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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
phone
+61 (03) 8626 0500

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Location

293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

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1716 items

1716 items

Audio recording, tape - Appeal 1979

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cardboard box containing TV tape.

Historical information

A film that recorded Paul Cronin for the Legacy Appeal in 1979.

Significance

A record that celebrities were part of the Legacy Appeals in the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Appeal 1979 TV tape Paul Cronin Armstrong audio/video 180 Banks Street, South Melbourne PO Box 296 Victoria, 3205 Australia Telephone (03) 699 1844

Document, newsletter - Legacy Girls' Club Monthly Bulletin

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Girls club newsletters on foolscap paper, black and white, some cardboard, some stapled or pinned (subsequently removed), usually 4 pages. Possibly incomplete.

Historical information

A newsletter for Legacy girls begun in March 1936 intended to record the doings of the Girls' Club. Included articles, poems, competitions and letters to the Editor. Ceased in May 1937 due to lack of support. In June 1936 it was decided to charge 1d per copy, increased to 1 1/2d in 1937. 00078.1: No. 1, 24 March 1936 00078.2: No. 2, 21 April 1936 00078.3: No. 4, 30 June 1936 00078.4: No. 5, 28 July 1936 00078.5: No. 6, August 1936 00078.6: No. 7, September 1936 00078.7: No. 8, 9 October 1936 00078.8: No. 10, 2 March 1937 00078.9: April 1937 00078.10: May 1937 00078.11: Christmas issue (date not known)

Significance

Demonstrates the activities specifically of girls in the pre-WWII period and their social expectations. References to Enez Domec-Carre.

Ephemera

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Two silver vesta (match) cases, one is monogramed and the other has an enamel plaque of the coat of arms of Belfast on it. Both have a few blue tipped matches in them.

Historical information

Vesta cases were used to hold and strike matches. These were with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. Possibly these were with him during his time in the First World War and he visited Belfast during his time in Europe, and he kept as a mementos. 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. 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 in Portsea in 1920. His full war record is available from the National Archives of Australia (B2455, MCLEAN JBM).

Significance

Mementos brought back with a soldier after serving in Europe in World War One.

Inscriptions & Markings

01125.1 has monogram 'JBMCL' engraved on it 01125.2 has a coat of arms and 'Belfast' on an enamel disc

Document, postcard - Le Crotoy - La Plage

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Post card with a coastal panoramic view and beach houses. At the back of the post card is the written wishes.

Historical information

A post card sent from France to Australia in 1918, presumably from a soldier son to his mother while on leave from the fighting in France.

Significance

A record of correspondence from France to Australia in 1918. Postcards were a very common form of communication in the first World War. This postcard also records places for those who didn't have cameras. This type of souvenir would have been familiar to the first Legatees as they had served in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front side: Printed, 35 / LE CROTOY. - La Plage. / Edition de la Menagere / ND. Phot. Back Side: handwriten mark, x / printed, Carte Postale / IMP. PHOT. NEURDEIN ET CIE. - PARIS. / Correspondance / Adresse, Stamped Postal Sticker from the Republique Francaise valuated in 10c Postes. / Handwritten text: 13/1/18 Dear Mater This is a snap of where I am now. We are in the house marked x, and are very comfy. Love to all Lee / Mrs W. Elsum 42 Parker St. Williamstown Victoria Australia.

Document, newspaper article - First Appeal to Public by Legacy / The new look for Legacy

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Four newspaper articles about Legacy and it's appeal for the new building.

