The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Inc.

Edith Harrhy Award

 

For Outstanding Service to Musical Theatre

This award was created in 1979 by Alan Stone to honour the memory of Edith Harrhy, an eminent composer, lyricist, author, poet and pianist who devoted a great deal of her life to the non-professional musical theatre assisting the aspirations of many a budding artist – and hopeful ones too. Based in Melbourne, she devoted many years to the Lyric Light Opera Company as musical director and for which she was held in the highest esteem. A petite figure, she became endeared for her ever present supply of sweets for all and the constant application of the powder-puff both at rehearsal and during performances.

 

She died in Queensland in 1975.

 

The Award is for outstanding service to the musical theatre, contributed in an honorary capacity.

 

To date the recipients are as follows:

Val Pagram, Bruce McBrien, Violet Jackson, Cid Elwood, Val Bolton, Grahame Murphy, Vin Foster, Lorna Moran, Harold Burrows, Ernest Shade AM.

 

   

Year

   Name

1987

Alan Stone

1988

Rex Callahan

1989

Nell Wynd,   Grant Alley

1990

Evelyn Girling

1991

Arch Dyer

1992

Sandra Davies

1993

Maureen Hollier

1994

Rod Collier,   Peter Torrens

1995

Terri Evans

1996

John Burrett

1997

Peter Dale

1998

Owen Collier

1999

Sue Porter

2000

Geoff Tomkins

2001

N/A

2002

Arlene Geoffrey

2003

Joyce Baker-Dawker

2004

Ena Hall

2005

Vic Luce,   Sue Dyer

2006

Bernie Tichbon,   Allan Paul

2007

Brett Wingfield

2008

Gwen Quick

2009

Bev Woodford

2010

Gwen Derrick

2011

Dot Parker

2012

Rohan Luke

2013

Lyn And Jim Muller

2014

Darrell Boyd

 2015

Fran Boyd

  2016

Paul Denham