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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: info@

Melbourne Legacy

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Melbourne Legacy is dedicated to caring for families of Australian Defence Force veterans who have lost their lives or health serving their country. At a time when all may seem lost, Legacy is there to help a family or individual through the tough times and restore their confidence in the future.

Legacy's work with veterans' families can mean a child gets an education and a fair go, a widow is not disadvantaged and alone and a family is not torn apart by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress or other physiological injuries. Support services may include:

  • Help to advocate for entitlements and services,
  • Advice and referrals to support services such as counselling,
  • Assistance with youth education and development,
  • Relief from financial hardship,
  • Activities to promote supportive friendships.

Josh and Margaret share their stories…

Joshua was only seven years old when he lost his dad, Lance Corporal Gavin, while he was serving in Afghanistan in October 2011. Lance Corporal Gavin was one of three soldiers murdered in the Australian base camp in Kandahar. He left behind a loving family – Jacky, his wife of 12 years, and his three beautiful children, Joshua and his sisters, Holly, 5, and Olivia, just seven months old.

Since then, Legacy has been there for the family to provide caring support.

“Legacy has been so good to us. I feel blessed,” Jacky added. “They were there when I needed them and I know I can rely on their support in the years ahead. My Legatee is in touch with me regularly to find out how we are going and if there is anything he can assist us with. Without Legacy, the children wouldn’t be doing any sports or after school activities and they really enjoy these. We also value the friendship of other Legacy families.”

Margaret Mallinson, 90, has been a Legacy widow since the passing of her much loved husband Jack 12 years ago. Jack was a Hydrographer in the Navy and served in WWII. Margaret joined her local Legacy widows’ group shortly after Jack’s passing and for the last six years has been Club President.

“The social contact our Club provides is very important to us,” Margaret said. “Many of our members are in their 90s and they rely on our regular get-togethers for friendship and support to help stay positive and happy. Through Legacy, we also have two very caring Legatees who also check on our health and wellbeing.”

There are 28 Legacy Widows’ Clubs in metropolitan Melbourne which have regular meetings and outings and are highly valued by their members, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s. Legacy also provides a bi-monthly magazine which keeps members well informed and enables them to share news. With the reassurance of Legacy’s support, their welfare is a priority.

Caring for the families of those who served their country

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Legacy has been protecting the wellbeing of veterans' families since 1923. Our compassionate and vital assistance changes lives, with care, friendship and support and we are honoured to serve our families.

Legacy standbys Defence Force families to ensure a child gets an education and a fair go, a widow is not disadvantaged and alone, and a family is not torn apart by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Joshua, Holly and Olivia (pictured above) lost their Dad, who was in the Army, when he died during Operations in Afghanistan in 2011. Since then, Legacy has been there for them and their Mum, Jacky, to provide caring support. The family has their own Legatee who keeps in touch and organises access to all the services they need, and the children go on regular outings and holiday camps with other Legacy kids.

The difference our compassionate and vital assistance has made to so many lives is everlasting.

Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world and relies on its volunteers and donations to carry out its work. We appreciate and value your support throughout the year, but especially during Legacy Week in late August.


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