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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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1351 items

1351 items

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of the Governor at the Shrine, white paper label attached.

Historical information

An example of work done by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Brian Murray with Legacy in his role as patron . Date unknown, although Murray was Governor of Victoria between 1982 and 1985. Was in an envelope marked P8 Junior Legatee Photographs and including the text "Shrine Service ANZAC eve"

Significance

A record of the Governor of Victoria performing his role as patron of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper label says "His Excellency, Rear Admiral Sir Brian Murray, KCMG, AO, Governor of Victoria, Patron of Melbourne Legacy, and Lady Murray, accompanied by Legatee John Dean, President of Melbourne Legacy, inspect a guard of honour of Junior Legatees at Melbourne Legacy's Annual School Children's ANZAC Commemoration at the Shrine of Remembrance." in black type.

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo.

Historical information

A Legacy ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. Probably one of the annual "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students" events, usually held just prior to ANZAC Day. The photo shows a group of students with wreaths on the steps of the Shrine. Date unknown.

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in black ink on the back E8.

Book, register - Legacy Wives Association.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cardboard cover, spine bound with cloth tape. Pages, white paper

Historical information

Record of Legacy Wives Associaton, revenue raised, expenditure, methods of funds raised, minutes of meetings from 1959 to 1968. Most of the information is hand written.

Significance

This record shows that not only were Legatees involved but also their wives in a very real and meaningful way to support their husbands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Doodles on the front cover.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a display case in Brighton Library.

Historical information

Jean Salvado the President of the Kingston Widows' Club sent this photo of a display in the Brighton Library. It is assumed to 1993 as that is the year that Clive James was Legacy Personality of the Year and his picture is included in the display. Also a photo of Weary Dunlop and the Changi Violin and the abseiling event involving Ron Barassi.

Significance

A record of Legacy Week in 1993.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on the back "Display case at Brighton Library for Legacy Week, 1993. By Jean Salvado, President Kingston Legacy Widows' Club"

Document, notes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 handwritten sheets, blue/black ink on white lined note paper.

Historical information

Handwritten notes signed by Frank Doolan in response to an unnamed article on the building of the Shrine of Remembrance. A first page of notes is missing, indicated by the notes being numbered 5-14. Note No. 10 refers to the founding of Melbourne Legacy being erroneously attributed to Sir John Gellibrand. The pages are undated but refute in detail many of claims made by the 'architect author'. Doolan clearly feels passionate about the Shrine and Legacy's links to it and has very detailed knowledge about the building.

Significance

Illustrates the activities of Melbourne Legacy in the wider community, particularly in relation to the Shrine of Remembrance.

Document - Footscray/Sunshine Branch of Melbourne Legacy

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Handwritten in blue biro, white blue lined paper, rectangular shape on cardboard backing.

Historical information

The document is a record of Legatee Crosbie and his visits to widows and families under the care of Melbourne Legacy. Legatee Crosbie gave over 40 years service to Melbourne Legacy (Footscray/Sunshine branch). Total widows and families visited 166. Between 1959 and 1999 it is estimated Legatee Crosbie visited each widow 4-5 times per year between 1959-1999.

Significance

Legatee Crosbie demostrated outstanding service in the care and interest taken by him in his service to Legacy and those that needed help. An outstanding example of a Legatees' devotion to those under the care of Melbourne Legacy.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of two people upon a stage dressed in traditional Native American attire.

Historical information

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 1980's, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall or Olympic Pool Stadium. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. Whilst the cost to Legacy was very small, the quality of the work produced was truly professional.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy Demonstration. This photograph serves as photographic evidence of the work that the Legacy Wives' Association and Junior Legacy Mothers' Club produced over the years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on the back of the photo: "This photograph is with / The Compliments of The... / MINISTRY OF TOURISM / GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA / PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE / PHOTO: MICHAEL CHESHIRE"

Document, letter - Aaron Beattie

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Paper, blue typing.

Historical information

This is a detailed account of cost of services provided by Aaron Beattie to the Junior Legacy Club.

Significance

The letter is in reply to a request from the Junior Legacy Club for Aaron Beattie to provide more detail in his accounts for services provided. The original letter can be found under record item 00200.

Inscriptions & Markings

Address and services provided by Aaron Beattie. Date 13th March 1930.

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

An issue of 'Aussie. The Australian Soldiers' Magazine.' printed by the A.I.F. Printing Section for the soldiers and cost 10 centimes. This edition is Issue No. 6 August 1918. Comprised of stories, poems, drawings. Often of humorous nature. The whole of it's contents are written or drawn by members of the A.I.F. in the field. Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. J.B. McLean (Service No. 13824) was from near Maffra, Victoria and enlisted on 22 January 1916. He embarked on 16 December 1916 for Europe. His full war record is available from AWM. He spent time with the Australian Field Artillery (Pack Section). At the end of the war he worked for a year at the A.I.F. Headquarters in London before returning to Australia on the 'Ceramic', arriving Portsea in 1920.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

In pencil inside cover 'With Love, Basil 30.8.18'

Photo, Widows Sunday 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of wreath laying at the Cenotaph.

