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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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1668 items

1668 items

Document, letter - Re Legatee Carter's letters on Residences Review Sub-Committee Report

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 x foolscap sheets, black on white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Response by Legatee J.E. Chancellor, Chairman of the Residences Review Sub-Committee dated 30th August 1972 to the letters from Legatee Carter (Cat.No. 01685), and addressed to the Chairman of Junior Legacy Club, with copies to the recipients of Legatee Carter's letters. In his detailed response, Legatee Chancellor refutes Legatee Carter's claims with detailed reasons and explanations.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: two vertical pencilled lines Page 3 verso: L/H.C.Rodgers in blue biro

Document, letter - Residences Review Sub-Committee Report

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 x foolscap sheets, black on white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Two letters dated 12th June 1972 and 18th June 1972 from Legatee D.B. Carter to Legatee E.G. Baker as a member of the Board of Management,, discussing the Residences Review Sub-Committee Report of April 1972. (Cat. No. 01674). L/- Carter challenges many of the items in the report in quite an emphatic manner before offering his own recommendations in the first letter; not content with this lengthy letter, he revisits the matter only six days later and 'urges' the Board of Management to appoint a sub-committee to examine not only accommodation of problem children, but also whether Melbourne Legacy funds are being used in the most effective way. See Cat. No. 01686 for Legatee Chancellor's response as Chair of the Residences Review Sub-Committee.

Significance

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

Document - Steering committee - Future of Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

5 foolscap sheets, black on white copy. Two holes punched for filing. 2 handwritten add-ons, one black biro on unpunched white paper, the second black biro on faintlined paper with double holes punched.

Historical information

Draft report of the Steering Committee (Residences) dated 29/3/74 on the accompanying note, which was addressed to Hugh (Legatee H. Rodgers) and signed Allan Q. (Legatee A. Quayle). The Steering Committee was in favour of demolishing and re-building Blamey House in stages: 1. constructing motel type units on SW corner of the site, 2. Demolishing Blamey House 3. Moving occupants in from Stanhope 4. Moving occupants from Harelands to Stanhope and selling Harelands. The plan would also provide future accommodation for widows in the long term. These recommendations were never implemented. See also Cat. No. 01677.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

In black biro: Page 1 line 4 - 'the' inserted Page 1 3.1.2 'u' deleted Page 2 - 3.2 (A) and (B) inserted Page 3 - 3.3 split into (A) and (B) Page 3 - 4.1.2 crossed out and rewritten on separate sheet Page 3 - 4.2.2 'Move occupants from 'Stanhope' into the new complex' added. Page 4 - 4.2.3 Crossed out and rewritten as 'Move the occupants from 'Harelands' to 'Stanhope' and sell 'Harelands'. Page 4 - 6.1.1 'However, the Page 4 - final para 'detail of what these funds might be available' replaced with 'detailed information on the availability of these funds' Page 5 - 6.1.3 'implemented' replaced 'put in hand Page 5 - 6.1.3.2 changed to read 'Suitable short-term housing of our Junior Legatees at a standard commensurate with the responsibility of Legacy'.

Document - Blamey House

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 x photocopies black on white.

Historical information

Documentation dated January 1974 obtained by Legatee Trebilcock as a member of the Steering Committee (Residences) which had been formed to advise on the future of the Melbourne Legacy residences. See also Cat.No. 01676. The document describes the location and the buildings in detail noting that the location on Burke Road is a very good one and the buildings were quite sound. See also Cat. No. 01677.

Significance

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

Document - Harelands

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

4 x photocopies black on white.

Historical information

Documentation dated January 1974 obtained by Legatee Trebilcock as a member of the Steering Committee (Residences) which had been formed to advise on the future of the Melbourne Legacy residences. See also Cat.No. 01676. The document describes the location and the buildings in detail and advises that Harelands appears to be in good condition but unsuitable for extension or alteration. See also Cat. No. 01679.

