|Cover- PO Victory Ball Program|
The booklet I had found was the cover of the souvenir program for The Victory Ball organised by the Postal Institute to celebrate the end of World War II that my mother had attended along with some of her friends. Checking out the autographs, written in pencil and now faded, on the back cover of the program I saw some familiar names.
Roma Bannon was a country girl who boarded with my mother's family in Sydney. Until her death she remained a close friend of my mother's and was a treasured member of our extended family. Arthur Johnson was another boarder from the country who lived in my grandmother's crowded house at Kensington. Arthur boarded with my grandmother for around 30 years until she became too feeble to manage a home. Kath Tuohey a friend from my mother's hometown, Cobar, is still a friend of my mother's today. I would be surprised if some of Mum's sisters were not at this event but their names so not appear in her list of autographs.
|Autographs - PO Victory Ball|
The inside cover and first page of the program contain a message from the President of The New South Wales Postal Institute, J.M. Hotson and a list of committee members.
The venue, The Grace Brothers Auditorium, was part of the flagship Broadway store of the Grace Brothers retail empire. It was a major venue on the Sydney social scene. I remember attending children's birthday parties and seeing Santa at the grand Christmas display there as a youngster and, as a young adult, I enjoyed a number of balls there. The store was closed in 1992 and reopened as a shopping and cinema complex in 1998.
Although my mother's dance program is empty I am sure that she did not miss a dance. She still enjoys a twirl round the dance floor whenever the occasion presents itself.
At the top and bottom of each page of the program are humourous quips that include:
- It is a poor heart that never rejoices
- The forward girl often looks backward
- Blondes are always lightheaded creatures
- The cost of living is a soar point with us
- Eve introduced the first loose leaf system
- Blessed are the innocent - for they have a lot to learn
- Tie mail matter securely - use a parson
- Lost patrners will be locked up in the Drunk Exchange until called for. Last clearance at 1 am.