Legacy is a voluntary organisation dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans of our Australian Defence Force.
Today, Legacy's service assists around 65,000 widows and widowers and 1800 children and dependents nationally.
Legacy’s national fundraising event, Legacy Badge Day, is the first Friday of September (September 7).
The upper Southeast Legacy group comprises thirteen legatees supporting forty nine widow(er)’s in Naracoorte, Bordertown, Keith and Kingston.
Our support and services now extend to include the dependents of members of today's Australian Defence Forces who lose their lives or are incapacitated as a result of their military service, providing a range of care and support services to its widow(er)s and children/youth including assistance and support through visitation, supply of firewood, and recognition on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
Legacy also provides advice on accommodation, home maintenance and safety, general welfare matters and pensions, help with accessing medical and welfare services, assistance with education and life opportunities for children and youth and provides practical assistance, and financial assistance to those in need.
A Welfare Officer and a Pensions Officer are usually present to provide advice and assistance at Legacy House in Adelaide each day during normal business hours.
Legacy had its origins in the Great War of 1914-18, in Gallipoli, Palestine, France and Flanders. Some of the men who returned from those battlefields felt their colleagues in business were failing to assist other returned men adequately. One of them who lived in Hobart decided to do something about it – General Sir John Gellibrand.
In 1923 Gellibrand founded the Remembrance Club in Hobart. Its aim was to encourage returned servicemen in business. Stanley Savige, a former 24 Battalion Officer who had also served on Gellibrand's brigade, visited. Gellibrand urged him to set up a similar club in Melbourne.
In 1925 it was suggested that Legacy should look into caring for the children of deceased servicemen. This proposal was accepted and Legacy found its soul. The legacy of care continues today.