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Book - 'Cole's English Dictionary', David Bryce & Son, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: HT 22195

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.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 35 mm (Height), 29 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions of metal case

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Tagged with: japanese communities, immigration, dictionaries, immigration policies, english language, bookshops, japanese immigration
Themes this item is part of: Edward William Cole, Bookseller (1832-1918), Setsutaro Hasegawa, Japanese Migrant, 1897, Cole's Book Arcade Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Department Stores
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: On Cover: 'Cole's English Dictionary'
On inside of cover: 'from Cole's Book Arcade Melbourne'
On spine: 'English Dictionary'
Publisher: David Bryce & Son, Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1900
Place & Date Purchased: Cole's Book Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
User: Mr Setsutaro Hasegawa, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: 5 family photographs (need originals from donor to scan)


Jenni Vincent Posted on 09 Dec 2014 11:55 AM
I also own one which belonged to my mother.
After reading the information on the internet it was published around 1890 in Scotland.

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