Historical information

Four newspaper articles that were published on the 15 September 1956 when Legacy launched their first Appeal. Two of the articles were reprinted for Legacy to use as promotional material (see 01266 and 01267). One shows a line drawing of the new building that was acquired to replace the premises at 342 Swanston st that was purchased with funds from an American donation in memory of David H Dureau. The Special Appeal in 1956 was to raise £90,000 to go towards refurbishing the building at 289 Swanston st. They were in folder of documents about the history of Legacy. Appears to have been mostly compiled by Legatee Cyril Smith as he has many hand written notes on miscellaneous pieces of paper (some are envelopes addressed to him). The notes were typed up into a summary of the History of Legacy. Also documents relating to the first time Legacy approached the public for donations in September 1956, including newspaper articles that were reprinted, a schedule of information that was approved to be released to the press, and a list of potential donors that was circulated to Legatees in the hope they could contact the ones they knew personally or professionally. The call for public donations was partially due to the purchase of the Dureau building and the need to modify the building for Legacy's needs. The documents from this folder have been added in seperate records (see 01262 to 01281). The folder was part of an attempt to capture history of Legacy, generally from the 1950s.

Significance

The documents provide an insight into the working of Legacy, especially in the 1950s when they launched their first appeal to the public for donations. Legatee Cyril Smith and others were detailing their experiences and knowledge for the future.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A two page carbon copy of a letter typed on white quarto paper. Dated 30 April 1971, it is from Legatee Donovan Joynt to the President of Legacy outlining Legacy's impact in the building the Shrine.

Historical information

After the first world war there was a decision made to create a memorial. Legatees were involved in the process at various times and capacities. In particular Legatee Kemsley was vocal when the idea of the St Kilda Road site, which was favoured early on, was overturned and in 1926 there was pressure to change to a "provision of square" and Cenotaph at the intersection of Spring and Bourke Streets. Legacy Clubs voiced their opposition to this proposal by passing a resolution "That the Melbourne Legacy Club, representative of the returned soldiers in business in this city, whilst welcoming the Anzac Square Scheme as a city improvement, cannot support it as a War Memorial scheme and affirms its support for the Shrine of Remembrance in the Domain as the only War Memorial worthy of Victoria's unparalleled efforts in the Great War." The document was in an envelope with the History of the Shrine (01181). The envelope says 'The Origin of the Shrine of Remembrance p/p Legatees Kemsley and Joynt'. And the initial 'JMBA'?. It was in a file with other documents concerning the Shrine and it's history.

Significance

A record of the events that led to the construction of the Shrine of Remembrance as noted by a Legatee at the time. There was an effort to record historical events for the "Archive Committee" which collected this an other documents relating to the Shrine together in a file with the items given numbest prefixed with an S (see items 01181 - 01190)

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue ink, 'Copy' on front page and signed 'Donovan'.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

819.1 White foolscap letter from J.D. Anthony of Parliament of Australia on House of Representatives letterhead. 819.2 Green quarto copy paper, black type, carbon copy of letter to J.D. Anthony Deputy Prime Minister with notations in pencil and pen. 819.3 Off white letter from J.D. Anthony, Leader of the Country Party on letterhead.

Historical information

A letter to Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony inviting him to speak at Legacy and his replies that he couldn't commit at that stage, the notations were updates on further contact with him to try and finalise a date. Legatees met regularly and had guest speakers to entertain and inform on different subjects at their Tuesday Luncheons. These documents was from a file of information about guest speakers (see also 00812-00822 and 00829-00837). The Programme Committee was responsible for organising the speakers.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Notations in blue and black ink..

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of President Chas Wilks receiving a cheque, and a proof sheet. White paper label.

Historical information

Photograph of President Chas Wilks receiving a cheque from Permanent Trustees who sponsor the Widows' Newsletter, on 9 August 1989 (from the reference number). The label says: "Thank you. To the Permanent Trustees Company for they kind sponsorship of the Widows' Newsletter. Presenting the cheque to the President of Melbourne Legacy, Chas Wilks, is Mr. Wayne Overall, General Manager of Victoria Permanent Trustees. The proof sheet was in a folio of photos from 1988 and 1989 (see also 001042 to 01049), it is labelled 890809C and is 7 shots of the handover of the cheque.

Significance

A record of Permanent Trustees donating money to Legacy for the Widows' Newsletter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on back from Keesing Photographic, reference number 890809C-21A. White paper label with typed story headed Thank you.

Film - A Weekend at Somers

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Green circular tin containing 10 inch reel in regular 8 mm film. B/W and sound. Tin has cover with details of film inside, including title, running time, and some credits. Inside the tin cover there is a place of showing list, starting at 24th of June 1965 at Legacy House Club Night.

Historical information

First shown at Legacy Club Night, 24th June 1965, 200 present. Last shown at Legacy Somers Camp, 14th April 1967, 120 present. 23 min B&W film .Documents the routine and activities of a typical weekend at Somers, ending with a speech by Melbourne Legacy President I.W Anderson, who was President in 1964. Commentary Geoff McComas, Photography Garry Jones.

Significance

Rare footage of activities run by Melbourne Legacy for boys post WWII which indicates how many children Legacy cared for both in Victoria and nationally and shows the dedication of Legatees in providing this care

Inscriptions & Markings

Top of tin has cover with the following: MELBOURNE LEGACY / “LEGACY HOUSE” / 293 Swanston Street, Melbourne, C.1 FILM / “A WEEKEND AT SOMERS” / Black and White - Running Time 20 mins. Commentary by Geoff. McComas / Produced by B.C.J.P Return to Executive Officer “Service to Widows of Ex-Servicemen and their Children”

Photo, Widows Luncheon 2004

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 7 of widows at a luncheon following the Shrine ceremony.

Historical information

Photos of Legacy Widows at a luncheon function after the Widows Sunday ceremony at the Shrine and a service at a church. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photos show tables of widows at an unknown venue. Same film number as other photos of 2004 (00693).

Significance

A record of a event for the Legacy widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos 0556 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Same film as ceremony at the Cenotaph at 00693.

Photo, portrait

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Portrait photos of 48 Legatees detailing their names and years of service as Chairman, Legacy Coordinating Councils. For two Past Chairmen portrait photos were unavailable. In a black frame with clear glass.

Historical information

This collection of 48 portrait photos details all Past Chairmen of the Legacy Cordinating Councils from 1937 to 2015. The majority of these Legatees were from Melbourne Legacy ranks. The Office was located within the premises of Melbourne Legacy for a peppercorn rent and moved to Sydney during 2015.

Significance

A record of the past Chairmen of Legacy Co-ordinating Council.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names and years of service for the 48 Legatees that served as Chairman are detailed under photos of each. Plaque at the bottom centre of the Framed piece reads - "Presented by the Chairman Legacy Australia Inc. to the Melbourne Legacy Club. In appreciation of the generous support of the Legacy Coordinating Councils by providing office space and an executive from its ranks. For more than 76 years the Melbourne Legacy Club carried this significant responsibility for a grateful Legacy movement". October 2015. Names are: 1937-48 S G Savige 1948-51 WA Perrin 1952 JC Gillespie (Jim) 1953-55 TM Cosh 1956-58 MJG Tonkin (Maurie) 1959-61 AW Paul 1961 Os Gawler 1963 ST Parkes 1964-66 Robert C Allison 1967-68 WC Radford 1969-71 IW Anderson 1972-74 GH Cowan 1975-76 HM Lewis 1977-79 RS Isherwood 1980 N Thomas 1981-83 AG Robertson 1984-85 EK Robertson 1986-87 KD Green 1977 and 1988-89 RJA Koskett 1990 KD Stewart 1991-92 JC Dean 1993-94 TC Bannister (Colin) 1995-96 Alf Argent 1997-99 IGC Gilmore 2000-01 BG Luscombe (Brian Lucky) 2002-04 Ray W Ward 2005-06 Graeme PA Riches 2007-08 David Grierson 2009-10 David WA Kelly 2011 J Pepperdine 2011-13 CM Wright 2014-16 D Gray

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 6 of a HDC camp, a label and an article in the newsletter.

