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Melbourne Legacy

293 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Postal address: GPO Box 4312 Melbourne VIC 3001

Phone: (03) 8626 0500

Email: csv@


About Us

About Us - Melbourne Legacy

When a veteran dies or is injured, the impact on their family is devastating, and Legacy has been there to protect their families from hardship for 95 years. In the Melbourne area, Legacy currently serves more than 4,700 widows, children, adults with a disability, and a growing number of families of veterans from more recent conflicts who are dealing with psychological and physical injuries. The hallmark of Legacy’s services is the care and compassion of its dedicated volunteers who help families through bereavement and difficult times to give them hope for the future.

In addition, Legacy engages young people in the community through education to acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifices of our brave service men and women and their families. An annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students is held at the Shrine of Remembrance just before ANZAC Day and the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award encourages students aged 12 and 14 years to learn about Legacy’s values, while developing their communication skills and confidence.

What we do
For every serving Australian, there's more than one life at stake

Melbourne Legacy helps veterans’ families with compassion, friendship and support in metropolitan Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. Services include relief from financial hardship, advice and referrals to support services such as counselling, assistance with children’s education and development, encouraging like-minded friendships and advocating for entitlements and services.

Ways you can assist Melbourne Legacy continue to provide these important services are:

Learn more about Melbourne Legacy

Copies of recent Melbourne Legacy are available below to download for those who would like to learn more about the work we do:

  • Please click here to download the Melbourne Legacy 2017 Annual Report
  • Please click here to view the June 2018 issue of The Torch newsletter.

Board of Management

The metropolitan Branches of Melbourne Legacy are administered by a Board of Management. The President of the Legacy Club of Melbourne is Chairman of the Board of Management.


Legatee Hugh Roberton
(pictured right)

Legatee David Kelly
Legatee David Pym
Legatee Martin Hesketh
Legatee Doug Knight
Legatee Lyn Grace
Legatee Kerry Jenke
Legatee Graeme Plumridge
Major General David Coghlan

Director/Company Secretary:

Justin Elwin

Melbourne Legacy Branches

The Melbourne Legacy Branches service the Melbourne Metropolitan region. If you need to contact a member from the local area, please call Legacy House on (03) 8626 0500. They include:

Inner Eastern
Outer Eastern
North West

Melbourne Legacy Groups

The Melbourne Legacy Groups are separately incorporated associations which are set up to serve the widows and dependants in their own local geographical area. They include:

North Gippsland
Benalla/Euroa/Violet Town
Central Gippsland
South Eastern
South Gippsland
East Gippsland
Latrobe Valley
Yarra Valley

Click here to view Melbourne Legacy Groups contact details.

Volunteering at Legacy

Members of Legacy are known as Legatees - these are our dedicated men and women who provide care and assistance to Legacy families.

Legatees give their time, energy, talent and experience voluntarily to respond to the needs of veterans' families, and assist with fundraising during Legacy's annual Badge appeal.

If you share Legacy's values of caring, empathy, respect and commitment and are interested in becoming a Legatee we welcome your enquiry.

For information please contact us on (03) 8626 0500 or

Legacy Staff & Legatees

Melbourne Legacy employs professional and administrative staff to support the 474 volunteer members of Legacy (Legatees) who visit widows on a regular basis, to provide them with information on all issues of concern and give them personal care and attention. The very heart of Legacy is the work of the Legatees, a dedicated team of volunteers who commit time and effort to their Legacy work.

The Badge of Legacy

Legacy has adopted as its badge the Torch, taken from the poem "In Flanders' Fields".

The symbolism of the Torch is explained below.

The Badge of Legacy symbolises in its torch the undying flame of service and sacrifice handed to us by our comrades in war who have passed on. In its wreath of laurel, with its points inverted in remembrance, is the guerdon of honour; that is the meed of those who gave their lives for their country.

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