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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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1813 items

1813 items

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?)

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 2 of Edwin Maher at Legacy House.

Historical information

Two photos of journalist Edwin Maher signing copies of his books for Legatees at Legacy House. Presumably he had attended a Tuesday lunch meeting as a guest speaker. The books appear to be 'Stop the World I want to get on: How to drive yourself sane' (published 1993) and 'The Edwin Maher Scrapbook' (published 1990). Edwin Maher is a New Zealand born TV journalist who was a former ABC presenter. He helped present the Legacy Anzac Commemoration for Students in 1998.

Significance

A record of a well known person attending Legacy House. It shows that the speakers at Legacy functions were from very different walks of life and the subjects spoken about were many and varied.

Document, Thesis - The Task-Focused Volunteer: An Evaluation of the Work of the Legacy Club of Melbourne

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

White A4 paper pages with black type x 186 pages held together by two large bulldog clips. Some notations in pencil in the margins.

Historical information

This is a study of Melbourne Legacy by the author William Paul Healy, from April 1973 to March 1975. The author was interested because of the reputation gained by Legacy over the preceding 50 years, for successfully delivering welfare services by volunteers to widows and their dependant children. The aim of the study was to describe, analyse, explain and evaluate the work of Legacy. This has been done at great length and in summary the great value of Legacy is in the continuity of a Legatee with the one family i.e. the legatee maintained contact with the family through school, beginning work/university and other milestones in the life of a dependant family. It was thought that families in receipt of Legacy services functioned at a higher level than those who do not receive such services.

Significance

Significant in that Legacy was already providing a high quality service. Some of the effectiveness seems to derive from the ease at which the legatee is able to establish a relationship with the family.

Photo, Legacy Appeal 2005

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of preparation for selling badges, inside Legacy House.

Historical information

Photos during Badge Week in September 2005 - poster says "Show your true colours" with an image of the different coloured badges available for sale. Photos of the preparations inside Legacy House for the badge sellers to collect their trays and collection tins. 00714.1 A Legatee briefing school children. 007014.2 The president Geoff Webb with a group of Navy personnel and their collection tins. 007014.3 School children's registering for their tins. 007014.4 The tins ready for collection. 007014.5 Navy personnel registering for their trays and tins.

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 14, 15, 18, 20, 21. (see also 00713, 00715).

Photo, Widows craft exhibition

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo of a widow displaying her handiwork at a craft exhibition.

Historical information

A lady showing a decoupage vase she had made next to a table of craft items. This was an Annual Art and Craft Exhibition that was run by the widows club. The items could be sold at trading tables and at the table outside Legacy House during Badge Week in September to raise funds. There were craft afternoons throughout the year for widows to learn new skills and gather together at Legacy House. Assumed to be 1990 as it was used to promote the 1991 fete in the Answer newsletter published 31st May 1991. It is Mrs Norah Howard from Southport Club.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

This paper manufactured by Kodak.

Booklet - Melbourne Legacy Handbook

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed paperback book with olive green cover, white pages and black type.

Historical information

A guide to help Legatees understand their responsibilities. These handbooks are updated periodically.

Significance

A helpful booklet for Legatees in carrying out their duties.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover, Melbourne Legacy Handbook and Legacy logo printed in black ink, 1951 handwritten in black biro and underlined twice in green pencil. Cover and pages stapled together. Page 4, alterations handwritten in blue ink, one alteration made by hand held stamp.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed with the word 'Legacy'

Document, notes - Proposed Boys Hostel

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 carbon copied foolscap sheets, tattered at the foot, and typed onto paper previously used for a schedule of works for Spicer Detmold. Two punched holes for filing.

Historical information

Initial thinking about the establishment of Holmbush 'for boys whose earnings and family circumstances are insufficient to enable them to pay full rates for Board & Lodging; and to extend to them the supervision benefits, and comradeship of Legacy."

Significance

Further documentation on the practicalities of establishing a Legacy residence for boys. The then current costs are detailed.

Inscriptions & Markings

297.1 Item 2.a "Day, Fullarton (2) Priest, (illegible)" Item 2. e "+ Churches, Sports Grounds, Swimming Pool & (illegible)"

Photo - Launch of Legacy Week - 3rd September 1990 - Aviation art exhibition

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 6 of an art exhibition for Legacy Week in 1990.

