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News 2016

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Legacy youth given special privileges on the Western Front

Laying a wreath beneath the Arc de Triomphe was an extremely moving experience for the 75 young Australian Junior Legatees who ended their Pozières….Our Legacy 2016 tour in Paris.
This was just one of the life changing experiences shared by these young Legacy ambassadors, all of whom have lost a close relative because of their defence force service.

The Centenary of Pozières was the highlight of their tour which including taking part in the official ceremony on 23 July, 2016. They were greeted by His Excellency General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Governor of New South Wales, representing the Governor General, His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Queensland Governor and Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM, Chief of Army.

Pozières is of great significance for Legacy as it is believed that it was here that General John Gellibrand and General Stan Savige laid the foundation for the idea that became Legacy.

Aged between16 to 25 the young people travelled with a specialist support team, including historians to learn about the role Australia played in supporting France on the Western Front during World War I. Each participant had studied an Australian soldier who died on the Western Front and had the privilege to stand at that soldier’s gravesite and speak about their life and sacrifice.

A third of the participants had relatives who died on the Western front and visiting their graves was also very emotional. For many, they were the first person in their family to visit the sites.

The tour ambassador Charles Wright stated “They learned about the massive sacrifice their forefathers gave and how the French have never forgotten this commitment”.

During their tour they also visited Tyne Cot, Polygon Wood, Fromelles, Bullecourt, Pozières and surrounding areas. Another highlight was participating in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ieper including the laying of a wreath.

We have been treated with kindness and respect by the people in Belgium and France and they went out of their way to ensure these young people made the most of their time.

The Mayor of Amiens hosted the group in a private tour of Amiens Cathedral and a reception at the town hall; the Mayor of Pozières joined the group in Paris for a tour of Les Invalides – the military hospital founded by Napoleon where injured soldiers still live – and two four star generals and other senior military personnel and French and Australian members of the Legion of Honor met with them which was an exceptional honour. Ambassador Stephen Brady AO, CVO, hosted the group at his apartment in Paris, providing them with afternoon tea while they took in the views to the Eiffel Tower and across the rooves of Paris.

The aim of the tour was to foster an understanding of the impact that Australians on the Western Front had, not only to the outcomes of major battles but also the lives of local French people.

All participants have developed a greater understanding of the values of our ANZAC forefathers, and that of Legacy, and have begun to understand it’s relevance in modern Australia and our global community. It is hoped that our young people will inspire others to be better citizens, as well as carry the Torch of Legacy into the future.

Nonagenarian High Tea

On 20 July 2016 Hobart Legacy’s second Nonagenarian High Tea was held at Drysdale House. Forty-seven widows, dressed in their best, enjoyed an outstanding afternoon tea, ably served and prepared by Drysdale students. We sincerely thank Ms Sandra Laird of Drysdale House, and her wonderful group, for providing what was a magnificent afternoon tea.

Entertainment was provided at the last minute by two members of the Navy Band – Tas, AB Nick Ashwood (guitarist) and AB Stephanie McCorkelle (vocalist). AB McCorkelle was surprised to see her Grandmother, Mrs Moreen Thomson, was one of the ladies present – a lovely surprise for both of them. The entertainers wowed all the ladies and Legatees who attended.

A feature of the high tea was the cutting of the Legacy birthday cake marking the renaming of the Remembrance Club as the Legacy Club on 28th July 1940. There were two lucky door prizes given out on the day, much to the delight of the two winners. The ladies also were presented with a small gift to mark the occasion.

Special thanks to AB Ashwood and AB McCorkelle for saving the day with their great performance. Thank you also to the two St John Ambulance representatives who patiently and diligently gave their time to assist the ladies with taxis at the end of the High Tea and to Gaby at Valley Floral for the gorgeous flower arrangements.

Thanks KAM Joinery

On Tuesday evening Kam Joinery was asked if they could make a white board for Hobart Legacy. Simon Ottway, the owner of KAM Joinery, was more than happy to assist and asked his workshop manager, Paul Ottway, to build it. As they were too busy to deliver it, they asked Legatee Leigh Ottway to collect it. A family affair indeed!

Simon very kindly donated the white board to Hobart Legacy.

For those who are unaware, Kam Joinery recently featured on television in ‘The Love Shack’. In the series they built the kitchen and you can check it out online at loveshacktv.com.au. Kam Joinery has won many different awards, not only for their kitchens, but also for bathrooms. Please take a look at their website or view them on Facebook.

Another Successful BBQ at Bunnings Kingston

It was a challenging day for a BBQ however we were able to tough it out and were rewarded with a great result.

