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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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1614 items

Photo, Exercise Classes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3 of Legacy widows doing exercises at Legacy House.

Historical information

A group of widows at Legacy House doing seated exercises, being taught by Instructor Bill Stevens who ran the classes for many years. The date of these photos is unknown though they were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991. Similar to photos 00619 and 00620 which show exercise classes in 2004. Melbourne Legacy ran an excellent exercise program for its widows for many years at Legacy House.

Significance

A record of the types of activities Legacy provided as a physical and social outlet for widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

White paper label with black type 'Weekly swimming and keep fit classes are popular with Legacy ladies'.

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 photocopy of an article about Legacy published in the Victorian Historical Magazine x 6 pages.

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.

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.

Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Enamel badges from the R.S.S.I.L.A. The centre of the badge shows a sailor and a soldier in raised detail. A blue enamel circle surrounds the central detail and has 'RETURNED SAILORS & SOLDIERS / IMPERIAL LEAGUE' in gilt lettering. The outer edges of the badge are white enamel with a floral spray to the top left and right of the blue circle. At the bottom of the badge is a red enamelled scroll with 'AUSTRALIA' written in gilt lettering. On the reverse of the badge are soldered two brass lugs with a split pin attached for securing the badge to clothing.

Historical information

Two member badges from the The Returned Sailors, Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA). The number 68 on the front could be 1968 as it is detachable and could be updated each year. The badge with 1921 could be the year of membership. The member number is engraved on the rear. The shield design is symbolic of the protection provided to those who wear it. Within the badge, red represents the blood ties of war that exist between comrades; white stands for the purity of the motives in joining the league – to render service without personal gain or ambition; and blue indicates a willingness to serve a comrade anywhere under the blue sky. The wattle represents Australia, with the leek, the rose, the thistle and the shamrock standing for Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. The RSSILA was the precursor to the Returned Services League (RSL) and provided support for returned servicemen after World War One. Worn by members of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, those eligible being members of all services, both wars, including nurses, who have returned from active service outside Australia. These were 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. 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

The RSSILA was an important organisation for ex-servicemen and many Legatees would have been members.

Inscriptions & Markings

01124.1 Front has '68' and 'Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia'. On the reverse 'V92210 Badge remains the property of League'. 01124.2 Front has '1921' and 'Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia'. On the reverse 'R 3871' and 'C.C Roeszler and Son Pty Ltd Melb.'

Photo - 'Digger'

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Pat Hanna as a 'Digger' and a two page recollection of the photoshoot with Jack Cato.

Historical information

An iconic image of a soldier, eyes raised to the sky, taken by photographer Jack Cato in 1932. He used the artist/entertainer Pat Hanna as a model in the photoshoot. Pat wrote down his experience in a moving two page document 'The Story Behind the Picture', it tells how he was moved to imagine the action in France when posing. The image is described as the portrait of a soldier, eyes raised to the sky. This portrait is a study which is called 'The spirit of Anzac' or 'The Digger'. Pat Hanna, said he tried to recreate the "look something between fear and defiance which we have all seen so often, and which will always remain in my memory as typical of our gallant old cobbers 'the Diggers'". A colour image is held in the AWM collection. The photo was stored with other items including a letter to Frank (possibly L/- Frank Doolan who was making an attempt to collect items relevant to Legacy's history for an official archive project - see items 01400 to 01404). Pat Hanna was an entertainer, comedian, artist and producer of reveues, plays and movies. One of his first revues was performed just after the armistice in France. His popular stage show was 'Diggers' that performed in many towns in Australia post-war and adapted into a film in 1931. He was born George Patrick Hanna, 18 March 1888 in Whitianga, New Zealand and served in the First World War, was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy and was involved with Legacy for many years.

Significance

Pat Hanna was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy and an artist and producer. Legacy kept some of his works in the archive.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on photo 'Digger' in black ink in Pat Hanna's handwriting. Handwritten on reverse " 'The Digger', sometimes called 'The spirit of Anzac' / photo Jack Cato / model -Pat Hanna" in black ink. Typed on a paper note 'Spirit of Anzac / Pat Hanna'. Stamped with copyright of The Age in blue ink.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2001

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of two volunteers with Legacy collection tins.

Historical information

Legacy staff or volunteers preparing Legacy Appeal tins for the launch of Badge Week in September 2001. Banner slogan "Help pass on our legacy of care". See also photos (00511, 00512, 00513, 00514).

Significance

A record of fundraising.

Inscriptions & Markings

00515 printing on the back "<No.10> 3396" which is the negative frame number and film number so they from the same film as 00511, 00512, 00513 and 00514 - which makes it September 2001.

Photo, 50th Anniversary

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 7 of an event at Government House.

Historical information

Photos of a garden party or event at Government House hosted by the Governor of Victoria. It was stored with photos from the 50th Anniversary year events or perhaps it is when Sir Rohan Delacombe was leaving the post of Governor of Victoria (1974). There were a significant number of events attended by Sir Delacombe during the Jubilee Year as he is patron of Legacy. Another copy of the photo 00464.7 had notes on the back saying three Legatees talking to the Governor -they were George Cowan, Geoff Handbury and Bill Michan (?). Photos show him making a speech, also a piper playing from the tower, also Lady Delacombe with the Presidents wife, Helen Handbury. Photos came from an envelope marked P1 Federal Conference 1973 / 50 Year anniversary

Significance

Shows the link between Legacy and the Governor of Victoria as patron.

Inscriptions & Markings

All stamped "This Photograph is the compliments of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge Michael Cheshire" in grey ink. 00464.2 Label on front says "Final farewell at Government House". 00464.3 Label on front says "Lone Piper Government House Tower".

Document, certificate - Presidents' [sic] Certificate

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Rectangular in shape, clear glass, cardboard fawn coloured border, certificate white cardboard, black metal frame. Back, brown paper, brass coloured hanging wire.

Historical information

Lt-Colonel J.H.P. Eller was the second President of the Melbourne Legacy Club and followed H.E Cohen, the Foundation President. Eller's year of office was devoted chiefly to the consolidation of membership and is notable as a period when new ideas regarding the Club's future began to be entertained. The principle of "Preference to Returned Soldiers" and finding employment for them was no longer so important and it was recognised that a wider meaning might be given to the term "Legacy" by the undertaking of active work amongst the children of deceased soldiers. (Blatchford, Claude. 'Legacy: the story of the Melbourne Legacy Club'. Melbourne, W.D. Joynt, 1932. p.22)

Significance

Presented to Peter Eller in recognition of his presidential service, a tradition which has continued to the present day for all retiring presidents.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Melbourne Legacy Club, Presidents' [sic] certificate, J.H.Peter Eller, Year of Office 1924-1925 In commemoration of your service to Legacy, more especially in the office of president, this Certificate is presented with the sincere regard and thanks of fellow Legatees." Thomas W. White President Frank J. Doolan Secretary Written in black ink. Legacy badge at top centre.

Document, menu card

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed and folded menu card, black on white, with the menu printed in purple by a spirit duplicator; two handrawn blue ballpoint caricatures, autographed in blue biro by participants.

Historical information

The dinner took place on Tuesday 25th November 1958 at The Naval and Military Club; there is no indication of what the occasion might have been. The two caricatures are clearly of the same person and are signed by Pat Hanna, in the same style as the drawings in 01293 and 01290, it is possible that 'Donno' might have been Donovan Joynt though his name isn't in the autographs. (Donovan Joynt was a prominent original Legatee and VC winner in France in 1918, and looks similar to the drawing). It may not have been an official Legacy occasion but simply a gathering of Legatees at the Naval and Military Club. The artist Pat Hanna was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy. Legacy kept some of his works in the archive.

Significance

As well as demonstrating the conviviality of Legatees, it attests to the food usually offered at dinners in the 1950s. The 'Papa au Rum' listed for dessert might have been a misprint for 'Baba au Rhum' which was popular at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

14 autographs: F.Meldrum, James G. Gillespie, Frank Doolan, Aaron Beattie, Pat Hanna, J Wallace, R. Mitchell, Brian Armstrong, and the rest illegible. In black ink: 'The One & Only DONO' underlined on back page,' DONNO THE ONE & ONLY' inside front cover.

Documents, correspondence - Biography of Sir Stanley Savige

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Typed documents, black on white. Stamp Duty stamp fixed to 00903(2).

Historical information

Series of documents recording the second progress payment to W.B. Russell for writing 'There Goes a Man', his signed receipt, outline of progress and the way in which the first progress payment was used. He notes four main fields of activity - sifting and arranging Savige's own records, interviewing friends and relatives, background reading (newspapers etc.), and making notes from interviews and source material. Most of the first progress payment was directed to reimbursement of salary lost whilst working full time on the book.