Historical information

Photos from a camp at Somers for handicapped dependents in January 1992. These photos show craft activities. One photo shows Chief Executive Terry Walsh with the children. Also a photo of a participant with the label 'Sharon proudly shows off her room'. Other photos from the camp are at 01561, 01562, 01563 and 01564. Some appeared in the newsletter in March 1992. The article mentions that the annual camps run for two weeks at Somers Camp. It is a wonderful gathering of Junior Legatees, Legatees, and dedicated helpers. 50 Legatees attended this camp with the personal attention almost one-to-one. With ages ranging from 22 to into the 60s, Legacy has to ensure it caters for the differing needs. Legatees headed by Camp Chief, Jim Hammon and Chairman of the Handicapped Dependents Committee, Merv Tickell, were supported by two Camp Co-Ordinators and 50 helpers known as 'leaders'. Many of the leaders are people in the workforce wishing to give something back to the community. Junior Legatees are organised into groups. They participate in horse-riding, swimming, golfing, strawberry picking, and many other activities. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents are invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aim to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue pen 'HDC Camp -Somers / Jan 1992 / Camp Chief: L/ J Hammon / Co-ordinator Julien Hardy-Smith / PhotoEric Wadsworth / 51 J/Ls'

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 2 of a HDC camp, a label and an article in the newsletter.

Historical information

Photos from a camp at Somers for handicapped dependents in January 1992. These photos show different camp activities, including arts and craft, eating meals, cleaning up in the kitchen and outside activities. Some appeared in the newsletter in March 1992. The article mentions that the annual camps run for two weeks at Somers Camp. It is a wonderful gathering of Junior Legatees, Legatees, and dedicated helpers. 50 Legatees attended this camp with the personal attention almost one-to-one. With ages ranging from 22 to into the 60s, Legacy has to ensure it caters for the differing needs. Legatees headed by Camp Chief, Jim Hammon and Chairman of the Handicapped Dependents Committee, Merv Tickell, were supported by two Camp Co-Ordinators and 50 helpers known as 'leaders'. Many of the leaders are people in the workforce wishing to give something back to the community. Junior Legatees are organised into groups. They participate in horse-riding, swimming, golfing, strawberry picking, and many other activities. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents are invited to go on outing for take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aim to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Other photos from the camp are at 01560, 01561, 01562 and 01563. Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue pen 'HDC Camp -Somers / Jan 1992 / Camp Chief: L/ J Hammon / Co-ordinator Julien Hardy-Smith / Photo Eric Wadsworth / 51 J/Ls'

Document, speech - Dinner - 4th November, 1939

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap photocopied pages x 6 with black type of original typed report.

Historical information

Report of a dinner held just after the beginning of WWII to celebrate the work of Sir Stanley Savige in establishing Legacy. Legatee Russell (President) introduced their patron, Sir John Gellibrand, who proposed the toast to Sir Stanley Savige. In his response Sir Stanley Savige outlined the history of Legacy to that date and how he was able to bring together so many Legatees with a common purpose to look after the dependants of WWI veterans. He said that although this need would disappear due to natural causes by the 1950s, the present war would ensure that the work of Legacy would continue. He highlighted the opposition of the Board of Management to affording the same opportunities to girls as those given to boys, and how it was got past. He also noted that the average age of Legatees was about 48, and "in another ten years we will all be stymied."

Significance

This is a lengthy speech by the founder of Legacy not only giving details of Legacy's history, but also revealing the personality of the speaker.

Inscriptions & Markings

On first sheet in blue ink 'S G S', 'File Legacy: History of' On reverse of last sheet in blue ink 'from Don S.'

Document, report - Annual Review of Operations 1987.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Set of reports and letters in a light blue cardboard cover, white pages bound by blue binding tape.

Historical information

This document is a review of Legacy operations for 1987. It highlights areas of Legacy operations that could be improved upon, and makes suggestions/recomendations on how to achieve these goals. For example - Paper No 1. Recruiting Korea, Malaya, Vietnam Legatees. Paper No 2 Retention of Korea, Malaya, Vietnam Legatees. Example 2. Paper No 5. Widows Assistance to Legatees, widows helping other widows in need eg. home/hospital visits, bereavement calls. Example 3. Paper 7a. HDCC Planning For the Future - 12th April 1986. How Legacy may be able to assist handicapped/disabled children and the parent caring for the child. Nine papers were presented for this review plus appendices.

