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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
phone
+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

DVD - Junior Legatee's Reunion Simpson Army Barracks Watsonia 29-7-2007

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

DVD in a DVD case of a Junior Legatee reunion in 2007.

Historical information

A DVD of people at a reunion for Junior Legatees that joined Legacy in the 1940s. It was held at Watsonia Barracks on 29 July 2007. It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940 when she was about 10 years old.

Significance

An example of the long term friendship of Junior Legatees that they attend reunions and stay in contact.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on white label 'Valma' in blue pen.

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photocopy of items about Miss Carre, a photo of Legatee Grattan's 100th celebrations and a photo of a Girls Camp at Mt Evelyn in 1946. Also copies of the letter that accompanied the items donated and Legacy's reply letter.

Historical information

Items are part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940 when she was about 10 years old. She had collected the newspaper clippings of notices in the newspapers for Miss Carre's 90th birthday and also her death notices. The sentiments expressed show how much she was respected by the former Junior Legacy girls. The photocopy includes a picture of 90th birthday celebrations for Miss Carre at Legacy house. A copy of the photo of the girls at Mt Evelyn camp had already been received from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg) and is at 01437. It is mentioned that she and her good friend June were in the photo and would have been 16 at the time. Miss Carre is also seen, seated wearing red, in the photo of L/- Grattan's 100th. More photos of Legatee Grattan's 100th are at 00964. A note sent to Legacy with the items mentions Legatee Grattan walked Valma down the aisle at her wedding and that Valma and her daughter would frequently put flowers on his plot in Springvale cemetery.

Significance

An example of the long term friendship of Junior Legatees that they attend reunions and stay in contact. Also of their esteem for former Girls' Class trainer, Miss Carre and their appointed Legatee.

Inscriptions & Markings

01719.2 Photo has 'Legacy Girls Camp at Mount Evelyn May 1946' on reverse in black pen. 01719.3 Photo has 'Legatee Grattan 100th birthday at Legacy House Melb. 20.9.1994' on reverse in blue pen

Photo - Junior Legatee Reunion 2007

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a Junior Legatee reunion in 2007.

Historical information

A photo of a group of people at a reunion for Junior Legatees that joined Legacy in the 1940s. It was held at Watsonia Barracks on 29 July 2007. The event was also captured on a DVD and distributed to attendees. It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940 when she was about 10 years old.

Significance

An example of the long term friendship of Junior Legatees that they attend reunions and stay in contact.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse in black pen 'Legacy Reunion Watsonia Barracks 29/7/2007 / Junior Legatees who joined Legacy in 1940s.'

Document, certificate - Junior Legacy Club

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Buff colour Junior Legacy membership certificate with black printing.

Historical information

A Junior Legacy Certificate presented to Valma Wigg on 12 July 1940. The text says 'During the Great War many men offered themselves for Service in the Forces of the Empire. To assist the children of those who fell, or who have died since, the Melbourne Legacy Club was formed. The Children of deceased sailors and soldiers constitute the Junior Legacy Club.' It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940 when she was about 10 years old.

Significance

An example of the formality surrounding enrolment into Junior Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed 'Valma Wigg' and '12.7.1940' and signed in black ink.

Badge - Legacy Appeal Badge - $10,000

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold brooch issued to donors of $10,000 or more during Badge appeals in the 2000s.

Historical information

An example of a badge issued by Legacy to generous donors during the Legacy Appeal and Badge Week. Approximate date for the badge was during campaigns in early 2000s to 2020. The badge was given in return for donations of $10,000. The symbol of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

Example of a Legacy badge that was issued in the early 2000s for donations over $10,000 for Legacy's work.

Ephemera - Legacy 90th Anniversary 1923-2013

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A white handkerchief with the Legacy torch and text 'Legacy 90th Anniversary 1923-2013' stitched in blue thread.

Historical information

An example of a souvenir issued to commemorate Legacy's 90th anniversary. It says: "90th Anniversary of Legacy 1923-2013" It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940.

