Summary

Photograph of Setsutaro Hasegawa with one of his sons, identified as Leo, and two of his grandchildren in his backyard at Little Ryrie Street backyard, Geelong, Australia. The photograph was probably taken circa 1932-33.

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 married Australian born Ada Cole in 1905, with whom he had three children, Leo in 1906, Motto Kozo (Jack) in 1907 and Joe in 1911. He established a laundry business in Geelong in the late 1920s.

In 1941 Setsutaro was interned at Tatura in Victoria as an enemy alien, when 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

Setsutaro Hasegawa with one of his sons, identified as Leo, and two of his grandchildren, identified as Leonard [the little boy] and Matsu [the baby], in his backyard at Little Ryrie Street, Geelong, Australia. The photograph was probably taken circa 1935.

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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