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Established: 1947

Widows: 50+

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News - London Legacy

Announcing the cancellation of the London Legacy Anzac Gala Dinner.

2nd April 2020

London Legacy Virgin Money Giving Web PageLondon Legacy has announced that the London Legacy Gala Dinner has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hugely popular Gala Dinner was set to return in 2020 after a one year hiatus and was due to be held at Australia House. The event is one of the preeminent public social events commemorating Anzac Day in London.

Even without the funds that are generated by this event, the single largest fundraiser for the year, London Legacy will continue in its mission to support the widows and families of those who have served their country, with particular vigour in this extremely trying period of time.

If you wish to help London Legacy continue this mission by making a donation, please click on the DONATE NOW button at the top of this page and please reference London Legacy.

A lifetime of Service.

June 2019

London Legacy Virgin Money Giving Web PageWhen Lindsay Birrell FCPA turned 65 and was required to step down as vice-president of CPA Australia’s European branch, he didn’t feel ready to put his feet up and rest on the laurels of a remarkable career. He soon became involved in London Legacy, the UK branch of Legacy Australia, and before long became president of the association. Birrell realised he’d found his next vocational chapter. “My personal story of looking after war widows started in my scouting days. From the age of 10 – when my father returned home from the Second World War, shell-shocked and incapacitated – I’ve understood the importance of supporting veterans’ families,” he says. As a young Scout master, Birrell used to send his troops out to care for the war widows of their area, mowing lawns and helping in the garden. “Being part of the Scouts certainly instils that sense of social duty. My whole life has been about service.” Birrell has brought a remarkable energy and dedication to his service to CPA Australia and the accountancy profession. Celebrating 60 years of CPA Australia membership this October, Birrell can reflect on his years as CPA Australia’s Victorian division president and his time acting at the helm of CPA Australia, all the while working in cost accountancy and running his own management consultancy business, first in Melbourne and later in France, Monaco and England.

It’s an impressive trajectory for a boy who had to leave school at 14 to help support his family. “I moved to Melbourne to play cricket and work at a factory in the time-keeper’s office. One day the pay master was drunk, so I stepped in and worked out the clock cards,” chuckles Birrell. “They saw I’d done the work in half the time, so they took me on as a cadet and sent me to night school to do accountancy.” Birrell hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back. When he first joined London Legacy, the branch was in bad financial shape. “When I took over I had to start from scratch and build up the funding,” says Birrell, who did everything from selling Legacy pins on the street corner to running an annual ANZAC ball at Australia House in London, for the Legacy widows, friends and donors. He’s also tireless in his advocacy work. “Australian war widows now get the best war widow pension in the world due to the advocacy Legacy has done, such as getting the pension of all overseas widows to be paid directly into their bank accounts at no extra cost,” he says proudly. Birrell’s passion truly emerges, though, when he speaks of the widows who Legacy supports. He names a few, from the Korean War widow who Legacy flew back to her family in London after her Australian husband was shot down “just 14 weeks after his son was born”, to another whose husband died while undertaking a treacherous army training course in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Despite having retired, Birrell still takes calls from many of them today. Birrell was awarded a Queen’s Scout Certificate – the highest scouting honour – in 1953. In it, the queen wishes the recipients a joyous adventure through their lives. “It has indeed been a joyous adventure I have crammed into my 82 years,” Birrell says, “and it’s not finished yet.”

Reproduced from INTHEBLACK June 2019. C 2019 CPA Australia.

Anzac Day 25th April 2019 - Street Collection Westminster.

June 2019

London Legacy carried out a street collection in Westminster on 25th April collecting £450 for our registered charity London Legacy, registered Charity number 1085603.

All proceeds were paid to London Legacy, there were no expenses.

Mark Daley

Private Leslie George Rub.

September 2017

London Legacy Virgin Money Giving Web PageKieran Moore lives in Britain and has recently become aware of Legacy’s charity work. He is presently fundraising on behalf of Legacy for an Australian soldier who died in World War One.

Kieran explains: “My brother is a real history buff, who specialises in WW1. To mark the centenary of the start of the war he organised a trip with a youth group to go over and visit the cemeteries and memorials in France and Belgium, While we were there we all had a specific soldier that we would visit to lay a wreath at their graveside.”

