An extract from the Truth newspaper, Western Australia from Saturday, December 24, 1921 reads as the following-
A fancy dress ball was held at Shotts recently, and a very pleasant evening was spent, reports the Collie Mail.
At 12.30 a competition was closed which decided who was the worst prospective husband and best bride in Shotts.
J. Baxter took the male prize, and Miss Mahoney was elected best cook and prampusher,
Miss Collie only being beaten by less than a score of votes.
Funds to build a bigger hall are urgently needed, and thanks to the support received, are growing rapidly.
This entertainment netted over £12 towards the good cause.
Plainly there is no mawkish mid- Victorian sentimentality about Shotts.
Which is as it should be.
But it would be interesting to know upon what the opinions of the capabilities of the various competitors in these events are based.
Do the prospective wives and mothers have to give practical illustrations of pram-pushing, cooking, and so forth?
And, if so, how on earth are the good, or bad, qualities of the prospective partners in the pram business and food-providing sized up and decided?