Historical information

Launch of Legacy Week in 1990 included an exhibition of Aviation Art at Legacy House. Paintings were by Frank Harding of Renmark, South Australia. A newspaper article published on 23 August 1990, mentions that Frank Harding had painted over 50 paintings of aircraft flown by Australians and published a book of the images. It was called 'They flew for the King'. Each painting had been extensively researched to capture a specific moment in the World War 2 combat career of various pilots, flight officers or bomb-aimers. His aim was to honour the fine efforts of these great individuals. Unfortunately the artist died a few weeks after the exhibition and launch of his book. Guests included Bud Tingwell, who flew for the RAAF in World War 2 and other RAAF personnel. It appears to have included a heritage display from the Royal Australian Air Force Museum at the same time. The article is at 01522 also see media release at 01521, more photos of the paintings and guests are in 01524. In 1990 the slogan was "Lest YOU forget" with an image of the statue of Simpson and his donkey rather than a personality. 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'. Was in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1987 to 1991.

Significance

An example of an art exhibition being held at Legacy House to promote Legacy during Legacy week in 1990.

Document, letters - Archives origin. Index P2.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Two letters about the original attempt to create an archive. 00456.1 Copy of a letter typed on Legacy A4 letterhead, dated 7 February 1978, to the Legacy secretary from Legatees Frank Doolan and Brian Armstrong. 00456.2 Letter typed on quarto Legacy letterhead, dated 10 March 1978, from the secretary advising their letter had been tabled at the Board Meeting.

Historical information

These letters from 1978, record the first known attempts by Melbourne Legacy to preserve and store their history and what "The Wardens" of the archives believed was the most appropriate way to proceed with the project. Legatees Brian Armstrong and Frank Doolan were appointed by the Board of Management to scope the work to establish and archive as 'The Wardens'. They mention in their report to the BOM that many original files were lost in a fire 'many years ago' and they had collected material from many sources. They felt that a proper storage facility and indexing was required and were not able to complete those tasks. It would appear most of their work remained in their envelopes and storage system until the Victorian Collections archive was created. Came from an envelope labelled 'P2 Archives Origin' in red pen as per the archive system used by the original archive.

Significance

Significant in that the Board of Melbourne Legacy understood and valued the importance of preserving and documenting the history of Melbourne Legacy. A record that Frank Doolan and Brian Armstrong had done considerable work at creating the initial archive for Legacy in 1978.

Inscriptions & Markings

00456.1. Handwritten, "L/tee Brian Armstrong" in blue ball point pen. Stamped COPY ONLY, in purple ink. Signed Frank Doolan and HB Armstrong. 00456.2 Signed Legatee L. F. Johns. Hon Sec Melbourne Legacy.

Document, card - Warmest Greetings and Sincerest Wishes Xmas 1917, New Year 1918

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A greeting card published for the Australian Comforts Fund in 1917.

Historical information

A greeting card published by the Australian Comforts Fund for Christmas and New Year 1917-18. It has humorous cartoons of the war effort. Was with other World War 1 memorabilia that has come from Private J.B. McLean (Service No. 13824).

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Greetings from Jessie

Document, programme - Junior Legacy Club Annual Demonstration 1942

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed programme for 1942, photocopy of a A4 page folded in 3.

Historical information

Programme of a Legacy Demonstration at the Melbourne Town Hall on 8th November 1942. 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 1980s, 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.

Significance

A record of a Junior Legacy annual demonstration.

Document, postcard - Postcards of India

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Postcards x 7 with images from Bombay in India.

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. These postcard scenes are from Bombay which is a stop on the route from Australia to Europe. India was often the first time young soldiers saw a different culture on their way to the first World War. These were 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 (none of these have been written on or posted). 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', (which stopped in Bombay), arriving Portsea in 1920.

Significance

Postcards were a very common form of communication in 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. These places in Bombay, India could have been visited by the first Legatees when they were soldiers in World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

01139.1 Bombay - A street scene, Pydowni Junction 01139.2 Bird's eye view of Fort from Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay 01139.3 Cuffe Parade - Bombay 01139.4 General Post Office - Bombay 01139.5 Bombay - Queen's Road showing palms 01139.6 A woman tapping rubber tree (possibly from Sri Lanka as it was printed in Colombo). 01139.7 Bombay from Harbour Each one has the word POST CARD on the reverse with room for an address and an area for Correspondence. Different makers.

