• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6167

Epstein, June Sadie

(1918 – 2004)
  • Born 1 January, 1918
  • Died 1 July, 2004
  • Occupation Academic, Author, Musician, Teacher


June Epstein published more than fifty works in a variety of different genres. Often her biographical works told the stories of people with disabilities, in an attempt to raise public awareness about the disabled.
q of Music, London, where she obtained a teachers diploma. On completion of diploma she was awarded a London University Scholarship to study for a Bachelor of Music.

In 1942 June became the music teacher at Frensham School, New South Wales, and from 1946 to 1949 she was Director of Music at Melbourne Church of England Girls’ Grammar School. During this period, June also began taking a weekly choral class at the Kindergarten Training College, Melbourne (later the Melbourne College of Advanced Education, Institute of Early Childhood Development). She remained with the institution until 1976, during which time she became Senior Lecturer-in-charge of Music.

In 1986 June was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for her service to the arts and to the welfare of people with disabilities.

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of June Epstein, 1935-1999 [manuscript]
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on June Epstein, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Melbourne Church of England Girls' Grammar School (1902 - )
    • Frensham School (1913 - )