Envelope addressed to Setsutaro Hasegawa, from the Japanese Red Cross in recogintion of Setsutaro becomming a full time staff member of the Red Cross on 15th December 1926. 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.

Founded in 1887 the Japanese Red Cross Society is traditionally supported by the Imperial Family of Japan with Empress as Honorary President and other royal family members as Vice-Presidents. Since its inception the Japanese Red Cross Society has undertaken disaster relief activities, conducted training for health professionals and the general public, established and run hospitals and blood banks, worked to improve social welfare, conducted safety training courses and been involved in educating the general public about international humanitarian rights, obligations and laws.

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Paper envelope with three Japanese characters in black on front.

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