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Victoria - Organisation

Melbourne Legacy (1923 - )

Care Provider and Records Access Service
Alternative Names
  • Legacy

Legacy is a national organisation that was established in 1923 to assist men returned from the Great War and their families. Initially established to improve business prospects for returned soldiers, in 1925 Legacy's focus became the provision of assistance to the children of deceased servicemen.


From around 1942, Melbourne Legacy operated a number of residential homes for children. Its first Homes, Holmbush and Stanhope, were residential hostels for children or young people aged nine years and over attending some form of educational institution, including tertiary institutions.

In 1947, Legacy established a home for younger children in Beaumaris, known as Blamey House. In 1950, another hostel, Harelands, opened in Kew.

Children placed in institutions operated by Legacy were sometimes referred to as 'repatriation wards'.

According to the guide Finding your story, Legacy holds very little information about the operations of its children's Homes during the post World War Two period. Former residents and their families can make enquiries to Legacy's Privacy Officer for information about and access to records.



  • Ellis, Malcolm Henry, The torch: a picture of Legacy, 2nd edn, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1970. Details


Online Resources


Gift from the Victorian Red Cross to the Legacy Club
Gift from the Victorian Red Cross to the Legacy Club
10 December 1945
The Argus


Sources used to compile this entry: Finding Your Story: a resource manual to the records of the Stolen Generations, Public Record Office Victoria, 2005. Also available at; James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001,; Senate Community Affairs References Committee Secretariat, Parliament of Australia, Protecting Vulnerable Children: a national challenge: Second report on the inquiry into children in institutional or out-of-home care, Commonwealth of Australia, March 2005,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill