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Melbourne Legacy Melbourne , Victoria

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

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

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

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293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

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1791 items with images

1791 items with images

Photo, Widows Sunday 1999

Key words

wreath laying ceremony
widows

Colour photo x 4.

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 shows the Melbourne Legacy President Graham Riches speaking from a podium near the Eternal Flame and Cenotaph. Graham Riches was President in 1999 so the event is assumed to be in that year.

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Inscriptions & Markings

00550.1 printing on the back "15", which is the negative frame number and P2 in pencil. 00550.2 printing on the back "18". 00550.3 printing on the back "12A". 00550.4 printing on the back "14".

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Legacy Demonstration

Key words

annual demonstration
junior legatee

Black and white photo of two women performing a dance, dressed in elaborate Cossack costumes.

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 1979, 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. This photo was used as the cover image of a Legacy on Parade Programme in 1972.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on back: "THE PROPERTY OF MELBOURNE LEGACY"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document - Inventory of Contents of "Holmbush" 1st December 1943

Key words

residences

Foolscap sheets x 2 with black type listing the contents of Holmbush.

Historical information

An inventory of domestic items purchased for Holmbush together with their cost when Holmbush was first established as a hostel for Junior Legatees.

Significance

Gives an insight into the early history of one of Melbourne Legacy's residences.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo

Key words

legacy promotion
answer

Colour photo of Daryl Somers and President Brian 'Lucky' Luscombe and a car donated to Legacy.

Historical information

A promotional event where Daryl Somers was promoting Legacy by donating a car to Legacy. The Answer reported "Daryl Somers presented a brand new Nissan Pulsar to Legacy and the funds raised from this car will greatly assist Legacy's welfare work". Daryl Somers was Legacy personality of the year in 1997 as published in The Answer.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No.7A> 789" which is the negative number and processing number.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo

Key words

legatee event
function
answer

Colour photo of author Patsy Adam Smith and Legatee George Woodward at Legacy House.

Historical information

Patsy Adam Smith had a long relationship with Legacy and has been present at different functions (such as 00752). She helped promote Legacy during Legacy Week as celebrity of the year in 1994. This photo was published in the Answer in August 1994. Among her popular books are 'Australian Women at War', 'Heart of Exile', 'Prisoners of War: From Gallipoli to Korea' and 'The Anzacs'.

Significance

A record that celebrated Australians were invited to attend events at Legacy House and to be celebrity of the year to promote Legacy Week.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Plaque - Alma Doepel

Key words

junior legatee outing
answer

Brown wood base, lacqured, green felt adhered to base, metal engraving attached to base. Title printed on white paper,adhered to black wooden triangle, brown felt adhered to base of triangle.

Historical information

The Alma Doepel Youth Sail Training program was made available to Junior Legatees between 1988-1999 and may be again when restoration of the ship is completed. The plaque acknowledges the support of Melbourne Legacy during the earlier restoration after the war following the ship's war service carrying supplies and troops in New Guinea. There was a program to send young legatees on trips on the Alma Doepel through the 1980s and 90s. The articles from the Answer show timetables and criteria for nomination of junior legatees to be selected on the trips. One of these articles mentions the war service of the Alma Doepel - the only ship with served in World War II that was still active in 1995.

Significance

Illustrates another of the activities engaged in by Junior Legatees. A record of a Legacy providing amazing experiences for the junior legatees that they might never have done because of the deaths of their fathers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraving of sailing ship "Alma Doepel". Inscription underneath the sailing ship as follows; ALMA DOEPEL Fore and Aft topsail schooner built in Bellingen, NSW, by Frederik Doepel and named after his daughter. Length 118 feet, Beam 26 feet. Underneath the engraving of the Alma Doepel is the inscription Presented To, Legacy, In Appreciation, Of Their Support, - 1982 - Attached to green felt, white adhesive sticker, C2-2 printed in blue biro. Black wooden triangle "ALMA DOEPEL" Presented by Governor's Sail & Adventure Ltd. 1982

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo - Junior Legacy Classes

Key words

junior legatee
boys' classes

Black and white photo of Legacy boys class.

