Last Friday I attended the Yarraga Debutante Ball at the Cowra Services Club. It was nothing like my own deb ball back in 1985, where we waltzed with our partners and our fathers and were presented to the Cardinal. Rather, the gorgeous young Koori debutantes of Cowra danced to the deadly choreography of Michaela Jeffries (pictured above with myself and debutante Stacey Ashe), as their partners in black suits and pink ties escorted them with style, presenting them to me as they entered the auditorium.
For me it was one of those WOW moments in life. To be home on Wiradjuri country among many of my Williams family members – elders, cousins, friends – and to be part of a night that celebrated our youth and their future.
I’m grateful to Beatrice Murray (pictured with me below) - ball coordinator and teacher at Cowra High School - for the invitation to have a role in the event, because in short, I left inspired by our beautiful young people.