Harry's story

A modest war veteran, Harry Orchard left a very generous bequest of over $440,000 to the ONJ Centre.

Born in Castlemaine, Harry and his family moved to Brunswick in 1923.  Harry worked in a grocery store and as a messenger for a local pharmacy before being drafted into the army. When the war ended, Harry came home and married Jean and they moved to Eltham. Harry worked his way up from a records clerk to a public relations role at Golden Fleece Petroleum.

Throughout his life, Harry volunteered with over 40 community organisations.  When Jean became ill with cancer it wasn't long before Harry became a volunteer at Austin Health - where Jean was a patient.  For almost ten years, Harry was a valued member of the volunteer team, beginning the tradition of cutting rosemary sprigs to attach to poppies for Anzac Day commemorations.  When Jean died a year short of their 60th wedding anniversary, Harry decided to leave a bequest to the ONJ Centre as his way of helping future cancer patients and their families.

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Find out more

There are a number of ways you can make a gift in your Will to the ONJ Centre. For a confidential discussion about leaving a gift to the ONJ Centre please contact Head of Philanthropy, Vincent Ramos, on 03 9496 5753 or email Bequests@austin.org.au



For more information:

Vincent Ramos - Head of Philanthropy
Phone: 03 9496 5753

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