Significance

A record of an item produced by Legacy to celebrate the 90th Anniversary.

Badge - Junior Legacy Leader Cloth Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cloth badge of the Legacy torch stitched on blue fabric containing the words Junior Legacy - Leader.

Historical information

An example of a Junior Legacy Club Badge that was stitched onto clothes. It appears to be a manufacturers sample. Junior Legatees could have had badges like this on their outfits for the classes held by Melbourne Legacy for many years. Outfits were provided for the children by Melbourne Legacy.

Significance

An example of the cloth badge worn by Junior Legacy Club members.

Medallion - Legacy 90th Anniversary 1923-2013

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold medallion with the image of the Widow and Children statue, Legacy torch and text 'Legacy 90th Anniversary 1923-2013' on the obverse. The reverse has the Legacy Torch and Legacy logo and the text 'Caring for the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans'. Medallion is in a clear plastic cover and a black case in a red cardboard box.

Historical information

An example of a medallion issued to commemorate Legacy's 90th anniversary. It features an image of the Widow and Children statue from the Legacy garden at the Shrine. The red cardboard box says: "90th Anniversary of Legacy 2013 Gold Medallion, Todays Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 100,000 widows and 1,900 children and dependents with a disability. This commemorative medallion is crafted to proof like quality in copper finished in pure gold. The design is based on the sculpture, Widow and Children by sculptor Louis Laumen, symbolising the service of Legacy." It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940.

Significance

A record of an item produced by Legacy to celebrate the 90th Anniversary.

Badge - Intermediate Legacy Club Ladies Cloth Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Cloth badge of the Legacy torch stitched on pale blue fabric containing the words Intermediate Legacy Club - Ladies.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Ladies Intermediate Legacy Club Badge that was stitched onto clothes. ILC was formed from junior legatees who had become too old for the usual junior legatee activities. It was most active from the 1930s to 1950s. This badge came from a donation of material from a former Junior Legatee, Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg). She was involved with the Ladies ILC. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. Background: The ILC was formed in 1929. The idea of the club sprang from those boys who had outgrown the Junior Legacy Club. In the early days it fielded a lacrosse team and it was this that mainly held the members together. Enthusiasm wained after a few years as it lacked a solid objective. The answer came from one of its members and in 1938 they founded the Don Esses Club. This was a club for the children of incapacitated ex-servicemen which met every Thursday night at 7.30 run by the ILC members. The name came from the signallers' code Disabled Servicemen's Sons. During the second world war 80% of the members of the ILC enlisted in the services. Leaving only 8 members that could not join due to ill health or reserved occupations. They continued the Don Esses and whatever aid they could to Legacy. ILC members had always helped Legacy where possible including being camp leaders or camp staff, with the annual demonstrations, and coffee stalls at the ANZAC dawn service. Post second world war some ILC members were nominated into Legacy, others drifted away in civil occupations. It was found difficult to recruit new blood into the ILC and eventually membership waned when the boys from the Don Esses clubs found other youth activities to join. The ILC ceased to meet regularly in the mid fifties. However a strong comradeship still existed between members and they would meet in one anothers homes. Members were always ready to help the senior Legacy Club in any way in their power and still helped at Christmas parties and summer camps. ILC was a service rendering organisation and was self governing. Non-sectarian and non-political, the members were ex-junior legatees over 18 years of age. After serving in World War 2 members were eligible to become members of Legacy.

Significance

A record of the cloth badge worn by Intermediate Legacy Club members.

