Could you imagine if 40% of all the men, aged 18 to 44, you knew went off to war?
This is what happened in Australia during the First World War.
What happened to all those women left behind, all the sweethearts, wives, mothers and sisters?
What did they go through?
This is a 'sweetheart' brooch. It is made in the shape of the Rising Sun insignia that the lads wore on their slouch hats. This one is from the Second World War. You wore it with pride on your chest to show that you had a loved one away at war.
*If you are interested in seeing more 'sweetheart' brooches have a look here. It's not a definitive list but there are some lovely handmade 'recycled' ones there.