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McHenry, Zoe Rosalind (1901 - 1971)

Born
12 May 1901
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Died
July 1971
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Accompanist, Composer, Musician and Teacher

Summary

Zoe McHenry was the great -grand-daughter of Brunswick, Victoria, pioneers Luisa and Thomas Wilkinson, and the grand-daughter of Victoria's first woman pharmacist, Sarah George. A pianist and music teacher, Zoe Henry was employed in 1943, its inaugural year, by the ABC's  Kindergaten of the Air, as a pianist.  Recognising the dearth of appropriate music for children's activities,  Zoe  began to compose for the program.  She continued to do so after leaving the program in order to care for her father, who was ill.  She published several books of music and songs for kindergarten,  travelling to London in 1962 to record.  Her music is still recorded and used today, including on the ABC's 'Play School'.

Sources used to compile this entry: Dreyer, Anne, Kindergarten of the Air: As I Knew It, Anne Dreyer, Blackburn South, Victoria, 1989.

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Archival resources

National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office

  • Kindergarten of the Air, 1942 - 1970, Series Nos. C1849, Control Symbols: 96 PART 1 and 96; Series No. SP341/1, Control Symbol: 18/2; Series No. SP724/1, Control Sym; Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office; National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office. Details

Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project)

  • Wilkinson/George/McHenry Family Records; Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project). Details

Janet Butler

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