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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.

Contact Information

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

Contact

Location

293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

1856 items

1856 items

Photo - Gallipoli Stretcher Bearers

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of stretcher bearers at Gallipoli.

Historical information

A photo of 8 stretcher bearers carrying a wounded man at Gallipoli. Was with 11 other photos of World War One that had been mounted on board for display at Legacy House at some stage. When they were taken off display they were put in the archive cabinets. The founding legatees all served in World War One so these photos would have been of significant places for them. (see 01888 to 01899)

Significance

Photos from World War One that would have been significant to the founding legatees.

Photo, Junior legatee outing - Horse riding

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 6 of Junior Legatees enjoying an outing on horseback.

Historical information

Photos of an outing for Junior Legatees showing them riding horses through a forest. It was 10 October 1993.

Significance

A record of the activities and experiences that Melbourne Legacy provides for the children in their care.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date is shown in the photos as 30 October 1993.

Photo - Big Camp Jan 11-18 1969

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Legatees and senior boys at Big Camp in 1969.

Historical information

A photo of a large group of teenage boys and men from Big Camp, 11-18 January 1969, at Somers. Big camp was for older Junior Legatees. This photo shows 27 people who took part. Melbourne Legacy provided camps for junior legatees - the children of deceased servicemen. It started with outings to the property of Legacy founder, Legatee Stan Savige, who had a place in Balnarring. Permanent camp buildings were built and with an association with Lord Somers (Governor of Victoria) it was called Somers Camp. The camps gave the children an opportunity of a summer beach holiday with other Legacy children.

Significance

Melbourne Legacy provided the Somers Camp experience for different age groups.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Big Camp Jan 11-18 1969 in black type. Back: LEGACY

Document, newspaper article - Graduation

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Newspaper clipping of a Stanhope junior legatee winning a prize from Pharmacy College.

Historical information

A newspaper clipping from a book compiled about the Legacy children's residence called Stanhope. The newspaper clipping from 25 March 1964, shows a photo of Heather Thompson. The article mentions that Heather Thompson of Ballarat received a major award for for the highest aggregate mark in her fourth year at Pharmacy College. She was a junior legatee that stayed at Stanhope while she studied at Pharmacy College. Stanhope was supervised by Matron Dorothy (Dorrie) Vines from the time it opened in 1946 until it closed. It is possible she compiled this notebook as she is referred to as 'self' in one photo. Individual pages of photos or newspaper clippings have been added separately. Items 01817 to 01836. Blamey House (purchased 1947) , Stanhope (purchased 1945) and Harelands (purchased 1950) were residences run by Melbourne Legacy 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, or they needed to stay in Melbourne for further education. Harelands accommodated 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 Stanhope girl being successful in her studies and the matron keeping a clipping from the newspaper. It shows how important the girls' successes were for the staff at Stanhope.

Document, postcard - Postcards of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Postcards x 15 with images from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Most from 'Valentine's Series' printed in Scotland.

Historical information

Postcards were a common form of souvenirs for soldiers who were travelling around Europe either during World War 1 or just after, before returning to Australia. These were with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. There was a large collection of postcards so he may have been collecting them as souvenirs. He also had a vesta (match) case from Belfast, so it is likely he visited there. These scenes include the Guiness Brewery in Dublin and the Belfast Town Hall, and a set of scenes from Killarney. 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

Postcards were a very common form of communication in the first World War. Postcards as souvenirs or as correspondence would have been familiar to the first Legatees as they had served in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

01136.1 City Hall, Belfast 01136.2 Marble Stairway, City Hall, Belfast 01136.3 Killarney 01136.4 'Tis said that passing angles paused a while / To rest within and bless the Emerald Isle 01136.5 Guiness's Brewery, Lower Level, Dublin 01136.6 Scald Bank (Unloading empty casks) Guiness's Brewery, Dublin 01136.7 Fermenting House (Exterior) Guiness's Brewery, Dublin 01136.8 The Islands, Upper Lake, Killarney 01136.9 On Middle Lake, Killarney 01136.10 Serpent Lake, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney 01136.11 Shooting the rapids, Killarney 01136.12 Ross Castle, Killarney 01136.13 Eagle's Nest, Killarney 01136.14 Colleen Bawn Rock, Killarney 01136.15 Grafton Street, Dublin Each one has the word POST CARD on the reverse with room for an address and an area for Correspondence. Different makers.

Document - Order your Christmas Cards from Legacy 1960

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Order form for Legacy Christmas Cards in 1960 and a sample copy of cards.

Historical information

Legacy raised funds from the sale of Christmas cards for many years. In 1960 the cards were: Swanston St 1861, by Henry Burn Yuletide visit Captain Cook Landing at Botany Bay To the South there is a great land The Star of Bethlehem The subject of some of the cards might seem dated, especially those featuring the colonisation of Australia by the British. The order form and cards were part of a scrapbook of Legacy material, mostly promotional material, from the 1960s to 1990s.

Significance

An example of fundraising material issued by Legacy in 1960.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a group of people at Stan Savige's place.

Historical information

The photo shows a group of people on an outing to Stan Savige's property in Balnarring. Legatee Savige had a beach side property that he allowed to be used for summer camps and outings by Legacy. In this photo there is mention of the children being from Minton Boys Home which was established in Olivers Hill, Frankston in 1924.

Significance

The photo shows Legatees took disadvantaged children on outings to L/- Savige's property as early as 1928.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse: 'Taken on Stan Savige's place Balnarring about 1928. Includes MB Beattie with Adrian? Tony and Diana on right S?, Minton Boys Home. Photo by Aaron Beattie' in blue ink. Stamped 'Kodak print' and 'Velox'.

Document - Lest YOU forget. Legacy cares for Australia's biggest family

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Examples of the use of a promotional image for Legacy Week in 1990, featuring the statue of Simpson and his donkey.

Historical information

This is an example of Melbourne Legacy promotional material. It was used in newspaper advertising and also printed on milk cartons. The slogan "Lest YOU forget" was used with an image of the statue of Simpson and his donkey rather than a personality. The newspaper advertising varied slightly, from 'Buy a badge on Friday 7th September' to 'Legacy Says Thank You' when it was published on 14 September. It was in a folder with marketing material from the 1990s also see item 01250. The slogan "Lest YOU forget" was used with an image of the statue of Simpson and his donkey rather than a personality. The main time of year for fundraising is September when Legacy holds 'Badge Week'. Often there is a celebrity who gives his or her time as 'Personality of the Year'. Examples are Sir Weary Dunlop (1992), Clive James (1993), the Scott family (1994), The Emmanuel brothers (1995), Daryl Somers (1996 and 1997), and Patsy Adam Smith (1994?). Was in a folder with marketing material from the 1990s to 2009, see items 01240 to 01258. The collection shows the types of marketing materials that were produced and the celebrities that were helping Legacy.

Significance

An example of promotional material from the 1990s. Marketing material and photos were compiled and released to newspapers, also printed as brochures and sometimes as stickers and collection tin wrappers.

Document - Legacy Bookmarks

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour printed bookmark x 4 to promote Legacy.

Historical information

Four examples of bookmarks used as Melbourne Legacy promotional material explaining Legacy. They are printed on both sides, two include a photo of the Widow and Children statue. The dates are unknown. They were in an envelope labelled 'Archive Old Legacy Bookmarks' and were with marketing material from the 1990s to 2009, see items 01240 to 01260. The collection shows the types of marketing materials that were produced and the celebrities that were helping Legacy.

Significance

Examples of promotional material issued by Legacy. Part of an attempt to create an archive of Legacy material. It was in a collection of marketing material from the 1990s to 2000s.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Pale blue, notepaper, type letter on Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works letterhead.

Historical information

Letter from Ted Best to J.R. Hall thanking him for the opportunity to speak at a Legacy Luncheon. Legatees met regularly and had guest speakers to entertain and inform on different subjects at their Tuesday Luncheons. This document 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 spoken on were many and varied.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by Ted W. Best (Deputy Chairman of the board) in blue ink.

Photo - 2nd Pioneer Battalion

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Sepia photo of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion on the steps of a building.

Historical information

A large photo of soldiers from the first World War. It is almost identical to one in the AWM. From the AWM record it is the 2nd Pioneer Battalion before they returned to Australia. From Wikipedia the 2nd Pioneer Battalion was tasked with digging trenches, labouring, constructing strong points and light railways, and undertaking battlefield clearance, the troops assigned to the pioneers required construction and engineering experience in addition to basic soldiering skills. After the Armistice personnel were repatriated to Australia in drafts as part of the gradual demobilisation of the AIF, the battalion's strength dwindled until finally it was disbanded on 18 May 1919 while in the Charleroi area of Belgium. The AWM record says: 'Group portrait of men of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion awaiting their return to Australia. In the front row, but exact position unknown, is Lieutenant (Lt) Sydney Bede Chambers of Wollstonecraft, NSW. Four lieutenants are in the front row, two on either side of the unidentified captain wearing lighter coloured shirt and trousers and two wound stripes on the left sleeve of his tunic. On the verso Lt Chambers remarks the group is "the present total strength of any Company but with only two officers as they are going back in drib and drab [sic] a few at a time".'

Significance

Legacy was founded by returned soldiers from World War 1, hence some founding legatees may be in this photo.

Photo - Legatee Donovan Joynt and Captain Mick Moon

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.' The photo was used in a Herald newspaper article on 29 March 1983 (item 01603). The article mentions that L/ Joynt donated more than half the cost of the $130,000 for the sports club and the photo was from the opening event.

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.

Document, report - Report of Captain Thomas White

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 paper with black type x 14 pages.

Historical information

An account of the wartime experiences of Legatee Thomas White who served a term as President in 1925. This is the story of the capture and escape of Captain Thomas White, Australian Flying Corps on the Baghdad Road, Mesopotamia (Iraq), 13/11/1915. Captain White had been ordered to cut the telegraph wires behind the Turkish Lines along with his observer Captain F. Yeats-Brown from the 17th Indian Cavalry. Although they achieved their objective, the Maurice-Farman Longhorn aeroplane was damaged on landing and could not be repaired and were subsequently captured by the Arabs and local Gendarmerie. After the Arabs had beaten them up they were taken to Baghdad, escorted by the Turks and imprisoned. On 26 July 1918 Captain White escaped with Captain AJ Bott of the Royal Air Force. After making their way by sea (under very difficult circumstances) they arrived and went ashore at Odessa on the Black Sea. Odessa at the time was occupied by Austria and German troops and the Bolsheviks (the Russian revolution was under way). On 3 November 1918 they boarded a ship for Varna where Brigadier-General Ross met them, motored to Salonika, arriving 10/11/1918, then subsequently sent to Cairo. Tommy White became the third President of Melbourne Legacy in 1925-26 (Melbourne Legacy Bulletin 19/7/1990). He also went on to be the Australian High Commissioner in Britain until 1956.

Significance

A story of courage, hope and endurance by Captain Thomas White.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing ink overlap and other printing stains throughout the document. Ltee Tom White written in black biro, top of page one.

Photo, Widows Sunday 2005 - Pilgrimage to the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 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 listening to the service and a large group photo of the widows on the steps of the shrine. Same film number as other photos of 2005 (00708 and 00709).

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine in 2005.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back <No. > Clarendon Photos 1501 / 1519 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers (1519) 3, 8, (1501) 16, 17. More photos at 00708 and 00709.

Photo, Widows function - Widows Melbourne Town Hall Concert 1995

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 14 of a Police band concert at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1995 and an article in the Answer.

Historical information

A regular event for the widows was a concert by the Police Band at the Melbourne Town Hall. Held in March each year, it was originally at the Fitzroy Gardens but moved to the Town Hall in 1995. The photos show the widows enjoying the music and performers, including an Elvis impersonator.

Significance

A record of regular events for widows to attend and enjoy together.

Badge - Melbourne Legacy Widow Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold lapel pin of the Legacy torch with red enamel containing the words Melbourne Legacy Widow.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Legacy Widow's Badge. These were worn by widows to identify themselves at events. 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.

Significance

A record of the badge given to widows when they join Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes Badges' on reverse.

Document, programme - Combined Physical Culture and Dancing Demonstration 1932

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1932, teal cover with navy print and cream paper with black text.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 2nd November 1932. 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 1980s, 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. Aaron Beattie was the coordinator of boys classes and his collection of programmes have been included in the collection.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy annual demonstration.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page in blue ink 'Aaron Beattie'.

Document, minutes - Minutes of meeting of Steering Committee (Residences)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Fading photocopy, originally black on white, now brown on cream. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd February 1975. Having ascertained that there was no State Government subsidy available for children's homes they reported that the proposed development of Blamey House was not viable and suggested two alternatives: moving children over 16 years of age into auxiliary accommodation, and selling Harelands and Blamey House whilst using Stanhope for co-ed accommodation. Further investigations were to be made into modifying Stanhope and to obtain occupancy figures for children under 16 years. (See Cat. No. 01692). In a file with documents pertaining to the residences.

Significance

Gives an insight into Legacy thinking about the way in which the residences should be used.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of 25 soldiers in front of a military vehicle, mounted on brown cardboard.

Historical information

A photo of a group of soldiers by a military vehicle, the group is assumed to include Private J.B. McLean as it has his name on the reverse. 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 photo of a group of soldiers in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back 'J.B. McLean / 16 Bleazby St / Bentleigh SE14' in blue pen

Document - Legacy Club Details

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Two pages of Legacy Clubs, their address and meeting times and a cover letter.

Historical information

A letter from Frank Meldrum (?) to Legatee Cyril Smith in May of 1940, to accompany a two page listing of Legacy clubs, their contact details and meeting times. L/- Meldrum was returning to active service. It was in a folder of documents about the history of Legacy which 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 items from the 1950s.

Significance

The documents provide an insight into the working of Legacy, especially in the 1940-50s. Legatee Cyril Smith and others were detailing their experiences and knowledge for the future.

Furniture, Table and Chairs

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Board Room Table - Clear varnished timber table with a two piece glass top Table legs are turned timber on wheels x 5. Two at each end and one in the centre. Chairs - Clear varnished timber with leather cushions x 20. Each chair has an engraved plaque with an officer's name from 24th Battalion. With the exception of one who died shortly after returning to Australia all were KIA in various battles during WW1. The 24th Battalion (the Kooyong Regiment) Robinson Road, Surrey Hills. Vic

Historical information

The table and chairs once belonged to the Officers' Mess, 24th Battalion. From 1928 - 1936 the CO 24th Battallion was Lt Col S.G. Savige, DSO MC. It was during this time that the chairs were made and used for dining-in nights. During the a ceremony of remembrance, each officer stood behind his chair and called the name on its back as a mark of respect for those KIA during WW1. At the inaugural meeting of the Club, from which arose Melbourne Legacy in September 1923, eight of the fourteen members had worn the colour patch of 24th Battalion.

Significance

The connection to Savige and the fact that many of his officers from 24th Battalion became members of Melbourne Legacy. This table and its chairs were formally gifted to Melbourne Legacy on 9th May 1956 when the Club moved to Legacy House. They have been used since in the Club's Board Room, now located on level 1, Legacy House, 293 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Two Legatees were responsible for fully refurbishing the table and chairs - Legatee Gordon Beith (Morrabbin Branch) and Legatee Ted McKenzie (Footscray/Sunshine Branch)

Inscriptions & Markings

Names inscribed on each chair: Lt A.L. Bacon, 2Lt W.A. Baldie, Capt J.C.L. Biggsley, Lt P.S. Carne MSM, Lt J.B.N. Carvick MC, Lt J.R. Clarke, 2Lt F.M. Coffee, Lt P.G. Denton-Fethers, Lt W.S. Finlay, Capt J.H. Fletcher, Lt A.C. Fogarty, 2Lt A.G. Gilchrist, Lt J. Harris, Lt A.J. Kerr, Maj. C.E. Manning, Capt G.L. Maxfield MC, 2Lt H.L. Rhynehart, Capt W.H. Tatnall, 2Lt R.N. Thomas, Capt C.M. Williams MC

Document - (H60)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 paper with black type, a facsimile from Legatee Rob C Allison.

Historical information

A message sent via fax machine to Legacy to advise a past President's gold Legacy badge had been given to Warnambool Legacy. The content says: 'Howard Mackenzie, President of Warrnambool Legacy, advised me on 5th February 1989, that L/ Greg Gillespie - son of our Past President James G. Gillespie - presented to Warrnambool Legacy the Gold Legacy Badge given to his father and worn by him during his year of office as President. This badge is now presented to the installed President of Warrnambool to wear during his year of office. Howard is the first recipient.' The notation 'H60' in black pen shows that it was part of original archive project was undertaken by Legatees Frank Doolan and Brian Armstrong.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy. L/ Jim Gillespie was a founding member of Legacy and his Presidents badge was seen as significant enough to present to Warrnambool Legacy club.

Document - Helpful Suggestions For Correct Procedure

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White paper with black type of a memo about duty legatees.

Historical information

This memo was distributed to Legatees as a guide to Legatees. When contacting widows, Legatees could follow the script to ensure that the important points were addressed. At the bottom of the page the document lists the number of phone calls made to widows and follow up visits to widows in need of a visit (1986 and 1987). Note item "k" in the document. The switch refers to the person manning the telephone switchboard. This person would make a written or mental note that the Duty Legatee was not available. Leaving a recorded message on the phone was not available at this time.

Significance

That Legacy tried to ensure that all Duty Legatees could follow the same script. Technology for a message that popped up on the computer screen was not available at the time.

