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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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1677 items with images

1677 items with images

Photo, Legacy Appeal

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of badge sellers during Legacy Week.

Historical information

Two Legatees doing work as volunteer badge sellers with badge trays and Legacy Appeal tins. The other photo are two members of the public. They are from the same film, assumed to be during badge week in September, though the year is unknown.

Significance

A record of fundraising.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > 6038" which is negative frame number and the film processing number. Negative numbers 5 and 12. This is the same film as 00627.

Document, notes - Speakers

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White note paper x 9 pages, handwritten tables of dates and speakers and remarks in blue and red pen.

Historical information

List depicts a wide variety of prospective guest speakers that spoke at Tuesday luncheons between 1977 and 1981. Their subjects were noted down and the remarks column included comments such as "Excellent / Good / Fair ". Subjects included: Gallipoli; The Shrine of Remembrance; The Swiss Alps -with slides; Tatooing the history and social significance of; supporting the army in the 80s; people of India. 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 varied. Much time and effort would go into contacing and organising guest speakers and the topics that they would speak on.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten list of speakers for Tuesday luncheons.

Photo, 50th Anniversary

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 6 of 50th anniversary dinner.

Historical information

Photos of the 50th Anniversary Dinner on 6 October 1973 held at Chaucers during the Legacy Conference. (date to be confirmed) 00452.1 shows 6 men with Legacy Torches lined up along the front of the high table. A caption found when the photo was published elsewhere says 'On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Annual Conference of Legacy Clubs of Australia, held in Melbourne in October 1973, the Chairman of the Legacy Co-ordinating Council, Legatee George Cowan, presented an illuminated Torch emblem to the President of the capital city Legacy Club of each of the six States. Members of Legacy are determined that the Torch shall continue to burn brightly throughout Legacy's second half century of service to dependants of deceased ex-servicemen.' Other photos are of table groups or room shots. Chaucers was a reception and conference centre in Canterbury, Melbourne, before it was sold in 1999 after operating 28 years (Telegraph news article from web). Photos came from an envelope marked P1 Federal Conference 1973 / 50 Year anniversary / 1983 Morewell / 1973 Legacy March ANZAC Day, 50 yr celebration, inclusion in ANZAC Day March authority of RSL". See items 00451, 00391.

Significance

A record of a dinner marking the 50th anniversary of Legacy during the Golden Jubilee year 1973.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "This Photograph is the compliments of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge Michael Cheshire" in grey ink and 6 October 1973 in purple ink.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2004

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of the President with badge sellers.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2004. President George MacKenzie with badge sellers at the Bourke St Mall, some of them in Navy uniforms.

Significance

A record of the Navy being part of the Legacy Appeal in 2004.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No. > Clarendon Photos 0587" which is the frame numbers and place of processing. Negative number 2A (see also 0699, 00701, 00702, 00703, 00704, 00705).

Document, newspaper article - The Army of the West by C.J. Dennis

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A poem by CJ Dennis printed in a newspaper.

