Summary

Black and grey checked jacket made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. It was used by Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa circa 1930s-1940s.

Setsutaro Hasegawa 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 established a laundry business in Geelong. By 1910 he had married an Australian-born woman and 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.

Physical Description

Black and grey wool check jacket, single breasted with lapels. There are three black plastic buttons down the front of the jacket, three black plastic buttons on each sleeve cuff and one button hole on the lapel. The jacket has four pockets on front and one inside pocket. The jacket's body is lined with black cotton material and the arms are lined with white cotton with blue stripes.

Significance

The Hasegawa collection enables the exploration of a number of important historical themes relating to migration, working life, and wartime internment in Victoria.

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