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News 2014

Events - Hobart Legacy

Freedom of Entry March launches Anzac Centenary in Tasmania (18th September, 2014)

The third Saturday in October saw the departure of one of Australia’s first Battalions to leave for World War I commemorated in Hobart by Tasmania’s own infantry battalion.

Just on a century ago, members of the 12th Battalion boarded the troopship Geelong in Hobart as they headed to war. After docking in Freemantle, the troops headed west to Egypt where they trained for the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915.

The centenary of that historic departure was marked by a Freedom of Entry march through the city of Hobart. More than 120 members of the 12th/40th Battalion, the Royal Tasmania Regiment marched down Macquarie St, past Legacy House, parading the Queens and Regimental Colours on which are emblazoned the Battalion’s Battle and Theatre Honours.

Near the Town Hall, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Hughes, was challenged by a representative of Tasmania Police on the right to march the Battalion through the city armed, with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, colours flying, drums beating and band playing.

The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas, inspected the Battalion before the march moved to the Cenotaph, where a ceremony will mark the formal launch of the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania.

Together with representatives from State and local government, the 12th/40th Battalion Royal Tasmania Regiment marked the planting of a tree that is propagated from pines of the Gallipoli Peninsula.

“The march commemorated the forefathers of 12/40 who also marched through the City of Hobart in October 1914 before they deployed to Gallipoli,” said the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 12th/40th Battalion, Royal Tasmania Regiment, Warrant Officer Class One Sean Ransome.

“It is a huge honour to commemorate the history of our Battalion. Many of our members have deployed on overseas operations and continue to uphold the values of the original Anzacs, who stepped up to serve their country.”

President of Hobart Legacy, Peter Hodge, attended the commemoration.

“It was a privilege to attend this event which led the national commemorations of WWI.”

“It should be remembered that Legacy’s founder Major General John Gellibrand was a Commanding Officer of the 12th Battalion and therefore it was very appropriate the current day Battalion carried the Colours of the 12th down Macquarie St past Legacy House.”

Badge Week Brings Out The Best
(3rd - 6th September 2014)

Legacy says a big ‘thank you’ to all its 2014 volunteer badge sellers! Badge sellers experienced inspirational community support for the work of Legacy this week. In southern Tasmania, badge selling was conducted at 18 locations by teams of volunteers from the ADF, commercial organisations, service organisations, schools and community groups . “I was pretty much blown away …”, Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas said about community support for Legacy as he collected during the week.

Pictured above are Legatee Julie Paul wearing her husband’s medals and Friend of Hobart Legacy Colleen Hay at Glenorchy Centro.

Badge Week is Legacy’s major annual fund raising campaign. As the demand on Legacy’s services continues to grow Badge Week is critical to Hobart Legacy’s ability to care for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans in Southern Tasmania. This year Hobart Legacy is indebted to the government and local media outlets for their outstanding coverage.

Pictured above is Friend of Hobart Legacy Pam Nossiter wearing her mother’s medals at Kingston Town.

City of Hobart Celebrates Legacy

Lord Mayor, Damon Thomas leant his support to the Legacy Badge Week Launch at Legacy House on Tuesday 2nd September.

Photographed with the Lord Mayor are Legatee Chris Speigel, Badge Day Area Coordinator for Hobart City and Legatee Rob Grey, Chairman of the badge Week Committee.

For the Lord Mayor its deeds not words that count. He will be selling badges at three locations across the city this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3rd - 5th September).

Certificate of Recognition

Deep strands of expertise run through Hobart Legacy. One such strand relates to the complex field of pensions and welfare. Ensuring our widows receive the right information is a major responsibility for Hobart Legacy.

Recently the Hobart City Council recognised volunteer contributions to veterans of Tasmania and greater Hobart in particular.

The photograph below show Legatee David Waddle and Mr Peter Hind accepting a Certificate of Recognition from the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas. Legatee David Waddle has had a long involvement in pension and welfare training for the Training Information Program (TIP) here in Tasmania and Nationally.

Commemorating Tasmania’s Legacy

Legacy met with Guy Barnett MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Will Hodgman on 2nd June, 2014. The meeting discussed his desire to work with the ex-service community in Tasmania and his role promoting the needs of veterans and their families. Guy’s grandfather flew in the RFC during WWI and his great uncle was a Japanese POW in WWII. As a result, he takes a particular interest in veterans affairs in Tasmania and will co-ordinate preparations to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. Of significance to Legacy was the opportunity to discuss: state funding to Legacy going forward, renaming a road of state significance and the review, reprint and distribution of the educational booklet Legacy, a guide for teachers.

Award for Excellence for Legatee

At the recent Fruit Growers Tasmania Awards Dinner, Legatee Eric Seabrook was recognised for his long contribution to the State's fruit industry.