Significance

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

Document - Stanhope

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

5 x photocopies black on white. 1 x photocopied architectural plan, black on white paper

Historical information

Documentation dated January 1974 obtained by Legatee Trebilcock as a member of the Steering Committee (Residences) which had been formed to advise on the future of the Melbourne Legacy residences. See also Cat.No. 01676. The document describes the location and the buildings in detail and advises that Stanhope appears to be satisfactory for its purpose and easily converted to a co-ed facility. The photocopied plan is also dated January 1974, but the definition is poor.

Significance

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

Document, letter - Report & Valuation as at 21st January 1974

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x photocopied letter on letterhead, black on white. 1 x photocopied title document, black on yellowing paper

Historical information

Valuation of Harelands by Ernest Trebilcock & Revill Pty. Ltd dated 21 January 1974, accompanied by copies of the title documents dated 29 March 1943. The valuation of $168,000 was subsequently submitted to the Steering Committee (Residences) (Cat. No. 01676).

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

'Blamey House'' handwritten in red biro on the title document (01679 (3))

Document, letter - Report & Valuation as at 21st January 1974

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x photocopied letter on letterhead, black on white. 1 x photocopied title document, black on yellowing paper

Historical information

Valuation of Harelands by Ernest Trebilcock & Revill Pty. Ltd dated 21 January 1974, accompanied by copies of the title documents dated 1st December 1944. The valuation of $128,000 was subsequently submitted to the Steering Committee (Residences) (Cat. No. 01676).

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

'Harelands' handwritten in red biro on the title document (01679 (3))

Document, letter - Re: Residences - Future of Individual Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x photocopied letter on letterhead, some original typing, black on white.

Historical information

Letter dated 29 November 1973 from (Legatee) A. Quale, Chairman, Residences Committee, to Legatee H.C.G. Rodgers appointing him to the Steering Committee (Residences) and laying out the terms of reference, and the investigations to be undertaken in order make recommendations about the future of the Melbourne Legacy residences. Members of the committee were selected with particular reference to their experience in certain fields and responsibilities allocated accordingly; Legatee Rodgers was tasked with forecasting occupancy levels for the following 10 years. Legatee Rodgers noted that copies of the titles for Blamey House and Harelands were to follow.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in blue biro 'Allan Quale, per (illegible)'

Document - Re: Blamey House

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

1 x photocopied unsigned letter 1 x architectural plan

Historical information

Letter dated 11 September 1974 from (Legatee) H.L. Berg of Bernard Evans, Murphy, Berg & Hocking Pty. Ltd., Architects & Town Planners, to Legatee A. Quayle, Chairman of the Housing Steering Committee. The plan (01677(2)) is undated and unnumbered, but produced by the same architects and sitting next to the letter in the file. The letter refers to a Drawing No.5 and sets out the difference in accommodation and areas from Drawing No. 1. It is unclear whether the plan is No.1 or No.5. At this time Melbourne Legacy was considering demolishing Blamey House and developing the site to build units to accommodate senior children initially and ultimately widows. (Cat. No. 01676). This was never put into practice.

Significance

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

Document, minutes - Minutes of meeting of Steering Committee (Residences) held at "Legacy House" on Wednesday, 30th January, at 12.30 p.m.

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

Draft Minutes of a meeting held on 30/01/1974. The Steering Committee (Legatees Quale, Chair, Berg, Rodgers and Trebilcock) had been formed to look into the issue of what to do with Blamey House, Stanhope and Harelands in light of the issues raised in a report by the Residences Review Sub-Committee (Cat.No.01674) in 1972. The Steering Committee favoured the demolition of Blamey House to build units to accommodate senior students and ultimately widows, and the eventual sale of Harelands with a transfer of residents to Stanhope. Further investigations were to be made and the next meeting was set for 14 February 1974.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

'L/H.C.G.Rodgers' in blue biro on the back.

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

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

Historical information

Pages 2 and 3 extracted from minutes of an unnamed committee meeting held on 5.11.73, probably the Residences Committee. The items discussed seem to be mostly about Blamey House and the need to renovate various areas at a possible cost of $20,000-$25,000. The minutes emphasise the need to bring forward a complete Works Programme for Blamey House to bring it up to the standard of Harelands and Stanhope.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

01675(3) Pencilled notes: 'HR & JC to talk about forecast', occupancy rates for Blamey House, Stanhope and Har elands in '74.

Document, report - Report by Residences Review Sub-Committee

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

10 doublesided foolscap sheets, black on white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Final report dated April 1972 submitted by the Residences Review Sub-Committee (J.E. Chancellor. Chair, H.C.G. Rogers, G.K. Rosman) - see drafts at Cat.Nos. 01672 and 01673. The report of the Forcasting Committee, Cat. No. 01670, is included as Appendix I, and comparative costs statements 1963-1971 are included as Appendices II-V. The report gives details of the situation at that date and projected changes to the functions of the residences, occupancy rates, costs and likely trends in accommodation needs. It explores at length auxiliary and alternate accommodation such as the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA and church hostels, before recommending that when the number of residents over the age of 14 falls below 34 in two consecutive years Blamey House be disposed of or developed for other needs, Stanhope is converted to co-ed accommodation for over 14s, and Harelands is used as co-ed accommodation for the under 14s. The report also recommends investigating as a separate project maintaining a separate cottage for problem children.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: in pencil: 'FINAL REPORT'

Document, report - Report by Residences Review Sub-Committee

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

8 foolscap sheets, black on white. Two holes punched for filing, and add-in.

Historical information

An unattributed draft report dated 19/04/1972 (to be read in conjunction with Cat. No. 01670) which updates Cat.No. 01672. The report gives details of the situation at that date and projected changes to the functions of the residences, occupancy rates, costs and likely trends in accommodation needs. It explores at length auxiliary and alternate accommodation such as the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA and church hostels, before recommending that when the number of residents over the age of 14 falls below 34 in two consecutive years Blamey House be disposed of or developed for other needs, Stanhope is converted to co-ed accommodation for over 14s, and Harelands is used as co-ed accommodation for the under 14s. The report also recommends investigating as a separate project maintaining a separate cottage for problem children.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: in pencil: 'DRAFT 19/4/72 Discussed with J. Chancellor and G. Rosman 19-4-72 Page 3: pencilled 'A' circled and inserted before Item 5. Page 7: In pencil: 'See conclusions attached' at foot of page. 01673(8): in pencil circled 'A', in blue biro 'end of Para 4' 01673(9): in pencil: (i) 'de' scribbled out (iii) 'or re-development of site for other Legacy needs' after 'Disposal of Blamey House, 'Extend' changed to 'Limit', 'limit' deleted, 'for' changed to 'to', 'Havelands' changed to 'Harelands', 'Haveland plus' deleted, '(See addendum ---)' at end.

Document, report - Report on Legacy Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

6 foolscap sheets, black on white. Two holes punched for filing, and 2 add-ins.

Historical information

An unattributed report dated 18/04/1972 to be read in conjunction with Cat. No. 01670. The report gives details of the situation at that date and projected changes to the functions of the residences, occupancy rates, costs and likely trends in accommodation needs. It explores at length auxiliary and alternate accommodation such as the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA and church hostels, before offering future options: (i) to carry on using Harelands, Stanhope and Blamey House without change, (ii) move working girls and boys to YWCA/church hostel or YMCA/church hostel, converting Stanhope to a co-ed residence for over 14s attending school, maintaining Harelands as a co-ed residence for under 14s, and releasing Blamey House. These changes to take place when the number of residents over the age of 14 falls below 34 in two consecutive years.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: Handwritten in pencil: 'Discussed with J. Chancellor 18/4/72', 'DRAFT 18/4/72 see later Draft 19/4', under Occupancy '74' is circled and '72' written next to it. Handwritten in blue biro: '(This report has been updated under the heading of Occupancy to include 1971 figures)', '(a) Junior Legatees' added under 3. Page 2: Handwritten in blue biro: '(b) Costs of Maintaining Residences added under #3, 'ER' added in pencil to 'high' near bottom of page. Page 3: Handwritten in pencil: 'should' changed to 'could' on line 4, lines 5-8 annotated 're other organisations', 'gratified' changed to 'qualified' in blue biro half way down the page. Page 4: figures for apprentices and total pencilled into table and two pencilled lines have been added to para 4. Page 5: 'There being approximately 15 under 18 years' in blue biro inserted in Line 13. Page 6: 'Insert 7' pencilled in front of '7.', which is changed to '8'. Page 7: '8' changed to 9 in pencil, 'problem cases' written at the end, and '(over the age of 14)' inserted in blue biro on the penultimate line. 01672(8): in blue ink: 'members' changed to 'numbers', and 'fill' changed to 'fell'.

Document, report - Residences Review Sub-Committee

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

5 carbon copied foolscap sheets, black on discoloured white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Typed notes on a meeting 18 August 1971 between L/tees J.E. Chancellor, G.K. Rosnan, H.C.G. Rodgers identifying the objectives of the sub-committee to review and make recommendations to the Board with regard to the need for and the future of residences. Discussions were wide-ranging and in greater depth than those of the Forecasting Committee (Cat.No. 01670), and the results showed a continuing need for accommodation, whilst phasing out at least one of the residences during the 1970s, with alternative accommodation needing further investigation. Each Legatee on the sub-committee was tasked with further action before the next meeting on 13 September 1971.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: Handwritten in black biro '23-8-71' Page 3: Line 6 '(Copy attached)'

Document, report - Report of Forecasting Committee Legacy Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

5 photocopied foolscap sheets, black on discoloured white. Two holes punched for filing. Adhesive tape has deteriorated and come off 01670(5), leaving it in two pieces.

Historical information

Confidential report dated 11th November 1970 by Forecasting Sub-Committee chaired by A.V. Dore. Itemises occupancy from 1961-71, annual cost of the residences, auxiliary accommodation costs and Legacy manpower needed, as well as the philosophy behind providing residential care. Consideration is given to the need for accommodation, equivalent care available elsewhere, and the projected decline in the number of children needing accommodation. The Forecasting Sub-Committee recommended that a further sub-committee be appointed by the Board to enquire further along the lines suggested in this report, and this became the Residences Review Sub-Committee in 1971. (See Cat.No. 01671) The table (01670(5)) compares statistics from 1961, 1971 and 1980 for Legatees, children, and gross spending, all of which showed an increase.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: Handwritten 'Arrange meeting', and annotations to the figures in the occupancy table. Page 4: 'L/tee J.E. Chancellor' handwritten at top Table: '£35 per week for 1 child in residences' under 1971, other handwritten annotations.

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 photocopied foolscap sheets, black on discoloured white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Photocopy of two pages from minutes to be included in the Residences Committee Minutes of meeting held 26/8/1971. Reports the results of investigations undertaken by a sub-committee formed by the Board of Management. Discusses the future of the residences in view of the diminishing number of children requiring accommodation and offers different solutions to be submitted to the Residences Committee when the sub-committee attends the October meeting of the RC. Advises that only 2 residences might be needed by 1975.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

'From G. Rosman 27/9/71' in pencil.

Document

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 pencilled foolscap sheets, black on discoloured white. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Handwritten anonymous notes, possibly 1971, headed "Ask Alec" and identifying information the writer needed such as 'Present state of the project'. There is no indication of what the project was beyond dates for the acceptance of tenders, start of construction and date of completion etc. Apparently building would start in March 1972 and be completed before the end of 1972. There is no record of a Legatee called 'Alec' at the appropriate time in Melbourne Legacy records.

Significance

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

Document, letter - Young Women's Christian Association

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 photocopied quarto sheets, black on white, with printed and typed black on white With Compliments card attached. Two holes punched for filing.

Historical information

Copy of a letter dated 1st September 1970 from C.A. Gordon of George G. Henderson Pty Ltd (Auctioneers) and addressed to Legatee Rossman (sic) (Legatee G K Rosman was chair of the Residences Committee in 1969 and an active Legatee from 1957-2013). The copy was directed to Hugh C.G. Rodgers (Legatee from 1964-96) according to the With Compliments slip attached. In the letter Gordon mentions a booklet (missing) about accommodation for single women which the YWCA in Great Britain maintained, and which they were hoping to provide in Australia. He also suggested that Legacy might wish to contribute to the project.

Significance

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

Document - Topic 1 - "How wide the beam?": Introductory statistical paper

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

01666: 5 printed double sided sheets, black on white. 01666.1: 1 handwritten sheet, blue biro on yellow copy paper

Historical information

1973 comprehensive statistical survey of likely numbers of Legatees, widows and children projected for 15 years, by W.K. Roberts, an Actuary at AMP, Melbourne. This was commissioned in order to consider the future of Legacy at a meeting in Hobart on March 24, 1973. The paper is identified as Appendix E, but the document it is appended to is missing. For the first time figures included the post 1945 conflicts, making the decline in child numbers more gradual, increasing the widow numbers more steeply, and predicting that Legatee numbers would be maintained until 1983 with the caveat that their capacity would change as they aged. Pinned to the printed survey is an anonymous handwritten note giving the number of children in residence at Harelands, Stanhope and Blamey House in 1972-4.

Significance

Part of the history of Melbourne Legacy's involvement with residential care for children, indicating their awareness of the need to plan for the future.

Document - Report of Forecasting Committee: Legacy Residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

2 x typed fooolscap sheets, double sided, black on white, punched for filing.

Historical information

By 1970 questions were being asked about the future viability of the three Melbourne Legacy residences - Harelands, Stanhope and Blamey House - and a committee was established to look into the issue. Chaired by A.V. Dore, the Forecasting Committee recommended that the Residences Committee be fully involved with the decision making, and a further sub-committee be established to pursue the matters raised in the report. The report was marked 'Confidential' and gave statistics for both costs and occupation rates whilst being careful to avoid being either for or against the proposal to close residences.

Significance

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

Booklet - The National War Memorial of Victoria (S2) : An interpretive appreciation of The Shrine of Remembrance (1914-1918) and the 1939-1945 War Memorial

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A 40 page of booklet describing for the Shrine, buff paper in a cream cover with black and white photos and black print.

Historical information

A booklet produced about the Shrine of Remembrance. Its full title mentions the 1939-45 memorial and 'Including a full description of the many features of the Memorial together with its history and third six photographs.' (more pages to be added when scanned TBA). The exact date is unknown but was after the Queen dedicated the World War 2 memorial in 1954. Item was with other photos and programmes from different items relating to the Shrine of Remembrance - including discussions on its location and design. Labelled 'Shrine of Remembrance S1 - S14' it was part of an old archive numbering system, that showed there has been efforts in the past to collect, order and save items of Legacy's history. (01181 - 01190, 01206 - 01211, 01649, 01650).

Significance

Details of the Shrine of Remembrance published for the public. It is important to note it mentions that Legacy had an important role in promoting the construction of the original design over alternate proposals (of a civic square or a hospital). 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 - 01190, 01206 - 01211, 01649).

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on top right corner of the cover is S2 in red pen, part of an original numbering system.

Booklet - The National War Memorial of Victoria (S3)

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A 44 page of booklet describing for the Shrine, buff paper in a dark grey brown cover with black and white photos and black print.

Historical information

A booklet produced about the Shrine of Remembrance. This is the 4th edition from April 1939 was revised from the original published in 1934. (more pages will be added when scanned TBA). Part of the booklet is called "An Interpretive Appreciation" by Ambrose Pratt. It describes the parts the Shrine and some of its history. The other half is called "Historical Record" by John Barnes. It contains the full programme of the Dedication of the Shrine by the Duke of Gloucester in 1934 and photos of key aspects of the Shrine. Item was with other photos and programmes from different items relating to the Shrine of Remembrance - including discussions on its location and design. Labelled 'Shrine of Remembrance S1 - S14' it was part of an old archive numbering system, that showed there has been efforts in the past to collect, order and save items of Legacy's history. (01181 - 01190, 01206 - 01211, 01649, 01650).

Significance

Details of the Shrine of Remembrance published for the public. It is important to note it mentions that Legacy had an important role in promoting the construction of the original design over alternate proposals (of a civic square or a hospital). 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 - 01190, 01206 - 01211, 01650).

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on top right corner of the cover is S3 in red pen, part of an original numbering system.

Document - Australian Imperial Force

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

A leaflet issued by General Birdwood to AIF troops to commemorate the end of World War 1.

Historical information

A leaflet issued by General William Birdwood to the AIF troops just after the Armistice on 11 November 1918 to end the first world war. 'To the officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Australian Imperial Force. It is now just four that we have been serving together, often through days of hardship and peril, and often through times of well-deserved success. During this time I hope and think we have come to know each other well and I trust we realised how rightly we have confidence in each other. No words of mine can possibly express all I feel for the magnificent work which has been done by the Australian soldier during these long four years. It is well known and recognised, not only throughout the British Empire, but throughout the world - and now we have peace in sight, and peace after a victory in which the Australian soldier has taken so large a share. Even then, with peace there are still difficult times before us. Faith in our recent foe cannot quickly be established, and it may be that some little time yet we shall be able to relax no precautions, until we are assured of the complete and honest fulfilment of our terms. Then will come the difficult time of demobilisation, and it is regarding this that I wish to make a personal appeal to every single member of the AIF in the full confidence that it will be met as every other appeal to face and tackle the strongest positions has ever been met by the Australian solider. Never has the name of Australia stood higher than it does now throughout the world, thanks to the bravery of her soldiers, and it sup to everyone one of us to see that this is maintained, and that no reproach can be cast on the Australian Flag owing to any behaviour of ours. The time of demobilisation will undoubtedly be difficult and irksome - I fully realise what great personal self-restraint will certainly be required - but if each individual of us makes up his mind to do his best during these times, realising the good name we bear, I feel confident that all will go well. I want you to remember that everything possible will be done to look after and help the troops during this period, while every energy will be strained to get men back to their homes as soon as this possibly can be done. You will have to realise, however. that there is a great shortage of shipping, and that there must be a considerable inevitable delay. Play the game, boys, during this time, as you have always done, and add still more to the deep debt of gratitude which will always be acknowledged to you by the Empire and remembered by me as your comrade and commander. In the field, 14 November 1918.' (Signed) 'W Birdwood'.

Significance

A rare example of a notice to troops about the Armistice.

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Black and white photo of three soldiers from World War 1 mounted on dark grey cardboard.

Historical information

Three Australian soldiers in World War 1 uniforms. Two are holding rifles with bayonets, the officer in the centre holds a Union Jack flag. The solider on the left has a VC medal as well as first world war medals. The link with Legacy is unknown but Legacy was founded by men who had served in World War 1.

Significance

The photo is an example of first World War uniforms and equipment.

Inscriptions & Markings

A degraded label on the back says 'Picture / Framers / ? / Beaments(?) / Camberwell / Glenferrie ?'

Photo

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 6 of a planting of a Lone Pine by President John Stevenson at Springvale Garden of Remembrance.

Historical information

Photos TBA. Legacy has a programme of donating trees grown from seeds descended from a pinecone of a Lone Pine in Gallipoli. One photo shows President John Stevenson by the newly planted tree, and making a speech, also Legatee Lucky Luscombe speaking. The plaque shown is now known to be incorrect. The species of tree is not an Aleppo Pine but a Pinus Brutia (also known as Turkish Pine). From the early 1970s Legacy had a commemorative programme of providing trees grown from seeds from Gallipoli to various towns throughout Australia. This may be part of that project (see the Lone Pine brochure at 00593) or subsequent propagation undertaken by Legacy. Melbourne Legacy‚ Commemoration Committee was responsible for the collection, propagation, presentation and dedication of Lone Pines from the 24th Battalion tree at the Shrine of Remembrance. On the 14th September 1989 further seedlings were collected with the hope to raise 1,000 trees from the seeds. Thus, Legacy is helping to keep the memory of the Gallipoli 'Lone Pine' alive, its spirit living on today. Presentations are made to schools, ex-service organisations and interested bodies by Legacy Clubs in the hope that they will be cherished as a symbol of nationhood and of its just pride, devotion, courage, selflessness and sense of service to others.