Historical information

A poignant poem by CJ Dennis about Anzac soldiers from World War 1. The date was located from Trove. The Army of the West BY C. J. DENNIS HERE was tramping, a tramping, a tramp of many feet. The young men, the strong men were marching in the street, Marching for a new land, at the Old World's call, With the sun upon their faces — straight lads and tall, The chosen of a leal land that yielded of her best. "Pack your kit," the soldier said, "for the ships sail West," Then Anzac, oh, Anzac! A new name on the tongue — A proud name and a precious name to mark the valiant young — The valiant young who went so gay across a troubled sea, The glorious young who slept so deep upon Gallipoli. There was tramping, a tramping, a tramp of weary feet. The spent men, the worn men, were marching in the street- Marching to the wild cheers, home at last from war, With a wisdom on their faces that we had not known before: Wisdom of the veteran, earned at our behest, "Now sound the call," the soldier said, "for the boys gone West." But Anzac, oh, Anzac! Dearly they bought the name Who lit upon Gallipoli that everlasting flame — The flame to light the path for men who live beyond their day; While in the West the glory grows, as soldiers drift away. There is tramping, a tramping, a tramp of steady feet. The grey men, the grave men are marching in the street; And maimed men and blind men and shattered men are here. But many a man he marches not who marched last year. Gathered to his comrades, to the Army of the Blest. "Close up the ranks," the soldier said, "for the boys march West." But Anzac, oh, Anzac! Surely no day shall come When that fame shall not be quickened in the roll of every drum; In the call of every bugle let the name be vibrant yet, In a great land of strong men — who never shall forget. There yet will be a tramping, a tramp of dwindling feet, As the last old, old men come marching down the street; Marching now with memories, phantoms at their side, To the cheering of their strong sons inheriting their pride; Inheriting a shining gift won in a bloody quest, "Harkl" the aged soldier says. "The bugles call us West." Then Anzac! Anzac! Oh, what a mighty cry- When that great hymn of greeting goes shouting down the sky, As the last recruit comes marching to the singing of the rest, And the last man answers roll-call in the Army of the West. It was in a folder of documents about the history of Legacy. 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). Some 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 documents from this folder have been added in seperate records (see 01262 to 01282). The folder was part of an attempt to capture history of Legacy, generally from the 1950s.

Significance

The documents provide an insight into the working of Legacy, especially in the 1950s. Legatee Cyril Smith and others were detailing their experiences and knowledge for the future. This poem might have been included for its portrayal of Anzacs.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White letterhead, black type, signed in blue ink.

Historical information

A letter written by Legatee J.G. Gillespie and dated 16 April 1956 sent to W.W. Cooper inviting him to attend the first meeting off the committee being formed to publish a biography of Sir Stanley Savige. See also 00636.

Significance

One of the individual letters sent out to prospective committee members. The telephone number in the letterhead (MU 6635) is interesting as an example of the phone numbers of the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Apologised 1/5/56" in pencil

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of the 100th birthday of Mrs Ross.

Historical information

Photograph of 100th birthday celebrations for Mrs Katherine Ross on 21 November 1990. A photo of President John Sullivan with Mrs Ross as she cuts her 100th birthday cake. Also in the photo is a widow from the Home and Hospital Visiting Group, Vera Paydon (in bright blue dress on left). Mrs Ross' daughter Jessie is in the pale blue dress on the right. It was with a group of photos from 1990/91 in a folio with paper labels.

Significance

A record of a widow reaching 100 years of age and being celebrated by Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper label caption: "Mrs Ross 100th Birthday 21.11.90 / Party arranged by the Home and Hospital Visiting Group" in black type.

Document - Melbourne Legacy Diary/ H/Book Cover Art

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Envelope manilla, navy blue diary cover, metal art work block, glossy white paper with art work stamped, rectangular shaped cardboard with graph paper adhered to cardboard, legacy logo adhered to graph paper, the words "MELBOURNE LEGACY" on glossy white paper adhered to graph paper.

Historical information

A typical example of art work for printing and plastic diary cover. TBA

Inscriptions & Markings

Manilla Envelope, in black texta Melbourne Legacy Diary/H/Book Cover Art White paper adhered to envelope with the word in red HIOTECH words in brown graphics 50 Cremorne Street, Richmond Victoria 3121 (03) 428 1925 A.C.N. 005313155., between two horizontal brown lines. Thin brown horizontal line at bottom of paper. Handwrittenin black ink, J.D.Harris. Diary cover Legacy logo, MELBOURNE LEGACY in gold. Cover Block, handwritten in gold ink (very faded) between Legacy logo and Melbourne Legacy. Cardboard graph, Legacy logo, MELBOURNE LEGACY, handwritten in blue ink SLS. Metal block, Legacy logo. MELBOURNE LEGACY written backwards. White glossy paper, Legacy logo and MELBOURNE LEGACY stamped onto the paper.

