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293 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Postal address: GPO Box 4312 Melbourne VIC 3001

Phone: (03) 8626 0500

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Upcoming Events

Melbourne Legacy's Christmas Concert 2018

Monday 3 December 2018 – Melbourne Town Hall
Doors open at 11am – Concert: 12 noon to 2:30pm
Featuring: The Cover Girls as well as the Voices Pop Choir.
Get ready for some toe tapping Christmas cheer, fun and laughter.
We look forward to your company to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Christmas.
A complimentary light lunch and tea and coffee will be available again this year.
To help us plan for the catering please contact Tanja Iacovantuono 8626 0500
to book. If you need transport, please contact your Widows’ Club Legatee or
call Tanja Iacovantuono 8626 0500 or email csv@legacymelb.com.au


3AW Legacy Week interview with Legatee Suzanne Shaw

Media Releases - 2018

Students Honour Fallen

Thousands of school children from all over Victoria and a school group from New Zealand stood proudly to honour our brave service men and women at Legacy’s 87th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Students from Feilding High School, aged from 14 to 16 years, from the North island of New Zealand laid a wreath as part of the ceremony.

“On behalf of all veterans’ families, Legacy is honoured to ensure the sacrifices of their loved ones are never forgotten through education and commemoration. Thank you to all the students and teachers who are attended this year’s service to help maintain this important tradition for 87 years,” Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Roberton said.

Legacy’s patron, The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, made a speech and inspected a guard of honour of cadets from Melbourne High School.

Football legend and business consultant, Simon Madden, was amongst the dignitaries as a Legacy ambassador. Legacy supported Simon, his two brothers and their Mum when their dad, who served in the army and the air force during WWII, died suddenly. Simon was only 13 years of age at the time.

“I remember Legacy was a great comfort to mum and helped us through the initial shock and sadness of losing dad,” Simon said. “They also helped Mum apply for a War Veterans’ Gold Card. As an ambassador for Legacy, I’m really proud to help Legacy share their story about the important work they provide to veterans’ families in need.”

Legacy kid Harrison Karlsson was Legacy’s Torch Bearer at the ceremony and passed the Legacy Torch, which represents the undying flame of service and sacrifice, to Melbourne Legacy’s President Hugh Roberton.

Harrison,15, is the oldest of three children. Sadly, their dad, who was a Gulf War veteran, passed away seven years ago. Legacy has provided emotional support, helped with educational expenses and encouraged friendships with other Legacy kids through a caring Legatee Daryl Pinner who has been there for the family since they first came to Legacy.

“The relationship Legatees have had with Legacy’s families has been the hallmark of our services since 1923,” Melbourne Legacy President Hugh Roberton said. “While the majority of Legacy’s beneficiaries are widows, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, we are receiving more requests for support from families of veterans who have served post-1991. These veterans facing hardship are often suffering a psychological trauma such as Post-Traumatic Stress, which can have a debilitating impact on their family and our outreach has evolved to provide specialist help for them.”

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New Appointments at Melbourne Legacy

New appointments at Melbourne Legacy include Legatee Hugh Roberton as President and Board member Major General David Coghlan.

Mr Roberton has been a Legatee (Legacy volunteer) since 2002 and has served on a number of Melbourne Legacy committees and been a Board member since 2014. He was an army medical officer during the Vietnam War and recently retired as a surgeon.

“As President, I’m looking forward to contributing to the maintenance and development of support for veterans’ families as Legacy evolves its services to remain valued and relevant,” Legatee Roberton said.

Major General Coghlan is the Head of Land Systems Division and oversees the acquisition and sustainment of designated land systems for the Australian Defence Force. With significant command, staff, leadership and operational experience, Major General Coghlan will bring this breadth of current knowledge to complement the skills of Melbourne Legacy’s existing Board members.

“My father died when I was a teenager,” Major General Coghlan said. “I clearly remember and appreciate the support provided to us at that time by Legacy. Over the many years since I have seen the real difference that Legacy can make in lives and I thank Melbourne Legacy for the opportunity to contribute to this important cause.”

Melbourne Legacy has been caring for the families of those who have given their life or health for their country for 95 years and today, serves 7,000 beneficiaries including widows, many in their 80s and 90s, and a small number of widowers; dependants with a disability; youth and young families. Currently, families of ex-ADF personnel who have served post-1991 represent the smallest beneficiary group, but there is an increasing need from this group, some of whom are facing extreme hardship with complex issues.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we are extremely grateful for the support of Major General Coghlan and welcome him to Melbourne Legacy’s Board,” Legatee Roberton said. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to expand our services to younger veterans’ families. Melbourne Legacy is providing the catalyst for change among ESO's by undertaking research to better understand the needs of our younger veterans and their families so we can provide more proactive support.”

Melbourne Legacy has released its 2017 Annual Report and it can be viewed at

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