Historical information

This photograph was taken of the debutantes and their partners presented at the annual debutante ball held at St Kilda Town Hall.


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

Black and white photograph (vintage) with cream frame under glass. Has a cream card mount which provides details of the ball and names the people in the photograph.

Inscriptions & markings

Front of card title top centre: 'The Young Chinese League Annual Ball at St Kilda Town Hall, 1947'. Bottom centre: DEBUTANTES
Back Row: Alex Chun Tie, Vernon Ah Mouy, Maurice Lee, Robert Kwong.
Third Row: Harold Chin, Alan Lim Joon, Lennie Quon, Eric Moy, Edward Chin.
Second Row: June Lee Gow, Evelyn Law, Annamae Young, Mrs L.M.Wang, June O'Hoy, Rose lee, Audrey Lau.
Front Row: Jean Wing Dann, Marjorie Kwong, Connie Ham.'