Summary

Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa's extended family taken in Sapporo, Japan circa 1909. It would have been sent out to him after his arrival in Australia. 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.

By 1910 he had married an Australian-born woman and had several children. He then established his own laundry business in Geelong in the late 1920s. 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.

Description of Content

Studio portrait of seven members of Setsutaro Hasegawa's extended family. The three children (two girls and one boys) and woman in the centre of the photograph stand, while the two women on the sides stand. They are all wearing traditional dress. The people depicted in the photograph, from right to left are: Shin, Mitsu, Mrs Riki Nishummra, Mrs Kiku Sato, Hide, Mrs M Hasegawa and Sada.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph

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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