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HMAS SYDNEY sweetheart brooch

Date: 1939 - 1945
Overall: 25 x 25 mm, 0.005 kg
Medium: Copper alloy, enamel
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sweetheart brooch
Object No: 00028889

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    A 'sweetheart brooch' commemorating HMAS SYDNEY. This brooch refers to the second RAN vessel named SYDNEY and features the crest of HMAS SYDNEY of a gilt naval crown, anchor and star set in a horseshoe.
    SignificanceSweetheart badges from the Armed Forces for wives, girlfriends and mothers are common in the Army and Air Force but not so prevalent in the Royal Australian Navy. These badges represent a way in which Navy could have a tangible connection with civilians - on special days such as Trafalgar Day and Navy League Day and through brooches worn by loved ones.
    HistorySweetheart brooches or badges was worn by female relatives of those serving in the Australian armed forces. Relatives or wives and girlfriends could wear these small, personal tokens as a reminder of those still serving, or of lives lost.
    Many brooches were given as gifts by servicemen but some were bought by the women left at home.
    While many sweetheart brooches were handmade by resourceful sailors from materials close at hand, many were mass manufactured, reflecting a new market for sweetheart souvenirs as a result of the mass displacement of service men and women across the globe. Brooches were often sent home to loved ones to serve as a reminder of them while away at war.
    Powerful symbols of separation, heart-ache and home sickness this sweetheart booch offers an insight into the objects produced in the hopes of keeping memories and relationships alive in the face of short-term or permanent seperation.

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