Historical information

From 1988 to 2021, Legacy held a public speaking contest for young secondary school students. It was initially called the Junior Plain English Speaking Award (JPESA) and later called Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award (LJPSA). Schools were eligible to send along up to 4 representatives to compete in a preliminary round. Participants gave a four minute prepared speech and a two minute impromptu response to a topic. This badge was awarded to participants in the Preliminary Final.
The following was taken from a programme in 1996: "The Award aim is to promote enhanced oral communication skills for 12-14 year old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy - voluntary service, caring and comradeship - and the need for remembrance. It began in 1988 in the Melbourne area with the support of the Ministry of Education and The Plain English Foundation.
Melbourne Legacy ended its role in the competition after Covid lockdowns in 2020.


A record of items given to participants of the public speaking contest.

Physical description

White enamel badge with the Legacy Logo in blue on white cardboard saying it was part of the Preliminary Final. Badge and card are in a small clear plastic sleeve.

Inscriptions & markings

Badge has 'Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award' around the edge.