Document, memoir - Wisdom Days

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x pdf document, colour and black & white 5.81 MB, 33 x jpeg images, colour and black & white. 56 - 1,938 KB

Historical information

As a teenager in the 1950s Alison Wisdom was a resident for seven years at both Stanhope and Holmbush Legacy hostels in Burke Road, Kew. She has compiled a website and written a book about her extended family in which her own experiences are described. Alison's brother, Stephen Kerry Wisdom, also lived at the hostels, as well as her eventual husband, Graeme Ball, and she describes their lives as Legacy children very fondly with many photographs.

Significance

This is a rare and well researched account which describes the residences from a child's point of view, The information and photographs give a valuable insight into the running of the hostels, the lives of the beneficiaries and effect of the efforts of so many Legatees.

Document, minutes - Biography of Sir Stanley Savige

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

One quarto size sheet of copy paper, carbon copy of minutes of a meeting about the biography.

Historical information

11th meeting of the committee held at Legacy House on 15 July 1960 reveals that 2000 copies of the book had been sold but sales were slowing. Because minutes of the 9th and 10th committee meetings are missing, information on the project is incomplete, but these minutes refer to the fact that the author wanted his loan of $1000 to be refunded, reversing his advice in the minutes of the 15 December 1958. The copy of the financial statement noted as attached to the minutes is missing.

Significance

An indication of possible sales results of the sale of the biography of Sir Stanley Savige.

Booklet - The National War Memorial of Victoria. The Shrine of Remembrance. Souvenir Booklet

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A 16 page of booklet of buff paper in a cream cover describing the Shrine in photos and brown print.

Historical information

The booklet shows important aspects of the Shrine, 'one of the greatest of the war memorials erected in various parts of the world'. 'The purpose of this imposing structure is set out in the simple words quoted on the eastern wall of the Shrine of Remembrance itself- "This memorial was erected by a grateful people to the honoured memory of the men and women of Victoria who served the Empire in the Great War of 1914-18." The booklet outlines parts of the Shrine including the Battle Honour Discs, the Porticos, the Stone of Remembrance, the Inner Shrine, the Crypt and the Ray of Light. The document was in a file with other documents concerning the Shrine and it's history (01181 - 01191). Labelled with red pen S10 as part of an old archive numbering system.

Significance

A record of the Shrine of Remembrance. There was an effort to record historical events for the "Archive Committee" which collected this and other documents relating to the Shrine together in a file (see items 01181 - 01191).

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped 'The Property of Legacy Melbourne' in purple ink. S10 in red pen

Document, newsletter - Melbourne Legacy Widows' Newsletter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black typed newsletter x 24 editions from 1987 to 1990, No 161 to 184, each edition 8 or 12 pages. No 161, January 1987 No 162, March 1987 No 163, May 1987 No 164, July 1987 No 165, September 1987 No 166, November 1987 No 167, January 1988 No 168, March 1988 No 169, May 1988 No 170, July 1988 No 171, September 1988 No 172, November 1988 No 173, January 1989 No 174, March 1989 No 175, May 1989 No 176, July 1989 No 177, September 1989 No 178, November 1989 No 179, January 1990 No 180, March 1990 No 181, May 1990 No 182, July 1990 No 183, September 1990 No 184, November 1990

Historical information

Examples of Melbourne Legacy Club newsletters, covering the activities of Melbourne Legacy Widows' Club. Information includes a notice from the Chairman of the Widows' Committee, dates of meetings, possible day trips and theatre outings, and cruises. The ladies were welcome to attend 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. By 1987 and 1988 it was a 8 page publication, by the end of 1989 it was 12 pages long. Editions were edited by Joan Miller, the Widows Club Co-ordinator. Various pages of interest have been added to show different news items. Other editions haven't been scanned.

Significance

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

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 14 of a Police band concert at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1995 and an article in the Answer.

Historical information

A regular event for the widows was a concert by the Police Band at the Melbourne Town Hall. Held in March each year, it was originally at the Fitzroy Gardens but moved to the Town Hall in 1995. The photos show the widows enjoying the music and performers, including an Elvis impersonator.

Significance

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

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Green quarto copy paper, black type, two hole punched.

Historical information

Letter dated 14 January 1943 to Henry Palmer of 650 Nicholson St, North Fitzroy to place an order for 14 beds, 17 mattresses and 36 pillows for the hostel. It states the costs and that the items were to be discounted 2.5% and plus Sales Tax. Delivery was to be no later than the end of March.

Significance

A record of prices and quantities of furniture and items required for the first hostel established by Legacy in 1943 during the war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Initialled for E. Russell, Hostel Chairman.

Photo - HDC Camp 1992

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 3 of a HDC camp, a label and an article in the newsletter.

Historical information

Photos from a camp at Somers for handicapped dependents in January 1992. These photos show costumes and a stage production. Other photos from the camp are at 01560, 01562, 01563 and 01564. Some appeared in the newsletter in March 1992. The article mentions that the annual camps run for two weeks at Somers Camp. It is a wonderful gathering of Junior Legatees, Legatees, and dedicated helpers. 50 Legatees attended this camp with the personal attention almost one-to-one. With ages ranging from 22 to into the 60s, Legacy has to ensure it caters for the differing needs. Legatees headed by Camp Chief, Jim Hammon and Chairman of the Handicapped Dependents Committee, Merv Tickell, were supported by two Camp Co-Ordinators and 50 helpers known as 'leaders'. Many of the leaders are people in the workforce wishing to give something back to the community. Junior Legatees are organised into groups. They participate in horse-riding, swimming, golfing, strawberry picking, and many other activities. Every month Legacy's handicapped dependents are invited to go on outings or take part in recreational and educational activities. These programmes aim to develop independence and thus lessen the need for reliance on others for simple routine functions. Photos were in a scrapbook of photos spanning 1983 to 1991.

Significance

A record of the type of activities Legacy provided for the handicapped dependents of the Legacy families.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue pen 'HDC Camp -Somers / Jan 1992 / Camp Chief: L/ J Hammon / Co-ordinator Julien Hardy-Smith / Photo Eric Wadsworth / 51 J/Ls'

Photo, Legacy Demonstration - Legacy Demonstration

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of junior legatees in sports outfits dancing on stage at Melbourne Town Hall.

Historical information

A photo of a large group of young junior legatees in sports outfits dancing on stage at the Annual Demonstration. Legacy clubs ran classes for junior legatees for many years such as gymnastics, swimming or dancing classes. 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 of the Annual Demonstration. Year unknown.

Significance

A record of a way Legacy provided classes for junior legatees and the skills learned were displayed in the Annual Demonstration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped "Compliments of the Ministry of Tourism / Government of Victoria / please acknowledge Michael Cheshire" in grey ink. Handwritten 'Legacy P2' in blue pen.

Document, letter

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

361.1 White notepaper, lined, black ink handwriting, two hole punched. 361.2 White notepaper, lined, black ink handwriting, two hole punched.

Historical information

361.1 Application by Mr N Partis (?) of Albert Park for more information on the position of Manager of the Legacy Club Hostel. It lists his experience in WWI and orchard and farm experience. 361.2 A follow up letter by Mr N Partis (?) providing references.

Significance

A record of written correspondence regarding job applications in 1943.

Inscriptions & Markings

361.1 "Sent outline of duties 12/2/43" in blue ink

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photo, 50th Anniversary

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of an event at the Eternal Flame.

Historical information

A photo of children and adults near the Eternal Flame after a ceremony and wreath laying at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. It was part of the Golden Jubilee 50 year celebrations in 1973. Legacy Flag is flying alongside the Australian and UK flags on the three flagpoles. Photos came from an envelope marked P1 Federal Conference 1973 / 50 Year anniversary

Significance

A record of a ceremony to mark the 50th year of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

All stamped "This Photograph is the compliments of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge Michael Cheshire" in grey ink.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 6 of the launch of a tram painted to promote to Legacy at Flinders St Station.

Historical information

Photos from the 2 May 1995 when the Transport Minister, Mr Alan Brown and Legacy President David Millie unveiled banners at Flinders St Station saying "Australia Remembers". Also the launch of a tram by Junior Legatees Kim Anderson and Peter Hazelager. Another photo is a group of dignitaries in front of the tram. The tram was painted to promote Legacy in 1995 which was the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Wording on the tram says: "This year - Australia remembers the Heroes of World War II / 50 years on / Legacy never forgets to care for the widows and children of those who fought for our freedom". It appeared in The Answer in June 1995 after it had been launched on May 2nd by President David Millie and Public Transport Minister, Mr Alan Brown. The ribbon was cut by Junior Legatees Kim Anderson and Peter Hazelager. "The distinctive white tram will be running on routes around Melbourne for at least six months and our thanks go to the Public Transport Corporation for making it possible." 01809.1 shows President Millie, Kim Anderson and Peter Hazelager. 01809.2 is Peter Hazelager being held by his mother, Margaret Anderson and Kim Anderson. 01809.4 is a Legatee, Minister Alan Brown, President Millie, a man in The MET uniform, Legatee Roger Greene.

Significance

A record of a way to promote Legacy during Legacy Week in 1995.

Document, title - Certificate of Title under the "Transfer of Land Act 1954"

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Double sided sheet of heavy white/cream paper, printed in black ink with plan drawn in red.

Historical information

Junior Legacy Melbourne purchased 293 Swanston Street Melbourne in 1956 from the Commonwealth Government of Australia with money gifted to Legacy in memory of David Dureau. The title deed is in the name of Junior Legacy Melbourne, which was then working from 45 Market Street. Junior Legacy became Legacy Melbourne, and ultimately Melbourne Legacy, and as such is still using the three floors of the building.

Significance

For over 60 years Melbourne Legacy has been able to conduct activities and fund raising for beneficiaries from this building; the facilities have been sufficiently extensive to enable complete flexibility in meeting the changing requirements.

Inscriptions & Markings

01283.1 A216948 D.A. Tregent written in pencil 01383.2 3373, 571 and A216948 handwritten in blue/black ink

Photo, portrait - President Wilson 1987

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of President B R Wilson (1987).

Historical information

A photo of president Legatee B R Wilson during his time as President. It appears to have been professionally taken for use in publications.

Significance

A record of past presidents of Legacy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue pen 'B R Wilson President (1987) Melbourne Legacy' on reverse.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 4 of President Geoff Webb awarding a plaque to a group from VBM and two pages of information.

Historical information

President Geoff Webb presented a plaque to the Victoria Barracks Melbourne Corps of Guides in acknowledgement of the contribution of the proceeds of the Victoria Barracks Public Tours donations over the past three year, a total of $11,000 to Legacy in that time. A portion of these proceeds was designated to be used for maintenance work on the Legacy statue of the Widow and her Children in the Garden of Appreciation at the Shrine of Remembrance. More than 1,500 people visit Victoria Barracks Melbourne (VBM) each year as part of the Public Tours program conducted by the VBM Corps of Guides. Guided tours of the Barracks in 2005 operated on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons as required. The Entrance fees were $5 per adult and $3 for concession and pensioners.

Significance

A record of where funds are raised and given to Legacy's work.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back <No. > Clarendon Photos which is the frame number and place of processing. Frame numbers: 1, 4, 7 and 8.

Document, menu card

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Printed and folded menu card, black on white, with the menu printed in purple by a spirit duplicator; two handrawn blue ballpoint caricatures, autographed in blue biro by participants.

Historical information

The dinner took place on Tuesday 25th November 1958 at The Naval and Military Club; there is no indication of what the occasion might have been. The two caricatures are clearly of the same person and are signed by Pat Hanna, in the same style as the drawings in 01293 and 01290, it is possible that 'Donno' might have been Donovan Joynt though his name isn't in the autographs. (Donovan Joynt was a prominent original Legatee and VC winner in France in 1918, and looks similar to the drawing). It may not have been an official Legacy occasion but simply a gathering of Legatees at the Naval and Military Club. The artist Pat Hanna was a founding member of Melbourne Legacy. Legacy kept some of his works in the archive.

Significance

As well as demonstrating the conviviality of Legatees, it attests to the food usually offered at dinners in the 1950s. The 'Papa au Rum' listed for dessert might have been a misprint for 'Baba au Rhum' which was popular at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

14 autographs: F.Meldrum, James G. Gillespie, Frank Doolan, Aaron Beattie, Pat Hanna, J Wallace, R. Mitchell, Brian Armstrong, and the rest illegible. In black ink: 'The One & Only DONO' underlined on back page,' DONNO THE ONE & ONLY' inside front cover.

Document, programme - Legacy Club. A Century Revue...'This Will Be The Place'

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Eight page theatre program of Melbourne Junior Legacy Display 'This Will Be the Place'.

Historical information

Eight page theatre program of 'This Will Be the Place' Melbourne Legacy Display held at the Garrick Theatre Friday 9th November 1934, 28th - 29th November 1934. The revue was conceived, written and composed by Legacy Club. It related five chapters in Victoria's history from the first 100 years following the career of a family of pioneers from 1835 through various generations. Includes the story of the play, a genealogical tree of the White family, summaries of the program including music, skits and tableau. Proceeds for welfare work among the sons and daughters of deceased soldiers. The performance on the 9th November was performed for delegates that had come to Melbourne for the annual National Conference as well as the public. A second copy was found with autograph signatures on the back cover. Both copies kept.

Significance

A record that Melbourne Legacy was involved in promoting cultural events as a way of raising funds for their work as early at 1934.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back cover is signed in pencil with autographs.