Summary

Letter addressed to Setsutaro Hasegawa from a friend or relative in Japan. Setsutaro migrated to Australia in 1897 at the age of 29. This was just four years before the introduction of the Immigration Restriction Act which virtually banned immigration to Australia from Asia.

Setsutaro worked as a houseboy in Melbourne before establishing a laundry business in Geelong. In 1905 he married Australian-born Ada Cole with whom he had several children. In 1941 Setsutaro was interned at Tatura as an enemy alien, he was over 70 years old. He was released at the end of World War II, and unlike most Japanese interns he was not deported. Setsutaro returned to Geelong where he remained for the rest of his life.

Many of Setsutaro's letters from relatives in Japan scold him for not returning home, suggesting that his original intent may not have been to stay in Australia.

Physical Description

Long format rice paper letter with several folds. One side is filled with handwritten Japanese text.

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