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Picture relating to Charleville - titled 'Having fun at the Picnic Races Ball, Charleville, ca. 1951'

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Having fun at the Picnic Races Ball, Charleville, ca. 1951

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1951
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Drinks being served to a group of people dressed in evening wear at the Picnic Ball.
'Beilby' adds:
I doubt that this photo shows drinks being served. It's more like the handing out of prizes from the race meeting. Note the silver ware - probably bought either from Wilkinson's or, depending on connections, from Fraser's in Alfred Street (approx. opposite the Charleville Times building.)

This particular ball may have permitted the common element to participate - being a Race Club Ball; however, the practice for most such functions following a significant event was for there to be two celebrations organized. There would be the 'Ball' for the quality, the unwashed being kept at bay by the entry prices. This allowed the squatocracy and their 'townie' admirers and the non-pastoral establishment to don their white ties, their gloves and evening gowns and have a very sophisticated celebration. For the common people, there was a 'dance' - Admission 2/- of whatever, come as best you can. Such evenings often started with the Progressive Barn Dance which went on long enough for all gentlemen who attended to dance twice with such ladies as attended. The Dances usually ended with a 'slow dance' to set the mood for post-function activity. The Town Hall was a long-time favourite venue for social functions since it had a narrow strip along the side opposite the School of Arts Hotel that made a tolerable 'supper area'. Corones' Hall was popular too but it was quite small and so somewhat crowded as a consequence. The Church of England had the Parish Hall but it was infrequently used for town events - though apparently it did house Miss Lockett's private school in the late 1800's.

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