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Melbourne Legacy Melbourne , Victoria

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

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

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

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293 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria

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1640 items

1640 items

Document, report - Annual Report

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Various annual reports from 1964 to 1994 on paper with black type. Some with coloured covers

Historical information

Copies of various Annual Reports for Melbourne Legacy. Other annual reports at 01095, 01096, 01097, 01098 and 01099. Included: 00027.1 Melbourne Legacy Annual Report 41 - 1964 00027.2 Melbourne Legacy Annual Report 42 - 1965 00027.3 Melbourne Legacy Annual Report 43 - 1966 00027.4 Melbourne Legacy Annual Report 44 - 1967 00027.5 Melbourne Legacy Annual Report 45 - 1968 00027.6 The 1969 Report from Melbourne Legacy 00027.7 The 1970 Report from Melbourne Legacy, 47th Annual Report Melbourne Legacy 1979 56th Annual Report 00027.6 Melbourne Legacy 1983 60th Annual Report (Diamond Jubilee Year) 00027.7 Melbourne Legacy 61st Annual Report 1984 00027.8 Melbourne Legacy 62nd Annual Report 1985 00027.10 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1992 (Financials) - includes 3 inserts 00027.11 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1993 (Financials) - includes 2 inserts 00027.12 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1993 (Financials) 00027.13 Junior Legacy, Melbourne Annual Report 1994.

Significance

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

Scrap Book

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Brown scrapbook pages with commercially printed items attached. The 6 pages have event invitations, notices and cards glued to the brown paper, 4 pages are double sided. The items include invitations and tickets to Christmas Parties at Government House in the 1960's, Operation Float, School Children's Anzac Eve Ceremony Attendance Card, Senior Widows Club-Christmas Dinner 1961 & Grand Concert 1962, plus a Greeting and Get Well Card.

Historical information

Various invitations, programmes and other mementos collected from Legacy events held during the early 1960's. These include invitations and tickets to the Annual Demonstrations of 1960 and 1961, the ANZAC eve school children's ceremony, also to the Senior Widows Club Grand concert (18 December 1961). The Senior Widows club also held a Christmas Dinner. Also a lapel tag for the Legacy Mothers Club. There are also mementos for Junior Legatees, such as tickets to attend the Christmas party at Government House and to Operation Float in 1962 and 1963. There are also tokens for ice creams and soft drinks at the events.

Significance

A collection compiled to remember various events held in the early 1960s. It's a good record of the practice of printing invitations and tokens.

Inscriptions & Markings

The items were commercially printed.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white group photo of 24 boys and Mrs and Mrs White. A4 sheet of paper identifying each person.

Historical information

Blamey House (purchased 1947) , Stanhope (purchased 1945) and Harelands (purchased 1950) were residences run by Melbourne Legacy to take care of children whose fathers were servicemen, and who may have been left orphans, or whose mother may have been unable to care for them herself. Harelands accomodated boys and girls under the age of 14, Blamey House looked after boys over 14, and Stanhope looked after girls over 14. The children were cared for until they were old enough to become independent. The photo was taken after February 1972 but exact date is not known. The couple in this photo Bob White (Wight?), who was the Superintendent of the house with his wife Jane. See also 00035 for a similar photo taken in 1974. Was in a folder marked 'Residences'.

Significance

A record of the boys at Blamey house in the 1970s. The boys might be at school or learning a trade and were supported by Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names are written on the A4 paper on the outline of the people.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of three former Junior Legatees in police uniform.

Historical information

Photograph of three siblings that have all joined the Victorian police force. Penny, Andrew and Sally Graham were once junior legatees after the death of their father. With Legacy's support they all went on the join the police force. Presumably the photo was used to promote the successful work of Legacy.

Significance

A record of Junior Legatees growing into respected adults.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in blue ink "3 Junior Legatees of one family / Penny, Andrew and Sally Graham / Melbourne / Victoria Police" Stamped "The property of Melbourne Legacy / 9 Jul 1976" in purple ink. Stamped Copyright of Herald and Weekly Times in blue ink.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo x 1 and proof sheet x 3.

