Born: Established: 16 Dec 1870 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 30 Oct 1960 Sydney, New South Wales,
Alfred Hill's strengths as a composer lay in his ability to construct pure melodic lines and the overall charm and fluency of his composition style. Sir Bernard Heinze once said that 'composition in Australia owes much more to Hill than any other person who has ever written music here' (qtd. in Dictionary of Arts in Australia, p.110), a factor that can be seen in the length of his career, spanning the period in which traditional European music and early twentieth-century Australian music first began to separate.
After his death, Hill's manuscripts were donated by his widow, Mirrie Hill, to the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Federal Music Library. His papers were given to the Mitchell Library (State Library of NSW) and his books and instruments to the NSW State Conservatorium. The composition award that now bears his name was also founded by Mirrie Hill. Alfred Hill's service to Australian music was also recognised a number of times during his lifetime. In 1953, for example, he was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and in 1960 he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).