August 1st 2005
Let's Celebrate Peace
To celebrate Peace in the Pacific you and your family are invited to the Arcadia Hotel Gardens on Sunday evening 14th August for a Celebration Moonlight Jitterbug Dance. There will be Music, Dancing, Games For the Children, Beer tent, Special food - despite the rationing!). Tickets 1/6d children free (but must have tickets and be accompanied by an adult)
Magnetic Island is joining the great VP 60 Celebration with a re-creation of the famous 1940's outdoor dances at Arcadia. The Community Development Association in partnership with Arkies/Island Tavern will create the event on Sunday 14th August from 5.00pm - 9.00pm
Tickets at $5.00 per adult (children 16 & under free - but must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult) will be available from:
Horseshoe bay Store
Sunferries Breakwater Terminal (special price from town $25.00 for ferry and ticket) Buses connect from the Nelly Bay terminal
31st July - stall at Horseshoe Bay Markets
Note: tickets will be on sale from 30th July to Thursday 11th August at $5.00.
From Friday 12th they will be $10.00 per person
The story of the ticket design (above)
Island resident John Marlton was a primary school child living in North Ward in the latter days of the War. In the weeks leading up to peace his mother was frantically busy working with the CWA on a secret project. In anticipation of the war ending they were hand making "Peace" badges. As peace was declared, they were out on the streets selling them. John can remember clearly his mother commenting that they had made 92 - but if they had had more badges they could have made 200 - a small fortune in those days. Our tickets are a tribute to that initiative.
We need your fabric. If you have red, white, or blue fabric on your sewing bag, drawer or cupboard please donate it to ourt "bunting makers" Your fabric donations can be left at any of the ticket outlets and it will help festoon the dance area on the northern (bottleshop) side of Arkies on the 14th.
The dance area will be filled with tables of varying sizes (and chairs, of course) we ask you to get together with friends and come as a party - large or small and bring with you decorations for your table
There will be prizes for the best decorated table, and the best dressed lady, gentleman and child.
From 5.15pm-6.15pm there will be traditional games on the grass for children from 3 years and upwards.
Fashion ideas for getting into the swing
Even after the war had finished, rationing was still evident. Materials, clothing and all non-essentials were in short supply, and even if they could be found, had to be bought with ration coupons. Every person had about 112 coupons per year. An ordinary day dress cost 12 ration coupons, and a man's suit took 38 coupons - so everyone 'made do', even using mosquito netting for ball gowns and wedding dresses.
Mens and women's dress style could be based on the military - long and elegant.
Women - padded shoulders, long sleeves and 'A' line or pleated skirt, using less material; early trouser suits appearing.
Men - military uniform, especially naval
Women: Generally 'A' line or pleated skirt and dresses with sleek lines; sweetheart necklines with diamantes at either side of neck line; or big collars with flowers for decoration; long sleeved shirts tucked into skirts. Full skirts came in after 1947.where for special occasions, a band of 'nice' fabric was stitched along the hem, about 10cm wide, to about or below knee length. Sleeveless shirts. Fabrics - crepe de chine, viole, linen, organza.
Shorts:Fitted, worn with long sleeves and sandals.
Shoes: Patent leather, pumps.
Hats: Like white sport's hats with green underside; panama hat type, or straw
Hair:"Pageboy bob" - hair rolled up and inwards, underneath at back. Often adornedwith flowers. Some women wore a 'snood' a hair net covering long hair tied at the back of the head.
Makeup: Bright red lippy; applied beauty spots with eyebrow liner; face powder, rouge, perfume typically Cashmere Bouquet; pencil line drawn down leg to suggest seamed stockings
Men: Single breasted suit, 2 buttons on coat, none on sleeves. Wide baggy pants, pleated at top with cuff at lower edge, cufflinks; wide tie handkerchief in pocket, waistcoat
Trousers: Fitted at high waist, Pleated at front, baggy with slight taper at cuff, braces worn. A 'baggy' look
Shirts: Long sleeved and plain.
Shoes:Black leather (or sandals with shorts)
Shorts:Above knee, khaki coloured
Hats: Fedora, or felt with high crown
Hair: Brylcreem, parted on side or middle
Girls: Pretty dresses, hair tied with ribbons
Boys: Shorts made from men's trousers, often cream in colour; long sleeved shirts
Accepting a dance
Men generally asked the women to dance. If tired, women generally promised to dance with them a bit later on. Also, impolite to refuse one and immediately accept another invitation. Women escorted back to the spot where they were asked - you should never leave your partner stranded and unattended on the floor!
Sincere thanks to
VP 60 /Townsville City Council
Gary & Lesley McGill
Townsville City Brass Band
George Hirst & www.magnetictimes.com
Twin Cities Pool Supplies (Nelly Bay)
Doug Ede's Party Hire
Orlando Wyndham Wines
Townsville Maritime Museum
MI Bus Service
Heike Von Mellenthin & Kindy parents
Wendy MacDonald & Members of MICDA & Friends of Magnetic Island's tireless workers
Magnetic Island Community Development Association - helping to make the Island a great place to live!