Photo, Legacy Week 2004

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of the Legacy President George McKenzie with Ron Barassi and other dignitaries.

Historical information

An event at the Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre, the guests include some youths and Ron Barassi. Afterwards they posed for a photo in the Garden Courtyard. The president is George McKenzie. Ron Barassi participated in several Legacy events over the years. Ron was a a junior legatee after his father Ron Snr was killed in action at Tobruk in World War II, aged 27. From the film numbers see also 00686 and 00687. The Visitor Centre was completed in 2003 and provides unimpeded access for the elderly and disabled to the Sanctuary, the Crypt and the Galleries of Remembrance as well as open space for exhibitions and events. The courtyard has an olive tree as a centrepiece. This is the olive tree of peace that was planted by Legacy in 1973 to mark their golden jubilee. It was relocated to the new courtyard in 2002 when the Shrine was being redeveloped.

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine for Legacy Week in 2004.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "No.<10> Clarendon Photos 0556" which is the frame numbers and place of processing.

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.

Document, notes - Suggested duties in connection with the management of Legacy Hostel.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap paper with black type, two hole punched.

Historical information

A detailed list of duties broken into 4 parts; dealing with the occupants, the maintenance of the interior of the property, the maintenance of the exterior of the property and the catering and ordering of supplies. Also shows the conditions of employment, the salary was £5 a week with board included. The annual leave was 2 weeks a year. It was anticipated that a couple would manage the property so it outlines the days off per week could be taken together if proper supervision was arranged.

Significance

Shows the duties expected of the live-in manager was required to do in order to run Holmbush as a residence for children and the proposed remuneration and employment terms. No mention of wages for the manager's wife even though it was anticipated a couple would run the hostel.

Book, register - Visitors and guests attending luncheons Melbourne Legacy 2006-2007

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Navy blue leather visitors book, gold metal corners, gold lettering, white lined pages headed Date, Name and Address, Remarks.

Historical information

Details of guests during the year 2006. Many were guest speakers at luncheons and Comradeship meetings.

Significance

Records a wide diversity of speakers and guests who attended the weekly Comradeship luncheon at Legacy House in Melbourne.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of the Legacy Garden of Appreciation at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Historical information

A photo of the Legacy Garden of Appreciation at the Shrine of Remembrance taken from the balcony of the Shrine in September 1998 after the installation of the statue of the Widow and Children. It is called the Garden of Appreciation 'marking the generosity of Victorians in supporting Legacy in its work of assisting widow sand children of deceased veterans'. The 'Widow and Children' statue was commission by Legacy and installed in 1998. The Garden is in a cruciform shape and is on the eastern side of the Shrine Reserve near Birdwood Avenue. It was formerly called the Garden of Memory from 1980-1986 according to Monument Australia website. One plaque explains 'the garden features the Flanders Fields poppies, the seeds which came from Villers-Bretonneux, France'.

Significance

A record the Legacy garden at the Shrine after the statue was installed in 1998.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on the reverse in blue pen 'Sept 1998'.

Photo, Legacy Demonstration

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 33 of the Annual Demonstration in 1963.

Historical information

Photos of the Melbourne Junior Legacy Annual Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall in September 1963. 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

Colour postcard of London.

Historical information

A postcard to the Comradeship Committee when a Legatee was travelling in England. The postcard is a picture of the Trooping of the Colour in London shown as rows of Queen's guardsmen. It is addressed to Hugh Caffrey (?) at Legacy House. It is dated 15 June 1995. It says: "G'day Hughie. Recognise me. I'm behind the bloke in the hat in the back row. Had a wonderful VE-50 week of celebrations. The RAAF were really looked after, reserve seats and all. A further week at the old dome was terrific. People were wonderful to us. Have just returned from 21 days around Europe Fantastic. About the head around the British Isles and Ireland. Regards to all at Legacy, Cheers. Ron S (?). £2 a pint beer?

