Miniature Cole's English Dictionary in a magnifying case, published by David Bryce & Son, circa 1900. It belonged to Setsutaro Hasegawa who migrated to Australia from Japan 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. He worked as a houseboy and Laundryman in Melbourne and Ballarat before establishing 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

Small metal case, hinged at one side, with decorative engraving and a magnifying glass window at front centre. The box opens to reveal tiny red miniature A-Z English dictionary, with the title printed in gold print. Published by David Bryce & Son, Glasgow, it has 884 pages.

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