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Gallery: Photos from the Queanbeyan Debutante Ball archives

Gallery: Photos from the Queanbeyan Debutante Ball archives

In the garage of her home on Nimmitabel Place, Queanbeyan’s Sue Cleary has boxes and boxes of photo albums you have to see to believe.

The (almost) complete archival set of photos from every Queanbeyan Sacred Heart Debutante Ball since 1966. It’s a who’s who of the town’s finest young women and their uncomfortable-looking male partners, mostly aged around 16.

There are pics of tiny debs at the Miniature Debutante Ball of 1988 and older debs in the Mature Debutante Ball held the same year (both in the brand spanking new Bicentennial Hall).


Have a browse through these ripper photos and comment below or on Facebook if you see someone you know. We’re keen to catch up with a few former debs to hear their memories and the stories of their ‘coming out to society’.

1993 Debutante Ball


1988 Miniature Debutante Ball

Could it be? A tiny Melissa Evans, Head of Marketing at Capital Airport Group? Naaaaw

1966 Debutante Ball

1987 Debutante Ball

2001 Debutante Ball

1990 Debutante Ball

1988 Mature Debutante Ball

1960s and 70s Debutante Balls

1994 Debutante Ball (a couple of famous people in this lot)

Our esteemed editor, Bree Element.

This looks suspiciously like ActewAGL Brand and Marketing Manager Karen Unwin to us!

Future Australian cricketer right here.

Recognise this fast driver?

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About the Author: Bree Element

Part bogan, part wannabe plus-size model and part journalist, Bree's the woman behind Q! News. She's a pop culture obsessive who's deeply in love with her hometown, Queanbeyan, and the neighbouring capital. A born storyteller, she's been writing locally, nationally and internationally for more than 25 years.