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, 00982, 00983.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed labels from Keesing Photographic on the back of each sheet. Labelled in blue text 911003/A, 911003/B and 911003/C

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 10 celebrating 100th birthday of Annie Townsend.

Historical information

Photos of Annie Townsend at her 100th birthday celebrations in 2003. The function is attended by President David Ford and many other Legacy widows. Rita Davidson is in 779.8 and 779.9 in black and grey stripped dress. The venue is unknown.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No. > Clarendon Photos 0129 / 0135" which is the frame number and place of processing. Frame numbers 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17.

Photo, Ceremony at the Shrine

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a solider standing at the Cenotaph.

Historical information

A Legacy ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. The photo shows a solider standing by the Cenotaph after a wreath was added. Date unknown. It was possibly Widows Sunday, which is the Sunday at the start of Legacy Week in September when widows gather at the Cenotaph and lay wreaths after a service. They also attend a church service and a lunch.

Significance

A record of a ceremony at the Shrine.

Document, brochure - Legacy Appeal - for widows of ex-servicemen and their children

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white brochure to promote Legacy in 1964 with a mother and two children on the cover.

Historical information

This is an example of Melbourne Legacy promotional material that was issued to inform the public on the work of Legacy. Very similar to item at 01445 and 01446 in the things it lists. Headings included: Whom does Legacy help? What kind of help does Legacy provide? What is the composition of a Legacy Club or Group? How many dependants is Legacy actively helping in Victoria? What does Legacy spend in this State in its work? How are these funds provided? Why is Legacy work necessary when there is a generous Repatriation Act? What is Legacy's aim?

Significance

An example of promotional material issued by Legacy in 1964.

Document, brochure - Duties of Various Sub-Committees / Intermediate Legacy, Melbourne

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White quarto paper brochure x 3 pages of Legacy committees.

Historical information

A copy of information about Legacy published for members of the Intermediate Legacy Club to understand the Club's activities. The date is unknown. 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 Legacy Committees that were active at the time.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of a widow visiting another in a nursing home.

Historical information

Widows would often volunteer to visit other widows in hospital. Here Vi Scales is visiting Maeve Kirchert, a patient at Azalea Lodge, Dandenong. The photo was featured in the November 1991 issue of the Widows' Newsletter (later called The Answer). It promoted the Home and Hospital Visiting Group and their amazing work visiting other widows. The Melbourne Home and Hospital Visiting Group that met every 3rd Wednesday in the 1990s (and possibly for many other years) as shown in the clipping from The Answer newsletter in December 1994.

Significance

A record of widows actively looking after each other. Visitors were rostered via their Widows' Clubs to look in on each other.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper label stuck to back, typed in black: 'Dandenong Legacy Widows Hospital Visitor Mrs Vi Scales with Mrs Maeve Kirchert a patient at "Azalea Lodge" 42 Langhorne St, Dandenong.

Photo - Guests of Victoria Yacht Club each year

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo printed on glossy paper in a horizontal format. This photo has a group of 12 people in a boat possing for this picture. The group is conformed mostly by children and teenagers and an adult seated on the right hand side.

Historical information

This photo has a group of 12 people in a boat possing for this picture. The group is conformed mostly by children and teenagers and an adult seated on the right hand side. This photograph is a remembrance of the kind of guests received at the Victorian Yacht Club for their annual celebration. This photograph circa around 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back side: hand writen, P7 / Hand written, LEGACY / Hand written, Operation Float 6 - 4 - 1975 / Hand written, Guests of Vic. Yacht Club each year / Stamped and hardly visible, COPY RIGHT, The Herald and Weekly News LTD. , Melbourne Australia, NOT TO BE REPRODUCED OR DISPLAYED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.

Document, programme - A Legacy Night to Remember

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Programme for a Legacy concert. White paper with blue and black printing. Contains photographs of famous Australians who supported Legacy. Two inserts on blue and yellow paper.

Historical information

Programme for September 1985 Legacy Week 'A Legacy Night to Remember' concert at Melbourne Concert Hall on September 2, 1985. Photos in programme of the following: Australian Jazz Band, Barry Crocker, Simon Gallaher, Rolf Harris, Anne & Johnny Hawker's Band, Colleen Hewett, Jackie Love, Paul Martelle, 3rd Military District 'Redcoats'. Special guest compere - Daryl Somers. Photos of the evening at are 01414.

Significance

Example of program from major Legacy fundraising event during Legacy Week.

Book, minute book

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Red mottled covered book with faint blue numbered pages. Yellow envelope and calendar fixed to inside cover with sellotape. Poem, Heroes of England inserted loosely between front cover and fly leaf. Two letters pinned to fly leaf 1- typed in blue thanking Intermediate Legacy Ladies Club for raising $1200.00. 2- letter in black type from the Honarary Secretary (Intermediate Legacy Ladies Club) to Mr Denstan Executive Officer Melbourne Legacy. A breakdown of amounts raised and from whom the funds were raised. Yellow envelope contains Statement of receipts and expenditure for years 1985/86/87/88/90/91/92.

Historical information

This is the Minute book of the Intermediate Legacy Ladies Club, from February 1983 - October 1993, detailing the activities and decisions of the LLC.

Significance

Records of financial information and fund raising activities undertaken by the LLC to assist Melbourne Legacy, which makes it an interesting source of funds for Melbourne Legacy who were supporting widows.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover, gold print "Collins 3880 series" underlined. Spine, gold print, Faint and paged. Lined and un-numbered page, handprinted Intermediate Legacy Ladies Club. In blue biro. Handwritten Minute Book. 1983 (February) in blue biro. Other notations have been inserted or stapled at pages 59, 96, 108 and 141.

Photo, Legacy Appeal

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of a lady with badge tray and collection tin. Yellow note paper.

Historical information

A photo of a young lady, Lisa Fitzgerald, with a metal Legacy Appeal tin and tray of badges, "Help Legacy take care of families of deceased ex-servicemen". Promoting badge day in September 1984 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 0438).

Significance

A record of fundraising.

Inscriptions & Markings

840905/59 in blue pen on reverse. Stamped Copyright Herald and Weekly Times in blue ink. Yellow note says: "Lisa Fitzgerald a member of Legacy House Staff was a willing helper on Badge Day / Photo Sun" in black pen.

Photo, Widows craft exhibition

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photos x 10 of a widows craft exhibition and President George Woodward in 1994.

Historical information

Photos taken at the 13th Annual Widows' Art and Craft Exhibition held at Legacy House in 1994. The note with the photos says: "The quality and ingenuity of the arts and crafts entered were outstanding and quite a daunting task for the judge, Mrs Janice Bridges". Photos show President George Woodward speaking, other names are not known.

Significance

A record of the type of activities the Legacy widows participated in. Craft days throughout the year provided times to gather together and socialise. The Art and Craft Exhibition gave them a chance to show off their talent. Items were sometimes sold in the stall outside Legacy House in Badge Week to raise money for Legacy.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of incoming President Tom Butcher and immediate past President Lucky Luscombe.

Historical information

Photograph of Brian 'Lucky' Luscombe who was President of Melbourne Legacy in 1997 handing over to incoming President Tom Butcher.

Significance

A record of the past presidents of Melbourne Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed "<No. 37> 229" on back as the frame and processing numbers.

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.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3 of various badge seller in Badge week.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2005. Various badge sellers around Melbourne, one of them in a Navy uniforms.

Significance

A record of the fundraising for the Legacy Appeal in 2005.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back "<No. > Clarendon Photos 1502" which is the frame numbers and place of processing. Negative numbers 3, 8, 11 (see also 00714).

Document, postcard

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Postcard with a drawing of the Netherlands.

Historical information

The postcard has a drawing of a traditional landscape of The Netherlands represented by a lake, house with mills, a boat and a child dressed in a colourful, traditional costume. The handwriten text is a letter home and describes the writer Peter's visit with his cousin. Other items addressed to Mrs Elsum are in the archive (see 00180 a postcard from 1915). It is unknown the connection to Legacy.

Significance

This postcard has a historical significance for the family involved and remind them the time when Peter was at Holland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten text in blue pen: "10-10-80, Hello There, greetings from Holland. Spending a couple of days with my cousin & his wife at Leiden, which is very old city with narrow cobble stone streets. Last night Paul & I did a 'pub crawl' on bikes which was good fun. Everyone rides bikes here, they even have part of the road reserved for them! All are well at Takerton, [?], send their best wishes & thanks for your gifts. Mum is writing to you. Thanks for keeping my girl company. See you soon. Love. Peter. Addressed to: Mr & Mrs John Elsum, 52 Davey Street, Mordialloc Vic 3195, Australia." Printed on postcard: gebr.spanjersberg / Rotterdam - antwerpen / Cobas y Cia. Barna. Printed in Spain / [Symbol] 7013 [Air mail stamp] LUCHPOST PAR AVION / P 4579 / PTT / [Postage Stamp] JULIANA NEDERLAND REGINA 55c

Document, letter - Aaron Beattie

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Letter on Aaron Beattie's letterhead dated 13th March 1930 to Legacy summarising the 1929 Demonstration income and expenditure.

Historical information

This is a report on the 1929 Annual Demonstration from Aaron Beattie to the Junior Legacy Club. It includes a summary of income and expenditure, and a few recommendations for the future demonstrations. The letter is in reply to a request from the Junior Legacy Club for Aaron Beattie to provide more detail in his accounts for services provided. The original letter can be found under record item 00200.

Significance

A record that Aaron Beattie was key in the production of the annual demonstrations. He ran the physical culture classes for Legacy for many years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature of Aaron Beattie in blue ink on second page. Some Legatee names on the reverse in pencil which may be unrelated.

Document - The Legacy Club of Melbourne Incorporated.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 Legacy letterhead, Legacy logo top left hand corner.

Historical information

This measure was effected for the legal protection of all members. Dated 17/5/1996. Photo TBA

Significance

For members, branches and groups engaged in "Club" activities (comradeship, non welfare members activities).

Inscriptions & Markings

L/RF Crosbie in blue ink top right hand corner Copy of Certificate of Incorporation - the word assistant struck out.

Document, newsletter - The Answer. A newsletter from Melbourne Legacy

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white printed newsletters from 1995 in pdf format.

Historical information

This pdf contains all six editions of the Melbourne Legacy Club newsletters in 1995, covering the activities of Melbourne Legacy Widows' Club. It includes photos of events. 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 many activities including, monthly meetings, card afternoons, indoor bowls competitions, outings and tours, plus the annual fete and Christmas concert. The first edition of the newsletter was in 1960, previously there had been a quarterly magazine but the distribution was limited, they changed to a 4 page newsletter format to reach more of the widows. The September 1992 edition of the Melbourne Legacy newsletter was the first to be called 'The Answer'. The name comes from the verses that guides the work of Legacy - 'In Flanders Field' and 'The Answer'. Editions were published January, March, May, July, September and November, they have approximately 24 pages.

Significance

Brings to life the activities provided for the widows and the work of Melbourne Legacy.

Document - History of Legacy 1946 (H19)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White foolscap paper with black type x 5 pages of the history of Legacy in 1946.

Historical information

A document summarising events significant to Legacy in the year 1946. With the return to peacetime the question of eligibility arose. The fundamental rule on which Legacy was based 'that of honourable service overseas' was clear cut in the case of the 194-1918 war 'but much more difficult to define in the many and varied fields of service in the war which commenced in 1939'. Discussions were continued through the war at Annual Conferences. Many members believed that membership should be open to 'any male person who served as a member of the Forces of the British Empire irrespective of whether or not overseas service was involved'. And a resolution was passed at the 18th Annual Conference in Adelaide in 1946. Similar discussions of eligibility of Junior Legacy benefits was also discussed and definitions evolved. There was an increased need to help young widows with young children. First mention of the need to have a 'toddler home' for children from age 3 to 8. A property was acquired in Balcombe road with donation from the Trustees of 'Blamey House' - a war time hostel for servicemen which was being wound up and balance of funds being donated to Legacy. (Property acquired was 'Mossgiel' in Balcombe rd but renamed Blamey house due to the terms of the donation). Also the former Red Cross property of 'Stanhope' was made ready for the first residents welcomed in December 1946. Dureau House was under 'constant consideration'. (It seems the Dental Clinic was transferred here and there other part made available to the Melbourne Technical College - but in the 1950s it was still not suitable for Legacy's headquarters and sold). Classes during the war had been difficult to find suitable halls, and 43 Market St was still being used by the Air Force. A superannuation scheme was instituted for the Legacy staff. The notation H18 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy.

Significance

A report covering the main work of Legacy in 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H19 in red pen.

Document, newspaper - The Red and White Diamond

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A copy of the Red and White Diamond field newspaper published for the troops in World War I.

Historical information

An issue of the Field Newspaper of the 24th Battalion by the 24th Battalion Press printed entirely in the field. This edition is Volume No. 5 January 1919. The articles reports on Christmas 1918, honours and awards given to the Battalion, and the arrangements for returning home to Australia. Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Legatee Frank Doolan he was on the archive committee and made attempts to collate the history of Legacy.

Significance

A record of publications made for the troops in World War 1. The founding members of Legacy would have been familiar with items like this as they fought in the first World War.

Photo, Legacy meeting

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of the Hon. Lindsay Thompson CMG, being guest speaker at Legacy House and a white paper label.

Historical information

A legatee function in Legacy House with the Hon. Lindsay Thompson CMG speaking. Date unknown. The paper label says his speech allowed members to share some of his parliamentary reminiscences. Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991. From Wikipedia: 'Lindsay Hamilton Simpson Thompson AO, CMG (15 October 1923 – 16 July 2008), Australian Liberal Party politician, was the 40th Premier of Victoria from June 1981 to April 1982'. He served in the Victorian parliament for 25 years.

Significance

A record that the speakers at Legacy functions were from very different walks of life and the subjects spoken about were many and varied.

Inscriptions & Markings

White paper label with black type 'The Hon. Lindsay Thompson, CMG, guest speaker at Legacy House, allowed members to share some of his parliamentary reminiscences. Many a tale was told and enjoyed.'

Photo, ANZAC Day

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of Anzac Day in London in 1957.

Historical information

A photo of an Anzac ceremony in Whitehall near the Cenotaph in London in 1957 from a Comradeship photo album. The label identifies Sir Eric Harrison who was Australian high commissioner in London at the time and the NZ dignitary Sir (Thomas) Clifton Webb the New Zealand High Commissioner. This photo and several others (see 01029 - 01032) of Anzac services in London are part of a photo album of Comradeship activities (from 1930 to 1977) see items 01027 to 01036.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in the border: Anzac Day London 1957 / Sir Eric Harrison. On the back: "Anzac Day 1957 Cenotaph London / Sir Eric Harrison / Sir Griffin Webb NZ (with his AIDE) / __ Fregher VC" in pencil

Document, programme - Second Annual Physical Culture and Eurhythmic Demonstration 1929

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1929, purple cover with gold print and cream paper with black text.

Historical information

Programme of the second Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 20th November 1929. Throughout the year Melbourne Legacy provided classes for Junior Legatees such as dancing, gymnastics and eurythmics, the Demonstration was an annual event to showcase their skills. Melbourne Legacy conducted Annual Demonstrations / Parades from 1928 through to 1979, usually held at Melbourne Town Hall. The beautiful costumes were made by members of the Junior Legacy Mothers' Club and the Melbourne Legacy Wives' Association. 'Demonstration arranged by the Chairman of the Gymnasium Sub-Committee (Legatee Aaron Beattie) in conjunction with Mrs Gilles (Hon. Directress Girls' Section) and James Tierney FPCV (Chief Instructor Boys Section).'

Significance

A record of the second annual demonstration.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page in blue ink 'Aaron Beattie'

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of 4 Legacy widows playing cards at Legacy House, a proof sheet and an article in the Answer.