Significance

As Legatee numbers dwindle the thoughts behind the review are how to maintain the relevance and assistance of Legacy into the future. It was thought that a time span of three years projecting into the future was a suitable time frame. Therefore changes to be made would not have to be as dramatic or confronting if a greater time span of say five years was used.

Photo, Widows Sunday 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of wreath laying at 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 President Geoff Webb laying a wreath followed by widows on behalf of the Widows' Clubs (names unknown). Same film number as other photos of 2005 (00707).

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back <No. > Clarendon Photos 0551 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers 19, 20, 22, 23, 24. Other photos at 00707.

Book, register - Visitors and guests attending luncheons Melbourne Legacy 2006-2007

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Navy blue leather visitors book, gold metal corners, gold lettering, white lined pages headed Date, Name and Address, Remarks.

Historical information

Details of guests during the year 2006. Many were guest speakers at luncheons and Comradeship meetings.

Significance

Records a wide diversity of speakers and guests who attended the weekly Comradeship luncheon at Legacy House in Melbourne.

Plaque - The Australian National Flag Association

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Glass, black wooden frame, mottled off white paper, picture wire, white tape and compressed timber backing.

Historical information

The plaque acknowledges that Melbourne Legacy is a member of their association. Photo TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

Top centre:- The Australian Flag. Centre:- The Australian National Flag Association, Victorian Division This is to certify that The Legacy Club of Melbourne is a Corporate member of The Australian National Flag Association, Victorian Division Bottom:- Date 6th June 1984. signed Bruce Ruxton Chairman. A. Harnel.Hon Secretary

Photo, Junior legatee outing

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of Junior Legatees on a ski trip.

Historical information

Legacy had many programs to send young legatees on activities and outings. A trip to the snow was organised many times over the years. Here a group of junior legatees at the snow, it is possibly 1988 as it was with other photos from about that date. The second photos shows an information board from Stevensons' Falls which is in Marysville. So the ski field is probably Lake Mountain. Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1987 to 1991.

Significance

A record of a Legacy providing amazing experiences for the junior legatees that they might never have done because of the deaths of their fathers.

Photo, Operation Firewood

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a truck of firewood.

Historical information

A photo of Operation Firewood which provided help to widows by supplying and stacking firewood for the winter. Photo shows a truck being loaded with wood at a depot, believed to be 1987. Legacy provided this for many years, with the help of Linfox who provided the trucks. In the June 1995 edition of The Answer Melbourne Legacy thanked the Cobram/Yarrawonga Group for their help in supplying and cutting the wood over many years. In 1996 it was announced the scheme had ended.

Significance

A record of Legacy helping widows with supplying and stacking firewood. When open fires were the main source of heating a load of firewood, and help moving it, would have been very important to the widows.

Photo, Legatee function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of the launch of Legacy Week 1991 at the Crest International.

Historical information

TBC - same event as 01581. The speaker and head table are under the Legacy Banner - which says "Legacy Caring for Australia's Biggest Family". The same banner is used at an event in Melbourne City Square - see 000491 (from the same roll of film). President John Sullivan is on the head table and is also in a photo at the Eternal Flame (000493 from the same roll of film). Possibly part of a Legacy Appeal or Badge week launch in 1991.

Significance

A record of a Legatee event.

Photo, ANZAC Day

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of men marching past the Concert Hall in St Kilda Road.

Historical information

Photos of march of Legatees / returned servicemen past Melbourne Concert Hall, assumed to be an ANZAC Day parade. Names and date unknown.

Significance

A record of Legatees marching on ANZAC Day.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White paper letterhead with blue and black type. Glued to cardboard.