“I chose Leslie Rub because I had seen a poem he wrote online and had been considering setting it to music. I was incredibly moved by that initial trip and it truly was a life-changing event. Since then I have been over several times and average a visit to Leslie's grave every six months or so. It's a strange thing to say, but I feel quite attached to him now.”

“I began planning a trip to Disneyland Paris earlier this year and was surprised to find that my dates coincided with the 100 anniversary of Leslie's death so planned to visit him on the day. I then found out that there is a 5K run at Disneyland also on that day so I decided to run the race in Leslie's honour and raise funds for charity. I will now visit his grave the day after and leave him my race medal.”

“I found out about Legacy Australia while on a trip to Ypres when I saw some button hole type pins in one of the shops there. I did some research with some Australian friends and found that Legacy had actually helped some of them in the past with school supplies after their Dad died. I really like the fact that Leslie's sacrifice and memory can still be helping people 100 years after his death.”
“It might seem strange for a Brit to want to help an Australian charity, but because of Leslie I feel humbled to be able to do so.”

London Legacy Youth joins Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda 2017.

September 2017

Currently a group of 23 Legacy youth, accompanied by 15 serving ADF veterans are walking the Kokoda Trail during Legacy Week in the Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017.

The Operation sees Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members mentor Legacy youth in a leadership development challenge, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.

One of the Legacy Youth is Tom Kaye who moved from the UK to Melbourne to study at Melbourne University.

All at London Legacy wish Tom and all participants a safe and enjoyable experience.
For more information, go to:Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge

VALE: Gordon Birdwood.

February 2017

It is with particular sadness that London Legacy advises the passing of Lt Col Gordon Birdwood,who died suddenly at home on 15 January 2017.

Gordon Birdwood was a patron of London Legacy and a keen supporter of our charity work. He was a regular attendee at our Legacy Annual Reception and the Legacy Anzac Ball. At the 2015 Anzac Ball he spoke eloquently and in depth about his great uncle, Lt-General Sir William Birdwood, commander of the ANZACs at Gallipoli.

Gordon’s record of military and civic service is impressive: his distinguished military career spanned 24 years, and culminated in his command of the Household Cavalry Regiment in London.
He was a member of The Royal Household from 1997, and the Senior Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty The Queen. He served as Deputy Chairman of The Royal Humane Society, a Commander in the Order of St John and as a trustee of the Household Cavalry.

Gordon worked tirelessly for numerous charities. In the Gallipoli centenary year (2015) he served as Chairman of the G-100 committee of the Gallipoli Association, which successfully oversaw planning for the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Gordon was a man of great personal charm, possessed of both a keen wit and an infectious sense of humour which endeared him to all. He will be sadly missed by all at London Legacy, and we offer our sincere condolences to Gordon's family.

He is survived by his wife, Bella and daughters Katie and Atalanta.

VALE: London Legacy mourns the passing of former Hon. Secretary Liz O'Brien.

March 2016

It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of former Hon. Secretary Liz O'Brien. Mrs O'Brien's passing, on Monday, 28 March 2016, marks the end of an era which dates back to the very establishment of the club in 1947.

Mrs O'Brien made a significant contribution to London Legacy over many years. She served as Hon. Secretary to a succession of Presidents, including Noel O'Brien, Ed Bennett, Max Phillips and David Woodcraft. In later years Mrs O'Brien effectively handled the entire administration and running of the club until Lindsay Birrell joined London Legacy, and eventually became President in 2008, at which point Mrs O'Brien tendered her resignation.

Liz O'Brien was married to Dr Noel O'Brien, who was President of London Legacy for over 20 years. Noel O'Brien served on the first council of the club, established 69 years ago by brothers John and Frank Moss, whose father had served as Agent-General for Western Australia.

London Legacy offers its grateful thanks for Mrs O'Brien's long service and contribution, and extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mrs O'Brien's family.

New London Legacy Virgin Donation Webpage.

December 2015

London Legacy Virgin Money Giving Web PageLondon Legacy has established a new donation page with Virgin Money Giving.

From now on, our supporters can go online to make donations directly to London Legacy via the webpage.

The new webpage is at:

Or simply search for London Legacy on the main website.

The new webpage is at:Virgin Money Giving London Legacy Web Page

London Legacy announces the London Legacy Anzac Ball 2016.

October 2015

London Legacy announce that Patrons, His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Sir Michael Hintze AM, Randolph Churchill & Lt-Col. Gordon Birdwood (Ret.) cordially invite all London Legacy supporters to apply for tickets to attend the 2016 London Legacy Anzac Ball.

Our Guests of honour will be Lord and Lady Slim. Lord Slim will speak of his father, Field Marshall Slim who became Governor General of Australia.

The London Legacy Anzac Ball is again to be hosted in the Ballroom of Australia House, with fabulous entertainment, auctions and a fabulous three course dinner.

Bookings can now be made and we advise you to take up this opportunity. A special offer is now available for tables of 10 people for £2,000.

All Ball proceeds enable London Legacy to continue to care for the families of incapacitated
& deceased Australian & New Zealand veterans.

Our Guest of Honour is Colonel John Douglas Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim OBE, DL, FRGS., son of William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

John Slim, himself a former soldier will provide a perspective on his father Field Marshal William Joseph Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KStJ was a British military commander and the 13th Governor-General of Australia.

Bill Slim as he was generally known saw active service in both the First and Second world wars and was wounded in action three times. During the Second World War he led the 14th Army, the so-called "forgotten army" in the Burma campaign. After the war he became the first British officer who had served in the Indian Army to be appointed Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

From 1953 to 1959 he was Governor-General of Australia and is regarded by many Australians as an authentic war hero who had fought with the Anzacs at Gallipoli ,where he was badly wounded.

For bookings, please pay by TT to Santander Bank Acc London Legacy, Acc No 80551126 Sort Code 09-01-27 and confirm your booking by email to Treasurer Maria Kratsis on mkratsis@gmail.com including your contact information, group or company name as well as the number of attendees with individual names. For queries, please contact Maria on the above email address or call 07934760360.

London Legacy announces the appointment of two new Patrons.

May 2015

Randolph Churchill has very kindly agreed to become our Patron after attending our Anzac Legacy Ball in 2013.

Mr. Randolph Churchill, the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill has been great supporter of Legacy in recent times
Mr Churchill provided the Guest of Honour speech at our 2013 Ball and has taken a keen interest in our activities, so much so that he has agreed to become a Patron.

Mr Churchill has had a very busy year, in particular being asked to participate in a number of events pertaining to the VE Day commemorations.

Randolph was born in January 1965 shortly before the death of his great grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill. After attending Harrow, Randolph undertook a short service commission in the Royal Navy and served as Gunnery Officer of HMS Alderney in the coastal protection squadron.
On completion of the Navigating Officer Course he was appointed Navigator of HMS Swallow in the Hong Kong Squadron and promoted to Lieutenant. Subsequently, Randolph attended Buckingham University where he was awarded a degree in Financial Management and Accountancy, before joining Deloitte and Touche where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

In 1995 Randolph joined Lazard Asset Management, becoming Director of the Charities Division. In 2000 Randolph joined Schroder Private Bank and in 2003 he moved to Rathbones where he is an Investment Director.

Randolph is a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, Director of the Armed Services Charities Advisory Company (that oversees the investment for over 100 service charities) and Trustee of the Churchill Centre UK and US. He is also a Patron of JAGS, Winston's Wish and London Legacy which supports Australian service families. Randolph is a regular speaker at Churchill conferences and dinners.

Randolph and his wife Catherine have four children and live close to Sir Winston's home at Chartwell in Kent.

Note: Randolph Churchill Photo copyright Science Museum, London Science & Society Picture Library.

We are also very pleased to announce that Lt Col Gordon Birdwood (ret) has agreed to become a Patron of London Legacy.

Lt Col Birdwood is the great nephew of Field Marshal The Lord Birdwood of Anzac and Totnes, better known to Australians and New Zealanders as Lieutenant General Sir William Birdwood, commander of the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli.

Gordon Birdwood had a military career spanning 20 years, which culminated in his commanding the Household Cavalry Regiment in London.

He now combines a career with Workman LLP, a leading European firm of Property Consultants and as a director of the Hart Group which specialises in Risk Management worldwide.
He has been a member of The Royal Household since 1997, and the Senior Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty The Queen (a role originally created during the reign of King Edward IV).

He is Deputy Chairman of The Royal Humane Society, a Commander in the Order of St John and is immediate Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Borderers during their 450th anniversary year. He is a trustee of the Household Cavalry.

In his spare time, he is a fund raiser for numerous charities including the Household Cavalry Operational Causalities Fund, the Household Cavalry Museum, City Gateway in Tower Hamlets, the Muscular Dystrophy Society of Cyprus and St John’s Ambulance.

He has previously been involved in helping the Army Benevolent Fund the Soldier’s Charity and the Calvert Trust. He is Chairman of G100 formed by the Gallipoli Association to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

The Australian High Commissioner to the U.K.,His Excellency, the Honourable Alexander Downer, AC and Sir Michael Hintze, AM continue to be Patrons to London Legacy.

London Legacy to hold Annual Reception at Australia House in June.

May 2015

The annual London Legacy Reception is set to be held at Australia House from 6:00pm till 8:00pm on Thursday the 11th of June 2015.

Guests are invited to arrived from 5:30 for a prompt start at 6:00pm, when our Patron, The Australian High Commissioner to the U. K.,His Excellency, the Honourable Alexander Downer AC shall provide a welcoming speech.

Each year London Legacy holds our reception in the prestigious Downer Room of Australia House. The reception is a relaxed event held to allow us to say thank you for your continued support of London Legacy. During the evening we shall be showing our appreciation for the support we have received from this year’s sponsors. Canapés, wine, beer, juice and water will be served during the reception.

We will have in attendance our Legatees and a number of our widows to meet with you. These lovely ladies have amazing stories to tell of their lives and loved ones. You will also have an opportunity to meet a cross section of Australian and New Zealand friends living in London.

The Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer AC shall join us in the room named after his father Sir Alexander Downer KBE, a past Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1963-72). His Excellency will provide an address shortly after 6:00pm. Trustee Brigadier Bill Sowry will also speak of the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, including the moving story of his grandfather's experiences there. We shall also have a poetry reading from one of our Chelsea Pensioner friends and will hold a raffle with some great prizes.

If you would like to attend, please apply to President Legatee Simon Kleinig by email to simon.kleinig@windingtrack.com.

Call to support Legatee Nic Errol running for London Legacy.

March 2015

In 1992, Nic Errol’s father passed away. His service in the Australian Army meant that Nic and his mother fell under the care of Legacy. As a six year old who just lost his dad, Legacy provided support and comfort to Nic. Over the years, Legacy played a critical role in shaping Nic as he grew into an adult.

On his 18th Birthday, Nic joined Legacy as a volunteer, and actively chose to support and give back to the organisation that had given him so much.

Currently living in London, Nic is the recently appointed Junior Vice-President for London Legacy, with 2015 marking 23 years involvement with Legacy.

In honour of the Gallipoli landing centenary, and to further give back to Legacy, Nic has decided to fundraise for Legacy, by running 56kms (35 miles) in the London to Brighton Ultra-Marathon this May. He aims to complete this in under 5 hours.

Although a keen runner (Nic runs for the Nike Covent Garden Club) , Nic has yet to race further than the marathon distance (42kms/26 miles) and this will prove to test him both physically and mentally. The terrain is pre-dominantly trails, which provides an additional challenge for Nic.

All monies raised will go directly to Legacy, where the funds will be used as per the Legacy mandate, to aid the families of deceased and incapacitated servicemen.

To donate to Nic’s cause, you can access his online page at:Just Giving
Alternatively, you can SMS NERR86 + the amount you wish to donate, to 70070. EG: NERR86 £20.

Both London Legacy and Nic thank you in advance for your generous support.

On the Go Tours donates 10 day tour of Turkey to London Legacy.

February 2015

On The Go Tours, a long time supporter of London Legacy today announced it is donating a 10-day Turkey Unplugged tour for two adults to London Legacy for auctioning at the upcoming London Legacy Anzac Ball 2015.

The Ball, to be held at Australia House on April the 17th will auction this wonderful tour and use the proceeds to continue its work in caring for the the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans.

The tour starts and ends in Istanbul and includes flights and is based on twin/double share. Two lucky people will be able to explore Istanbul and its bazaars and grand Mosques, wander round the battlefields of Gallipoli, see Roman ruins, the beautiful Aegean Coast, Pamukkale and the jewel in Turkey’s crown - Cappadocia, with its amazing underground cities and whimsical landscape.

The tour Highlights include Istanbul - old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace, Troy - Trojan horse and ruins, Carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses, Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman HierapolisAnkara - Ataturk's Mausoleum, Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields, Aegean Coast Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus, Cappadocia region, Goreme Valley and underground city.

The prize includes:
- Return flights London/Istanbul for two adults
9 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners
- Airport transfers
- Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
- 9 nights 4 star and special class hotels, based in Twin/Double share
- Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Cappadocia
- All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

What is not included is visa, entrance fees and tipping. The tour departs monthly, subject to availability

The prize Valid until 30 April 2016

If you are interested in participating in the auction for the Tour but are not attending the Ball, you can email Lindsay Birrell for more details at:

For more information on the Turkey Unplugged tour or to book the tour, click on the link at:On the Go Tours - Turkey Unplugged tour

Australia's Liverpool City Council launches Anzac Centenary Commemoration program.

February 2015

The Liverpool City Council in New South Wales has launched a comprehensive ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Program for 2015.

Commencing on the 26th of February, the program will honour the ANZAC Centenary and all those who have contributed to Australia's military efforts in the last 100 years.

They are hosting a range of exhibitions, theatre performances, talks, public programs and special events that will explore the course of the war, the achievements of Liverpool's soldiers, the contribution and generosity of those at home and Liverpool's connections to the First World War.

They have a fantastic website and facebook page, as well as a twitter feed offering a wealth of interesting information as well as dates and times of events for all those who will be on the NSW coast at some stage.
For more information, check out the facebook page at or www.facebook.com/liverpoolcityanzac2015 or please go to:Liverpool City Council Anzac Program 2015

Support Legacy and direct Gallipoli descendants at the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service.

February 2015

London Legacy is calling for volunteers to join Legatees and special volunteers such as Catherine Constant in selling Legacy pins at the this year’s Anzac Day Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner.

Every year London Legacy sells pins to raise funds in support of the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans. This year we shall be supported by a very special volunteer, Catherine Constant, whose father served at Gallipoli, was there at the landing, was wounded at Quinn's Post on May 30th. and was awarded the DCM.

The Dawn Service commences at 5am and Legacy needs volunteers to arrive as early as possible from 4:00am.
Please contact London Legacy CEO Lindsay Birrell at lindsaybirrell@gmail.com to volunteer.

London Legacy appoints Mr Nic Errol as Junior Vice President.

August 2014

London Legacy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Nic Errol as Junior Vice President, London Legacy. Nic transferred to London from Perth Legacy in 2013 after an involvement of 22 years with Legacy from the age of 6, when his father died.

Since joining us as a Legatee, Nic immediately took on the responsibility of caring for the families of incapacitated and deceased Veterans and showed a high degree of commitment and interest in our work with widows and families throughout Europe.

Nic leaves London on the 2nd January 2015 to accompany Megan Kaye to attend the Perth Legacy Annual Kids Camp for 2 weeks at which Nic will actively work at the Camp as he did for so many years. Megan's brother Tom, currently studying at Melbourne University, will fly home to stay with mother Linda and Megan before returning for his second year in Melbourne.

Nic is Legatee for Linda, Megan and Tom.

Linda's husband Philip died suddenly on duty at HMAS CERBERUS after 20 years as a CPO in the RN before transferring to the RAN for a special job leaving a widow and two children. London Legacy cares for the family through their Legatee Nic Errol.

Nic is employed in the rapidly expanding construction trade in London where there are over 200 major buildings under construction.

Nic was first introduced to Legacy at aged 6 (1992), after his father passed away. As his father served in the Australian Army, Perth Legacy stepped in to provide support for Nic and his mother. From age 6-17, Nic was exposed to a range of people from Perth Legacy, and attended numerous activities and camps organised by Junior Legacy, for all Western Australian wards. The highlight each year was the annual Perth Legacy Busselton Kids Camp, which is co-run by Perth Legacy and the Special Air Service Regiment.