Badge - Intermediate Legacy Club Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Lapel pin of the Legacy torch with blue enamel containing the letters I.L.C.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Intermediate Legacy Club Badge. ILC was formed from junior legatees who had become too old for the usual junior legatee activities. It was most active from the 1930s to 1950s. This badge came from a donation of material from a former Junior Legatee, Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg). She was involved with the Ladies ILC. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. Background: The ILC was formed in 1929. The idea of the club sprang from those boys who had outgrown the Junior Legacy Club. In the early days it fielded a lacrosse team and it was this that mainly held the members together. Enthusiasm wained after a few years as it lacked a solid objective. The answer came from one of its members and in 1938 they founded the Don Esses Club. This was a club for the children of incapacitated ex-servicemen which met every Thursday night at 7.30 run by the ILC members. The name came from the signallers' code Disabled Servicemen's Sons. During the second world war 80% of the members of the ILC enlisted in the services. Leaving only 8 members that could not join due to ill health or reserved occupations. They continued the Don Esses and whatever aid they could to Legacy. ILC members had always helped Legacy where possible including being camp leaders or camp staff, with the annual demonstrations, and coffee stalls at the ANZAC dawn service. Post second world war some ILC members were nominated into Legacy, others drifted away in civil occupations. It was found difficult to recruit new blood into the ILC and eventually membership waned when the boys from the Don Esses clubs found other youth activities to join. The ILC ceased to meet regularly in the mid fifties. However a strong comradeship still existed between members and they would meet in one anothers homes. Members were always ready to help the senior Legacy Club in any way in their power and still helped at Christmas parties and summer camps. ILC was a service rendering organisation and was self governing. Non-sectarian and non-political, the members were ex-junior legatees over 18 years of age. After serving in World War 2 members were eligible to become members of Legacy.

Significance

A record of the badge worn by Intermediate Legacy Club members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes' on reverse.

Badge - Junior Legacy Club

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Bronze lapel pin x 2 with the Legacy torch and the words Junior Legacy.

Historical information

An example of a Junior Legacy Badge. These were worn by junior legatees. The age of the pin is not known, though it appears older than the 10 pins at 01704. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940.

Significance

A record of the badge given to junior legatees when they joined Legacy.

Badge - I helped Legacy to care!

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Round metal badge with blue diamond on green background, the Legacy torch and a text in coloured boxes. It says 'I helped Legacy to care!'

Historical information

A badge that was produced to promote Legacy. Date unknown but possibly 1980s or 1990s. It was part of a collection of Legacy items from Valma Hutchinson (nee Wigg), a former junior legatee. Valma was accepted into Junior Legacy club in 1940.

Significance

A record of a badge promoting Legacy.

Badge - Legatee Frank Alsope's Member Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Round metal badge with white background, red border and 'Frank Alsope 41' in blue text.

Historical information

An example of a Legatee's badge. These badges were issued to all Legatees to show their name. The number 41 is Legatee Alsope's membership number, which shows that initially members kept track of the order in which they were accepted into Legacy. In the early years of Legacy, membership was restricted to a limited number of members and to those that had skills and abilities that were required. Legatee badges are still circular in shape.

Significance

An example of an early Legacy badge that Legatees wore.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in blue text 'Frank Alsope 41'

Badge - Set of pre-decimal Legacy Appeal Badges

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A set of Legacy Appeal badges with Legacy torch and wreath issued prior to 1966 and a leaflet from 1964.

Historical information

Photos to be updated. TBA. An example of badges issued by Legacy prior to 1966 for fundraising during the Legacy Appeal and Badge Week. Also a leaflet from 1964 showing the styles and colours of badges and their donation value. The symbol of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. NB change this record when the new system allows linking. TBC

Significance

Examples of early Legacy badges that were sold in the 1960s to raise money for Legacy's work.

Inscriptions & Markings

White oval badge has '£1 AJ Parkes Brisbane' on reverse. Brown badge has '£25 Angus and Coote' on reverse. Pale blue badge has '£50 Angus and Coote' on reverse. Green oval badge has £10 AJ Parkes Brisbane' on reverse.

Badge - War Orphans Appeal Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Round metal button badge with white background and the Legacy torch and wreath in a stapled in cardboard and plastic cover.

Historical information

An example of a War Orphans Appeal button badge. These badges were a precursor to the Legacy Badge appeals that occur annually. The age of this badge is not known, possibly from the 1940s. The symbol of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

An example of an early Legacy badge that was sold in the 1940s to raise money for war orphans.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in red text 'War orphans appeal. Lest We Forget. 1/-'

Badge - I help Legacy Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Round metal badge with blue background, the Legacy torch and a yellow map of Australia. It says 'I help Legacy. Vets Connect. Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Ride around Australia 1996 in support of Legacy.'

