Imperial Honours - from Radical to Respectable

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Over the years several NT members have received Australian Honours, ironic as many were members or strong supporters of the CPA.

Miriam Hampson was appointed OAM in 1982, Marie Armstrong in 1986 and Jock Levy in 2010.

Olwyn Mackenzie née Arkinstall (OAM 2005) performed in the revue I’d Rather be Left; her sister Carol, who was in the revue Marx of Time, had an ASIO file spanning 30 years.

Phyllis Johnson (OAM 1989 and Centenary Medal 2001) took part in NTL agit-prop pieces on the back of a truck in the 1930s. Several members of the Batterham family joined New Theatre and had ASIO files, including Harold Batterham (OAM 1984) who acted in a number of shows in the 1940s.

Enid Lorimer (OAM 1982) directed Counter Attack in 1943.

Hazel Phillips (OAM 2005 and Gold Logie winner) played Mary in a production of Reedy River and acted in Better a Millstone in 1954. Simon Burke, honoured in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday list, began his acting career as a nine-year-old at the New.


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