• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: PR00741

McHenry, Zoe Rosalind

(1901 – 1971)
  • Born 12 May, 1901, St Kilda Victoria Australia
  • Died 1 July, 1971, Melbourne Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Accompanist, Composer, Musician, 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  Kindergarten 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’.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office
    • Kindergarten of the Air [Part 1][includes 42 photographs]
    • Kindergarten of the Air [Part 2][includes 34 photographs]
  • Private Hands (These regards may not be readily available)
    • Wilkinson/George/McHenry Family Records

Related entries

  • Related Women
    • George, Sarah Ann (1839 - 1919)