Significance

Part of the story of how the book 'There goes a Man' came to be created.

Inscriptions & Markings

00903(2) Signed and dated in blue ink 'W.B.Russell 9-8-57' 00903(3) Signed 'W.B. Russell' in blue ink, pencilled annotations: "Wilf, Thank you. Just like (illegible)! 13.viii.57' 'Read to J.G. Gillespie 14/8/57'

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club Annual Demonstration 1944

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1944, photocopy of a A4 page folded in 3.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 20th October 1944. 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 1979, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy annual demonstration.

Document - Inventory of contents of "Holmbush"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 typed foolscap sheets, black type on white paper, punched filing holes.

Historical information

Although undated, the document is the same type, style and condition as 00259, which was dated 1943. It details the furnishings, garden tools, etc. at, or bought for, the residence which gives a picture of the living conditions for Junior Legatees, as well as what was currently acceptable in a home at the time.

Significance

The completeness of the inventory, which goes from room to room, gives a valuable insight into social conditions and also into the work of Legacy.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of three brothers in uniform.

Historical information

A photo of three men with the surname Brennan in different service uniforms, presumably brothers. Left is John in Airforce uniform, in the centre Ron in Naval uniform and on the right was Brian Brennan in army uniform. It is assumed to be from World War 2. The link with Legacy is not known (TBC) but presumably one or more of these men became Legatees or they were junior legatees prior to their war service.

Significance

TBC

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse 'Brian / Ron / John / Brennan' in pencil. Stamped with photo studio stamp of 'Artgraf Studio, 114 Elizabeth St, Melbourne' in purple ink.

Document - Advisory, Tradition & History & Archives Committee 11/6/91

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White quarto paper, with black type.

Historical information

Minutes of the committee meeting held, 11/6/1991. Minutes confirm those who attended, apologies and matters discussed at the meeting (Club Luncheon, Bulletin Distribution, 50 year certificates, Guest of Honour). Guest of honour under consideration was Mr Bruce Ruxton O.B.E., President of the Victorian R.S.L. Minutes are unsigned. Three horizontal fold marks indicates this document was to be sent to the recipient by the postal service. Email was not available at the time.

Significance

The existence of the committee evidences Melbourne Legacy's commitment to preserving historical information.

Inscriptions & Markings

Legacy symbol top left hand corner. back of document, L/R.J.Foskett, in black ink.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Ron Barassi and L/ Chas Munnerley with the Legacy Torch and a newspaper article titled 'Barassi game for reunion'

Historical information

One photo of Ron Barassi and Chas Munnerley with the Legacy Torch. From a newspaper article we see that this was a photo used to promote Legacy in May 1991. They were promoting a Junior Legatee Reunion that was to be held on 18th May 1991 at Watsonia Barracks. The article also mentions that the hope was the reunion would see some former junior legatees help with the work of Legacy. There was 24,000 widows being looked after by only 1,000 legatees whose numbers were dwindling. Ron Barassi gave a lot of his time to help promote Legacy in many ways. He was a Legacy Boy after his father died in Tobruk in 1941. Photo was in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1987 to 1991.

Significance

An record of Ron Barassi promoting Legacy events in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed above article 'The Herald Sun Friday 17 May 1991'.

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.

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

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of widows working on craft projects at Legacy House.

Historical information

A group of widows gathered at Legacy House doing needlework and craft. It is Marion Scammell (see also article in the Answer 1996 at 00889). This photo was published in The Answer in January 1997. Shows one of many activities that the widows were involved in. There were weekly workshops for craft and others for painting. The tapestry instructor was Nancy Crooks. The timetable for activities was published in The Answer each month. These regular meetings and workshops provided important opportunities for widows to meet and be active.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. 7> 278" which is the negative frame number and film number.

Photo, Legacy function 1993

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo proof sheets x 3 of a Legacy function with Clive James.

Historical information

According to the paper label "Expatriate Clive James was named the 1993 Legacy Personality of the Year at a special function conducted by Melbourne Legacy. Clive entertained over 500 guests with a personal address of his time as a young Legacy boy. Clive will be seen later in the year as part of Legacy's Annual Badge Appeal." It was a "Breakfast with Clive James" at the Regent Hotel in February 1993, and Australian author Patsy Adam-Smith and Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop were also guests. (See also 00752 and 00753). The event was reported in The Answer in March 1993.