Historical information

Wreath laying ceremony for Legacy widows at the Cenotaph at the Shrine of Remembrance. This is an annual event for Legacy widows at the start of Legacy Week, which is the first week in September. The photos show the President Geoff Webb laying a wreath followed by widows on behalf of the Widows' Clubs (names unknown). Same film number as other photos of 2005 (00707).

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Document, memorandum

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Typed memo, black on white with blue letterhead

Historical information

An inter-club memorandum advising of the Board's approval to establish a hostel for Junior Legatees, later to be known as Holmbush, and ultimately as Blamey House. Holmbush was the first residential accommodation operated by Melbourne Legacy, and was established in 1942. It accommodated boys aged between 9 and 19, usually attending secondary school. In 1956, Holmbush became known as Blamey House. It was located not far from another Legacy home, Stanhope (1245 Burke Road). Residents of Holmbush and other Legacy homes were the children of deceased ex-servicemen. Sometimes residents at Legacy homes were both children of ex-servicemen and wards of state. In 1956, Blamey House, another Legacy children's home formerly in Beaumaris moved into the Holmbush property in Kew, and it was renamed Blamey House. Location 1942 - 1956? Address - Holmbush was located at 1267 Burke Road, Kew. Location: Kew

Significance

Early record of the establishment of one of Melbourne Legacy's residences.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2008

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of Legacy appeal tins and trays and helpers in Legacy House in Badge week.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2008. Photos show the preparations inside Legacy House with defence personnel sorting money and collection tubs.

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 9A, 14A, 15A, 17A (see also 00767, 00770, 00771, 00772, 00774).

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of Junior Plain Speaking contest in 1989.

Historical information

For many years from 1988, Legacy held a public speaking contest called the Junior Plain English Speaking Award. Schools were eligible to send along representatives that competed. The following was taken from a programme in 1996: "The Award aim is to promote enhanced oral communication skills for 12-14 year old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy - voluntary service, caring and comradeship - and the need for remembrance. It began in 1988 in the Melbourne area with the support of the Ministry of Education and The Plain English Foundation. Entries have grown from 24 in the 1988 competition to over 300 in schools across the State, plus greater numbers participating in the process of selecting four contestants from each school. In 1995, a successful Interstate Championship was held with contestants from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland." On 11 November 1996 the first National final was held with contestants from six states. They were in a folio of photos from 1988 to 1990 (see also 01042 to 01049 and 01051, 01052 and 01054 to 01057).

Significance

A record of a Junior Plain Speaking contest that was run by Legacy from 1988 to the 1990s.

Booklet - Red Letter Day. Fin de la Guerre! Souvenir

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A souvenir published to commemorate the end of the World War 1.

Historical information

A souvenir to commemorate the end of the war published by the 24th Battalion Press in both English and French. From an article in the Red and White Diamond edition from Xmas 1918 that mentions the souvenir: "A souvenir of Armistice Day was issued by our Battalion press at La Chausse-Tirancourt, and a copy was presented to every household in those villages, where our troops were billeted at that time. The souvenirs were handed over, in the name of the C.O., to the Maire, who passed them on to the residents, who received them as a token of the sincere friendship which was stimulated by our stay in that district, and also as a keepsake from Australian soldiers, for whom the French have a keen admiration. Hundreds of these souvenirs have been posted by the troops to their relatives and friends at home." Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Frank Doolan.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

From L/tee F. Doolan in black pen.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a craft stall run by Legacy widows.

Historical information

Widows are conducting a sale of craft items in a shopping arcade. It is possible the items sold were those made for the Art and Craft Exhibitions that were regularly run. The Legacy signs say "Legacy caring for Australia's biggest family". The trading tables are outside a Boyles Sweets shop and a Franklins No Frills supermarket. Boyles Sweets closed down by July 1993 so it was before then. It is believed that the shopping centre is Chadstone where there was a Franklins store and a Boyles Store. Names unknown.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

This paper manufactured by Kodak. (the same as 00678 and 00679 so they could be the same year).

Document, letter - re Brick Residence 1267 Burke Rad, Kew.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Typewritten undated letter on letterhead of Geo.M.Hume Pty Ltd., black on white, addressed to Mr. D.N. Craig

Historical information

Detailed measurements of the rooms, but the plan of the land noted as being enclosed is not included. The details had been requested in a previous telephone conversation between the parties, indicating early interest in purchasing the property which ultimately became Holmbush. Despite being from a real estate agent there is little in the way of a sales pitch.

