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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Military History Society of New South Wales, the Patron of the Society, Major General the Honourable Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD will deliver a special lecture: Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge CB, CMG, MA, LLB – with some reflections on the history of the Society.

The story of Lieutenant-General James Gordon Legge, CB, CMG, MA, LLB, is one of a controversial soldier, despised by some and admired by others, who was at the heart of the Australian Army in its first two decades following federation. He was twice Chief of the General Staff, commanded the 1st Division at Gallipoli following the death of Bridges, and then raised and trained the 2nd Division, which he commanded at Gallipoli in the latter part of the campaign, and then on the Western Front, including at Pozieres.

When: Saturday 3 February 2018, 2:00-3:00pm.
Where: Woolley Room, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: Free – RSVP is essential by Wednesday 31 January 2018 as numbers are restricted.
Contact: Clinton Reilly (President) 0418 671 582 or

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held before the lecture, starting at 1:30pm. Doors will be closed to those who are not current financial members, life members or fee exempt members until the AGM is concluded (expected to be 2:00pm). Due to catering limitations it will not be possible to supply tea and coffee. However, there are a number of cafés in the vicinity for attendees to avail themselves of refreshments before attending the meeting.

Image: Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge, courtesy Military History Society of NSW.