T. Cavallaro & Sons is a Footscray institution, proudly representing the European migrant families who made Footscray their home in the ’40s and ’50s. Founded by Tommaso Cavallaro in 1956, one of their first business forays was selling cannoli, a Sicilian pastry dessert, during the Melbourne Olympics.
Born in the Footscray Hospital and branded with a Footscray footy jumper, Tomasso’s son Tony grew up at the back of his family’s shop on Hopkins Street. He works alongside his older brother Carmello and together they enjoy the responsibility of continuing the traditions their parents handed down.Over the years, they’ve seen change, including the closure of five local ‘picture theatres’, but the greatest changes are the faces of Footscray residents and the places they hark from.
Tony has many stories to share about the development of Footscray and what makes it a great place to live and work today.