Summary

Trousers made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. They were 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

Grey wool trousers with a white and black pinstripe. The trousers close on the front with a silver metal fastener and with three silver metal buttons. There are two front pockets and four silver metal buttons on front waistband and two buttons on back waistband to attach braces. The trousers have an adjuster on the back, which is fastened with a gold metal buckle. The pockets, adjuster and half of the waistline is lined with off-white calico, and the other half is lined with brown silk material with pink and green stripes.

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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