Historical information

A photo of a group of young legatees at a gymnastics class in Fitzroy. There are 16 boys, of various ages, in gymnastics gear, an instructor and 5 gentlemen that may be Legacy members. Legacy clubs ran classes for junior legatees for many years. It was part of providing for the children of their deceased comrades. The skills they learned were show cased in an annual demonstration usually at the Melbourne Town Hall. It appears to be photo taken professionally, as there are several photos of different classes (see 00862 - 00867) perhaps to record Legacy classes for promotion purposes.

Significance

A record of a way Legacy provided classes for junior legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back 'Ftizroy'. Stamped 'R5335/1--' in black ink and '531' in blue ink . Handwritten 'P4 Legacy' in blue pen and 'Same size' in pencil.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Legacy function 2005

Key words

legatee event
legacy promotion

Colour photo x 6 of guests at a Legacy function.

Historical information

A Legacy function at unknown venue. It could have been at the Melbourne Town Hall. Geoff Webb is president and Ron Barassi is a guest. More photos at 00735. 00734.1 Ron Barassi with two others. 00734.2 Unknown lady with John So (Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2001-2008). 00734.3 President Geoff Ward with x and David Cull. 00734.4 Four elderly legatees with a young man. 00734.5 Ron Barassis with the young man and x. 00734.6 A large group with Ron Barassi and the young man.

Significance

A record of a function for Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > Clarendon Photos 1501" which is the negative frame number and film number (frame numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10).

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo - Mission Matilda

Key words

fundraising
answer

Colour photo x 8 of a tiger moth and aviator at Essendon Airport and an article in The Answer.

Historical information

Former Junior Legatee Brian Edwards set out in September 1993 to complete a flight around Australia in a tiger moth called 'Matilda' as a tribute to Legacy's 70th Anniversary. He was due to arrive at Essendon Airport on 4th October 1993 and a celebratory luncheon was held. The event was supported by Ansett Airlines and Optus Communications. The promotion in The Answer invited anyone to come to the luncheon (cost $25 a head), and greet Brian and 'Matilda'. Many school children also attended the landing. President John Stevenson and Legatee George Woodward were among those attending and are photographed greeting Brian. Brian had previously flown Matilda from the UK to Australia, covering over 12,00kms in 3 months. See also photos at 00980, 00981, 00982.

Significance

A record of a former Junior Legatee making a contribution to helping Legacy raise funds.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Widows function

Key words

widows
answer
concert

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.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Briefcase

Key words

legacy promotion
souvenir

Crocodile imprint, black leather brief case with "LEGACY" painted in gold on the front of the flap. The flap is affixed shut via two metal clips. The clips can be locked with a key. (Key not located with case) The case has a three fold leather handle attached via two metal D rings. Internally the case is lined with a tan leather flap on each side. The internal front flap as a small sleeve attached. The lip of the top of the bag is scalloped and showing signs of wear.

Historical information

A black briefcase embossed with Legacy. There are no details of when or where this case was used.

Significance

This item is representative of a case that would have been used by staff/ board members/ legatees at one period in time.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LEGACY" painted in gold on front flap "CHENEY ENGLAND" embossed on front of metal clips

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, programme - Sir John Monash Commemoration Service

Key words

john monash
wreath laying ceremony

01299 Seven sheets of black typing on white paper 01299.1 Folded card and paper insert, black print on white 01299.2 Outside of folded card, pale grey

Historical information

The State Electricity Commission Sub-Branch of the RSL convened a commemoration service for Sir John Monash on Sunday 16 April 1972, which took place at the equestrian statue of Monash at the Shrine. The MC was Legatee D.J. Simonson (President 1970 and great nephew of Sir John), who also laid a wreath on behalf of Melbourne Legacy, and the address was given by Dr. J.A.L. Matheson, Vice Chancellor of Monash University. Matheson spoke of the establishment of the University in 1958 and how appropriate it had been to name it after Monash, comparing the struggle to create a world class university with Monash's struggles on the Western Front. Appropriately Monash had been chairman of the constructing body of the Shrine. In 1923 he was approached to become the first President of Legacy, a position which he declined as he was heavily involved as the Chairman of the State Electricity Commission. However, he pressed Colonel Harold Cohen, to take his place and Cohen became Legacy's first President.

