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News 2018

Events - Hobart Legacy

17th December – HCC Commemorate Veterans Families

Hobart City Council voted unanimously to assign the name ‘Legacy Park’ to the Soldiers Memorial Oval Community Hub being developed on the Domain. The name was chosen in recognition of the significant contribution of Legacy to the City of Hobart and the wider Australian community.

‘Legacy Park’ commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 by acknowledging the families of veterans.

‘… legions of returned soldiers bore lifelong wounds to mind and body while for countless loved ones and parents of the fallen, the burden of grief was immense.’
(R. Fitzgerald)

This park commemorates Legacy families; those who initiated the avenue of trees as a place of private memorial with its link to the cenotaph as a place of public memorial.

They bear the cost of war for life. Legacy is our promise for life.

The park is expected to open late in December. It will be a facility for all families including: wood fired ovens, barbecues and a nature playscape. Free-of-charge Community Bake Days are scheduled two Sundays a month. For bookings email: parks@hobartcity.com.au

Legacy Puddings Pass the Taste Test

Legatee Chris Cunningham at the Legacy Pudding Stall in Kingston.

Chris said: ‘It’s surprising how many people know Legacy puddings and look for them at Christmas time’.

This is the first year Legacy have conducted a pudding stall in Kingston. We hope to expand the service next year.

9th December – Widows Christmas Luncheon

Just over 100 Legacy beneficiaries attended the Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Hobart Hockey Centre on Sunday 9th December.

They enjoyed traditional Christmas fare along with a visit by Santa Claus.  Each of our ladies received a pack of Legacy Christmas puddings and a lavender bear soap which was kindly donated to us by Aspect Design (Mitch and Deborah Miller) at Salamanca. 

Christmas can be a lonely time for many who have lost parents, brothers, sisters as well as their husband.  Legacy tries to help and see they have a special occasion to look forward to.

25th November - Children’s Christmas Party

Junior Legatees had a special day this Sunday when the Annual Christmas Party was held at the Tasmanian Royal Botanical Gardens.

Much effort, love and care went into the activities, the lunch and especially the ‘wonderful presents!’

One Mum said: “The kids are just loving everything, especially the handmade scarves, slippers and hats! Please pass on to the lovely people who made them that we truly cherish them. You can feel the love from them”.

The children and their mothers had a fabulous time and were visited by Santa who had a gift for each of them. We sincerely thank all those who generously donated or contributed towards the cost of gifts and food, especially Stitch & Share Margate, Lily & Dot - North Hobart, Navy HQ, Open Arms, DVA, Claremont RSL, Claremont RSL Women’s Auxiliary, L/Julie Paul, Mrs Di Eggins, Mrs Joyce Plunkett, Mrs Marion Shaw and L/Pat Fazackerley (aka Santa).

8th November – UTAS Remembrance Day Lecture

Professor Stefan Petro delivered this year’s moving Remembrance Day Lecture. The lecture accompanied the re-unveiling of the Honour Board recognizing University participants in World War I.

Legacy representative L/Peter Hodge is photographed below with Elder in Residence, Mrs Brenda Hodge who made the Welcome to Country and Mr Bill Hodge.

29th August - Kingborough volunteers prepare for Badge Week

St Aloysius School students are shown preparing for Badge Week with their teacher Mrs Angie Mitchell.

They will be joined by students from Blackmans Bay Primary School and Calvin Christian School.

Community groups collecting donations in Kingston include: Blackmans Bay Scouts, Taroona Scouts, Kingston Beach RSL, Kingston Rotary, Kingston Widows Club, Taroona Ex-Services Club and many Friends of Hobart Legacy.

8th August - Introducing the new President of Hobart Legacy

The new President of Hobart Legacy is Alexander (Alec) Young. He grew up on North Bruny Island where his family had a farm, ‘Nebraska’. His first contact with the army was as member of the New Town High School Cadet unit. On leaving school, he joined the CMF (Army Reserve) reaching the rank of Major having served for forty seven years until 2013.

After completing an electrical apprenticeship, he studied teaching and taught in several Tasmanian high schools before resigning to form Ingenious Technological Enterprises, a company which markets ‘Automarque’ software to schools, universities, training organisations and psychologists. This unique software allows teachers, academics and researchers to mark up to thirty individual tests in less than two minutes using the institution’s photocopier. As a result the feedback provides wonderful insights to all parties.

Alec is married to Margaret. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Alec is honoured to be elected President and is looking forward to continuing the great Legacy tradition of service to the partners and dependants of our deceased service personnel.

