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Melbourne Legacy Melbourne , Victoria

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

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

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

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293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

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1238 items

1238 items

Document, letter - Biography of Sir Stanley Savige

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Quarto printed letter, black on white with blue letterhead.

Historical information

Report by Allan Spowers, Chair of the Biography Committee, of progress up to March 31st, 1959 in the publication of the Savige biography, mainly concerned with pricing and the selection of a publisher.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

In pencil: "Copies sent by Govan Cox to Main Committee Members and All Donors"

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 significant benefactor of Melbourne Legacy.

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.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of President G. M. Swan.

Historical information

Photograph of Geoffrey M. Swan who was President of Melbourne Legacy in 1992. Appears to be a professional photo taken for use in publications during his term as president. Reference number 911030A-10 is believed to be 30 November 1991 - frame number 10 on roll A. Plus an article that President Swann wrote when he handed over to John Stevenson.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on back from Keesing Photographic reference number: 911030A-10

Document, education kit - Legacy does more than sell badges: The role of Legacy in Australia's social History. An Australian history resource for use with Secondary Students.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Paper card folder with 8 double-sided paper inserts and a covering letter from the Director of Schools Education. Two copies.

Historical information

Education kit produced by Sydney Legacy in 1992 and distributed to Victorian schools by Melbourne Legacy in August 1993. Contains the following: 00058.1 folder 00058.2 covering letter from the Director of School Education Victoria commending the kit to school principals. 00058.3 Index 00058.4 1914 - 1918 "The war to end all wars" (Card 1) 00058.5 Settling into civilian life (Card 2) 00058.6 Making hard times easier (Card 3) 00058.7 Women in war (Card 4) 00058.8 Changing face of Australa (Card 5) 00058.9 Australia's Youth (Card 6) 00058.10 Legacy now & forever (Card 7)

Significance

Significant as an example of resources produced by Legacy to educate secondary school students about Legacy's history, work and significance in Australian history.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

Application by Mr and Mrs R O Goldsmith of Elwood for the position of Manager of the Legacy Club Hostel. It lists his war service with 1st A.I.F. 24th Battalion. And later work as an architect and instructor of wood work. Mrs J Goldsmith was a trained nurse and served with Queen Alexandra's Military Nursing Service in WWI. The note in red ink shows the application was unsuitable, with no reason noted.

Significance

A record of written correspondence regarding job applications in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Seen by Doug Unsuitable" in red ink and underlined.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of junior Legatees with 80th Anniversary cake.

Historical information

Celebrations for the 80th Anniversary of Legacy were held in the grounds of Government House in 2003. The note with the photos says: "Legacy's 80th Anniversary Function Over 1200 people recently attended Legacy's 80th Anniversary Function. The sun streaming through the picturesque garden surroundings at Government House contributed to the success of the day. Many of the guests enjoyed catching to the success of the day. Many of the guests enjoyed catching up with friends and acquaintances that go back a long way. Some had not seen each other for decades and there was much excitement renewing old friendships. The guests were entertained by The Royal Australian Navy Jazz Ensemble and the MC was David Mann from Radio 3AW." See also 00990, 00991 and 00992.

Significance

The Anniversary celebrations were held at Government house due to the close relationship with the Governor of Victoria as patron of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos. Frame numbers 5 and 6.

A.I.F. Female Relative's Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Silver badge with blue enamel and safety chain. A.I.F. in cutout script in the centre of an oval. Oval has blue enamel with silver text "Issued by the Dept of Defence to Women of Australia". An enamelled scroll beneath this contains the word "For Duty Done". The badge is surmounted by a King's Crown. A brooch fastening and a safety chain are attached to the back, the original safety pin is missing. Two bars are suspended from the bottom of the badge indicating a total of 3 relatives serving overseas.

Historical information

The Female Relative's Badge was issued to the wife and/or mother, or to the nearest female relative of soldiers, nurses and masseurs who had left Australia for active service abroad during the First World War. The service number of the relative is inscribed on the back of the badge. A bar(s) suspended below the badge was issued for each additional relative, son or daughter serving. (taken from awm.gov.au). The provenance of this badge is unknown. A search on the defence force numbers has been unsuccessful to ascertain the owner of the badge. More research would be required.

Significance

Shows the importance placed on having relatives serving in the Defence Forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Defence force numbers 33370, 20232 and 20233 inscribed on back. Manufacturer mark "WM Mclean & Co / Melb / STG SIL"

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2008

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of widows helping preparation in Legacy House for Badge week.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2008. Photos show the preparations inside Legacy House with Legacy widows volunteering their time to help out, along with Amy personnel.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back No.< > Clarendon Photos 1821 which is the frame numbers and place of processing. Negative numbers 6A, 8A, 13A, 24A (see also 00767, 00770, 00771, 00773).