Historical information

A badge that was produced to promote a Vietnam Veterans' Motorcycle ride around Australia in 1996 in support of Legacy. An article in Trove shows a VetAffairs newsletter in July 1996 saying that 110 Vietnam veteran bikers spent 46 days in May and June 1996 riding over 14,000 kms to connect with veterans around the country. The Vietnam Veterans' Motorcycle Club organised the ride to raise awareness for Legacy who was looking after more than 122,000 widows and 2,000 children throughout Australia. The symbol of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

A record of an event in 1996 that supported Legacy organised by the Vietnam Veterans' Motorcycle Club.

Badge - Legacy Shield Team Shoot Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold badge x 2 of the Legacy torch with black, red and white enamel containing the words Legacy Shield Team Shoot.

Historical information

An example of a Legacy badge issued to participants in a competition. Details of this contest are unknown at this stage. Possibly an event organised by Legacy for junior legatees or as a social event for Legatees. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

A record of a badge made for a sporting competition that Legacy participated in.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'AT Webb Son' or 'Webb Melb' on reverse. One has been inscribed with the year 1953 (63?)

Badge - Junior Legacy Melbourne Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Tarnished lapel stick pin of the Legacy torch and the words Junior Legacy.

Historical information

An example of a Junior Legacy Badge, it has tarnished to this dark colour. These were worn by junior legatees. The age of the pin is not known, though it appears older than the 10 pins at 01704. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

A record of the badge given to junior legatees when they joined Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes Melb' on reverse.

Badge - Junior Legacy Melbourne Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold lapel stick pin x 10 of the Legacy torch with blue enamel containing the words Junior Legacy Melbourne.

Historical information

Examples of a Junior Legacy Melbourne Badge. These were worn by junior legatees. The age of the pins are not known. One has a safety device to protect wearers from the sharp point of the pin. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

A record of the badge given to junior legatees when they joined Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes' on reverse.

Badge - Melbourne Legacy Widow Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold brooch of the Legacy torch with red enamel containing the words Melbourne Legacy Widow mounted on a gold bar with a brooch pin.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Legacy Widow's Badge. These were worn by widows to identify themselves at events. Although the date is unknown it is an earlier example of the badge than the lapel pin at 01701. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted with 'Stokes Melb' on reverse.

Badge - Intermediate Legacy Club Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Gold lapel pin of the Legacy torch with blue enamel containing the words Intermediate Legacy Club.

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Intermediate Legacy Club Badge. The pin has a cover that screws onto the shaft of the pin to keep it in place. ILC was formed from junior legatees who had become too old for the usual junior legatee activities. It was most active from the 1930s to 1950s. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them. Background: The ILC was formed in 1929. The idea of the club sprang from those boys who had outgrown the Junior Legacy Club. In the early days it fielded a lacrosse team and it was this that mainly held the members together. Enthusiasm wained after a few years as it lacked a solid objective. The answer came from one of its members and in 1938 they founded the Don Esses Club. This was a club for the children of incapacitated ex-servicemen which met every Thursday night at 7.30 run by the ILC members. The name came from the signallers' code Disabled Servicemen's Sons. During the second world war 80% of the members of the ILC enlisted in the services. Leaving only 8 members that could not join due to ill health or reserved occupations. They continued the Don Esses and whatever aid they could to Legacy. ILC members had always helped Legacy where possible including being camp leaders or camp staff, with the annual demonstrations, and coffee stalls at the ANZAC dawn service. Post second world war some ILC members were nominated into Legacy, others drifted away in civil occupations. It was found difficult to recruit new blood into the ILC and eventually membership waned when the boys from the Don Esses clubs found other youth activities to join. The ILC ceased to meet regularly in the mid fifties. However a strong comradeship still existed between members and they would meet in one anothers homes. Members were always ready to help the senior Legacy Club in any way in their power and still helped at Christmas parties and summer camps. ILC was a service rendering organisation and was self governing. Non-sectarian and non-political, the members were ex-junior legatees over 18 years of age. After serving in World War 2 members were eligible to become members of Legacy. Was in a folder of material collated about the ILC by an early archive committee.