18th August - Hobart Legacy Annual Dinner

A very enjoyable Annual Dinner was conducted on Saturday night hosted by new President Legatee Alec Young. The Guest of Honour was our Patron Her Excellency The Honourable Kate Warner, AC Governor of Tasmania. The dinner was conducted to thank businesses and government officials, other Ex-Service organisations and the Friends of Hobart Legacy who generously support us during the year.

Typical examples of this generosity are Mr Andrew Spears and Mr Jack Dyson pictured below. Andrew has been the barman at Annual Dinners for fifteen years.

Our friends of the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band added class to the night by piping in the Governor.

17th August - Sausage Sizzle Success

Legatee Grant Eggins is building a sausage sizzle success story. Instead of holding just a few weekend sausage sizzles he is conducting regular weekday sizzles.

So far this year he and his team of helpers have raised over $10,000 for Hobart Legacy.

Pictured below are volunteers Ms Liz Gee, Legatee Dave Waddle, Mrs Nola Waddle and Mrs Di Eggins at Bunnings Glenorchy.

10th August
Reserve Forces Day Council Honors MAJGEN Sir John Gellibrand

At the Royal Society of Tasmania meeting on Friday night, LTCOL Peter Hodge, Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council of Tasmania introduce Professor Margaret Macmillan’s address with a brief speech about MAJGEN Sir John Gellibrand’s contribution to war and peace.

MAJGEN Sir John Gellibrand’s medals were displayed by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and a replica of the 3rd Division was presented to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For a full copy of the introduction click here.

8th August - New President represents Legacy at Naval, Military and Air Force Club

Legatee Alec Young recently attended the 8th August Amiens 100th Anniversary Luncheon held by the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of Tasmania, at the Tasmania Club.

25th July - Our Annual Nonagenarian High Tea

Last Wednesday (July 25th) Hobart Legacy's Annual Nonagenarian High Tea was held at Drysdale House.

Forty fabulous ladies, all nonagenarians, attended and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea prepared and served by Drysdale students.

Special thanks must go to Katinka at Lily & Dot who so generously donated three beautiful crochet rugs for us to have as lucky door prizes on the day. This gift was handmade, square by square by many Hobart hands (customers and friends of Lily and Dot) and will be treasured by the ladies who were lucky enough to take one home with them.

Hobart Legacy Represented at Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial Legacy Youth ANZAC Visit is an annual activity held during the week of ANZAC Day each year. Canberra Legacy hosts selected Legacy Youth from around Australia who undertake a variety of activities in and around the national capital. The highlight is a full day visit to the AWM conducted by the Memorial education staff and attendance as VIPs at the dawn service and morning service. A girl and boy are then selected to lay a wreath with the Legacy National President. This year Hobart Legacy was delighted to be represented by Jessica (pictured below, second row, far right) who was also chosen to recite the Ode.

Originally called the Florance Foundation visit, the concept was inaugurated in 1980 by a donation from the late Mrs D Florance of Bowral, NSW, to fund a visit by juniors from interstate Clubs to the nation’s capital, Canberra, during ANZAC week.

All participants were accommodated at the Australian Institute of Sport for the duration of their six day stay which included local visits to see as much of Canberra as possible, interspersed with visits to the Australian Federal Police K9 Unit and the Air force VIP Transport Squadron. Most importantly, they attended both the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and the National Ceremony on ANZAC Day.

25th February - Festa Italia clean-up squad cleans up

On Sunday from 11 am - 4:30 pm Federal Street came alive with all things Italian - pizza, pasta, wine, sweets, displays and the famous spaghetti-eating competition.

Amid the largest crowd ever, the Legacy clean-up squad quietly kept the venue spick and span.

Thanks to Legatees Kathryn Edwards, Annette Ottway, Paul Crew, Bill Bouffler, Peter Bysouth, Alec Young, Rob Noga and Peter Hodge together with Friends of Hobart Legacy Kencie Woodward, Alex Crellin, Margaret Young and Leigh Ottway for a great fund raising effort.

Pictured below is Legatee Paul Crew and Mrs Margaret Young.

12th February – All At Sea With HMAS Hobart… It makes cents!

Hobart Legacy kicked off fund raising this year on Princes No 1 Wharf hosted by HMAS Hobart.

We received outstanding support from the Captain and crew of HMAS Hobart and the Senior Naval Officer Tasmania CMDR Bob Curtis. Many a young Tasmanian took away a Legacy bookmark and as usual our community gave generously.

Legatee Grant Eggins with Legatee Athol Eiszele at the Legacy stall.


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