Significance

Legacy still takes part in RSL commemorations, and the links with Monash and the Shrine make this ceremony all the more noteworthy.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, postcard

Key words

comradeship
legatee

Colour postcard from Germany.

Historical information

A postcard to the Comradeship Committee when a Legatee was travelling in Germany. It is addressed to Legatee A L Gray, Chairman of the Comradeship Committee and dated 20 September 1994 and signed Ted L. The postcard is a picture of three men drinking beer from glass beer steins, which seems to be what the writer is referring to in the text. It says: "Dear Laurie, The Oktoberfest scene recalled our Comradeship gatherings and you can put your own names to the players. Personally I never knew that Leigh I. was left-handed nor that "Fearless Fred" only pretended to be unafraid of alcohol. The 3rd person can remain the "unknown" Legatee - may he continue to enjoy his trinken. Please advise if the Committee wishes to replace its glassware. I may get my Commission - at last!! See you'd-Oktober. Regards. Ted L 442.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed "Prost Bayern!" German postage stamp and airmail sticker. Handwritten text in blue pen.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Badge - Legacy Appeal Badge - £100

Key words

legacy appeal
fundraising
badge week

Legacy Appeal badge with the Legacy torch and wreath issued prior to 1966, of gold metal with dark green enamel.

Historical information

An example of badges issued by Legacy prior to 1966 for fundraising during the Legacy Appeal and Badge Week. The donation value was £100. 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

Examples of early Legacy badges that were sold up to raise money for Legacy's work. These were before decimal currency was issued in 1966.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved '£100' and imprinted 'Angus & Coote 9ct' on reverse.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, portrait

Key words

stan savige
portrait

Black and white photo of a painting of Sir Stan Savige.

Historical information

Photograph of a portrait of L/- Stan Savige. The signature appears to be 'Manders '45'. TBC

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with 'Photograph No. MH 91859 Supplied by Military History Section (S.D.9,) General Staff L.H.Q. For official purposes ONLY, NOT TO BE PUBLISHED' in purple ink.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Media Launch 2000

Key words

legatee event
legacy promotion

Colour photo x 4.

Historical information

A legatee function in Legacy House with General Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC as a guest speaker. It is assumed to be 2000 as it was with a bunch of other photos with the label, "Media Launch 2000", plus David Kelly appears to be President. Legible names are: L/- Colin Bannister, Graham Thom and Sue Maher. Other names unknown.

Significance

A record of function for Legatees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > 3244" which is the negative frame number and film number, so they from the same film. (frame numbers 6, 7, 9, 10). Yellow Post-it note says: "Media Launch 2000". See also 00545 and 00547.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Widows function

Key words

widows
answer
concert

Colour photo x 8 of a Christmas concert at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1995 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. The photos show President Millie presenting flowers to Inez Bruce, Gwen Gunn and Irene Noll. Usually the concert was the time the Widows Clubs presented Legacy with funds raised through their fundraising each year - in this case $21,000 - and the president acknowledges with flowers. The article mentions that over 1,800 widows came together for the concert despite the rain and bad weather. The RAAF Central Band was conducted by Sq. Ldr. Graham Lloyd, and Ivor Lloyd (ex POW from Changi) and singer Lisa Hugo also performed.

Significance

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document - Lest YOU forget. Legacy cares for Australia's biggest family

Key words

legacy promotion
badge appeal
legacy week

Colour draft of a promotional image for Legacy Week, featuring the statue of Simpson and his donkey.

Historical information

This is an example of Melbourne Legacy promotional material. It is possibly prepared for the 1990 campaign. It was in a folder with marketing material from the 1990s. It is a draft from a graphic designer of a logo and the photo that the image was based on. The image was from a postcard and white-out was used to masque the background. It was a manual process before computer design software was commonplace. The slogan "Lest YOU forget" was used with an image of the statue of Simpson and his donkey rather than a personality in 1990 (recycling the slogan from 1989). Possibly to bring the focus back onto the service given to Australia by service men and women. The main time of year for fundraising is September when Legacy holds 'Badge Week'. Often there is a celebrity who gives his or her time as 'Personality of the Year'. Examples are Sir Weary Dunlop (1992), Clive James (1993), the Scott family (1994), The Emmanuel brothers (1995), Daryl Somers (1996 and 1997), and Patsy Adam Smith (1994?). Was in a folder with marketing material from the 1990s to 2009, see items 01240 to 01258. The collection shows the types of marketing materials that were produced and the celebrities that were helping Legacy.

Significance

An example of promotional material from the 1990s. Marketing material and photos were compiled and released to newspapers, also printed as brochures and sometimes as stickers and collection tin wrappers. This draft shows a method of producing marketing material by graphic designers at a time when design software was a niche program that few people had access to.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, newsletter

Key words

somers camp
newsletter

2 typed foolscap sheets black on cream, pencilled correction

Historical information

Undated but stapled to a further copy of 00130 which was dated 'Xmas 1932'. Pages headed 'Camp Savige, Wednesday' indicate that it was created at Somers Camp, recounting the cricket competition between the Dark Blues, Light Blues, Green and Orange teams. Written and illustrated by Pat Hanna in a satirical style it was clearly intended to entertain as much as to inform, but the humour would be seen to be heavy handed or not funny at all today. Nevertheless it demonstrates that campers enjoyed their stay at Somers. See also 01290 and 01289.

Significance

Illustrates the sort of activities considered appropriate to occupy camp participants, and the amateur enthusiasm of the newsletter producers in the early half of the twentieth century.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Negative, glass plate

Key words

junior legatee
annual demonstration

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.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo

Key words

widows
gwen gunn

Colour photo of Gwen Gunn and another lady.

Historical information

Photo of Gwen Gunn and another lady. Gwen was a very active Legacy widow and she advised on the Rosemary trays that were prepared for Anzac days. This might have been a concert or event for widows.

Significance

A record that Legacy provided many social gatherings and events for widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No.10> Clarendon Photos 0907" which is the frame number, processing number and place of processing. Yellow post-it note says: "Legacy widow Gwen French who advises on the Rosemary." (This is wrong as it is Gwen Gunn)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, list - Property of Mr. and Mrs. Frank

Key words

holmbush
residences

Faded white copy paper, black carbon imprint, two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Undated list of personally owned furnishings at Holmbush found in a file next to letters dated 1943. The piano, musical cabinet, card tables, fire fender and fire irons, wireless, and kerosene refrigerator give an indication of how homes were furnished at the time. Mr Bert Frank was appointed to the role of manager of the Legacy Club Hostel in March 1943 (see 00355.1) and details of his application for the role is also in the archive at 00351. As were the times the wife of the successful applicant was automatically assumed to be working as well but without the acknowledgement of a hired position. As it was a live-in position perhaps this list recorded their personal contents to avoid disputes later on. Legatee Carleton is mentioned as who supplied the fender and fire irons.

Significance

Demonstrates the frugality with which the first Melbourne Legacy hostel was furnished.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo

Key words

comradeship
camp
somers camp

Colour photo x 7 of a gathering of Legatees and their wives and young people from a Comradeship committee photo album.

Historical information

Photos from a Comradeship album showing an outdoor gathering. One photo has youths playing volleyball with Legatees. Some of the buildings appear to be at Somers' Camp. One building has a name 'Myer' above the door. Many people are wearing scarves that are similar to those worn at camps. They were removed from the self adhesive pages of a photo album of Comradeship activities (from 1930 to 1977).

Significance

The Comradeship photo album was put together by the Comradeship committee and records events that Legatees did and places they lived or visited. Some appear to be trips to visit other Legatees living overseas and social occasions held in different places. It shows the bond that Legatees have with each other.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo

Key words

legacy promotion
legatee event

Colour photo x 2 of President Sullivan presenting a plaque and a yellow paper label.

