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Milton 1949

Ulladulla & Milton Times, 23 September 1949


“The biggest crowd of the season” was the general opinion of the attendance at the Second Stork Ball, held in the School of Arts last Friday night, and organised by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Milton Hospital, with Mrs. Peter Anderson (President) and Mrs. Jess Sams (Secretary) responsible for the leadership ol a great body of hard working women who never let up for a week prior to the “function, organising and working for its success.

Every woman connected in any way with the preparations must be congratulated upon the success of their efforts, for it could only have been achieved by loyal co-operation on the part of everyone connected with the work.

The hall took on a brilliant “new look” with a scheme of decorations which was very much different to the former ideas used’ in decorating the-big hall, and the result was a sight for sore eyes, as patrons entered the door.

The ceiling was hidden in a canopy of streamers and sliced crepe paper, which covered the whole of the dancing space, while down the centre of the hall a string of sparkling electric lights gave the whole show an Arabian Nights atmosphere.

The walls and corners at each side of the stage were draped with native flowers and foliage, while the front of the stage was “broken” with a lattice work in which pink roses predominated in lovely profusion. The back of the .stage was decorated with more foliage and paper flowers, which gave an impression of cascades of color bursting out of the foliage. It was very cleverly done.

The committee responsible for the decorations were: Mesdames P. Anderson, J. Sams, E. and A. Millard, H. Keefe, B. Bedford, S. Mahar, A. Bryant, W. Smart, Sister Lill, Nurses Pearl Egan and Sylvia Tierney, Messrs. Wal Thistleton, Nev. Miller and Harold and Vince Egan.

The supper room, too, was beautifully decorated with bouganvillia, stocks and rhondeletia, while the table deeorations were of bouganvillia in floral baskets.

Naturally, the chief, interest in the ball room was the declaration of the six children who had been awarded either first or seconc prizes in the Junior Miss Milton of 1949, and when the five finalists paraded twice around the dance floor – one was not present – they were given rounds of applause toy the onlookers.

Each child was decorated with her winning ribbon, and right proud were the little mites of the honor ribbons.

The judges’ awards were as follows:
Three to five years: Rosalyn Meller 1, Math Kendall 2.
Five to seven years: Joan Cullen 1, Sandra Fishlock 2.
Seven to nine years: Juliana Calligeros 1, Edith Howes 2.

The winners in each section received a cash prize of one guinea while those awarded second prize received half a guinea.

Next item of interest was, who had won the Silver Cup, presented by Matron Porter to the child born nearest to the opening of the ball, and this was won by the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milty Hewitt; but as mother was in hospital and father had not arrived from admiring his new daughter the handing over of the cup was held over until next day, when his paid his next visit to the hospital.

Visitors were present from all over the coast, a strong contingen coming from Bateman’s Bay, and they had a great time dancing to the music of Les Harris’ Dance Orchestra, Mr. Harris also acting as M.C.

The supper was, as is always the case when organised and prepared by the ladies of the auxiliary, something that would suit the tastes of even the most fastidious patron, and was served by -the ladies’ committee, assisted by Messrs. Millard (2) and A. Blanch, while the doorkeepers were Messrs. H. Anderson, R. Bedford and L. Faust.

During the evening Sister Lill, acting matron, cut the huge birthday cake made by Matron Porter and decorated by Mrs Chris Ogilvie, after which it was handed around and voted “just the thing”.

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