Person - Joan Hendry

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Writer Joan Hendry née Crouch joined NT because it gave her intellectual satisfaction. In 1957 she submitted her one-act play New Australian to NT, her first effort at writing something for the stage. She was also a wigmaker, supplying headpieces for Out of Commission 1955. In 1959 she went on a study tour of Asia and Europe, rejoined NT in 1966, and helped with the 1976 May Day march.

Joan's earliest writings were poems for children, published in the Sydney Morning Herald in the 1930s. She also wrote for radio and was Secretary of the Realist Writers Group. Joan won the 1941 WEA poetry prize, the 1954 Tribune short story competition, the trade union sponsored 1956 Dame Mary Gilmore short story award for “End of a Holiday”, and in 1960 was co-winner with Frank Hardy of the Communist Party 40th Anniversary short story competition. In 1983 she edited a history of Darlinghurst School which she had attended 1924-9. (A contributor was Marie Armstrong.)

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