Elizabeth Rachel Legge (nee Tonkin), 77, passed away peacefully on 27 October 2022 after a long battle with illness.
The beloved wife of the late Peter Legge, she is survived by her children Patrick, William and Isabel,
and granddaughters Siena and Isla.
Rachel, the daughter of Ralph and Agnes Tonkin, was born at the Mercy Private Hospital in East Melbourne
on 13th January 1945. Rachel attended Presbyterian Ladies College before following her passion to study Fine Arts at RMIT.
Rachel had a highly distinguished and successful career as a children’s book illustrator and author,
winning numerous awards for her work, including four separate short listings for
The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. Rachel’s exquisitely detailed illustrations and researched writing continue to be used
by schools and inspire kids to be fascinated by nature.
Rachel was a dedicated, caring and selfless mother to her children, and wife to Peter.
She provided her family with a fantastic home and supportive upbringing.
Rachel loved spending time with her friends and family, and travelled widely, both internationally and in Australia.
She was an environmentalist and had a long history of volunteer work with the various Castlemaine conservation organisations.
She will be dearly missed, but she leaves us with an enduring legacy,
having made the world better for those touched by her.
A service to celebrate Rachel's life will be held in the Chapel of Mount Alexander Funerals
12 Campbell Street, Castlemaine on Wednesday 9th November commencing at 11.00am.
Following this service the cortege will leave for the Guildford Cemetery.
After the burial service you are warmly invited to join the family for refreshments
in the tea rooms at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.
If you wish to join us at the service via livestream,
please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.
The service will be live approximately 5-10 minutes prior to commencing.
9th November 2022 at 11:00 AM