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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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1508 items

1508 items

Photo, Fundraising

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of people selling raffle tickets.

Historical information

Two ladies selling raffles tickets to two men at a Legacy Club Golf day as part of fundraising for Legacy, the date is unknown. 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 0438).

Significance

A record of a fundraising event.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pencil on reverse: Legacy Club Golf Gymkhana. Fair exchange is no robbery. Miss Pat Smith, Miss Peggy Wilkinson selling raffle tickets to H Driscoll and D McKinlay (Vice Pres Legacy).

Document - "Holmbush"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Quarto carbon copy of typed rules, black on faded white

Historical information

Initial rules for the running of Holmbush and for the intended residents, with the aim of providing a 'private family residence of the best type' for Junior Legatees admitted by the Management Committee, including a list of clothing each resident was expected to bring.

Significance

Details of how the Melbourne Legacy residence was to be run reveal how much work and time the Legatees invested in looking after Junior Legatees and how seriously they took this responsibility in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Approved J.L.C. 1943' handwritten in blue ink.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of President David Millie and an article from the Answer.

Historical information

Photograph David Millie who was President of Melbourne Legacy in 1995. Appears to be a professional photo taken for use in publications during his term as president. The article in The Answer is his message as outgoing president as he hands over to Ray Ward.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 'a) Legatee David Millie President of Melbourne Legacy' in black ink. Printed "<No. 17> 703" on back as the frame and processing numbers.

Photo, Australian War Memorial

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of junior legatees at the Australian War Memorial, white paper label attached.

Historical information

A photo of 13 children and 4 men at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Each year two junior Legatees from each state are selected to visit Canberra, and the War Memorial, under the auspices of the H.and D. Florance Foundation. Names unknown. Was in an envelope marked P8 Junior Legatee Photographs and including the text " Junior Legatees visit to War Memorial". See also 01022 for another occasion when junior legatees from each state were chosen to go to Canberra with the foundation.

Significance

A record of the one of the outings provided for Junior Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo has Legacy P8 in blue pen. Paper label says "Junior Legatees at the National War Memorial Canberra. Each year two junior Legatees from each state are selected to visit Canberra, and the National War Memorial, under the auspices of the H.and D. Florance Foundation." in black type.

Cassette, Audio - Funeral Service Late Mr F.J. Doolan.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cassette cover, black plastic except top, clear plastic. Cassette, white plastic with red and white label.

Historical information

The recording of the funeral service of the late Legatee F J Doolan.

Significance

Significant in that Legatee Doolan was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy and active for many years in different capacities, including the original archive project.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cassette cover, title Funeral Service-late Mr F.J.Doolan. The words 'realistic low noise 120'. Cassette, Radio Shack, Funeral Service Legatee F J Doolan. Realistic, low noise,120.

Document - Legacy's 59th Annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Text of a speech at the 59th Annual Anzac Commemoration Service for Students and the Media Release for the event.

Historical information

A copy of the Anzac Day Address at the Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students in 1989 which was subsequently published in the Legacy Bulletin. Also a copy of the Media Release published by Legacy to promote the event. The ceremony provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain an appreciation of the Anzac spirit, the significance of the Shrine and the meaning of Anzac Day. The ceremony is usually attended by the Governor of Victoria, however, in 1990 the guest making the address was Commodore J.S. Dickson.

Significance

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

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

361.1 White notepaper, lined, black ink handwriting, two hole punched. 361.2 White notepaper, lined, black ink handwriting, two hole punched.

Historical information

361.1 Application by Mr N Partis (?) of Albert Park for more information on the position of Manager of the Legacy Club Hostel. It lists his experience in WWI and orchard and farm experience. 361.2 A follow up letter by Mr N Partis (?) providing references.

Significance

A record of written correspondence regarding job applications in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

361.1 "Sent outline of duties 12/2/43" in blue ink

Photo

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.

Photo, ANZAC Day

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 3 of Anzac Day March 1993.

Historical information

According to the paper label "Over 300 Legatees participated in the ANZAC Day march commemorating Legacy's 70th Anniversary." Photos show the Legatees assembling before the march, including a lady with a tray of Rosemary "A gift from Legacy". The Legacy Widows club puts together the trays of rosemary prior to Anzac Day to give to the public. (See also 00754 and 00756). Plus an article in the Answer reporting on the day.

Significance

A record of a Anzac Day march to commemorate the 70th Anniversary.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked B15, B17 and B14 which are the frame numbers from the B proof sheet (00754.2)

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of 2 Legacy widows.

Historical information

Two Legacy widows posing for a picture, their name badges say: Mary Steege and Grace De La_?. They are possibly Widow club committee members like other photos by this photographer with similar reference numbers. Pg 3 could mean the photo was used in an issue of The Answer. It is assumed that the date was 1991 due to the reference number from the photographic studio 911030B-6 could mean 30 October 1991, along with 00645, 00646, 00647, 00648, 00649, 00651 and 00661 - 00666.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic with Reference No: 911030B-6. Pg 3 and "B" in pencil.

Document, newsletter - Legacy Newsletter (For the members of the Melbourne Legacy Widows' Club)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black typed newsletter x 15 editions from 1981 to 1983, No 125 to 142, each edition 6 foolscap pages. No 125, 28 January 1981 No 126, 30 March 1981 No 127, 25 May 1981 No 128, 27 July 1981 No 129, 28 September 1981 No 130, 27 November 1981 No 131, 28 January 1982 No 132, 29 March 1982 No 133, 28 May 1982 No 134, 29 July 1982 No 135, 28 September 1982 No 136, 26 November 1982 No 137, 31 January 1983 No 138, 31 March 1983 No 139, 30 May 1983 No 140, 29 July 1983 No 141, 30 September 1983 No 142, 30 November 1983

Historical information

Examples of Melbourne Legacy Club newsletters, covering the activities of Melbourne Legacy Widows' Club. Information includes a notice from the Chairman of the Widows' Committee, dates of meetings, possible day trips and theatre outings, and cruises. The ladies were welcome to attend monthly meetings, card afternoons, indoor bowls competitions, outings and tours, plus the annual fete and Christmas concert. The first edition of the newsletter 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. Various pages of interest have been added to show different news items. Other editions haven't been scanned.

Significance

Brings to life the activities provided for the widows and the work of Melbourne Legacy in the early years.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Ron Barassi and elderly widow Mrytle Ingram.

Historical information

A photo of Ron Barassi and an elderly widow, Mrytle Ingram of Legacy Widows Club, Hastings. The event was a luncheon after Ron's parachute jump with Daryl Somers to promote Legacy (see 00854 and The Answer article). Ron Barassi was a Legacy boy after his father died at Tobruk in 1941. He helped promote Legacy in many ways and at many events over many years.

Significance

A record of a way celebrities used their media profile to promote Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No. 16> 595" which is the negative frame and processing number. The same film number as the parachuting photos.

Photo, Exercise Classes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of four older women sitting in chairs doing light exercises.

Historical information

From 1928 until the 1980s, 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: "Jul 15 3 29 AM '88", "COPYRIGHT / This photograph may not be / reproduced with permission / in writing from the / Pictoral Dept. of "The Age" / 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne, / Victoria, 3001, Australia" Taped to the back: " PHOTOGRAPHER: NEIL NEWITT DATE: 15/7/88 DEPT: FOR E.G. / SENIOR CITIZENS (WOMEN ONLY) AT / "AEROBICS" AT LEGACY HOUSE / STORY DAVID BRUCE."

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of President Geoff Webb awarding a plaque to a group from VBM and two pages of information.

Historical information

President Geoff Webb presented a plaque to the Victoria Barracks Melbourne Corps of Guides in acknowledgement of the contribution of the proceeds of the Victoria Barracks Public Tours donations over the past three year, a total of $11,000 to Legacy in that time. A portion of these proceeds was designated to be used for maintenance work on the Legacy statue of the Widow and her Children in the Garden of Appreciation at the Shrine of Remembrance. More than 1,500 people visit Victoria Barracks Melbourne (VBM) each year as part of the Public Tours program conducted by the VBM Corps of Guides. Guided tours of the Barracks in 2005 operated on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons as required. The Entrance fees were $5 per adult and $3 for concession and pensioners.

Significance

A record of where funds are raised and given to Legacy's work.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos which is the frame number and place of processing. Frame numbers: 1, 4, 7 and 8.

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club Annual Demonstration 1940

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1940, blue print on buff colour card and paper

Historical information

Programme of an Annual Demonstration by Junior Legatees of Legacy Club, Melbourne, held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday, 22nd October 1940. 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.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy Demonstration.

Document, postcard

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

The front of the postcard is an image of small boats being towed on a rope through water. Each boat is carrying several soldiers, and other ships and boats can be seen in the background.

Historical information

The back of the post card is blank so it was kept more as a souvenir than sent as a letter. There are other similar postcards in the collection.

Significance

Images of Gallipoli were captured on postcards as mementoes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of postcard: "TOWED IN UNDER PROTECTION OF THE FLEETS FIRE : A LANDING PARTY GOING TO REINFORCE THE AUSTRALIANS NEAR GABA TEPE."

Photo, Widows Sunday 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of a church service.

Historical information

A church service for Legacy widows at Scot's Church in Collins St, Melbourne. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The church used for the service varies. Then the widows attend a ceremony at the Shrine and then have a lunch. The Scots' Church was the first Presbyterian Church to be built in Victoria. Events of the day are also at 00707, 00708, 00709

Significance

A record of a church service for Legacy Widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos 1502 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers 1 and 2.

Photo, Rosemary

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of three ladies preparing rosemary sprigs.

Historical information

A group of widows at Legacy House preparing trays of rosemary to be given to the public and worn as a sign of remembrance on Anzac Day. This photo appeared in the June 1997 edition of The Answer. The caption said: "Legacy Ladies making the thousands of rosemary sprigs for the ANZAC Student's Service and ANZAC Parade marchers". Names unknown. In The Answer in 1995 an articles says: "Operation Rosemary. Since 1982 Legacy ladies have volunteered to make rosemary sprigs for the Anzac Day marchers. At a later date they also made sprigs for the Schools Shrine Service. . . don't worry, there are ladies here to show you how to make them and it's a chance to hav a chat and cuppa whilst you work together. Any day day that you can spare . . . please ring Joan Miller."

Significance

A record of widows preparing rosemary for the public. Rosemary is sign of remembrance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > 203" which is the negative frame number and film number, so they from the same film. (frame numbers 09, 10)

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photocopy of a letter about the early history of Legacy written in 1928.

Historical information

A letter that was sent from Legatee PW Powell to Legatee 'Doney' on 21st September 1928. He mentions his purpose is to record some of the early history of Legacy in a minute book of the Club, which unfortunately was missing at the time of writing. As well as saying it was formed after Stan Savige saw General Gellibrand's Remembrance Club in Hobart. Luncheon meetings were held and the first one L/ Powell attended in September 1923 had about 8 attendees - Stan Savige, Fred Forrest, Frank Selleck, Charlie Watson, Peter Eller, and Ted Pittard. L/ Powell was appointed Hon. secretary and there was discussion about the name of the club. Suggestions included 'Continuance', 'Chevron', 'Espirit de Corps', and 'Apres Le Guerre'. He says 'at that stage Legacy was not mentioned, the inspiration came later in my own offie when seeking a name that would appeal to he imagination. My recommendation to the members was covered in he first luncheon address given to the Club under the title of "Business Leadership" .' Selection of the first president included inviting General Monash and General Tivey, who both declined. Colonel Harold Cohen accepted. 'The first literature issued by the Club included: List of office bearers (deleting decorations and rank) / Constitution and By laws / Classification / Brief History (which was torn up before issue as it was felt that Legacou should be impersonal and that the principal should stand before the individual).' The notation H3 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

This is one of the first documents that documents the origins of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H3 in red pen. Signed 'PW Powell' in black fountain point pen.

Document, brochure - Legacy Club Melbourne

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White card printed and given to Legatees with best wishes for 1939 and a poem.