Significance

A record of a Legatee travelling and relating experiences back to his comrades in Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed "London. Trooping the Colour" 35p UK postage stamp and airmail sticker. Handwritten text in blue pen.

Document - Legacy Ball

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed notice of a ball to be held in aid of Legacy, at Palais de Dance, St Kilda, 12 May 1938.

Historical information

A notice of a charity ball that was being held for Legacy. It mentions that the bars open at 9, supper served at 11, and a hot buffet at 12.30am. A newspaper article on Trove describes the attendees and their fashion. Another article mentions that the ball raised £453 for Legacy. Charity balls were held with the proceeds from the evening going to aid Melbourne Legacy. The ball was held under the patronage of 'His Excellency the Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia, General Sir Dallas Brooks.' From Wikpedia: "Brooks was appointed Governor of Victoria by Premier Thomas Hollway and served from 1949 to 1963. During his term as governor, he acted as Administrator of the Commonwealth three times. He served in this capacity for almost seven months after the governor-general, Viscount Dunrossil, suddenly died in office in 1961 after serving only one year. Sir Dallas was in effect Acting governor-general until the appointment of the Viscount De L'Isle.

Significance

A record that Legacy used gala dinners and balls for fundraising events.

Photo, Widows Luncheon 2002

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 16 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 in 2002. 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 the Carlton Crest. Same day as other photos of 2002 (00732).

Significance

A record of a event for the Legacy widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No. > 9659" which is the frame number and processing number. Negative numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

Document, newspaper article - Enez Domec-Carre / Epitomised Team Spirit

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photocopy of a newspaper article on Miss Domec-Carre

Historical information

Miss Enez Domec-Carre was the teacher of the girls classes at Legacy. This article was an obituary published in 1998 when she died of a stroke aged 90. She was a former Miss Victoria and was known for her physical education skills and for introducing grace and culture to Melbourne. In 1932 she joined Melbourne Legacy and became the chief instructor of girls' physical education until she retired aged 65. In the post World War II baby boom the Legacy evening classes were attended by about 400 girls. She helped organise Legacy Widows and Legatee wives to sew the costumes for performances. Among her proudest moments was a display by 1000 Junior Legatees at the MCG during the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth II. As well her work for Legacy she ran physical education, ballroom dancing and debutante preparation classes in Windsor, Elsternwick, Gardenvale and Geelong. She also held a position on the Board of Studies and as director of physical education in Catholic Schools. Recognition of her work included being awarded an MBE in 1971. And in 1997 she received Legacy's highest award, the title of Guest of Honour, for her years of service. See also Cat.No. 01300. Another copy of this article was found with 'Box 10 / JL12' in blue pen. This was part of an archive project JL standing for Junior Legacy items.

Significance

A snapshot of the life of Enez Domec-Carre who was a huge influence in the life of Junior Legatee girls who attended Legacy classes.

Photo, Somers Camp

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Legatees and senior boys at Big Camp 1974

Historical information

A photo of a large group of teenage boys and men from Big Camp, January 1974. Big camp was for older junior Legatees. It came from an envelope with other Big camp photos. The Legacy envelope was marked "P5 Power House" in red pen, and Box 15 in blue pen. The contents will be items 00427 to 00430.

Significance

A record of Junior Legatee camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse "P5 Legacy" written in blue pen, and "second week Lord Somers Camp / Jan 19 - 26 1974" in pencil.

Photo - Enez Domec-Carre

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photocopy of a photo of Miss Domec-Carre and a group of girls, and a summary of her life x 3 pages.

