History of Legacy Week

Legacy Week began in 1942, shortly after Australia entered World War II. Legacy had been running for many years already but was concerned that there would not be enough funds to assist the families of those who had lost a spouse or parent.

A Committee was formed at the time and quickly recommended large scale radio advertising, an art union and a State-wide ‘Legacy Day’ where the sale of Legacy buttons and stamps would take place to raise funds.

From this initial ‘Button Day’ fundraising event, the Legacy Week we now know as an iconic event in Australia’s calendar was born.

The initiative grew quickly and gained Taxation Department recognition as a benevolent institution.

New modes of fundraising where introduced, including a mail campaign, a radio auction with popular broadcaster Jack Davey as auctioneer; a State-wide beauty competition – Miss Victory Girl, a dog show and a special dance night at the popular Sydney nightclub, the Trocadero.

Legacy Week, with Badge Day held on the Friday, continues to be held during the first week of September, except in Western Australia and the Northern Territory where it is held in conjunction with ANZAC Day.

It has now been running for 75 years. Volunteers from all walks of life, including members of the Australian Defence Force, come together to support the families of those who served their country.

Be a part of Australia’s Legacy. Buy a Badge this Legacy Week and wear it with pride.