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About us

We give back to the families of those who gave so much to our country.

Founded on a promise

In 1923 Legacy made a promise to help veterans’ families carry on with their lives after the loss or injury of their loved one.

It was a simple promise that Legacy keeps today; providing the same stability, guidance and assistance that a partner would normally provide to his or her family.

Today, Legacy supports 40,000 partners and children of veterans who gave their lives or health serving our country.

Our work 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 psychological injuries.

Since the Legacy promise was made by a soldier to his dying mate in the trenches of WW1 to “look after the missus and the kids”, Legacy has supported Australian Defence Force families in times of great need.

Our Vision

No dependant of a veteran suffers financial or social disadvantage as a result of their loved ones’ death or injury from service.

Our Mission

Legacy strives to ensure that the partners and children of veterans who gave their lives or health in recognised military service can fully realise their potential.

How we help

From those who lost partners in war to the children of today’s veterans, injured or killed in service to Australia, Legacy’s work continues for the families of all who sacrificed for their country.

Old women

Supporting vulnerable

82% of our beneficiaries
are over 76 years of age.

Hand give help

Providing millions in support services.

Nearly $17M was spent on
our beneficiaries in 2019.

Group people

Thousands of people helping veterans’ families.

Over 3,400 dedicated Legatees
are working every day.

About Our History

Our History

Legacy has a long and rich history in Australia. In 1923 the first Remembrance Club was founded in Hobart by General Sir John Gellibrand. Another returning soldier, Stanley Savige, established a similar club in Melbourne.

Returning servicemen volunteered to serve the families of those killed or injured during the Great War. A century later, Legacy’s reach and impact has grown.

Today, over 44 clubs operate in local communities across Australia, and 1 in London.


The Craig Family

Jessica lost her husband, a Navy sailor, when her son was just nine months old. “I’d never felt so much pain in my life.” Help came knocking at her door in the same week of Peter’s death – through Legacy.

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Our partners & supporters

We are grateful for the Australian individuals and corporations who work with us to help provide our essential services.