Historical information

A photo of junior legatee girls with Miss Enez Domec-Carre, who was the teacher of the girls classes at Legacy. The document outlines her career and achievements. She was a former Miss Victoria and was known for her physical education skills and for introducing grace and culture to Melbourne. In 1932 she joined Melbourne Legacy as assistant to Mrs Gilles (wife of a Legatee) later became the chief instructor of girls' physical education until she retired aged 65. In the post World War II baby boom the Legacy evening classes were attended by about 400 girls. She helped organise Legacy Widows and Legatee wives to sew the costumes for performances. Among her proudest moments was a display by 1000 Junior Legatees at the MCG during the 1954 visit of Queen Elizabeth II. As well her work for Legacy she ran physical education, ballroom dancing and debutante preparation classes in Windsor, Elsternwick, Gardenvale and Geelong. She also held a position on the Board of Studies and as director of physical education in Catholic Schools. Recognition of her work included being awarded an MBE in 1971. And in 1997 she received Legacy's highest award, the title of Guest of Honour, for her years of service. See also item at 01300 and her 80th birthday at 01541. The marking 'Box 10 / JL1' in black pen. This was part of an archive project JL standing for Junior Legacy items.

Significance

A snapshot of the life of Enez Domec-Carre who was a huge influence in the life of Junior Legatee girls who attended Legacy classes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten 10/JL12

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of two naval personnel and a typed yellow paper label.

Historical information

Photo of Rear Admiral A R Horton, AO, the Flag Officer Naval Support Command, presenting The Legacy Instructor of the Year award to Petty Officer Electrical Technical Systems (POETS) Patrick Joseph Anderson at Ceremonial Divisons at HMAS Cerberus, Western Port, Victoria. This award by the Peninsula Group of Melbourne Legacy, funded from the members' account, was first presented in 1980. It is some small recognition of the outstanding support of the 'Depot' over the years. Was in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991.

Significance

A record of a Legacy having close ties with the Royal Australian Navy based at Western Port, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on reverse says 'Royal Australian Navy CEBPHOT UNIT 1216-24 Crown Copyright 13 Nov 90'. Yellow label contains details of the award of Legacy Instructor of the Year to Patrick Anderson.

Document, letter - The Returned Services League of Australia.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

830.1 White A4 letter on RSL letterhead to Rex Hall at Legacy from Bill Keys on 22 January 1980. 830.2 White notepaper carbon copy of a handwritten reply.

Historical information

Letter thanking Legatee Rex Hall for congratulations for an award, accepting an invitation to speak at a future Legacy Luncheon, and the pride that Sir William takes in that the award recognizes the support of his wife Dulcie. Then there is a hand written note from L/- Rex Hall as a reply with possible dates that Sir William could speak. 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 00830-00837). The Programme Committee was responsible for organising the speakers.

Significance

A record of correspondence between RSL and Legacy and shows Legacy invited speakers from many areas. Also Sir William Keys attributes the honor of recieving the award as much to his wife Dulcie support, as to his own personal contribution.

Inscriptions & Markings

830.1 Signed by Bill Keys in black pen. 830.2 Carbon copy of handwritten note.

Photo album

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Large photo album with blue leather look back and front cover. Decorative front and back end pages. Screws in left hand side to keep paper pages bound together. 20 pages with black and white photos attached to the majority of both sides of the pages.

Historical information

Provenence is unknown but contains potentially rare photos. A comprehensive record of the types of events provided for Junior Legatees in the 1940s. Events such as the Government House Christmas parties and Annual Demonstrations. Also a record of the classes offered to girls and boys. There are photos of Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for school students that has been held annually by Legacy in April. It helps educate and promote the observance of Anzac Day to students. Some of the photos are Junior Legatees that joined the armed forces in the second World War. Pages 7 and 8 show the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to Legacy. They were in Australia to start his term as Governor General of Australia - until 1947.