Flag - Legacy

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Rectangular. A short history of the flag comes with the flag.

Historical information

The flag was made to replace an existing Legacy flag (at the insistence of Myra Healey) that was stolen. Myra was a member of the Upper Yarra Legacy Widows Club. The flag was flown next to the Australian flag in the RSL Memorial Garden.

Significance

The Legacy flag was a reminder that Legacy was still active in its work for families of ex-service and serving personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word Legacy (in blue), underlined in orange. Legacy torch (in blue)on the righthand side of the flag. Lower righthand side of Legacy Torch is registered trade mark symbol.

Film - Legacy

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Plastic Cannister, Plastic reel, celluloid film

Historical information

Unseen film about Melbourne Legacy

Significance

Film about Melbourne Legacy

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour Film Pty Ltd, client Trans Media Colour print,

Photo, Widows Sunday

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of widows at a church service.

Historical information

A church service for Legacy widows at the St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photo shows some ladies in the congregation. Name and date unknown.

Significance

A record of a church service for Legacy widows on Widows' Sunday at the start of Legacy Week.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in blue ink "P13 Top A" and "A7".

Photo, Legatee function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3.

Historical information

Photos of Legatees at an event that appears connected to SPC and examining different types of tomatoes. One man is dressed in a tomato costume. Names and date unknown. It could be a fundraising opportunity in conjunction with SPC. See also 00340 which are competition headings such as Best Cluster, Grand Champion Tomato, Biggest Tomato, Littlest Tomato, Best Decorated Tomato, Squarest Tomato, Supreme Champion Non Tomato, Most Peculiar Shaped Tomato.

Significance

A record of a social gathering with possible fundraising aspects.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3 of trading tables of craft and baked items at Legacy house.

Historical information

Widows beside trading tables of craft items and food at Legacy House. It could have been a fundraising event. Names unknown. There is a laundry basket as a hamper, perhaps for a raffle prize. The baked items have as sign "With compliments of Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse" so the items may have been donated for sale. A poster on the wall is of Darryl Somers and says "Hey Hey its Legacy Day" so the date could be found out if research shows what year Darryl Somers was involved with promoting Legacy.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

All on Kodak Paper with the same Kodak logo

Document, programme - Legacy On Parade 1974

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1974, blue and green image of dancers, white card with black print.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 2nd and 3rd August 1974. It was Legacy's Golden Jubilee Year. 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, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

375.1 White quarto copy paper, handwritten notes in pencil, two hole punched. 375.2 White foolscap paper, black type, two hole punched. 375.3 White foolscap paper, black type, two hole punched.

Historical information

375.1 Appears to be notes of a meeting with 4 main action points. 1. Offer Thompson list price for furniture. 2. Sewerage work needs to be done now. 3. Number of beds required and to approach Henry Palmer (see separate item). 4. re McVilly -obscure reference. 375.2 "Inventory of Furniture etc." with prices (currently in the house, for purchase from W.G.Thompson). Broken down room by room. Included items such as curtains, vacuum cleaner, roller for the tennis court and a stepladder. 375.3 "Schedule of Equipment" with numbers required to be acquired. Notes in pencil alongside some items.

Significance

A record of prices and quantities of furniture and items required for the first hostel established by Legacy in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

375.1 Numbered items of actions required. 375.2 Pencil marks and numbers tallying costs 375.3 Tick marks and notes in pencil alongside some items

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photograph of Junior Legatees receiving toys.

Historical information

Photograph of 3 children receiving or donating toys from/to two men. It came from a Legacy envelope marked P7, 1966. The contents were described in red pen as: 1 Christmas Party / Govt House 2 Toy presentation Dept of Education 3 Residence Christmas party 3 HMAS Cerberus / Operation Float / Operation Firewood (added in blue pen). (these other items will be items 00411 to 00416)

Significance

A record of the items and events provided to Junior Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse: stamped 10 Nov 1966 in purple ink, stamped "Copyright The Age" in blue ink, and "2956" in pencil. Was stored in an envelope marked P7, listing it's contents in red pen and 1966 in pencil.

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 2 of an Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for students at 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 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 year is unknown but barricades and flagpole are similar to the 1945 photos. The photos are an aerial view of the crowd and the flagpole, with the Australian flag at half mast, as viewed from the Shrine balcony. Items were in an envelope with other photos and programmes from different School Student ceremonies. Labelled S15 in red pen it was part of an old archive numbering system, that showed there has been efforts in the past to collect, order and save items of Legacy's history.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with purple copyright stamp of The Age and The Leader.