Photo, Widows function

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 7 of a Christmas concert at the Melbourne Town Hall in 1991 and an article in the Answer.

Historical information

Photos TBA. 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. These photos are the same event as black and white photos and a proof sheet 911202B (01335). The photos show President Sullivan presenting flowers to Inez Bruce, Vera Lang and Joan Redmond. Usually the concert was the time the Widows Clubs presented Legacy with funds raised through their fundraising each year - in this case $14,000 - and the president acknowledges with flowers. The article mentions that over 2000 widow attended the 29th Annual Widows' Club Christmas Concert. The concert is a welcome highlight of the year, widows from Melbourne and country Victoria join together to sing carols and enjoy the music of the RAAF Central Band conducted by Squadron Leader Graham Lloyd. Special guest artist included Ivor Jones (a POW in Changi Prison). One photo includes Legatee Salty Saltmarsh who was the coordinator of events for widows. Another shows Legatee Eddie Jowett dancing with a widow in a white tree.

Significance

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

Photo, Legacy Appeal

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

Colour photo x 5 of the launch of Legacy Week in 1989.

Historical information

Photos TBA. A function to launch Legacy Week in 1989. It is possibly the guest speaker Sir William Vines. The lectern has a poster showing the slogan 'Lest You Forget'. One photo is of Captain Bert Billings. A photo from the event (00825) appeared in the President's Highlights Report in 1989, the caption said 'A distinguished cross section of the Melbourne community joined for the official launch of Legacy Week. A grow of Vietnam Veterans were among the guests to listen to the address given by the Guest of Honour, former Chairman of the ANZ Banking Group, Sir William Vines, A.O.' Four men are seated at a numbered table and others are behind. The banner in the background says" Lest we (crossed out) You Forget. Legacy Appeal. Terry Walsh in second from the left in the back row. Other names not known.

Significance

A record of a launch of Legacy Week by a prominent Australian.

Document - History & purposes of residences

Melbourne Legacy, Melbourne

3 x Foolscap typed sheets, black on white.

Historical information

A paper which was delivered to the Legacy in Victoria Conference in 1980, detailing Melbourne Legacy's involvement in housing the children of Legacy widows since 1942. By 1950 Melbourne Legacy administered four houses - Holmbush, Stanhope, Blamey House and Harelands - and cared for approximately 100 children. The houses were designed to be as homely as possible, and each one was largely autonomous. Children, many of whom came from country Victoria, would go to their own homes during school holidays and the Christmas season. The stated objectives were to 'pass out into the world young men and women with high ideals of citizenship, who are self-reliant and self-supporting.' Also 'to provide affection, security and a future goal and essential discipline.' The country Clubs and Groups would send provisions such as preserved fruit, cheese, eggs, honey, citrus fruit, butter, and potatoes throughout the year to support the residences. Numbers of residents declined during the 70s, and in 1975 a Residences Committee recommended that Blamey House and Harelands should be closed, leaving only Stanhope in operation, the first Blamey House having closed in 1955 with Holmbush being renamed the second Blamey House. By 1980 the only remaining house was Stanhope with an average occupancy of 20. See Cat. No. 00785 for a first hand account of being a resident at Stanhope.

Significance

Melbourne Legacy established residences to aid children of deceased servicemen complete their education, take further education and find employment. The document reveals details of the residences through the years. It shows the effort the Legatees invested in looking after Junior Legatees and how seriously they took this responsibility.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some pencilled ticks and bracketing, W.T. Lewis handwritten in blue biro on last page.