The camp hosted Legacy wards from all over Australia, and provided Nic and all attendees with a range of leadership and life experiences that were unique to all the participants. Making lifelong friendships, and holding many fond memories, the Busselton Camp is the premier camp for Legacy kids, and made a huge contribution to Nic’s development, over his 11 camps as a ward.

The Legatees, Companions (committee within Perth Legacy) and SAS personnel that were supervisors on the camps, all contributed to Nic’s growth, and it was with encouragement by those people (especially Marg and John Burridge), that on reaching the cut-off age as a ward, Nic joined the Companions Committee just shy of his 18th birthday. Companions works within Perth Legacy, and is made up of a range of people, primarily former wards and people that wish to contribute further to Legacy, but are unable to commit to becoming a Legatee.

Under the guidance of the Companions members, Nic participated in a variety of ways, including fundraising, gardening for widows, assisting at events and helping set up and organise the Busselton Camps. After several years, Nic was invited to attend the camp as a supervisor, and including his time as a ward, has been a fixture on every camp since 1993 (except for 2 when he was in Europe) in some shape or form. His time in Companions saw him serve as Vice President, then President, and then remain as Honourary Secretary until the end of 2012, when he made the decision to move and live overseas.

This decision came after a Rotary trip to Turkey, which was the result of a nomination by Marg and John Burridge on behalf of Legacy. Deciding to live overseas was only one of the results, as Nic also undertook the decision to study, beginning his Bachelor degree, doing a double major in International Relations and History. He is in the final stages of his degree, and is now completing it from London, with plans to continue with post graduate studies.

In 2013, Nic moved to London, after a slight re-adjustment on his plans. Joining London Legacy as a Legatee was a natural step for Nic, and he has continued to grow his contribution to Legacy, to give back and repay the unquantifiable experiences and lessons that Legacy has given him, in his 22 years involvement. He credits much of his drive and success to many of the experiences he had with Legacy, particularly on those Busselton Camps, and remembers many key people that mentored and helped shape his values over the years, many of whom he has been privileged enough to work alongside with as an adult.

London Legacy announces its new Patrons.

July 2014

London Legacy is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Patrons. The Australian High Commissioner to the U.K.,His Excellency, the Honourable Alexander Downer, AC has very kindly accepted London Legacy’s invitation to continue a long standing tradition for High Commissioners to the UK to become the Patron of London Legacy.

The Hon Alexander Downer, AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in March 2014.
Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1976 and served at the Australian Embassy in Belgium before moving into politics.Elected to the Federal Parliament in 1984 (Liberal member for Mayo in South Australia), he held this seat until his retirement from Parliament in July 2008. He served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 1996 to 2007, making him Australia’s longest-serving Foreign Minister.

Mr Downer was a Director, Bespoke Approach consultancy and visiting professor, School of History/Politics, University of Adelaide; held a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University and sits on a number of boards.
Mr Downer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013 and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Mr Downer joined us at the London Legacy reception in June in the room named after his father Sir Alexander Downer KBE, a past Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1963-72).

London Legacy is also pleased to announce that Sir Michael Hintze, AM has accepted the appointment of Patron to London Legacy.

Michael was raised in Sydney, Australia and is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a Doctor of Business and an Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales.

Prior to beginning his career in finance, Michael served for three years in the Australian Regular Army as a Captain in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Michael moved to London in the 1980s and was honoured as "Australian of the Year" in the UK in 2008. He has maintained strong personal and business ties to Australia and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2013 in recognition of his “significant service to the community through philanthropic contributions to organizations supporting the arts, health and education.”
Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established. Since inception in 2005, over 150 charities have received funding from the Foundation.

Michael was appointed to the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and was later reappointed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Michael is a Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the University of Sydney and the Wandsworth Museum. Michael has been named the first Vice Patron of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity in recognition of his long-term commitment to the organisation. He also serves on the International Council of the V&A and is a Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museums.

He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory in 2005, and subsequently Knight Grand Cross, in January 2008. In November 2009, Michael Hintze and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy. In June 2013, Michael received a Knighthood in recognition of his substantial charitable contributions to the arts in the United Kingdom.

Never Such Innocence supports London Legacy.

July 2014

London Legacy would like to thank Never Such Innocence for their recent support.

Never Such Innocence are a registered charity in England and Wales which will produce a specially commissioned theatrical production and major educational initiatives to mark the centenary of the Great War from 2014 onwards.

