Sweetheart brooch made for Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) by Rigo Cavedon while he was doing National Service 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 Italy, 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

Brooch in shape of a heart with a round decoration. The words 'TO OLGA' are inscribed on a rectangular badge attached to the top of the brooch. There is a small loop of chain and a safety pin attached to the top of the brooch.

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