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From the Collection of Melbourne Legacy 293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

Letter on Pat Hanna's letterhead in June 1972.
Object Registration
hanna, solider
Historical information
A letter from Pat Hanna to Frank (presumably L/- Frank Doolan) about his request for information for Legacy's archive project. He mentions some of the outstanding events in the early days of Legacy were the wonderful holidays the children had at Somers Camp and outings for widows and their children to Luna Park.
Pat posed for the iconic image of a digger taken by photographer Jack Cato in 1932. Pat wrote down his experience in a moving two page document 'The Story Behind the Picture', it tells how he was moved to imagine the action in France when posing (see 01400).
This letter and another copy of the photo was stored with other items - see items 01400 to 01403.
Pat Hanna was an entertainer, comedian, artist and producer of reveues, plays and movies. One of his first revues was performed just after the armistice in France. A popular stage show was 'Diggers' that performed in many towns in Australia post-war and was adapted into a film in 1931.
He was born George Patrick Hanna, 18 March 1888 in Whitianga, New Zealand and served in the First World War, was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy and was involved with Legacy for many years.
When Made
Made By
Pat Hanna (Maker)
Pat Hanna was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy and an artist and producer. Legacy kept some of his works in the archive.
Inscriptions & Markings
Signed 'Pat' in black ink.
Last updated
21 Apr 2020 at 4:06PM