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Document, article - The Origin and Growth of the Legacy Movement in Australia. (H51)

From the Collection of Melbourne Legacy 293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

Description
White A4 photocopy of an article about Legacy published in the Victorian Historical Magazine x 6 pages.
Size
297 x 210 mm, 6 pages
Object Registration
01512
Keywords
history, speech
Historical information
A photocopy of an article in the 'Victorian Historical Magazine', 149th Issue August 1967. It was an account of a speech by Legatee Ian Anderson to the Historical Society on 23 May 1967. Legatee Anderson was president of Melbourne Legacy Club in 1964. This is a very good quality account of details of Legacy up to the 1960s.
The article outlines the key figures and events in the creation of Legacy in 1923. He mentions 8 of the members at the founding meeting in September 1923 were from the 24th Battalion. The name 'Legacy' was suggested by L/ Frank Selleck. Also the first two years of Legacy focused on the rehabilitation of returned servicemen and finding them work. It was L/ Frank Doolan that proposed the 'real field for the movement's work lay in the care, guidance and encouragement of the families of those comrades who, through death, were themselves no longer there to give those benefits, and that as the children of deceased ex-servicemen were growing up, the cases were increasing in which some deputy was needed to take up among them the work for their deceased fathers, and to act virtually as a guardian or sponsor with the help and advice our dead comrade would have given.'
It mentions the Central Liaison Committee, the Co-ordinating Council, the dates of the formation of other clubs, the Code of Legacy, the residences, the annual demonstrations, also the camps and classes provided for children.
He quotes L/ Stan Savige in a speech to the Annual Conference in 1950 and also part of the speech given to farewell L/ Savige after his death.
The notation H51 in blue pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.
When Made
1967
Significance
A highly detailed account of the formation and evolution of Legacy between 1923 and 1967.
Inscriptions & Markings
Handwritten H51 in blue pen. Typed 'Extract from Victorian Historical Magazine, 149th Issue - August 1967' on top of first page.
Last updated
7 Oct 2019 at 3:56PM