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Hobart Legacy

Legacy House, 159 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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History of the Legacy Movement

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The birthplace of Legacy was in Hobart where, on 12 March 1923, it was founded as the Remembrance Club by the late Major-General Sir John Gellibrand, an Australian-born British soldier who fought at Ladysmith with the Manchesters and on Gallipoli and in France with the A.I.F.

Originally its objective was to show to the public that the men of the A.I.F. were capable of standing on their own two feet, and to assist in setting up in business any returned serviceman who wished to establish himself.

It was an outstanding success and, in the following September in Melbourne, Sir John interested Captain Stanley Savige in the movement. Captain Savige immediately called together six fellow officers, all Gellibrand men, and formed the Melbourne Club in October, 1923.

The name of Legacy was adopted on the suggestion of Legatee F.P. Selleck (in 1956, Sir Frank Selleck, Lord Mayor of Melbourne), the members accepting as a legacy left to them by their departed comrades the obligation to look after their children.

Movement Spreads

The movement soon spread to all other States and a Club is now established in London. Subsequently Legatee Savige served with great distinction in World War II, becoming a Lieutenant-General and a Corps Commander
with a Knighthood.

In 1925 it was felt that the movement was worthy of a wider field of service and in October of that year, Legatee Frank Doolan, of the Melbourne Club, recommended that this take the form of caring for, guiding and encouraging
the families of those comrades who, through death, were themselves no longer there to give these benefits to their families. He pointed out that cases were increasing in which there was a real need for somebody to take the place of the fathers, someone who could act virtually as a guardian and sponsor, and give the help and advice that the deceased father would have given.

This was accepted, and the real work of Legacy began. The Clubs met in conference and established a charter, but it was not until 27 March 1940 that Hobart Remembrance Club accepted this charter. Even then, out of consideration to its founder who was still alive, it adopted the name of Remembrance Club (Hobart Legacy).

This was changed to Hobart Legacy on 28 July 1944.

Hobart Expands

In 1945 the Hobart Club purchased a property at 159 Macquarie Street, but it was not until some years later, when it obtained vacant possession, that it was able to carry out the full work of Legacy on its own premises. A major addition in the form of the Hall was built in 1954 for the general work of Legacy.

This Hall was redesigned in 1961 so as to include a modern widow's lounge, kitchen, dining-room and classrooms on the ground floor and a gymnasium on the upper floor. Its completion meant that all Legacy functions could be held on the Club premises.

Although each Club is self-governing, representatives of the various Clubs meet at conference each year and a Co-ordinating Council has been set up. This Council is subordinate to the Annual Conference.

At the conference held in Hobart in 1947 the Code of Legacy was adopted unanimously, laying down the minimum requirements and benefits which are binding on all Clubs but leaving free the right for Clubs to restrict membership or extend benefits beyond the general pattern.


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