Sweetheart brooch made for Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) by Nick Stella while he was in the Air Force just before World War II, circa 1935. Sweetheart brooches were made by members of the armed forces to be send home to loved ones. Olga came to Australia from the province of Vicenza in 1926, when she was 18 months old, with her mother and sister. Her father had migrated a few years earlier, he was a tailor of well renown in Carlton. The family lived in Grattan Street Carlton, in a house still occupied by the family. Olga married Giovanni Cavedon, who were tobacco farming pioneers of the Ovens Valley area during the 1930s.

Physical Description

Blue plastic heart with crown in red and gold, above a gold bird with its wings outstretched. There is a small loop of chain and a safety pin attached to the top of the brooch.

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