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 (nee 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, Legacy Demonstration - Annual Demonstration 1959

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 16 of the 1959 Melbourne Junior Legatees Annual Demonstration held for the first tiime at the Olympic Pool Stadium.

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 1980s, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall. In these photos it is at the Olympic Swimming Pool. 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 Demonstration in 1959.

Photo, Exercise Classes - Widows activities

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of several older women sitting on chairs in a semi-circle, doing some light exercises. The back of the instructor's head can be seen in the foreground.

Historical information

A photo of ladies doing light exercises at Legacy House with the instructor Betty Luders. From 1928 until the 1990s, Melbourne Legacy ran an excellent exercise program for its widows. Classes were held weekly at Legacy House and there was often a waiting list for the water classes, which had both swimming instruction and water exercises. Some of the class members were in their 90s, many just learning to swim.

Significance

A record of activities provided for Legacy widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on the back: "COPYRIGHT / This photograph many not be / produced without permission / in writing from the / Pictoral Dept. of "The Age" / 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne / Victoria, 3001", "Jul 15 3 29 AM '88" Taped to the back: " NEIL NEWITT 15/7/88 E.G. / SENIOR CITIZENS (WOMEN ONLY) AT / "AEROBICS" AT LEGACY HOUSE. / STORY: DAVID BRUCE"

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, newsletter - Legacy Newsletter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black typed newsletter x 9 editions from 1963 and 1964. 1963 editions: 5 Feb ; 24 April ; 27 June ; 16 Sept ; 27 Nov 1964 editions: 20 Feb ; 27 Aug ; 1 Oct ; 26 Nov

Historical information

Copies of newsletters to Legacy widows in 1960s. There were usually 4 or 5 editions per year. Newsletters include a notice from the Senior Widows Club coordinator F R G Strickland and information about events and meetings. The editor was Mrs B E Shephard. There were so many widows that the meetings had to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall to accomodate the numbers. November's meeting as a picnic in the Botanical Gardens and January the widows met in Fitzroy Gardens. In November there were calls for nominations for the committee members for the following year. Committee comprised of a President, 2 Vice presidents, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Assistant Secretary and 14 members of the committee. The first edition in the new format was in 1960, previously there had been a quarterly magazine but the distribution was limited, they changed to a 4 page newsletter format to reach more of the widows. The newsletter was priced at 1D a copy. Various pages of interest have been added to show different news items. Not all editions have been scanned.

Significance

Brings to life the activities provided for the widows and the work of Melbourne Legacy in the 1960s.

Photo - Junior Legacy Classes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Legacy boys class.

Historical information

A photo of a group of young legatees at a gymnastics class in Fitzroy. There are 16 boys, of various ages, in gymnastics gear, an instructor and 5 gentlemen that may be Legacy members. Legacy clubs ran classes for junior legatees for many years. It was part of providing for the children of their deceased comrades. The skills they learned were show cased in an annual demonstration usually at the Melbourne Town Hall. It appears to be photo taken professionally, as there are several photos of different classes (see 00862 - 00867) perhaps to record Legacy classes for promotion purposes.

Significance

A record of a way Legacy provided classes for junior legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back 'Ftizroy'. Stamped 'R5335/1--' in black ink and '531' in blue ink . Handwritten 'P4 Legacy' in blue pen and 'Same size' in pencil.

Document, postcard - Postcards of India

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Postcards x 7 with images from Bombay in India.

Historical information

Postcards were a common form of souvenirs for soldiers who were travelling either during World War 1, or just after, or while returning to Australia. These postcard scenes are from Bombay which is a stop on the route from Australia to Europe. India was often the first time young soldiers saw a different culture on their way to the first World War. These were with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. There was a large collection of postcards so he may have been collecting them as souvenirs (none of these have been written on or posted). 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', (which stopped in Bombay), arriving Portsea in 1920.

Significance

Postcards were a very common form of communication in the first World War. Postcards as souvenirs or as correspondence would have been familiar to the first Legatees as they had served in World War 1. These places in Bombay, India could have been visited by the first Legatees when they were soldiers in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

01139.1 Bombay - A street scene, Pydowni Junction 01139.2 Bird's eye view of Fort from Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay 01139.3 Cuffe Parade - Bombay 01139.4 General Post Office - Bombay 01139.5 Bombay - Queen's Road showing palms 01139.6 A woman tapping rubber tree (possibly from Sri Lanka as it was printed in Colombo). 01139.7 Bombay from Harbour Each one has the word POST CARD on the reverse with room for an address and an area for Correspondence. Different makers.