posy. A banner above reads: "For Home and Country." A man is seated by piano on the far right. The ball was part of the twenty-first anniversary celebrations of the Middlemarch Institute. This may have been not only the first but only debutantes' ball to be held at Middlemarch.

The debutantes are:
Back row from left: Jean Strang, Maureen McAtamney, Alice Finnie, Annette McKechnie, Shona Buchanan, Elsie Murray, Jean Harris.
Middle row from left: Colleen Knight, Daphne May, Marjorie Macauley, Helen Tily, Norma Robertson, Elizabeth Elliot, Wilma Jones.
Official party, front row from left: Miss Brenda Bell (Dominion Councillor CWI), J W Martin (Dominion president CWI), Mrs J E James (President Middlemarch CWI), Mrs E R Cameron (President Eastern Otago Federation CWI), Mrs J W McPhail (Secretary Middlemarch CWI). [Initials used follow tradition of married women using husband's initial.]

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Middlemarch


de Clifford Photography, Dunedin

Maker Role


Date Made

6 Sep 1956

Medium and Materials

Photographic paper, card

Inscription and Marks

de Clifford printed on back of mounted framed photo


Photo: w 240 x h 190mm

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Credit Line

Donated by Reg Sutherland 2009

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