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Melbourne Legacy Melbourne , Victoria

Melbourne Legacy is dedicated to caring for families of Australian Defence Force veterans who have lost their lives or health serving their country. At a time when all may seem lost, Legacy is there to help a family of individual through the tough times and restore their confidence in the future.

This collection will serve as an archive of items representing the history of the Legacy Club of Melbourne and the services that have been provided to the families of veterans by Melbourne Legacy from its inception to the present time.

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GPO Box 4312 Melbourne Vic 3001
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+61 (03) 8626 0500

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293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

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1812 items

1812 items

Document, programme - Legacy on Parade 1979

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white paper program. Includes running order, acts and names of instructors. Presented at the A.M.P. Theatrette on Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th August 1979.

Historical information

Melbourne Legacy Junior Legatees conducted weekly Boy's and Girls Classes at a number of locations in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Annual Demonstrations/Parade were held from 1928 through to the late 1970's.

Document, letter - (H22)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White quarto letterhead of L/ Gillespie and a buff file copy of a reply from Legacy about Claude Blatchford's book.

Historical information

These two letters, one to President Owen from James G Gillespie with a donation of a copy of 'Legacy' by Claude Blatchford, and a yellow file copy of a reply letter from President Owen. Legatee Gillespie suggests document called 'Legacy' by Blatchford should be inscribed and handed to succeeding presidents. The reply agrees and that the Board had expressed their appreciation of the fine gesture. The notation H22 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A record of correspondence in the 1950s about Legacy appreciating the work of Blatchford.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H22 in red pen. 01494.2 handwritten in pencil 'File History of Legacy 1953' in top right corner. Initialed by President C Owen.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White quarto printed letter with 20 foolscap sheets listing donors, some typed and some handwritten.

Historical information

The letter was printed for the donors who financed the biography informing them of the refund due to them which would go to the Sir Stanley Savige Memorial Trust unless they elected to receive it themselves. The multiple lists tracked the names and addresses of the donors.

Significance

Illustrates the number and variety of people who committed funds towards the project to write up the biography of Stan Savige.

Inscriptions & Markings

Multiple annotations in both pencil and different coloured pens.

Document - Our Guest Speaker Last Week - The Right Honourable Sir Robert Menzies (H63)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap paper with black type part of a newsletter article about Robert Menzies being a guest speaker x 4 pages.

Historical information

A few pages from a Legacy Newsletter that recounts the speech of Sir Robert Menzies, former Prime Minister at a Legacy luncheon. The notation H63/1 in blue pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A record that the speakers at Legacy functions were from very different walks of life and the subjects spoken on were many and varied.

Photo, Stamp sorting

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Beryl Billing sorting stamps with Elaine Ward.

Historical information

A Beryl Billing and Elaine Ward at Legacy House sorting stamps in 1996. Beryl Billing (seated) was the co-ordinator of the stamp sorting for many years and Elaine Ward was President of the Melbourne Legacy Widows Club in 1996. Beryl would put reports in The Answer showing how much had been raised. With a group of photos about stamp sorting with post-it note "Stamp Ladies Past to 2004". The widows have sorted used stamps and sold to a stamp dealer for many years to the present day. It raises some funds and provides a purpose for gathering together.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided as a social outlet for widows and for fundraising.

