Legacy Australia

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Legacy Australia
Founded 1923
Motto Australia's Legacy. It's Worth Defending.
Website http://www.legacy.com.au
Legacy Australia, Wagga Wagga Branch

Legacy is an Australian organisation, established in 1923 by ex-servicemen.[1] The organisation has the aim of caring for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women. The dependants of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Malayan emergency and Vietnam War deceased are cared for. In addition the peacekeeping operations in East Timor, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have provided ongoing work for Legacy. Finally, any death which is deemed service-related is attended to by Legacy.

Volunteer members are called "Legatees" because they accept the 'legacy of care' for their comrades' families; this title has continued to the present day. Some 7,000 legatees assist more than 122,000 widows and 1,700 children (referred to by Legacy as "Junior Legatees") and disabled dependents across Australia providing assistance, accommodation, medical and social support. Legacy's assistance depends on the individual situation of the person supported. With the help of Legatees, who stay in touch with all families, Legacy ensures families receive their Legacy entitlements and access to government benefits.

As well as financial help, Legacy provides companionship and assistance with the education of children. Assistance in dealing with the Army, Navy or Air Force, or the government is provided. In particular, specialist assistance is provided in submitting applications for Compensation for Dependants of Deceased Members and Former Members, including for War Widow's pensions and Income Support pensions. If initial claims are unsuccessful, when appropriate, Legacy will arrange for advocates before review tribunals. These services are provided at no cost to claimants. Legacy also solicits donations from the public to assist with its mission.

A road tunnel under construction in Brisbane is named Legacy Way in honour of the men and women serving in the Australian Defence Force.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/community_events.html retrieved Feb 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Part of road tunnel toll going to Legacy". ABC News. Nov 10, 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Legacy: The First Fifty Years - Lyons, Mark. Legacy Council/Lothian, Melbourne, 1978. ISBN 0-85091-069-2

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