In typical Tasmanian fashion we had four seasons in one day. It went from blowing a gale to beautiful sunshine. In the afternoon the heavens opened up and we had to deal with everything getting saturated. As you can see by the photo below it did not stop the tradies from coming in for a snag.

Thank you to everyone who came and bought a sausage, made a donation or just stopped by for a chat. We appreciate your support.

Legacy Youth to Pozieres Study Tour

After two years of careful and detailed planning, the Legacy Youth to Pozieres Study Tour has finally taken off.

The farewell morning tea at NSW Government House was a fitting event to commence the trip. Our young travellers looked very smart in their tour uniforms.

Two Junior Legatees from Hobart are taking part. We wish Josh and David a safe trip and look forward to hearing all about it when they get home.

Welfare Training

On Thursday the 7th of July three of our Legatees completed the Advanced Welfare Level Two Consolidation Course through Advanced Training and Development Program (formerly TIP).

They successfully completed the initial online part of the course followed by the one day consolidation course.

Congratulations to Legatee Mark Risby, Legatee Leigh Ottway and Legatee Annette Ottway on their success.

Another Busy Weekend at the BBQ!

Hobart Legacy was incredibly grateful to be offered not one but two Sausage Sizzle dates this past weekend!

Legatees and Friends of Hobart Legacy were quick to put their hands up to help crew the BBQ's at Bunnings Rosny Park and Bunnings Kingston and a significant amount of money was raised on the day - thank you so much for your help.

And special thanks to those who dropped by for a sausage or to give a donation.

Our First Sausage Sizzle at the new Kingston Bunnings

Hobart Legacy had a very successful Sausage Sizzle at the new Bunnings store in Kingston last Thurday 30th June. Our sincere thanks to everyone who stopped to buy a sausage (or some Legacy merchandise) and also to our hardworking Legatees and Friends of Hobart Legacy who volunteered their time to run the BBQ.

We couldn't do the work we do without your support!

Afternoon Tea at Government House

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, The Governor of Tasmania held an afternoon tea for Legacy Widows at Government House on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

There we were entertained by three singers; Terese Millhouse, Jude Ayres, and Meg Bignell.

The ladies were well looked after with cups of tea and coffee on arrival and a smorgasbord of food following.

We would like to say thank you to her Excellency for her kind hospitality. The ladies all had a lovely afternoon.

Waiting for the doors to open.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM,Governor of Tasmania, listening to the singers.

ANZAC Day 2016

The Club was well represented at ceremonies across the south on ANZAC Day. Legatees representing Hobart Legacy included: L/Joy Marshall in Queenstown, L/Rob Noga in Bothwell, L/Graeme Manning at both Rosebery and Tullah, L/Peter Bysouth in Hamilton, L/Rob Grey at Lindisfarne, L/Stephen Miller at Dunalley, L/Bob Wilkinson in Sorell, L/Grant Eggins at South Arm, L/Peter Harrold in Oatlands, Legatees Allen Duggan, Wayne Marshall and Roger Green in New Norfolk, L/Peter Martin in Kingston and L/Barrie Daniel in Cygnet. Our President Legatee Peter Hodge laid the wreath at the Hobart Cenotaph and L/Alec Young was the Cenotaph Marshall.

Many widows attended ANZAC Day luncheons with their fellow Widows’ Club members while the Club hosted a lovely crowd at Legacy House with over a dozen Legatees in attendance. This year the lunch was followed by a special performance by “The Choir of High Hopes”.

Mrs Julie Paul (left) and L/Barrie Armstrong (right) accompanied two of our Legacy ladies on the Army DUKW to the Hobart Cenotaph where Julie laid a wreath on behalf of Legacy widows.

The Choir of High Hopes gave a wonderful performance to all who attended luncheon on the day.

L/Leigh Ottway, L/Athol Eiszele and L/Eric Seabrook

L/Stephen Miller (right) with the President of Dunalley RSL, Mr Steve Dobson after the ANZAC service.

L/Graeme Manning laying the wreath at Rosebery

L/Graeme Manning represented Hobart Legacy at both the Rosebery and Tullah ANZAC Day services. The Rosebery service in the morning was preceded by a small march involving local groups and schools, all of whom laid wreaths. A luncheon was served in the clubrooms after the service, and a collection was made for Legacy.

The Tullah service, only the third to be held in the village, was held in the afternoon to avoid a clash with the morning march and service in Rosebery. The War Memorial was only opened in 2015 and is still being developed as a site, but the organising committee are very dedicated and attracted a very good attendance including participation of village groups and passers-by from the highway. They are very anxious for future Hobart Legacy participation. An afternoon tea was served in the hotel after the service.

4th – 8th May

After the bombing of Darwin and Broome the Japanese were on a roll winning and gaining control for the Pacific, all that stood in the way was Port Moresby in Papua.

The first battle of aircraft carriers took place. It was the first time in Naval history that a battle was not ship to ship. The Allied forces had 13 destroyers, eight cruisers, four light cruisers and two aircraft carriers. The Australian Ships were HMAS Australia (heavy cruiser) and HMAS Hobart (light Cruiser), as well as aircraft flown from bases in Queensland. The Allied forces had radar; the Japanese did not have radar or even knowledge of radar

In the process of winning this battle the Japanese attempt to take Port Moresby was stopped and the tide in the Pacific changed. The Allied forces were now a force to be reckoned with.

Below, Legatee Senior Vice President, Helen Watling with RSL President, Robert Dick, laying a wreath at the service and Legatee CPO Leigh Ottway taking charge of the Catafalque Party.


On Monday 2nd May, a Legacy Golf Day, organised by L/Clive Simpson, was held at Royal Hobart Golf Club. Clive was able to obtain very generous sponsorship from DJ Motors, Hobart who offered a $20,000 car for anyone who obtained a hole-in-one. We wish to particularly thank Ian Garrett from DJ Motors and Tony Shadforth who assisted Clive with organisation. It is hoped that this will be an annual event.

Lark Distillery Golf Team - David Boon, L/David Whitehouse, Richard Sattler and Tony Shadforth (Co-organiser).

L/Whitehouse won the "The Old Woolstore" nearest-the-pin prize on the 11th hole at RHGC.

Ian Garrett, General Manager - DJ Motors and
L/Clive Simpson

L/Graeme Manning led the Legacy team on the day.

April 2016


Hobart Legacy has provided a tertiary scholarship for over 20 years. Today the scholarship was awarded to Junior Legatee Kieva Hobbs. The scholarship is co-sponsored by Legacy and by the Kingborough RSL. Kieva receives a $2,500 Annual Education Grant and further $2,500 for each year of her five year medical degree. The picture below shows the President of Kingborough RSL, Dr Martin Bastick, presenting Kieva with her first instalment.

The presentation was made at a moving ceremony attended by Kieva and her mother. Legatee Rob Grey spoke about Kieva’s father, RAAF Squadron Leader Stephen Hobbs, his outstanding service and his death in an F111 crash while on a combined military exercise in Malaysia. Legatee Peter Hodge spoke about Legacy support for the education of Junior Legatees. He acknowledged the wonderful generosity of the RSL increasing the funding available for the tertiary scholarship. L/David Lewis spoke about Kieva, her exceptional results and her ‘smart’ approach to life. Dr Martin Bastick reflected on his own medical career. He spoke of the steps in life and the opportunities a scholarship can provide. The picture below shows: L/Gray, L/Hodge Mrs Saskia Hobbs, Miss Kieva Hobbs, L/Lewis and Dr Bastick following the presentation.

Hobart ANZAC Day Commemorative Service

The Premier, the Hon Will Hodgman’s Anzac Day address at the Cenotaph in Hobart referred to the ‘families’ who bear the cost of war. ‘Parents, partners and children, who’ve suffered at home while their loved ones fight for our country in foreign lands’. He said ‘I believe that it is appropriate and important that on ANZAC Day, and indeed throughout the year we observe and give thanks‘ for ‘the hundreds of thousands who have served our nation at time of war. Not to glorify war, but to commemorate those brave souls who were part of it a hundred years ago, and to remember those who are there today’. He said: ‘We honour their service, their courage and their sacrifice, and that of their families’

To read his full address please click here:

ANZAC Day in the Huon

The Ladies of the Huon had said they would like some permanent seating at the Huon Cenotaph, as the Dawn Service had become very hard for them to attend.
We would like to thank all those involved in making this happen. Huon Aquaculture for the grant they gave so we could have the seats made and installed. The Men’s Shed of Cygnet who made the seats. The Huon Valley Council who temporarily installed the seats for this ANZAC Day.
The seats will now be removed and put in storage until the Cenotaph has been upgraded. The Cenotaph is being turned around and a beautiful rose garden is being planted. The seats will be placed somewhere in front of the Cenotaph where people will be able to sit and reflect and enjoy the garden and most importantly sit watch future ANZAC Day services

Thanks to Bunnings Rosny Park

Bunnings Rosny Park invited Hobart Legacy for a day of fundraising and a sausage sizzle. They wanted us to promote who Legacy is and what Legacy does. It was a very successful day in all aspects. Bunnings supplied all the food and drinks and helped us when they could.

