- 12 May 1901
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
- July 1971
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Accompanist, Composer, Musician and Teacher
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.