Historical information

A group of Legacy Widows playing cards photographed by a professional photographer at Legacy House. Names unknown. The photo was featured in the Widows' Newsletter in November 1991 with the caption: A friendly game of cards. It is assumed that the date was 1991 due to the reference number from the photographic studio 911016-36 means Frame 36 on 16 October 1991. Other photos with that reference number are at 00668 and 00669.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the back from Keesing Photographic with Reference No: 911016-36. Yellow post it note says "Page two. Game of cards. 57% reduction C" in blue pen. Proof sheet is labelled 911016 and has 'Widows clubroom tea party re-opening 92' on reverse.

Document - Guest of Honour today - Colonel Sir Edward Dunlop, Kt., C.M.G., O.B.E.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 paper photocopy of a Melbourne Legacy Bulletin Page 3 mentioning the Guest of Honour at a meeting was Sir Edward Dunlop.

Historical information

Photocopy of brief biographical notes in respect of the guest of honour, Colonel Sir Edward Dunlop at a Legacy meeting. Legatees met regularly and usually had guest speakers to entertain and inform on different subjects. This document was from a file of information about guest speakers (see also 00812-00822 and 00829-00837). The requirement to be a guest of honour at a Legacy meeting is highlighted in purple. It says: A Guest of honour shall be an individual who by reason of his services to the community and/or the ex-servicemen and his dependants, is unanimously deemed by the Board of Management to be worth of being so described". In this case Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop was a speaker and his brief biography was included in this Bulletin.

Significance

A record that the speakers at Legacy functions were from very different walks of life and the subects spoken on were many and varied. Weary Dunlop is famous for his work to many organizations but most notable was his service in WW2 as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Document, brochure - The Legacy Club of Melbourne 1930-31 : A brief account of its ideals and works (H7)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Brochure describing the ideal and activities of the Legacy Club in 1930.

Historical information

A brochure explaining 'A brief account of its ideals and work' in 1930. The notation H4 in red pen shows that it was part of the archive project that was trying to capture the history of Legacy. The brochure mentions clubs had started in the Federal and state capitals, and Geelong, Ararat, Ballarat, Fremantle, Ipswich and Bendigo. Members were all men who had served in the forces of the British Empire during the war. It shows the work of Legacy as : Junior Legacy Club - which had been running for 5 years, for sons (aged 9 to 21) of deceased soldiers. Members of the Legacy Club were in constant touch and acted as Big Brothers. Boys' Literary and Debating Branch - approximately 95 boys attended weekly meetings of a debating society at Anzac House. Boys' Physical Training Branch - for the boys physical welfare classes and conducted weekly by a permanent instructor (paid by Legacy). There were 270 boys attending. Also cricket, football, Lacrosse and swimming clubs, all supervised and coached. 'A permanent camp has been erected at Balnarring East, and this is occupied by the boys at the Christmas vacation under the control of Legatee Stan Savige, and the girls at Easter, with Mrs Gilles in charge. The value of these camps in enabling Junior Legatees to become better acquainted and in the development of character and the Legacy spirit cannot be overestimated'. Girls' Physical Training Branch - started in 1927 and now over 200 girls were being instructed by Mrs AM Gilles (the wife of a Legatee). Lending Library of over 600 books. Vocational placements for junior legatees. Meetings were held in the Victoria Palace Hotel, Little Collins St, on Tuesdays and included an informative lecture. The policy and objectives were laid out including to preserve the memory of fallen comrades and to assist their dependents, particularly the children. Also to maintain a spirit of comradeship, and to safeguard the good standing and interests of ex-servicemen in the community. The brochure shows activities as: Employment Committee, Comradeship Committee, a pledge to assist the National War Memorial being established on the Domain site, and for the children the 'Deceased Soldiers' Children's Welfare Committee. Also picnics, Christmas camp, cycle club, and rambles as arranged. There is help for vocational options for the children. It is mentioned during 1930 which consisted of 'a hospital ward, mess room seating 80, a kitchen and storeroom. Also tent frames and necessary offices are provided and the total value of the building and equipment owned by the Club is our £600.' See also 01478 for a copy from 1928.

Significance

This is one of the first documents that promotes Legacy and summarises its objective and services.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten H4 in red pen.