Badge - Intermediate Legacy Club Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold lapel pin of the Legacy torch with blue enamel containing the words Intermediate Legacy Club.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Intermediate Legacy Club Badge. The pin has a cover that screws onto the shaft of the pin to keep it in place. ILC was formed from junior legatees who had become too old for the usual junior legatee activities. It was most active from the 1930s to 1950s. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. Background: The ILC was formed in 1929. The idea of the club sprang from those boys who had outgrown the Junior Legacy Club. In the early days it fielded a lacrosse team and it was this that mainly held the members together. Enthusiasm wained after a few years as it lacked a solid objective. The answer came from one of its members and in 1938 they founded the Don Esses Club. This was a club for the children of incapacitated ex-servicemen which met every Thursday night at 7.30 run by the ILC members. The name came from the signallers' code Disabled Servicemen's Sons. During the second world war 80% of the members of the ILC enlisted in the services. Leaving only 8 members that could not join due to ill health or reserved occupations. They continued the Don Esses and whatever aid they could to Legacy. ILC members had always helped Legacy where possible including being camp leaders or camp staff, with the annual demonstrations, and coffee stalls at the ANZAC dawn service. Post second world war some ILC members were nominated into Legacy, others drifted away in civil occupations. It was found difficult to recruit new blood into the ILC and eventually membership waned when the boys from the Don Esses clubs found other youth activities to join. The ILC ceased to meet regularly in the mid fifties. However a strong comradeship still existed between members and they would meet in one anothers homes. Members were always ready to help the senior Legacy Club in any way in their power and still helped at Christmas parties and summer camps. ILC was a service rendering organisation and was self governing. Non-sectarian and non-political, the members were ex-junior legatees over 18 years of age. After serving in World War 2 members were eligible to become members of Legacy. Was in a folder of material collated about the ILC by an early archive committee.

Significance

A record of the badge worn by Intermediate Legacy Club members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes' on reverse.

Document, programme - The Leg Pulletin

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Foolscap typed paper x 8 pages, black on yellowing white.

Historical information

A satirical amateur programme "issued to take the place of serviettes at the Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne Legacy Club" and dated 28 June 1930. Includes some freehand illustrations and is visually well designed; unfortunately the so-called humour falls flat these days, but it is clear that the early Legatees made the most of opportunities to have fun with each other.

Significance

Illustrative of acceptable social interaction in the 1930s.

Photo - The Changi Violin

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Sir Weary Dunlop with the Changi violin

Historical information

A photo of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop holding the violin that is part of Melbourne Legacy's collection (see 00080). Unsure when this photo was taken. Background: This violin was played by VX30301 Dvr Roy Arnel, as a member of the Australian Imperial Force Concert Party, in the Changi POW camp, Singapore from 1942-1945. It is claimed that the violin, in its case was thrown over the wall by a Chinese civilian. Roy Arnel, a South African by birth enlisted on 7 June 1940 at Royal Park, Melbourne and served with 2 AASC Company as a driver. He was captured by the Japanese Imperial Army at the fall of Singapore in February 1942. There was more than one concert party in Changi as indicated on the rear of the violin. The details of the Dutch, British and American Concert Parties scratched in to the varnish. There are some well-known names scratched into the violin including: The English author and cartoonist, Ronald Searle; Australian entertainer, Frank Rich; and Australian Author, Russell Braddon Mr Arnel died in 1982 and the violin was presented to Melbourne Legacy for preservation, safe keeping and display.

Significance

A record of relationship of Weary Dunlop with Legacy.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Sheet of white letterhead, blue print and black type.

Historical information

A letter from the Secretary of the Victorian Premier's Department dated 23 February 1971 acknowledging the recommendation by President D.J. Simonson that Miss Ena (Enez) Domec-Carre be honoured. The suggestion bore fruit in the Queen's Birthday honours that year and Miss Domec-Carre was awarded the MBE. Miss Domec-Carre joined Melbourne Legacy in 1932 and became the chief instructor of girls' physical education until she retired aged 65. In the post World War II baby boom the Legacy evening classes were attended by about 400 girls. She helped organise Legacy Widows and Legatee wives to sew the costumes for performances. Among her proudest moments was a display by 1000 Junior Legatees at the MCG during the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth II. As well her work for Legacy she ran physical education, ballroom dancing and debutante preparation classes in Windsor, Elsternwick, Gardenvale and Geelong. See also Cat.No. 00978

Significance

Primary source material for a dedicated teacher of both in Legacy and the wider community.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in black ballpoint 'A.G. Coulthard'

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of President Geoff Handbury and a junior legatee.

Historical information

Photograph of Geoff Handbury was President of Melbourne Legacy in 1973 which was the 50th anniversary of Legacy. The photo shows him holding a junior legatee and pointing out the Legacy symbol on the wall.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on the back 'The Junior Legatee / President (Legatee Geoffrey Handbury), The Charter and the Badge of Legacy / 1973' in black pen. Green paper label with black type stuck on the back says: '1973 President, Legatee Geoff. Handbury, explains the Legacy Badge to one of our Junior Legatees'.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

353.1 Blue quarto copy paper, black type, two hole punched. 353.2 Blue quarto copy paper, black type, two hole punched.

Historical information

353.1 Letter dated 18 February 1943 to Captain Frank and Mrs Frank requesting an interview in regards to the position of manager of the Hostel. 353.2 Letter dated 26th February 1943 to Captain Frank and Mrs Frank requesting a further meeting to discuss the matter further.

Significance

A record of written correspondence regarding job applications in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

Initialled by E. Russell Chairman, Hostel Committee.

Photo, Widows Sunday 2004

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of widows assembled by the Eternal flame and the Cenotaph.

Historical information

Wreath laying ceremony for Legacy widows at the Cenotaph at the Shrine of Remembrance. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photos show the crowd assembled at the Cenotaph. Same film number as other photos of 2004 (00689 to 00692).

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back <No. > Clarendon Photos 0556 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers 25, 18.

Photo - Junior Plain English Speaking Contest 1988

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Junior Plain Speaking contest in 1988 and white paper label.

Historical information

For many years from 1988, Legacy held a public speaking contest called the Junior Plain English Speaking Award. Schools were eligible to send along representatives that competed. Photo of the inaugural winner of Legacy's Junior Plain English Speaking Award: Kristin Fisher Flinders Christian Community College. There were only 24 entrants in the first year. The date was 25 August 1988. 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. Entries have grown from 24 in the 1988 competition to over 300 in schools across the Stat, plus greater numbers participating in the process of selecting four contestants from each school. In 1995, a successful Interstate Championship was held with contestants from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. On 11 November 1996 the first National final was held with contestants from six states." It was in a folio of photos from 1988 to 1990 (see also 01042 to 01049 and 01051, 01052 and 01054 to 01057).

Significance

A record of the first Junior Plain Speaking contest that was run by Legacy from 1988 to the current day.

Inscriptions & Markings

White paper labels with black type explains the Award and the winner. Hand written on back is 25 Aug 88 in pencil.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of a reunion of former Junior Legatees in 1991.

Historical information

Photo of a group of former Junior Legatees posing for a photo with Legatee Grat Grattan. Also a photo of two former junior legatees talking to Sir Weary Dunlop. Names unknown. From an article in the Widows' Newsletter in July 1991 it is a Grand Reunion at Watsonia Army Barracks in May for former Junior Legatees. Over 350 people attended. There were games for children, spit roasts and the renewing of friendships between former Junior Legatees and the Legatees. An article in the Herald Sun on Friday 17 May 1991 promoted the event using a photo of Ron Barassi and L/ Chas Munnerley mentioned the reunion was Sunday 19 May (item 01529). More photos are at 01610. It was with a group of photos from 1990/91 in a folio with paper labels.

Significance

A record of a reunion of Junior Legatees in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow paper label: "Former Junior Legatees Reunion - Watsonia Barracks 1991" in black type

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Two pieces of white letterhead paper with blue and black type and signatures.

Historical information

Two letters related to authorising use of the Legacy memorial badge on the late Legatee John Nelson Capp’s grave. 00097.1 Letter dated 18th June, 1996 from Terry Walsh, Executive Officer of Melbourne Legacy to the Director of Bairnsdale Cemetery 00097.2 Letter dated 18th June, 1996 from Joan Haslem, Personnel Secretary of Melbourne Legacy to Mr J. (John) Capp

Photo, Caulfield 1996

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 18 of an event at Caulfield racecourse in 1996 and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

For many years Legacy had a "Back to Caulfield Race Day" for Legatees, widows and their families. In 1995 a Legacy 'Lone Pine' was planted. The article in the Answer says: “We were delighted with the many Legacy Widows, Legatees and friends of Legacy who participated in the Commemorative Race Day at Caulfield Sunday 25th August - marking the 75th anniversary of the RAAF. The VATC had a range of displays and activities including a breathtaking parachute demonstration by the Blue Eagles. It was touch and go for a while due to the weather conditions but once the Blue Eagles jumped they all reached their designated target in front of the winning post. Legacy even had a special race named after it: “The Legacy Widows Appeal Handicap”. Our thanks to the VATC for this courtesy. Hope we had a few winners! Vice President, Legatee Brian ‘Lucky’ Luscombe placed a wreath at the legacy ‘Lone Pine’ - a descendant of the Gallipoli ‘Lone Pine’ on behalf of the Legacy Family. The historic tree was presented to Caulfield last year as part of the events to mark the 1995 Australia Remembers year.” The photos show children playing mini golf as well as the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia with old military equipment and wearing old military uniforms. The racecourse also had a vintage plane on display with military vehicles.

Significance

Legacy retains a tie with Caulfield racecourse as it was once an army camp and staging post of young men going overseas to war and now it is the site of a lone pine. The annual gathering at Caulfield racecourse was an event that gets the Legacy family together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back <No. > JV6 12+02 . . . 353, which is the negative frame number and processing number.

Document, programme - Melbourne Legacy Annual Demonstration 1964

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cardboard program in blue, white, red and gold. Contains running order, acts and names of instructors. Presented at the Melbourne Town Hall Saturday 24th October 1964

Historical information

Melbourne Legacy, Junior Legatees conducted Annual Demonstrations/Parades from 1928 through to the late 1970's.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 1990

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of defence force personnel with Legacy Appeal tins.

Historical information

A photo of a group of defence force personnel with Volunteer Helper tags at Legacy House with a stack of Legacy Appeal tins. The slogan says "Legacy Cares for families of deceased servicemen". It appears to have been professionally taken to publicise Legacy Week in the newspapers. Labels found with a second copy say: "Fifty personnel from the RAAF's headquarters logistics command took to Melbourne's streets to collect on behalf of Legacy's Annual Badge Day Appeal. All were volunteers and were part of a tri-service effort." "Legacy is indebted to members of the Defence Force Services for their invaluable help to sell Legacy badges during "Legacy Week". The Annual Badge Day Appeal is the one time of the year that Legacy asks all Australians to remember the work of Legacy and to wear a Legacy badge with pride."

Significance

A record of the defence forces help in promoting Legacy in Badge Week and selling badges.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written Legacy Appeal 1990 in blue pen.

Document, magazine - The Ceramican. Souvenir Number

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

An onboard publication x 28 pages, to record the journey home from World War 1.

Historical information

A commemorative publication from the voyage back to Australia aboard the ship The Ceramic in 1920. It departed Tillbury, UK 12th March and docked in Freemantle on 27th April 1920 and then went onto Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The Ceramic was a transport vessel built in Belfast in 1913 for the White Star Line to transport frozen produce and apples from Australia to UK. It was taken over by the Australian Government for troop transport in October 1914 and could carry over 3,000 troops. This trip in 1920 there were 1467 on board, there were women and children as well as 439 soldiers returning home. The publication has articles of life on the voyage as well as poems, stories, photos and drawings compiled on-board. Notable events such as crossing the equator, a baby competition and stopping in Bombay were some of the photos. Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. J.B. McLean (Service No. 13824) was from near Maffra, Victoria and enlisted on 22 January 1916. He embarked on 16 December 1916 for Europe. His full war record is available from AWM. He spent time with the Australian Field Artillery (Pack Section). At the end of the war he worked for a year at the A.I.F. Headquarters in London before returning to Australia on the 'Ceramic', arriving Portsea in 1920.

Significance

A record of a soldier's journey home after World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the cover in blue ink 'J.B. McLean 1919'.

Dustcover - There Goes a Man

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Original dustjacket for the biography of Sir Stanley Savige.

Historical information

The dust jacket of the book by WB Russell about Legatee Stan Savige. The dustjacket marks the publication of the book after all the Committee's efforts, noting that "Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley Savige played a leading part for Australia in both World Wars, but his greatest achievement was in times of peace - in the foundation of Legacy, of which the full story is told in this book."

Significance

Part of the story of how the book 'There goes a Man' came to be created. Much of the book dealing with the history of Legacy is still used today by Legatees.

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club present their Annual Demonstration 1950

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cream coloured cardboard with blue printing on both sides with 2 folds. Front fold - Melbourne Legacy Junior Legatees present their Annual Demonstration, Melbourne Town Hall October 1950 Centre folds - detail the program order Back fold - acknowledges those which assisted in training the Junior Legatees

Historical information

Melbourne Legacy, Junior Legatees conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to the late 1970's. This program includes running order, acts and names of instructors. Presented at the Melbourne Town Hall Friday 20th October and Saturday 21st October 1950

Inscriptions & Markings

'X' in pen on the bottom left cover of front cover

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Judith Bishop and Janine Hunt standing side-by-side wearing very elaborate floor-length dresses.

Historical information

Junior Legatees Judy Bishop (on the left) and Jeanine Shinners (Hunt) dressed for an Annual Demonstration performance. They were taught by Miss E. Domec-Carre and went on to become soloists and then assistants at Girls' Classes. Jeanine later became an active Legatee with SE Group. This photo provides just one example of the beautiful costumes worn by Junior Legacy girls for Legacy's Annual Demonstrations at the Melbourne Town Hall. Throughout the year Melbourne Legacy provided classes for Junior Legatees such as dancing, gymnastics and eurythmics, the Demonstration was an annual event to showcase their skills. Melbourne Legacy conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to the late 1970's, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall or Olympic Pool Stadium. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional.

Significance

This photograph is of historical and social significance as it serves as photographic evidence of the work that the Legacy Wives' Association and Junior Legacy Mothers' Club produced over the years.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a group of performers on stage for the Legacy Golden Jubilee demonstration.

Historical information

Throughout the year Melbourne Legacy provided classes for Junior Legatees such as dancing, gymnastics and eurythmics, the Demonstration was an annual event to showcase their skills. Melbourne Legacy conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to the late 1980's, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall or Olympic Pool Stadium. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional.

Significance

This photograph is of historical and social significance as it serves as photographic evidence of the work that the Legacy Wives' Association and Junior Legacy Mothers' Club produced over the years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "This Photograph is the compliments of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge / Photo: Michael Cheshire" in black ink.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of 4 Legacy widows at Legacy House and a proof sheet.

Historical information

Four widows at Legacy House. Second from left is the President, Billie Sims and on the right is the Secretary, Vera Lang. Other names are unknown. It is believed that the date was 1991 due to the reference number from the photographic studio 911030C-15 means 30 October 1991, along with 00645, 00646, 00647, 00648, 00649, 00651, 00661 to 00666.

Significance

Photos of the committee members of Widows clubs were taken by a professional photographer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic with Reference No: 911030C-15 and 5 in pencil.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of widows at Legacy House sorting stamps.

Historical information

A photo of widows in Legacy House sorting stamps. The names are unknown. The date is presumed to be late 1990s. The widows clubs have sorted used stamps and sold to a stamp dealer for many years to the present day. It raises funds and provides a purpose for gathering together. The timetable for activities was published in The Answer (prior to Sept 1992 it was called the Melbourne Legacy Widows' Newsletter) each month. These regular meetings and workshops provided important opportunities for widows to meet, socialise and be active.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided as a social outlet for the widows and fundraising.

Photo, Widows Sunday 2003

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of a wreath laying ceremony in the courtyard at the Shrine.

Historical information

Wreath laying ceremony for Legacy widows at the Shrine of Remembrance. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photos show widows carrying wreaths to be laid in the Garden Courtyard. The plants in the Garden Courtyard have been selected because they are native to the Mediterranean countries in which Australians have served. An olive tree stands as a centrepiece, representing peace. This is the olive tree of peace that was planted by Legacy in 1973 to mark their golden jubilee. It was relocated to the new courtyard in 2002 when the Shrine was being redeveloped. From the film numbers it appears to be 2003 when David Ford was president (see also 00614, 00615).

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back No.< > Clarendon Photos 0014 which is the frame numbers and place of processing. Negative numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of President Foskett dining with some of the children at Harelands.

Historical information

A photo of President Foskett visiting Harelands house for dinner with Junior Legatees. This photo was used in a newsletter, the Bulletin, in 1972 which includes the caption 'The President of Melbourne Legacy, Legatee Ron. Foskett, joins some of the Junior Legatees at the "Harelands" Legacy Residence at Kew for dinner. Melbourne Legacy ran three residences: Blamey House (purchased 1947) , Stanhope (purchased 1945) and Harelands (purchased 1950), to take care of children whose fathers were servicemen, and who may have been left orphans, or whose mother may have been unable to care for them herself. Harelands accomodated boys and girls under the age of 14, Blamey House looked after boys over 14, and Stanhope looked after girls over 14. The children were cared for until they were old enough to become independent.

Significance

A record of a Legacy President visiting the Legacy home and spending time with the Junior Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse 'N4176A' and stamped in purple ink 'Property of Melbourne Legacy 1972' and details of photographer Stuart Penberthy Pty Ltd.

Document, letter - Educational Scheme for 'Unaccepted' Cases (H13)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap file copy paper with black type x 3 pages of a letter to Legatees, a file copy of a letter x 2 pages to the President, a file copy of a letter x 6 pages to the Minister for Trade; a file copy of a memorandum about the minister. All documents relate to attaining help for unaccepted cases in 1935.

Historical information

These letters and notices from 1935 relate to Legacy establishing a Fund to help with Victorian children that are not eligible for the benefits of the Repatriation Department, the RSS. Children's Scholarship Fund and other established funds. The primary policy of the Trust is to provide 'educational assistance for the children of deceased soldiers by way of tuition fees, trailing expenses, cost of books, equipment and/or contributions towards the maintenance of the beneficiaries during the period of training.' Documents include a memo being sent to all Legatees explaining the fund and asking for ideas on how to raise the money and introductions to possible donors. Also a letter to the minister explaining the scheme. It seems if the death of the father was not ruled as 'due to war causes' the child was not eligible for Repatriation educational benefits. Whereas Legacy does not draw a distinction in relation to the cause or time of death of the father. Legacy had been working with the 'Carry On' Club and spent several hundreds of dollars for these children. The 'Carry On' Club was changing its focus to living war veterans. A memo dated 5th December 1935 says there was a delay in passing the 'Enabling Bill' through Parliament. Further outcome is not known. The notation H13 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A record of Legacy pursuing means of providing funds for the education of the children on their books.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H13 in red pen.

Photo, Legacy Demonstration

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x13 of the 1957(?) Melbourne Junior Legatees Annual Demonstration held at the Melbourne Town Hall. Exact date not known.

Historical information

Photos of Melbourne Junior Legatees participating in an Annual Demonstration at the Melborne Town Hall. Melbourne Legacy conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to the late 1970's, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall or Olympic Pool Stadium. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy Demonstration.

Document, brochure - Legacy. An outline of the facilities offered to the dependants of deceased ex-servicemen. (H26)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white brochure made of white paper, folded into a 8 page booklet. 01498.1 1944 (handwritten in red pen) 01498.2 April 1953 01498.3 April 1959 01498.4 October 1959 01498.5 June 1961 with markings to edit it for reprinting in July 1968

Historical information

A brochure explaining Legacy's work and the facilities they provide. It is aimed at the widows to inform them of what is available to them and it outlines the times for classes for the children. The earliest copy in 1944 included the charter of Legacy and headings in red printing. 'Melbourne Legacy offers friendship and help to the dependants of our departed comrades.' Headings included: Help and advice to mothers or guardians; Mothers' Club; Senior Widows' Club; Housing and repairs; Legal advice; Medical, dental and optical care; Education, Employment, Camps and holidays, Christmas party, Residences, Junior Legacy groups. The notation H26 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy. See other editions at 01447.

Significance

A record of how Legacy portrayed itself to the widows and children in 1944,1959 and 1961/8.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 'H26' and '1944' in red pen. 01498.5 has edits in blue pen to revise the content for republication.