Historical information

This photograph was taken of the debutantes and their partners presented at the annual debutante ball.


This photograph is significant for its links to the Chinese Young League. The League was formally established on 4 October 1932 to to promote free social intercourse and goodwill among its members and their mutual improvement. Membership was open to all persons, with one or both parents or grandparents born in China. Wives of Chinese members were permitted as members with the same privileges. It was a significant social organisation for Chinese-Australians in Melbourne in the mid to late twentieth century.

Physical description

Laminated black and white photographic print (copy print) on card.

Inscriptions & markings

Front of card, top centre: 'Young Chinese League debutante set 1938'.

Front of card, bottom centre. 'Back row: Claude WONG HEE, Jack GOON, Arthur WHEE, Gordon NAM, Gordon LOUEY, Owen YOUNG, Stanley AH MOUY, Harold KONG, Dennis QUON, G TYE DIN, Harold MEW. Next Row: Linda YOUNG, Doris WHEE, Rose YIN, Phyllis POON, Violet TOW, Thelma WING JAN, Kim SHEE, Violet LOUEY, Eunice CHIN, Edna KONG, Betty WHEE, Jean LIM, Norma YOUNG'.

Back of card, top right hand corner. Number '1938' has been written in blue pen. Sticker text 'P735 (another version = P587) 93.2.1'.