The Award for Excellence is presented to an industry figure who has a strong involvement in the fruit industry. In the case of Legatee Seabrook, the Award related to his orchards at Castle Forbes Bay which at one time were
identified to be the richest square mile of apple growing country in the
world. Since purchasing the orchard in 1952, he reworked the existing orchard, purchased nearby properties, enlarged the packing shed and built
cool stores.

In the mid-1960's he moved into canning as another outlet for his apples and berries. At one stage he had a network of sales staff in Victoria and NSWselling the canned products.

A pioneer in the industry in many ways, Legatee Seabrook was one of the first to import the nitrogen flush machine which meant apples could be stored for longer - with the cool store at one stage storing up to 5,000 bins (2.5 tons) of apples. His efforts have remained an inspiration to thecurrent generation of growers.

His award is well deserved and in the image Legatee Seabrook is presented with his award, a painting of the Huon River, by Vice President of FruitGrowers Tasmania, Howard Hansen.

Sausage Sizzle Stalwarts Successful Saturday

Wind and showers greeted shoppers this Saturday 17th May at K & D Cambridge. The weather proved a stimulus for customers of all ages who enjoyed Legacy’s freshly cooked hot sausages. A small team of Legatees and Friends of Hobart Legacy kept up the supply in the trying conditions ably led by Legatee Bob Wilkinson who took the prize for organisation with his hygienically wrapped sausages and sliced onion ready to cook. Bob said that $1048.30 was a successful Saturday for the season.

Mrs Pam Larkins (FOHL), Mr Morrie Larkins (FOHL) and Sal Djemal (FOHL).

Mrs Di Smith (FOHL) with Legatee Bob Wilkinson.

Coral Sea Battle Anniversary

Founded in 1923 the Hobart Legacy Club was originally called The Remembrance Club. That legacy of remembrance was honoured on Saturday 10th May when Vice-President Legatee Peter Hodge attended the Battle of the Coral Sea Anniversary at Hobart Cenotaph.

‘By the end of April 1942, the tally of Japanese victories seemed unending. The Japanese flag flew over Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, the Netherlands East Indies and most of Burma. Australia had been directly attacked with devastating attacks on Darwin and Broome. Flushed with success, the Japanese High Command now reached out to capture Port Moresby in the Australian Protectorate of Papua. In history’s first great naval action between aircraft carriers, a combined naval task force, including the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown, the three cruisers: HMAS Australia, HMAS Hobart and USS Chicago and a few destroyers, stopped the advancing Japanese naval strike force’. (The Battle of the Coral Sea 4-8 May 1942, commemoration program)

Legacy remembers departed comrades.

ANZAC Commemorations - A busy time for Hobart Legacy

Special Widows' ANZAC Luncheon

Bigger numbers than usual attended this year's Widows' ANZAC Luncheon held at Legacy House. The Comradeship and Catering Committee worked over time to make this a special time for our widows. The President of the Hobart Widows' Club said: ‘ It is many years since we had over 50 attend the ANZAC Luncheon. It was a great occasion to renew old friendship and meet new widows’.

Legatees give ANZAC Addresses across the West Coast

Our widows on the West Coast were not forgotten this year. Hobart Legatees visited the coast to give ANZAC Addresses at four services. Legatee Peter Bysouth addressed the Bothwell ANZAC Service, Legatee Peter Woolford addressed the Queenstown ANZAC Service while Legatee Peter Hodge spoke at both Rosebery and Tullah ANZAC Services.

Legacy Official Guests at the Hobart ANZAC Day March

The President of Hobart Legacy, joined the official party on the saluting base outside the City Hall to acknowledge the parade and later laid a gift of books at the Cenotaph. Presenting books instead of a wreath has been a tradition at Hobart Legacy. Secretary, Legatee Ken Butler said: ‘Hobart Legacy is always mindful of its responsibility to the children of veterans who died. The books are a constructive way of commemorating ANZAC Day’. This is the 91st year Hobart Legacy has been represented at the service.

President attends Dementia Meeting

Legatee Paul Crew attended a special meeting on dementia last Thursday. He addressed the meeting on the aging of Hobart Legacy widows and the need for a better understanding of dementia and aging.

A Special Thank you to Bunnings and Woolworths

Hobart Legacy made a special thanks to two companies this month. Bunnings at Moonah invited Hobart Legacy to raise funds in their store during ANZAC Week. This is a first! Legatee Peter Martin, Chair of the PR, Marketing and Appeals Committee, was quick to accept the offer of the local manager. He soon had six teams working in the store over three days before ANZAC Day. They raised almost $7500 which has been split with RSL State Branch. National corporate sponsorship by Woolworths also continues to make a significant contribution. They conducted a promotion for Legacy in all their supermarkets during April. Legatees from Hobart Legacy visited all the Woolworths Supermarkets in Hobart and surrounding areas to make sure the staff know how much we appreciate their support. ”


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