Historical information

Letter to Mr Nelson Capp from Hon. Secretary or President of East Gippsland Group Junior Legacy acknowleding the resignation of Mr Capp as a Legatee and thanking him for his services. Printed on Melbourne Legacy Letterhead.

Significance

Record of Legatee Capps service to Legacy

Documents

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

9 x register receipts, beige, black printing, pencilled handwriting. One with an Urgent sticker in red, red printing on verso.

Historical information

Receipts for items purchased for the new hostel give an authentic picture of organisational requirements.

Significance

Of interest not only because of the items chosen and their prices in setting up Holmbush, but also to see the Myer advertising on the back highlighting their services in that era.

Photo, Governor of Victoria

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of the Governor looking at an Honour Roll.

Historical information

A photo of Sir Rohan Delacombe, Governor General of Victoria being shown a Legacy Club Melbourne Honour Roll. Perhaps it was used for promotion as the Governor of Victoria is the patron of Legacy. It came from a Legacy envelope marked "P3 Fund Raising" in red pen, with assorted photos of fundraising events, including appeal tins in different years and a charity concert, and a marathon run by WO2 Mike Hoffman (some are items 00433 to 00438, 01413 and 01414).

Significance

A record of relationship with the Governor of Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 31 Aug 1970 in purple ink. Stamped Copyright The Age in blue ink.

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, Stamp sorting

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of ladies at Legacy house around Beryl Billing sorting stamps and a proof sheet.

Historical information

A group of widows gathered at Legacy House sorting stamps. Names unknown. 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. Beryl Billing was the co-ordinator for many years, she is seated at the table in this photo. The date is assumed as 1992 due to the reference number from the photographic studio 920609 could mean 9 June 1992.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic. Photograph reference no. 920609B-8 Yellow post-it note "Stamp Ladies Past to 2004"

Document, newspaper - Aussie. The Australian Soldiers' Magazine.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A copy of 'Aussie' a field newspaper published for the troops in World War I.

Historical information

An issue of 'Aussie. The Australian Soldiers' Magazine.' printed by the A.I.F. Printing Section for the soldiers and cost 10 centimes. This edition is Issue No. 6 August 1918. Comprised of stories, poems, drawings. Often of humorous nature. The whole of it's contents are written or drawn by members of the A.I.F. in the field. 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 publications made for the troops in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pencil inside cover 'With Love, Basil 30.8.18'

Document, card - Warmest Greetings and Sincerest Wishes Xmas 1917, New Year 1918

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A greeting card published for the Australian Comforts Fund in 1917.

Historical information

A greeting card published by the Australian Comforts Fund for Christmas and New Year 1917-18. It has humorous cartoons of the war effort. Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private J.B. McLean (Service No. 13824).

Significance

A example of publications made for the troops in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greetings from Jessie

Document, report - Annual Report

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Various annual reports from 1931 to 1944 on foolscap paper with black type.

Historical information

Copies of various Annual Reports for Melbourne Legacy. Other annual reports in 00027, 01096, 01097, 01098 and 01099. Included: 01095.1 Legacy Club Melbourne for year ended 30th June 1931 Moved to 00457 : The Bully Tin, Melbourne Legacy AGM 25th June 1932 01095.2 The Legacy Club of Melbourne Annual Report 1931-1932 01095.3 The Legacy Club of Melbourne Annual Report 1932-1933 01095.4 The Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1933-1934 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1935 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1936 01095.7 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1937 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1938 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1939 01095.10 Legacy Club Melbourne Annual Report 1940 Legacy Club Melbourne Eighteenth Annual Report 1941 Legacy Club Melbourne Nineteenth Annual Report 1942 01095.13 Legacy, Melbourne Twentieth Annual Report 1943 01095.14 Melbourne Legacy Twenty-First Annual Report 1944

Significance

A record of the annual reports of Legacy Melbourne, including records of names of Legatees, beneficiaries, supporters, telling stories of Legacy's impact and summarising annual financial information.