They are producing a landmark series of events to mark the centenary of the Great War, supporting military charities and creating an educational and artistic legacy. one of these military charities has been nominated as London Legacy.

Never Such Innocence is a unique and important project fitting into the wider series of 2014-18 Centenary activities. The intention is to not only raise money for five Military charities each year, but also leave an educational legacy through a national children's poetry and art competition.
For more information on Never Such Innocence, please go to:Never Such Innocence

London Legacy attends Admiral Arthur Phillip RN Commemorative events in UK.

July 2014

London Legacy President Lindsay Birrell recently attended commemorative events in London and Bath for the first governor of New South Wales Admiral Arthur Phillip RN.

Governor Phillip as he is widely known as in Australia was the Commander of the First Fleet and founded New South Wales in 1788.

Lindsay Birrell attended the unveiling of a new memorial to stone for Admiral Phillip at Westminster Abbey recently on behalf of London Legacy. The memorial was attended by many dignitaries including His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who came to help unveil the memorial, taking quite an interest in Admiral Phillip. The memorial stone is a result of a three-year campaign by Sir Christopher Benson of the British-Australia Society Education Trust.

The memorial stone is located in the nave of Westminster Abbey and is made of sandstone from Sydney, etched with the Governors name and a kangaroo.

Additionally, an event was held later in the same week in Bath to unveil a new memorial to Admiral Phillip. Again London legacy was represented with Lindsay Birrell in attendance. The new memorial was unveiled and is situated outside the bath Assembly Rooms in the garden near the northeast corner of the building.

Attendees shown in the picture are Rev. Robert Webb of Bath, The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath Counsellor Cherry Beath, Mr. Ken Smith, Agent General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, UK and Europe, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO (The Governopr of N.S.W. and patron of Legacy N.S.W.) and Lindsay Birrell President London Legacy.

London Legacy thanks all Supporters at Annual Reception.

June 2014

London Legacy recently thanked all its supporters and volunteers at its annual reception at the Australian High Commission in London.

"There are many people and organisations who contribute greatly to the efforts of London Legacy, and we are glad to officially recognise them and their work at our annual reception" advised London Legacy President Lindsay Birrell.

"London Legacy can only exist through this support to fulfill our mission to care for the families of incapacitated and deceased Australian and New Zealand veterans here in Europe" he added.

The event, held at the famous Downer Room at Australia House saw the new Australian High Commissioner to London Alexander Downer AC in attendance. Mr Downer is also the new Patron to London Legacy.

Many friends of London Legacy were in attendance including Chelsea Pensioner Dave Thomson who gave a reading of his own poetry.

London legacy would again like to thank all its supporters who give so much to help.

Anzac Day Services to be held in Weymouth UK on Sunday 27th of April.

April 2014

Every year the UK sees a number of events on and around Anzac Day, many very wonderfully enabled due to the support of local British people and organisations.

One such event is to be held on Sunday the 27th of April in Weymouth, Dorset. Many other places such as Sutton Veny are more well know for Anzac Day events but its worth understanding that Weymouth was an important place for Australian and New Zealanders to convalesce after the Gallipoli invasion.

If you can get to Weymouth for the service please do so and provide your support.

For more information please go to:
Weymouth Anzac Day service

London Legacy thanks all those who gave at this years Anzac Day services in the UK.

April 2014

London Legacy would like to thank all those who gave their time and money to support Legacy in the UK at this years Anzac Day services.

A number of Legacy volunteers including a contingent of Chelsea Pensioners were up early for the Dawn Service to sell Legacy pins. The day continued from there with many events having Legacy representatives as both participants, volunteers and pin sellers.

Anzac Day in the UK is an important fund raising day for London Legacy in its drive to provide support to the widows and families of incapacitated and deceased Australian and New Zealand veterans in the UK.

Service continue on Sunday the 27th of April, so please keep a look out for a London Legacy representative.

Lord Montgomery, in conjunction with HE Mike Rann and the South London Military Wives choir to Launch the James Dunsby Appeal at the London Legacy ANZAC Ball on 4th April.

March 2014

London Legacy today announced that it will be launching the James Dunsby Appeal at its upcoming prestigious annual ANZAC Ball.

