Newstead Echo 100 years ago

NOVEMBER 7, 1917.

Newstead young folk had a joyous time last Friday evening when they held a plain and fancy dress ball in the Mechanics Hall.  There was an exceptionally large crowd present, the building failing to hold them all, many onlookers being compelled to stand around the doors.  Visitors were present from Maldon, Castlemaine, Yandoit, Maryborough, Joyces Creek, Moolort, Baringhup, Sandon and all the surrounding districts.  At midnight the grand march took place and the judges Messrs. F.W. Ellis and R. McIlwrick, had no easy task in determining who should receive the prizes.
The waltzing competition was keenly contested, some of the finest dancers ever seen in this hall taking part.  ...  At 1am, the recherche supper was served, and the appetising comestibles provided were thoroughly enjoyed by all, and were found highly refreshing.  The music was supplied by Mr. and Mrs. Vosti of Guildford, and better could not be desired, whilst Mr. A. McKay acted as MC in a most capable manner.  the gathering did not break up till close on daylight, and it was with great reluctance that the revels were forsaken.  There were some excellent and very pretty costumes worn by many of the ladies who had all spent a deal of time, trouble and expense over their respective toilets, their beauty being considerably enhanced thereby, and the texture and colors of the garments lent great piquancy to the brilliant scene, whilst those who appeared in character were most tastefully attired.  The Secretary is to be congratulated on the effectiveness of the arrangements, and for the success that attended his efforts, which tended greatly towards the enjoyment of the evening.

Research courtsey of Janet Trudgeon.
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