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Sweetheart Brooch - Rigo Cavedon, To Olga, circa 1935 Object Reg. No: SH 000937

Sweetheart brooch made for Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) by Rigo Cavedon while he was doing National Service just before World War Two, 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 a Cavedon, who were tobacco farming pioneers of the Ovens Valley area during the 1930's.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Phil Magris, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 48.00 mm (Height), 28.00 mm (Width), 10.00 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: jewellery, italian communities, italian immigration, military history, national service
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: mementoes
Inscriptions: On brooch: To Olga
Maker: Rigo Cavedon, Victoria, Australia, circa 1935
Past Owner or User: Mrs Olga Cavedon, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1935

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