The Ball, to be held on the evening of 4 April at Australia House will honour the memory of Corporal James Dunsby who was one of three soldiers who tragically died after rigorously competing for selection in the Special Air Services (SAS) in the rugged Brecon Beacons during last summer’s heat wave. James’s widow, Bryher, will be a guest of honour at the Ball, and has been instrumental in planning this year’s event.

James Dunsby was a UK and Australian national and served with the UK Territorial Army, including a tour of Afghanistan in 2008 with Prince Harry.
James Dunsby’s wife, Bryher, is the most recent widow to be taken on by Legacy which still cares for 100,000 families of incapacitated and deceased veterans in 38 countries. We are also pleased to announce that Lord and Lady Montgomery have agreed to be guests of honour, this follows the trend set at last year’s Ball by having Randolph Churchill as our guest of honour.

There is an interesting connection between James Dunsby and Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein. They both commenced their education in Hobart after their families emigrated from the UK. Field Marshall Montgomery’s father served as Bishop of Tasmania.

His Lordship will speak about his father's collected thoughts of Australian and New Zealand soldiers. So on this special night London Legacy will connect the story of two soldiers who, through coincidence, share a common background of history in their early lives.

Lord and Lady Montgomery will also be joined by the Military Wives South London Choir who will perform at the launch of the James Dunsby Appeal at the London Legacy ANZAC Ball.

Bryher’s sad loss highlights the continuing need for Australians to support Legacy in its mission of caring for the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans here in Europe. The Appeal will raise funds to continue this valuable work.

During the evening, London Legacy will also be leading a service commemorating 100 years since the beginning of World War One, joining HE Mike Rann and Lindsay Birrell conducting this service with be Lord Montgomery, HE Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner for New Zealand to the UK and Lord Hobart, the Earl of Buckinghamshire.

The James Dunsby Appeal can be supported by donating directly to the London Legacy James Dunsby Appeal. For donations in the UK, please apply to lindsaybirrell@gmail.com with your details and TT Money to London Legacy at Santander Bank (sort code 09-01-27, account no 80551126 and including your name and address).

For Australian donations go to www.legacy.com.au/Donate and enter London Legacy James Dunsby Appeal with your donation amount, name and address plus e mail lindsaybirrell@gmail.com with the same details.

London Legacy announces special fund raising discount prices for Barbarians v Australia 2014 tickets.

February 2014

On Saturday 1st November 2014, the World famous Barbarians will kick start the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham with an eagerly anticipated opening match against Australia. And thanks to a special deal, London Legacy is able to offer tickets at a cut price rate with a share of your ticket going to London Legacy.

Our London Legacy early bird match ticket deal offers great seats at Twickenham with two special pricing offers; Cat A tickets for only £41 (normally £65) and Cat B tickets for £31(normally £50). There are also children tickets available for only £15. On top of great savings each ticket sold using the above codes raises £5 for London Legacy.

These special ticket offers are now available by clicking on the link below and using the discount codes of LegacyA for Cat A and LegacyB for Cat B.
The Wallabies have one of the most exciting backlines in world rugby and along with the Barbarians attacking ethos, both teams will look forward to showcasing their skills, guaranteeing some entertaining running rugby on the day.

The All Black legend, Sir John Kirwan, has already agreed to coach the Barbarians and the squad will be full of high profile international stars from around the globe.

He commented "The Baa Baas have a proud history and I will be selecting a team that will respect that. We will look to play the sort of rugby against the Wallabies that encompasses that spirit and we want to win".

Demand for tickets will be high, so get your tickets early! – A great day out at Twickenham and feast of rugby will surely be in store for all.

To buy tickets, go to:Match Tickets

New Australian $1 coin circulated featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo.

February 2014

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP,recently unveiled a new $1 circulating 2014 coin featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo and produced by the Royal Australian Mint.

The special commemorative 2014 $1 circulating coin features the official logo of the Anzac Centenary, including the image of an Australian soldier, head bowed and rifle reversed in solemn reflection and the words ‘100 Years of Anzac – The Spirit Lives’. The coin is rimmed with a motif reflecting the sun’s rays as captured on the Australian Army’s Rising Sun badge.

For more information please go to:
Royal Australian Mint

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