Significance

A record of a function to commemorate the 70th Anniversary

Inscriptions & Markings

The proof sheets are marked A, B, and C.

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a crowd seated facing the Shrine.

Historical information

A Legacy ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. One of the annual "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students" events, usually held just prior to ANZAC Day. The photo shows a group of students seated facing the Shrine. Date unknown.

Significance

A record of a ceremony for school students at the Shrine.

Document, diary - Diary 1915 Corporal Leonard Gordon Hazard

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 paper spiral bound, 39 pages of a transcription of the diary of Corp L G Hazard and a pdf file.

Historical information

A transcription of the 1915 diary of Corporal Hazard, aged 25, was done by his daughter-in-law, Joyce Hazard, and given to Legacy in 2009. The original diary is not included. The document includes some photocopies of newspaper articles of some events in the diary and Corporal Hazard's later life and photos of his three brothers who also served. The Hazard brothers were from Brighton, Victoria. From the Foreword: "A personal diary that takes us from the shores of Australia to Gallipoli by way of training in the middle east, a torpedoed troopship and on to a convalescent hospital in England." The troopship was the 'Southland' and the included newspaper report recounts the disaster. Timeline: 8 May 1915 Left Melbourne 10 June Arrived at Heliopolis training camp in Egypt 2 September Was on the 'Southland' which was torpedoed 8 September Arrived on Gallipoli 19 October Wounded in shelling 27 October Arrived Malta on a hospital ship 15 November Arrived South Hampton Docks in UK and transferred to Southern General Hospital in Birmingham 6 December First visit to London and a ride in the underground trains. Transferred to Woodgate Convalescent Hospital 31st December Diary ends on New Years Eve.

Significance

The day by day record shows the war from the point of view of a corporal.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2008

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of various badge sellers in Badge week.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2008. Photos show badge sellers including Army personnel and President Graeme Standish in Melbourne CBD.

Significance

A record of the fundraising for the Legacy Appeal in 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back No.< > Clarendon Photos 1820 which is the frame numbers and place of processing. Negative numbers 14A, 16A, 18A, 19A, 21A (see also 00767, 00770, 00772).

Document, minutes - Sir Stanley Savige Biography

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 x foolscap and 1 x A5 typewritten sheets, black on white.

Historical information

Details of the third meeting of the Committee formed to publish a biography of Sir Stanley Savige, at which members were brought up to date with the progress of the manuscript, and the raising of finances was discussed.

Significance

Tracks the progress of the book. Interesting to see that mail was expected to be delivered in no more than two days in the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

326.2 pencilled date 30/4/58, in blue pen "Dear Wilf, This is the full list of those circularized for the meeting of the Committee at the No. 2 Committee Room at Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 30th. Most of the circulars were posted in the city on the morning of Thursday 24, so should have been delivered not later than Saturday 26th. Yours was held because I thought I might see you at the Shrine on Anzac Eve. Yours etc. Frank Doolan."

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of a widow visiting another in a nursing home.

Historical information

Widows would often volunteer to visit other widows in hospital. Here Vi Scales is visiting Maeve Kirchert, a patient at Azalea Lodge, Dandenong. The photo was featured in the November 1991 issue of the Widows' Newsletter (later called The Answer). It promoted the Home and Hospital Visiting Group and their amazing work visiting other widows. The Melbourne Home and Hospital Visiting Group that met every 3rd Wednesday in the 1990s (and possibly for many other years) as shown in the clipping from The Answer newsletter in December 1994.

Significance

A record of widows actively looking after each other. Visitors were rostered via their Widows' Clubs to look in on each other.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper label stuck to back, typed in black: 'Dandenong Legacy Widows Hospital Visitor Mrs Vi Scales with Mrs Maeve Kirchert a patient at "Azalea Lodge" 42 Langhorne St, Dandenong.

Photo, Somers Camp

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Legatees and senior boys at Big Camp 1970.

Historical information

A photo of a large group of teenage boys and men from Big Camp, January 1970. Big camp was for older Junior Legatees. This is a large group, approx 27 boys and 7 adults. Another item at 00427 also is labelled as 1970.

Significance

A record of Junior Legatee camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of photo has typed text over the photo: "Big Camp Jan 10 - 17 1970". On reverse "D / Legacy" written in blue pen.

Photo, Legatees

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photos x 6 of Legatees at a trout farm.