Significance

An important photographic record of the work of Legacy in the 1940s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten at top of pages. Page 1 'Christmas Party, Government House Grounds, 1945' Page 2 'Christmas Party, Government House Grounds, 1945' Page 3 'Christmas Party, Government House Grounds, 1945' Page 4 'Senior Girls 6/2/1945' Page 5 'Senior Girls 6/2/1945' Page 6 'JL (?) Cecil Waters 6/2/1945' Page 7 'Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at the Club Rooms, 27/11/1945' and 'At the Club Rooms' Page 8 'At the Grosvenor Theatre' Page 9 '20/2/45 Speaker Wlliamstown' Page 10 '6/2/45 Mr Justice(?) Monty Phillips' Pages 11 - 16 no inscription Page 17 'Annual Demonstration, 1946' (photo missing) Page 18 'Annual Demonstration, 1946' Page 19 'Annual Demonstration, 1946' Page 20 Sepia photo Savige Page 21 'Junior Legatee N Shiels' Page 22 'Legatee E.T. Scott' Page 23 'Legatee H.E. Cohe (?)' Page 24 ‘Christmas Party, Government House Grounds 1948’ (Photo missing bottom right) Page 25 ‘Christmas Party, Government House Grounds 1944’ (Page cut in half) Page 26 ‘Christmas Party, Government House Grounds 1944’ (Page cut in half)

Photo, Rosemary

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of widows preparing trays of rosemary.

Historical information

A group of widows at Legacy House preparing trays of rosemary to be given to the public on Anzac Day and worn as a sign of remembrance. 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." Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991.

Significance

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

Document, programme - Melbourne Legacy, Junior Legatees present their Annual Demonstration 1955

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cream colour paper with green printing on both sides with 2 folds.

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.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legatee Demonstration in 1955.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front fold _ Melbourne Legacy Junior Legatees present their Annual Demonstration, Melbourne Town Hall 21st & 22nd October 1955 Center folds - detail the program order Back fold - acknowledges those which assisted in training the Junior Legatees

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a World War I widows' luncheon in 1992.

Historical information

A special luncheon was held for World War I widows as a lead up to "Legacy Week". Legatees dressed up as moustached French waiters to add a bit of humour to the day. Due to its success it was held for a number of years. Legatee waiters included Lucky Luscombe George Woodward and John Stevenson (President in 1993). This photo was used to promote the 1993 WWI widows luncheon. The WWI group would meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 at Legacy House for many years until their numbers dwindled.

Significance

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

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black typed printed newsletter x 29 editions from 1978 to 1980, No 107 to 124, 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 card afternoons, indoor bowls competitions, outings and tours. The newsletters are published five times a year (January, May, July, September, November). These editions are from 1978, 1979 and 1980. The November 1977 edition mentions it was the 106th edition, the first edition 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 September 1979 edition includes a photo of Lord Mountbatten when he met Legacy children, in reference to his death. The March 1980 edition mentions that the Widows Club rooms had been refurbished and the key handed over to the Widows Club President Mrs Ina Kearney - it was a momentous event since there was a membership of over 13,000 widows. A photo of this event is at 00410. The newsletter was priced at 2c a copy. The price of theatre tickets were $3. The full copy of January 1976 has been added to show the usual layout. Other editions haven't been scanned.

Significance

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

Document - Reinforcements needed.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white advertisement to promote becoming a Legatee.

Historical information

This is an example of Melbourne Legacy promotional material appealing to ex-servicemen to join Legacy. It is possibly from the 1990's as it was in a folder with marketing material from that time. The brochure mentions 114,000 widows and 3,000 children enrolled Australia wide. It is a brief outline of Legacy and asks for more volunteers from ex-servicemen that have served overseas to join Legacy. 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, and the advertisement is encouraging ex-servicemen with overseas experience to join Legacy. More recently the criteria has changed so that overseas service is no longer a requirement.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Ron Barassi training for an abseiling event.

Historical information

A photo of Ron Barassi training in preparation for abseiling down the Gas and Fuel buildings in Flinders St in August 1989 for Legacy week - see 00508. Aided by Williamstown Commando Company with training at Nidrie Quarry. Ron Barassi was a Legacy boy after his father died in Tobruk. He donated a lot of time and was involved with Legacy in many ways over the years. Including being personality of the year in 1989 and his photo featured on the presidents highlight report in 1989.

Significance

A record of a promotional event involving Ron Barassi.

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.