Letter - to Setsutaro Hasegawa, Victoria Document Reg. No: HT 22207

Letter addressed to Setsutaro Hasegawa. The formal placement of the letters and care with which it was written suggest that it maybe an official letter. Setsutaro 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 worked as a houseboy in Melbourne before establishing a laundry business in Geelong. In 1905 he married Australian-born Ada Cole with whom he 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.

Many of Setsutaro's letters from relatives in Japan scold him for not returning home, suggesting that his original intent may not have been to stay in Australia.
Long format cream paper sheet with formal spaced Japanese characters filling the page. There are nine folds. There is also an envelope with Japanese characters in black ink on the front and the back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 190 mm (Height), 296 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions taken with four folds of letter exposed and remainder still in folded form

More information

Tagged with: japanese communities, japanese culture, japanese immigration, correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Setsutaro Hasegawa, Japanese Migrant, 1897, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Cultural & Social Life
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Extensive Japanese text.
Addressed To: Mr Setsutaro Hasegawa, Victoria, Australia
Other Association (See Comments): Japan

Sent from Japan.
References: 5 family photographs (need originals from donor to scan)

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