Historical information

A card given to Legatees by the Comradeship Committee in 1939. 'Dear Legatee, Another year of Legacy has passed, another year of Service has commenced. May it continue to bring you much happiness in the appreciation of a great Comradeship. Comradeship Committee, 1939. The poem on the reverse says: 'I shall pass through this world but once, Any good thing that I can do, or any kindness That I can show any human being, Let me do it now and not defer it, For I shall not pass this way again.' The notation H15 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 'H15' in red pen.

Document, certificate - Golden Jubilee Year Souvenir Certificate

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cream card, gold and blue print, black signature

Historical information

Certificate produced in 1973 in the 50th Anniversary year of Melbourne Legacy for presentation to Junior Legatees.

Significance

Part of the documentation for the 50th Anniversary year exemplifying the activities of Junior Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature: Geoffrey N. Handbury

Film, audio tape - Formal opening of Legacy Week by His Excellency The Governor of Victoria the Honourable Sir Henry Winneke.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Box, Cardboard bound with string. Spool, plastic,clear. Tape, film plastic.

Significance

Common means of audio recording at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, radio tape, posted 2nd/9th recieved 10th (hand written). Klarion Enterprises Proprietry Regent House, 63 Kingsway, South Melbourne 3205, Australia, Phone. Formal opening of Legacy Week by His Excellency The Governor of Victoria The Honourable Sir Henry Winneke K.C.M.G., O.B.E., Q.C. Melbourne. 2/9/74

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.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White letterhead, black ink, two hole punched.

Historical information

Approval received from the Forests Commission of Victoria to purchase two tons of firewood for use at 1267 Burke Road.

Significance

A record that purchase of firewood required approval in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed illegible for Secretary of Forests Commission of Victoria

Photo, Legacy Demonstration

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a troupe of ballerinas dancing around a carriage upon a stage.

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 1970's, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall or Olympic Pool Stadium. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy Demonstration and of the work that the Legacy Wives' Association and Junior Legacy Mothers' Club produced over the years.

Photo, Conference

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 3 of a service at a war memorial during a Legacy conference in Morwell in 1985.

Historical information

The photo shows a gathering of people including Legatees, at a service in Morwell. The photos were in an envelope labelled 'From Annual Conference Morwell 1985'. The Legacy conference was held periodically and allowed Legatees from across Australia to gather together. The aim of the annual conference was an exchange of ideas and methods of carrying out Legacy functions, and to form general policy for cooperation between clubs and groups.

Significance

A record of a service of remembrance in Morwell during a Legacy conference.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse ' W2567' 'W2575' and 'N2576'.

Document - Legacy cares for Australia's biggest family. Lest YOU forget. Buy a badge on Friday 6th September.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white draft of a promotional photo for Legacy Week, featuring a family.

Historical information

This is an example of Melbourne Legacy promotional material. It is from 1996 as it was in a folder with marketing material from about that time. For several years in the 1990s a "personality of the year" was used to promote the Badge appeal. This advertisement with an image of a family, with a shadow behind them, may have been used to focus the public on the missing father who lost his life in service. The slogan was used again in 1997 with an image of the statue of Simpson and his donkey rather than a personality. Possibly to bring the focus back onto the service given to Australia by service men and women. 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.

Documents, correspondence

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 typed quarto sheet, black on white

Historical information

Progress report from W.B. Russell to Mr Cooper (Chair of the Biography Committee) on the writing of 'There Goes a Man' dated 30/5/1957. This date could be a typographical error, as the report seems to follow on from the one submitted on 7/3/58 (Item 00918) and mentions that he expects to complete the manuscript in two months

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed 'W.B. Russell' in blue ink.

Photo album

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Red, 33-page photo album with a collection of black and white, and sepia toned photographs. There is a blue string looped through two holes at the left side of the book that binds the pages together. A clipping from a newspaper article rests between pages eight and nine.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CAMERA MEMOIRS"

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Organisation chart of Legacy club from 1941 printed on white paper.

Historical information

An organisation chart of the Legacy Club Melbourne in 1941. It shows the Board of Management and the Junior Legacy Club with its various sub-committees. The notation H23 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A record of the structure of Melbourne Legacy in 1941, which was during World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H23 in red pen.