Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa taken between 1945 and 1952, probably in Geelong. 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.

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Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa taken from waist up. Setsutaro is dressed in a suit and a hat. The image was probably taken in Geelong in Victoria between 1945 and 1952.

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Black and white photograph


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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