Summary

Brown tweed trousers made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. They are part of a three piece suit 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

Brown woollen tweed trousers with two front pockets and one back pocket with a black button close. The fly closes with six black buttons and there are four buttons on the front waistline and two buttons on the back waistline to attach braces. These trousers have a brown tweed adjuster on the back, which is fastened with a black and brown metal buckle. The waistline, gusset and pockets are lined with white calico.

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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