Historical information

Photos of a Legacy event or outing - perhaps trout farm fishing - a mix of men and women with fishing rods. Names are unknown. The date of 1978 comes from similar photos form a photo album at 00013 labelled as 'Alexandra/Yea 1978'. These photos may have fallen out of the album.

Significance

A record of an enjoyable outing of Legatees.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a junior Legatee in a wheelchair, white paper label attached.

Historical information

In 1983 the Yarra Valley group purchased a wheel chair for Anne Smythe, a Junior Legatee, the donation was photographed by the Leader Newspaper group, so perhaps it was used in a promotional news story at the time. Was in an envelope marked P8 Junior Legatee photographs, including the text "Legatee Ravenscroft, Junior Legatee Smythe, Wheel chair".

Significance

A record of the outcome of charitable donations and the positive impact on the life of a young Legatee.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo has Legacy P8 in blue pen and stamped Copyright Leader newspapers in red ink. Paper label says "Legatee Len Ravenscroft (President, Melbourne Legacy) and Legatee Ted Evans (President, Yarra Valley Group) present a Carter motorised wheelchair to Junior Legatee Anne Smythe. The chair, valued at over $3,500 was purchased by Yarra Valley Group of Melbourne Legacy. 1983" in black type. Back of photo is stamped Copyright of Leader Newspaper Group in red ink.

Film, video tape - 1998 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award - State Finals 1st October 1998

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Re-recordable video tape. Black plastic outer case with paper insert.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten lable on video tape ‘Youth Speak Out - Legacy Vic State Finals. Produced by Optus Vision Channel 55 Additional yellow post-in note ‘LJPSH Winners, where are they now? ( longer than 5 mins?)’

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2001

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of a Legacy function with Peter Batchelor as guest speaker.

Historical information

A legatee function in Legacy House with Peter Batchelor MP as a guest speaker. It is assumed to be 2001 as it was with a bunch of other photos with the label, "Badge Launch 2001", plus David Grierson appears to be President. Other names unknown.

Significance

A record of function for Legatees during Badge Week.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > 3126" which is the negative frame number and film number, so they from the same film. (frame numbers 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11). Yellow Post-it note says: "Badge Launch 2001".

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 typed sheets, black on white

Historical information

Two page document recording anecdotes about Melbourne Legacy Presidents, including Bill Cremor, Syd Birrell, Ray Hall and Cyril Smith, written by Ray Hall's successor in 1935, H.G. Brain. According to his account relationships were not always smooth; not only did Hall chair a fractious Board in 1934, but in 1931 insults were hurled during a meeting (by no less than Stan Savige) which resulted in the immediate resignation of the then President Smith, later retracted. Brain himself upset Mildura Legacy when he put forward his view to the Mildura Annual Dinner that 'the returned soldier section of the population was big enough ... to carry its own welfare activities, and that it ought not to pound the general populace too hard.' He had inadvertently broadcast his ideas over the national network, thinking that the microphone was only for local hearing assistance. More amusingly Brain also tells a story about Cremor when he ran against Harold Holt for the the House of Representatives seat of Fawkner 'in 1942 (?)', and one about Birrell showing a group of the Women's Nationalist League (a conservative women's organisation established in 1904 to support the monarchy and empire) members around the Flemington Saleyards. The handwritten notation at the end references the funeral of 1949 President Syd Birrell, who died in 1966.

Significance

Eyewitness account of early Melbourne Legacy presidents, which is indicative of the times and attitudes.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Birrell funeral' handwritten in blue ballpoint, tick beside the final paragraph on each sheet.

Photograph

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of L/- Donovan Joynt with Captain Mick Moon, accompanied by a typed note, black on white.

Historical information

Photo taken at the opening of the Puckapunyal Sportsman's Club which had been named after Legatee Donovan Joynt (see also Cat.No. 01352). The accompanying typed note, dated March 1983, identifies Lieutenant Colonel Donovan Joynt VC and Captain Mick Moon VC as 'the only surviving VC winners from World War 1 in Victoria.'

Significance

A photographic record of two outstanding Victorians who after winning their VCs in WWI went on to live long and impressive lives.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed note from March 1983 mentions that Lieutenant Colonel Donovan Joynt VC and Captain Mick Moon VC were attending the opening of the Lieutenant Colonel Donovan Joynt VC Sportsman's Club in Puckapunyal.