Photo, Exercise Classes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a group of widows at Legacy House with exercise balls.

Historical information

A group of widows at Legacy House some with exercise balls. Similar to photos 00619 and 00620 which show exercise classes, although this is another day. Rita Davidson is one of the ladies - second from the right. Glad Baker is on the far right. Glad Cozens is seated in the centre. Melbourne Legacy ran an excellent exercise program for its widows for many years at Legacy House. It is assumed to be 2004 as it was with a bunch of photos with the label, "Activities at Legacy House 2004". Other names unknown.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on back <No. > Clarendon Photos 0908, which is the negative frame number and place of processing. Frame numbers 17. Yellow Post-it note says: "Activities at Legacy House 2004".

Document, plans

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Envelope containing various Stanhope Residence plans and written history. 00042.1) beige coloured envelope with ’Stanhope Residence’ handwritten on front. 00042.2) Drawn plan ‘Alterations and Additions to Stanhope Legacy Childrens Hostel’ ‘Sheet No 1’ 00042.3) Drawn plan ‘Alterations and Additions to Stanhope Lecacy Childrens Hostel’ ‘Sheet No 2’ 00042.4) Drawn Plan ‘Staff Accomodation Stanhope’. 00042.5) ‘Plan of Drainage’ Stanhope. 00042.6) Short written account of Stanhope History 00042.7) Typed transcript of short written account of Stanhope history.

Historical information

Detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Stanhope Childrens Hostel and Staff Accomodation.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of three Legacy widows.

Historical information

Three Legacy widows from Hampton area, their names are unknown. Keesing Photographers took a series of photos on the same day of various ladies and some were committee members at different clubs. Presumably there had a been a meeting at Legacy House of members from the many clubs (including Hampton, Highett, Caufield). 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-21 could mean 30 October 1991, along with 00645, 00647, 00648, 00649, 00650, 00651 and 000661 - 00666.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic with Reference No: 911030B-21. Pg 3 in pencil, and Hampton in blue pen.

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

Document, report - Annual Report

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Various annual reports from 1995 to 2002 printed A4 size with photos and black type.

Historical information

Various Annual Reports for Melbourne Legacy incomplete between the years 1995 and 2013. Other annual reports in 00027, 01095, 01096, 01097 and 01099. Included: Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1995 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1996 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1997 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1999 Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 2000 Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 2002

Significance

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

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club presents their Annual Demonstration 1945

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1945, photocopy of a A4 page folded in 3.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 19th October 1945. 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, newsletter - Legacy Newsletter (For the members of the Melbourne Legacy Widows' Club)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black typed newsletter x TBC editions from 1966 to 1970, each edition 4 foolscap pages.

Historical information

Early 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. The newsletter was priced at 2c a copy. The price of theatre tickets was $3. 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.

Negative, glass plate

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Glass negative of a photo taken at a Melbourne Junior Legatees Annual Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall. Year unknown. Glass edge is covered by brown tape.

Historical information

Photograph of a Legacy Demonstration 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.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy Demonstration.

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.

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo and proof sheet of a schools Anzac service at the Shrine.

Historical information

A Legacy ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. One of the annual "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students" events, held just prior to ANZAC Day. The photo shows the boys and girls choirs on the Shrine Steps behind defence personnel. The proof sheet contains more images of the service and people gathered around the Shrine. Date unknown possibly 1992.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

H34 on back in black ink.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photo, Widows Luncheon 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of widows at a luncheon following the Shrine ceremony.

Historical information

Photos of Legacy Widows at a luncheon function after the Widows Sunday ceremony at the Shrine and a service at a church. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photos show tables of widows at lunch. Two legatees are with the Governor of Victoria, John Landy, one of them is Norm Stewart. Mrs Lynn Landy is in some of the photos talking to the ladies. Same event as other photos of 2005 (00710, 00712). The venue is possibly ZINC at Federation Square according to a post it note with the photos.

Significance

A record of a event for the Legacy widows and the Governor being involved as patron of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos 1517 which is the frame number and place of processing. Negative numbers 16A, 17A, 18A, 19A.

Document, envelope

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Buff Legacy envelope P6 Jan 1977 which held photos (items 00418 to 00425).

Historical information

Envelope with Legacy logo and return address printed on it. It was marked P6, Junior Legatee Camps and Hols Jan 77 The contents were photos that are items 00418 to 00425.

Significance

A record of which photos were stored together as camps and holidays Jan 77.

Inscriptions & Markings

Legacy address and logo printed in blue ink. In red pen: P6 Junior Legatee / Camps and Hols. In pencil Jan 77