Significance

As well as indicating the extent of the rooms, it also notes that the property had a coke hot water system, which would have been typical of the 1940s, as would the elaborate letterhead.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature illegible.

Audio recording, tape - Legatees Frank Meldrum & Frank Doolan at Melbourne October 1973.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Box, square, container,red cover. White and black print. Yellow & white adhesive label bottom right hand corner. Rear cover, white background with black print.

Historical information

Unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover, RCA in white print, magneic tape, for your recorder in black print, Master tape handwritten in black felt tipped pen. Adhesive label, Recording tape long play Extra strength & stability Splice free 1800Ft. 7" reel Type 10M 18, all in black type on yellow background. Red seal 1800feet 1.0 Mil polyester 7" reel TYpe 10M18 Red seal 1.0 Mil Polyester, all on white background. Inside front cover black type on white background. Rear cover, Black print on white background. L/TEES DOOLAN/MELDRUM 1973 handwritten in blue felt tipped pen. Spool. clearplastic, RCA stamp, made in USA, Legatees Frank Meldrum Frank Doolan October 1973, speed 7 1/2" p.s. in black type on paper adhered to spool. Magnetic tape, bron with white leader.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Junior Legatees on a hike.

Historical information

Photos of a group of older junior legatees on what appears to be a hike. Names and date unknown.

Significance

A record of one activity arranged for Junior Legatees

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.

Book - The Torch

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Hardback cover, colour burgundy, 234 pages in black type on white pages interspersed with various photographs of Legacy activities and H.M. Queen Elizabeth 11, Lord Louis Mountbatten, H.E. Sir William Slim, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery and Frank Partridge V.C. First published 1957. Reprinted 1970. Publisher Angus & Robertson. Author M.H. Ellis Printed and bound by Halstead Press, Sydney

Historical information

The book speaks about the beginnings of Legacy and the activities that Legacy engaged in up to the time of printing. There are several photographs of visiting dignitaries at various Legacy activities acknowledging the work of Legacy and the beneficiaries of the work of Legacy.

Significance

Significant in that the work of Legacy, as the photographs show, is recognized by H.M. Queen Elizabeth 11. and other serving and retired members of the armed forces of Great Britain.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover, Legacy logo embossed in gold. Spine, The Torch, Ellis (the author) at the bottom of the spine Legacy: all embossed in gold.

Book, minute book

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Dark blue hardcovered foolscap book, tan spine and corners, initial minutes written in blue ink, typed minutes glued or stapled to the lined book pages. Includes a newspaper cutting from The Mail, Wed., Sept.12, 1979 recording the establishment of the Footscray Legacy Branch originally reported in The Mail 17/9/59.

Historical information

Complete record of the Footscray/Sunshine Branch meetings between the dates mentioned. Also handwritten roll call of Legatees 1965-1973 at back.

Significance

Describes and itemises the activities and work of a typical Melbourne Legacy Branch in the 1960s and 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On spine in gold on red “Faint Paged Collins 4393” Front cover: red metal tape “Footscray.Sunshine.Legacy”

Book, ledger - AUSTRALIA’S RECORD

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Title printed in capital letters and underlined with an arc, gold lettering.Badge of the Rising Sun and inscription underneath badge (AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH MILITARY FORCES) printed in gold lettering.

Historical information

Pictorial and written record of Australain generals in World War 1.

Significance

Shows British and Foreign honours bestowed on generals, and commands held in the Australian Army During World War 1

Photo, Legacy Appeal 1988

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of public launch of Legacy Week in 1988.

Historical information

A photo of Professor B Blainey speaking at a the public launch of Legacy Week. Legacy function. The podium has a Legacy Week poster. The date is probably 23 August 1988. Also a photo of John Lady and Terry Hawksley. The attached label says: " Melbourne Legacy held its first official public launch - a luncheon for Melbourne's leading business community at the ANZ Pavilion at the Victorian Arts Centre to highlight 'Legacy Week'. Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AO, addressed the guests and was joined by Legacy's 1988 personality, Australia's first under 4 minute miler, John Lady." They were in a folio of photos from 1988. (see also 001042 to 01049) From Wikipedia: "Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC, FAHA, FASSA (born 11 March 1930) is an Australian historian, academic, philanthropist and commentator with a wide international audience. Biographer Geoffrey Bolton argues that he has played multiple roles as an Australian historian: He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a pioneer in the neglected field of Australian business history....He produced during the 1960s and 1970s a number of surveys of Australian history in which explanation was organized around the exploration of the impact of the single factor (distance, mining, pre-settlement Aboriginal society).... Blainey next turned to the rhythms of global history in the industrial period.... Because of his authority as a historian, he was increasingly in demand as a commentator on Australian public affairs."

