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Hammond, Joan Hood (1912 - 1996)

Dame, DBE, CMG, CBE, OBE

Born
24 May 1912
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died
26 November 1996
Occupation
Singer and Teacher

Summary

Joan Hammond was appointed DBE 1974, CMG 1972, CBE 1963, OBE 1953. She received the Sir Charles Santley award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, London 1970, 'Musician of the Year'. In 1988 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Recording for the Australasian Sound Recording Association, in 1994.

Details

The daughter of Samuel and Hilda (née Blandford) Hammond, Joan Hammond who was educated at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Pymble New South Wales, established an early interest in sports. An expert swimmer during her teens Hammond, transferred to the sport of golf. She won the women's state golf championship for New South Wales in 1932, 1934, 1935 and the junior championship in 1929.

Hammond also played violin for three years with the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra before studying singing in Vienna in 1936. She returned to Australia for concert tours in 1946, 1949 and 1953, and completed world concert tours between 1946 and 1961. After retiring in 1965, Hammond became artistic director of the Victoria Opera Company (1971-1976) and was then head of vocal studies and vocal consultant at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1975 to 1992. Her autobiography A voice, a life was published in 1970.

Sources used to compile this entry: 1000 Famous Australians, Rigby, 1978, 368 pp; Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp; Sharpe, Neill (Researcher) (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1996, 32 edn, Information Australia Group Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1995, 1720 pp.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • Interview with Joan Hammond, Australian opera singer historical recordings of important happenings recorded by 2GB News (sound recording), 12 February 1960, ORAL TRC 22/3; National Library of Australia. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Hammond, Joan, Dame; Papers, [manuscript]. 1928-1994 (bulk 1983-1993), 1928 - 1994, MS 8648; Hammond, Joan Hood (1912 - 1996); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Letters of Dame Joan Hammond, Geelong, to H. S. Young, Sydney, MS 9704; Hammond, Joan Hood (1912 - 1996); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of Kenneth Russell Henderson, 1976 - 1978, MS 7111; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • [Biographical cuttings on Joan Hammond]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

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