Historical information

In 1991 the 'Red Berets' landed at Sandown Racecourse on behalf of Legacy. In recognition of the support of the VATC President Sullivan presented a plaque to VATC Acting chairman Mr Geoff Bellmaine at a Tuesday luncheon. VATC is the Victorian Amateur Racing Club. From other photos of the event it is known 'The Australian Army's parachute display team, the 'Red Berets' provided a spectacular free-fall display at Sandown racecourse to help highlight Legacy Week.'

Significance

A record of the VATC and the army being involved in promoting Legacy Week.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow label says 'In recognition of the support given by the VATC to enable the 'Red Berets' to jump at Sandown on behalf of Legacy , Legacy President, John Sullivan, presented a plaque to the Acting Chairman, Mr Geoff Bellmaine, at a Tuesday luncheon.'

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Rosemary

Key words

widows
legacy promotion
rosemary

Colour photo x 2 of three ladies preparing rosemary sprigs.

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2003

Key words

legacy appeal
fundraising
badge week

Colour photo x 2 of badge sellers in Legacy Week.

Historical information

The President of Legacy, David Ford with an volunteer badge seller that could be Graham Riches. Another photo one of the army personnel from the photos in Legacy house earlier in the day collecting money from a member of the public. Same group of photos as 00604 so the date is assumed to be Badge Week in September 2003.

Significance

A record of fundraising.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing on the back "<No. > Clarendon Photos 0105" which is frame number of the negative. Numbers 18 and 20.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, programme - Annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students

Key words

anzac commemoration for students
wreath laying ceremony

Printed brochure x 5 with a black and white photo of the Shrine, single page folded in half. Years 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964.

Historical information

A programme of the annual "Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students", held each April. The ceremony provides a valuable opportunity for students to gain an appreciation of the Anzac spirit, the significance of the Shrine and the meaning of Anzac Day. The 4 pages outline the order of service of the ceremony, some background notes on the ANZAC Commemorations, a short history of the Shrine of Remembrance and a story of Legacy. These are from 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964. They vary slightly, but the order of service is very similar. 1958 doesn't have a photo. 1963 has a photo inside of the Queen dedicating the Forecourt in 1954.

Significance

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

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Document, postcard

Key words

souvenir

Standard size postcard with image depicting Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva). The image in its current condition shows a pastel coloured sky and a small island within the lake.

Historical information

Postcards were a common form of souvenirs for soldiers who were travelling either during World War 1, or just after, or while returning to Australia. This postcard with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private John Basil McLean, 2nd Reinforcements, 37th Battalion, A.I.F. There was a large collection of postcards so he may have been collecting them as souvenirs. 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 in Portsea in 1920.

Significance

Postcards were a very common form of communication during the first World War. Postcards as souvenirs or as correspondence would have been familiar to the first Legatees as they had served in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - “Lac Leman/ 6211/CHARNAUX FRERES & CO., GENEVH” Back - “CARTE POSTALE/ Mrs Mercer? / The Nook / Combe Down / Somerset”

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Legacy Appeal

Key words

fundraising
legacy appeal

Black and white photo of two ladies with Legacy appeal tins.

Historical information

A photo of two young ladies with metal Legacy Appeal tins and advertising posters, "Legacy Cares / Show you care". Date unknown. It came from a Legacy envelope marked "P3 Fund Raising" in red pen, with assorted photos of fundraising events, including appeal tins in different years and a charity concert, and a marathon run by WO2 Mike Hoffman (some are items 00433 to 0437).

Significance

A record of fundraising.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copyright Herald and Weekly Times, stamped on the reverse in blue ink.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Photo, Exercise Classes

Key words

widows

Black and white photo of six older women in a swimming pool, holding onto a bar at the edge of the pool.

Historical information

From 1928 until the 1980s, Melbourne Legacy ran an excellent exercise program for its widows. Classes were held weekly at Legacy House and there was often a waiting list for the water classes, which had both swimming instruction and water exercises. Some of the class members were in their 90s, many just learning to swim.

Significance

A record of activities provided for Legacy widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on the back: "COPYRIGHT / HERALD - SUN / PHOTOGRAPH / SUPPLIED BY / FEATURE SERVICE / THE HERALD & WEEKLY TIMES LTD. / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA" Written on the back and circled in blue pen: "2"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne