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Document, speech - 'Forty Years On' Foundation Day address by Past President Brian Armstrong (H30)

From the Collection of Melbourne Legacy 293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

Description
White foolscap paper with black type x 5 pages of an address by Legatee Armstrong on 26 September 1967.
Size
335 x 210 mm, 4 pages
Object Registration
01504
Keywords
history, speakers, speech
Historical information
In September 1967 Legatee Brian Armstrong gave a speech about the first 40 years of Legacy. He mentions; 'what, in all humility, does our word 'Legacy' conjure up? To each of us, no doubt, something different, according to the the period of our service and our particular interests. To the early ones, many pictures, grave and gay, many voices, two perhaps in particular, both on the brink of a discovery. One, rather triumphant, - 'I've got it, we will call it "Legacy", but we will give instead of take, and look for nothing in return; and two years later, a quiet voice, still with us, thank heaven, "Have you ever through what the dying wish of our cobbers would have been?". This is our link. On the one hand, the still sharp memory of the lost men of Anzac France, Belgium, and the Middle East. One's own private nightmare - the expression in the eyes of the men of one's own Platoon, particularly towards the end, when they were warned for yet another operation. Men who by some miracle had survived twelve and more separate and individual hells between Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux and who knew full well that the Hindenberg Line was yet to come. And then we lucky ones were home again . . . Now here it was, the link, the chance to do something of real personal value, something with a real future. We do not speak a great deal of these things, nor would I do so now if I were not sure that everyone of you who wears this small badge has travelled much the same road. "
He mentions the Legacy Diary belonging to Frank Meldrum, from 1925, with records on the start of Legacy. It is believed this diary was one of many documents lost in a fire. He mentions the fire destroyed the home and valuable library of Legatee Jimmy Downing.
The notation H30 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.
When Made
1967
Significance
A speech given at a Legacy function that has significant information about the first forty years of Legacy.
Inscriptions & Markings
Handwritten H30 in red pen.
Last updated
7 Oct 2019 at 9:21AM