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Some of the text in The Australian Ballet timeline is adapted from essays in Luminous. These were written by Valerie Lawson (The Sixties), Jill Sykes (The Seventies), Lee Christofis (The Eighties), Michael Shmith (The Nineties) and Deborah Jones (The New Millennium).
1 September 1962
On this Saturday (coincidentally Peggy van Praagh’s birthday), the dancers assemble to sign their contracts and take their first class together. To this day, The Australian Ballet’s working week begins on a Saturday.
Also in 1962
Peggy van Praagh returns to Australia to take up the directorship of the new company.