Significance

A record of the badge worn by Intermediate Legacy Club members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes' on reverse.

Badge - Melbourne Legacy Widow Badge

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

An example of a Melbourne Legacy Widow's Badge. These were worn by widows to identify themselves at events. The badge of Legacy is the Torch and Wreath of Laurel. The Torch signifies the undying flame of service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country. The Wreath of Laurel is the symbol of our remembrance of them.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted 'Stokes Badges' on reverse.

Medal - Australian Service Medal and Pacific Star Medal

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Silver circular medal and bronze star shaped medal from World War 2 mounted on their ribbons handheld together by a safety pin. The service medal is on a ribbon usually meant for the 01700.1 The medal is nickel silver with the crowned effigy of King George VI on the obverse. The reverse has the Australian coat of arms, placed centrally, surrounded by the words ‘THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939-1945’. The normal ribbon is missing and it is on the ribbon meant for the UK War Medal which is of red, white and blue to represent the colours of the Union Flag. 01700.2 The six–pointed star is yellow copper zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Pacific Star’. The ribbon has central yellow and green stripes that represent the forests and the beaches of the Pacific, flanked dark blue, light blue and red stripes that represent the service of the Naval Forces and Merchant Navy, the Air Forces and the Armies.

Historical information

An Australian Service Medal and Pacific Star medal from World War 2 that were awarded to Private Arthur Norman Comben for his war service in World War Two. From the AWM website Private Arthur N Comden of the 2/21st Battalion, died on Hainan Island, China, on 27 June 1945.

Significance

These are examples of World War 2 medals awarded to a serviceman who participated in the conflict in the Pacific region. Many returned servicemen joined Legacy after World War 2 and would have had similar medals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both engraved with 'VX26251 A. N. Comben'.

Document, memoir - Cruel Circumstances

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 letter handwritten in blue biro on faint lined writing paper, 1 square yellow Postit note handwritten in black ink, 39 photocopied sheets, black on white, four holes punched for filing, double sided, tied in top left corner with pale pink ribbon.

Historical information

Quotes extensively from her father's WWI diaries (Frank Goodyear McIntosh, born 24.2.1988 in Albert Park, Vic), and gives the genealogy of both parents' families. Margaret was born in 1937 with a squint and her brother was stricken with polio at the age of 17 and hospitalised for many years. She recounts a modest but happy childhood. Her father died in 1946, possibly as a result of being gassed during the war and being a smoker. Her father had never seen a Repatriation doctor so her mother was only eligible for a civilian widows pension. In 1947 Margaret was a wreath bearer at the Legacy Children's Service at the Shrine, so by then they were being cared for by Legacy. "It was at least 18 months before Mum heard that we were eligible for assistance by Legacy" and their Contactor was Legatee John Law-Smith. She recounts the ways in which Legacy helped the family (Page 15), including gym, ballet, and annual concerts, and mentions Miss Domec-Carre and speech teacher Miss Winifred Williams. Less enthusiastic was her attendance at the Legacy dentist in Collins Street who "had a dreadful temper. I recall being slapped on the back of the hand for gripping the arm rests too tightly." She went to the Christmas Party at Government House where "Mum was thrilled to be poured a cup of tea by Sir Thomas Blamey." She also went to girls' holiday camps in Gippsland, Mt Martha, and Ararat. Her brother had become a 'chain smoking drunk' and she envied the girls who lived at the Legacy Residences. A scholarship was arranged for Margaret through the Sir Samuel McCaughey Bequest to the best high school in the area by their Legacy Contactor, who visited them every month. Despite loving the school, Margaret felt a failure from the start and she had to pass on her poor results to the Legacy Committee, and she tells of "our family contactor: this very shy bachelor who was trying to gauge, in the nicest possible way, why this awkward young girls was doing so poorly at school." She began work in the Melbourne Legacy office in 1954, her main job being typing and organising the printing of the weekly newsletter, which had to be delivered to the Tuesday luncheon at a large city hotel. Margaret paints a picture of a frantically busy, but happy and supportive office. After her marriage in 1957 her life became a succession of health catastrophes and depression, despite which she had three daughters and travelled overseas with her husband, Bob.

