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Trunk - Travelling, Metal, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: HT 21988

Metal travelling trunk, one of three, brought to Australia by Machiko Mizuta when she migrated as a war bride from Japan in 1952. Machiko Mizuta met Douglas Bryce, an Australian army engineer, during his posting to Kure in occupied Japan in the late 1940s. They married in Australia in 1953 and encountered both acceptance and prejudice before settling in a war service home in Clayton. Machiko remained in Australia with her children after Douglas' death.

Japanese brides initially received five year temporary residency visas. Then in 1956 after extensive lobbying by the Country Women's Association and the Returned Services League the law was amended to allow them to become citizens. This change was part of a gradually whittling away of the remnants of the White Australia policy.
Grey metal trunk with brown leather handles at each end. There are black metal hinges, corners and three locks and the whole trunk has studded reinforced edges. The metal interior is painted black. The trunk lid has a white hand painted inscription detailing owner and destination details.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Charles Bryce, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: japanese communities, japanese immigration, war brides, weddings, luggage, value
Themes this item is part of: Machiko Mizuta, Japanese Migrant, 1952
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Inscription: 3/1990 WO2DC Bryce/ 564 Hargreaves Street / Bendigo/Via M.F.O. Melbourne/ Box 1 of 3.
Place & Date Made: Japan, circa 1940s
User: Mrs Machiko Mizuta, Victoria, Australia, 1952
References: From Kimono to Sushi. The Japanese in Victoria, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 2006 (Australia-Japan Research Project)

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