Lisa McGinn is the Events Manager from Bunnings Rosny Park, she understands what Legacy is about as she is ex-Navy, her immediate family is made up of current and ex-serving military.

We have been offered a BBQ on ANZAC Day from 11:30 am until 2 pm which we have accepted.

It was a fun day, thanks to all those who helped make it such a success.

15th - 28th July 2016 - Project Pozieres

Two lucky Junior Legatees from Hobart are on their way to France for a WWI study tour. Legacy has made a promise and that promise is to care for the families of deceased and injured veterans. Each family has a Legatee advisor who establishes a ‘personal relationship’ with the family and arranges educational experiences for the children. Shown below are the two Junior Legatees with their Legatee Advisors.
Josh Walsh with Legatee Allen Duggan

David Butler with Legatee Graeme Manning

They are part of a group, of 90 young Legacy beneficiaries with 10 support staff, Legacy Australia is taking up to the Western Front battlefields in July to commemorate 100 years since the battle of Pozieres. Project Pozieres is part of Legacy Australia’s commemorations of the Centenary of Anzac.

The Battle of Pozieres is highly relevant to Legacy as it is closely linked to the terrible casualties that gave rise to the need for an organization such as Legacy to exist. Australian soldiers entered the battle on the 23 July 1916 and over a 6 week period we incurred 24, 140 casualties with 6,741 dead. The official historian Charles Bean wrote that ‘no place on earth was more drenched in Australian blood than Pozieres’. The Legacy connection to the western Front extends beyond Pozieres so the study tour will visit the major memorial sites on the Western Front.

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March 2016

24th March 2016 – Unveiling Headstones to First World War Veterans

The Tasmanian Headstone Project, under the Chairmanship of Mrs Andrea Gerrard, conducted another dignified and fitting service to unveil a further thirteen headstones at Cornelian Bay Cemetery today. This unique project started in 2012 with the aim of giving each First World War veteran, buried in a pauper’s grave, a suitable headstone to mark their service. Political dignitaries, soldiers from 12/40th Battalion and students from Claremont College, Ogilvie High School and Rose Bay High School all contributed to the ceremony.

President Legatee Peter Hodge unveiled the headstone of Private James Wilson Steward with the assistance of Ms Hannah Bonnitcha from Ogilvie High School who conducted the research on his pauper’s grave.

23rd March 2016 – Legacy Launches the Laurel Luncheon

Today is a special day in the history of Hobart Legacy. We conducted our first Laurel Luncheon to say ‘thank you’ to the officers of the Widows’ clubs for their leadership over the past year. The date of the luncheon marks the founding of the Remembrance Club in Hobart on the 12th March, 1923. From that club grew the Legacy movement. This year we are 93 years old!

The widows’ clubs provide life sustaining support to countless widows in southern Tasmania. For many widows their club meeting each month is their only social activity. They support each other and conduct enjoyable tours and activities. Many of the club executives have held office for over 10 years. At a time in life when others their age are taking it easy, they continue to work for the benefit of others. All the clubs are ably supported by Legatee mentors who attend their meetings. The pictures show mentors with their club members during the luncheon.

Hobart Legacy thanks the staff and students at Drysdale house for making this a special occasion. The widows felt spoilt! The food was outstanding and the service first class.

February 2016

26th February 2016 - The Queen Sends A Second Message

It is not every day one receives a message from the Queen. For the Denton family there have been two messages.

Mr Geoff Denton, served in 2/12 Field Regiment at Tobruk and later with the Hobart City Council as Deputy Town Clerk. In this capacity he planned Her Majesty’s 1950 tour of Hobart. The picture below shows the Certificate of Appreciation sent to Mr Denton by The Queen.

Mrs Athalie Denton became a Legacy widow five years ago. Today she reached 100 years of age and received a special card from The Queen. The picture show Mrs Denton with Hobart Legacy President, Peter Hodge and her birthday bouquet from Legacy.

January 2016

12th January 2016 - Mrs Hilda Hammond Leaves Lasting Legacy

The 12th of January, 2016 was a very special day for the beneficiaries of Hobart Legacy. Mr Philip Hall from Perpetual Trustees is shown above presenting a cheque for $150,984 to the President, Legatee Peter Hodge and the Senior Vice-President (Family Care) Legatee Helen Watling. This exceptionally generous bequest was left to Hobart Legacy by the late Mrs Hilda Hammond.

The money will be invested to provide lasting benefits to the 1300 Junior Legatees and widows in Southern Tasmania.


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