Inscriptions & Markings

On letter handwritten in black ink: "I spoke with Margaret, who seems a lovely lady, very bright and cheery, and thanked her for this copy of her "autobiography." She has given us permission to use it as we will." signed 'T.Walsh GM'

Document, notes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 handwritten sheets, black on faded white. Three holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Handwritten notes dated 2/4/74, signed 'Hugh' (Legatee Rodgers) and addressed to 'Allan' (Legatee Quayle, Chair of the Steering Committee - Residences). He refers to the draft report (Cat.No. 01673) and makes suggestions for rewording the draft. Reference is made to an 'attached block diagram' which he offers to produce for appending to the report. The final report can be found at Cat. No. 01674.

Significance

Gives an insight into the work involved in administering the residences, and shows the high degree of cooperation between Legatees to achieve the best result for their wards.

Document, minutes

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 photocopy, black on white. Three holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Fragment cut from the minutes of the Board meeting on 20/11/74, headed 'Blamey House Re-development', which recorded the presentation by Legatees Berg and Quayle to the Board for the redevelopment of Blamey House. The Board discussed the financial implications and resolved: (i) Residences sub-committee were asked to make a firm recommendation regarding the widows and residence children, (ii) Widows' Accommodation sub committee were asked to complete their study of providing accommodation for widows, (iii) Steering Committee-Accommodation for Widows was asked to look at the need for widows' accommodation, and (iv) Planning Committee was asked to coordinate the reports of the above sub-committees for presentation to the Board.

Significance

Gives an insight into the work involved in administering the residences.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: 'o/.' and 'BOARD MEETING 20/11/74' top of page.

Document, letter - Re: Blamey House

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x carbon copy, black on white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Carbon copy of a letter from Legatee H.L. Berg dated 4th October 1974 to A.Quayle, Esq., Chairman of the Housing Steering Committee in which Legatee Berg confirms the completion of the Stage Two design for Blamey House. The plan was to be submitted to the Board of Management. Costs of $170,000 were estimated and the plans would also have to be submitted to Kew Council, which Legatee Berg undertook to do. See also Cat. No. 01696.

Significance

An example of the detailed work Melbourne Legacy did to house Junior Legatees.

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

Minutes of the meeting held on 28th February 1975 which updated the information in Cat. No. 01693. Red Cross, which owned Stanhope and leased it to Melbourne Legacy, had been approached to consider Legacy's request to modify the residence. The numbers of children 16 years and under had averaged 35-40 with 26 currently in residence. The Committee now proposed that Harelands should be sold and Stanhope should become co-ed and modified to accommodate 40 children. Chairman Legatee Quayle undertook to ring other Committee members for their approval to pass these recommendations to the Junior Legacy Club.

Significance

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

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Document, report - Steering committee - Future of Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 foolscap sheets, black on white copy. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Report presented by the Steering Committee to the Board of Management dated 18 March 1975 with their recommendations for the future of Blamey House, Harelands and Stanhope. The Committee was chaired by Legatee A. Quayle and composed of Legatees J. Chancellor, H. Berg, H. Rodgers and E. Trebilcock. They noted that occupancy rates were falling (Appendix 'A') and it would not be economically viable to renovate the buildings. They recommended that: Harelands should be sold and Blamey House redeveloped for widows' accommodation, and that Stanhope should be modified for co-ed accommodation. The Committee requested that the matters raised in the report should be considered urgently.

Significance

Part of the history of Melbourne Legacy's involvement with residential care for children.

Inscriptions & Markings

'18-3-75' pencilled on first sheet.