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We've come a long way since my 1980s Dalby debut - but there's still work to do

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Too many years ago to remember, I made my debut on a stage in an old showgrounds hall in Dalby.

It was a big deal. For weeks, I had fittings for an outfit now I’d rather forget.

For months, I considered what boy I could ask; this person would serve as my "coming out to society" partner, as my parents explained.

Debutante balls used to be a young woman's 'coming out' party to society. Luckily, they aren't any more.Credit:Liam Driver

How - or where - do you find one of them? Well, to be honest, I asked the boy who made my heart go ‘thump’.

It didn’t take him long to consider my request. His turndown was hasty and firm. Later I found out it wasn’t really about me, or the fact that he didn’t know what a debut was; it was that he was keen to go with my sassy and attractive girlfriend.

So I asked a friend, Tim, who Facebook shows three decades later is just as lovely and down-to-earth as he was back then.

But what I never considered, in........

© The Sydney Morning Herald