Significance

A record of two celebrities being involved in promoting Legacy Week.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow paper label explaining the event in black type.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 7 of a Christmas concert at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1993 and an article in the Answer.

Historical information

A regular event for the widows was a Christmas concert at the Melbourne Town Hall. Often the performers were the RAAF Central Band. Held in December each year. Usually the concert was the time the Widows Clubs presented Legacy with funds raised through their fundraising each year - in this case $12,100. The RAAF Central Band was conducted by Sq. Ldr. Graham Lloyd, and trombone soloist Sergeant Mike Hawkins and Ivor Jones (ex POW from Changi) also performed. The article shows Legatee Eddie Jowett with performers Ivor Jones and Margaret Nisbett A regular event for the widows was a Christmas concert at the Melbourne Town Hall. Often the performers were the RAAF Central Band. Held in December each year.

Significance

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

Ephemera

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Australian Military Forces button and a navy button collected by J B McLean.

Historical information

Two buttons that once belonged to J B McLean. He might have kept them as keepsakes of his time in the army in World War 1. 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. 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

This is an example of mementos held by an ex soldier. These buttons would have been very familiar to many Legatees that served in WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

01121.1 Australian Military Forces on the front 01121.2 On reverse the makers 'Firmin and Sons Ld London'

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of ladies golf day presentation and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

Huntingdale Golf club was the site of many social events for Legatees and Widows clubs. This appears to be an annual major fundraising golf day. The photo shows L/- Ray Ward and L/- David Millie presenting prizes. It was in an album of photos from 1992 and 1993. The article in the Answer says that the association with the Huntingdale golf club began in 1993 and over the years over $255,000 has been raised for Legacy. The Open Mixes Foursomes is usually held in December and the Ladies Day is annually in October.

Significance

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

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of President TBC.

Historical information

Photograph of President TBC playing a piano. Appears to be a publicity shot of a President and was stored with other president photos. Will confirm his name in due course.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed "<No. 15> 720" on back as the frame and processing numbers.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of Junior Plain Speaking contest in 1988 and white paper label.

Historical information

For many years from 1988, Legacy held a public speaking contest called the Junior Plain English Speaking Award. Schools were eligible to send along representatives that competed. Photo of the inaugural winner of Legacy's Junior Plain English Speaking Award: Kristin Fisher Flinders Christian Community College. There were only 24 entrants in the first year. The date was 25 August 1988. The following was taken from a programme in 1996: "The Award aim is to promote enhanced oral communication skills for 12-14 year old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy - voluntary service, caring and comradeship - and the need for remembrance. It began in 1988 in the Melbourne area with the support of the Ministry of Education and The Plain English Foundation. Entries have grown from 24 in the 1988 competition to over 300 in schools across the Stat, plus greater numbers participating in the process of selecting four contestants from each school. In 1995, a successful Interstate Championship was held with contestants from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. On 11 November 1996 the first National final was held with contestants from six states." It was in a folio of photos from 1988 to 1990 (see also 01042 to 01049 and 01051, 01052 and 01054 to 01057).

Significance

A record of the first Junior Plain Speaking contest that was run by Legacy from 1988 to the 1990s.

Inscriptions & Markings

White paper labels with black type explains the Award and the winner. Hand written on back is 25 Aug 88 in pencil.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of 4 Legacy widows at Legacy House with craft items exhibited on tables.

Historical information

A widows' function, possibly a craft exhibition (some of the same ladies are in 00654 and 00655) or a time when craft items are sold on trading tables. Second from left is Billie Sims, the other names are unknown (though the lady on the left could be Vera Lang - see 000664). The date is assumed as 1992 due to the reference number from the photographic studio 920609 could mean 9 June 1992.

Significance

Legacy provided the opportunity for many gatherings of widows to enjoy social interaction and companionship.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic with Reference No: 920609A-19.

Audio recording, tape - To be used in Official History Legacy in Australia

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Magnetic tape on a clear plastic spool, stored in a cardboard box.

Historical information

A common means of recording conversations for the future in the 1960s.

Significance

Significant in that the recording is to be used in the official history of Legacy in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover, exterior "RCA / Red Seal / Magnetic Recording / Sound tape / High Fidelity-Double Length-Double Strength / 200 feet-Mylar-splice free - Type 5TM-12" Sides of box; "RCA, Radio Corporation of America, reel no, title date. RCA Milar*-Double Length, Double Strength Type 5TM-12, 5" reel 1200Ft 1/2 Milx1/4' " Hand written in biro various details of Legatees speaking and title and Bendigo Legacy Club. Typed instructions on "how to splice a tape". Some details of the quality of the tape. No 10V3076