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Photograph - Wedding Portrait, Machiko Mizuta & Douglas Bryce, Framed, 1953 Object Reg. No: HT 21989

Framed wedding portrait of Machiko Mizuta and Douglas Bryce, taken in 1953 in Australia. Machiko Mizuta met Douglas Bryce, an Australian army engineer, during his posting to Kure in occupied Japan in the late 1940s, where she worked in an office. 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.
Black and white portrait format photograph mounted on white paper with cream window mount and contained in gold fluted wooden frame. The photograph features a wedding couple, the man in Australian army uniform and the woman in a white wedding gown with full train and veil.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Charles Bryce, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: japanese communities, japanese immigration, weddings, war brides, portraits, photography
Themes this item is part of: Machiko Mizuta, Japanese Migrant, 1952, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: portraits
Person Depicted: Mrs Machiko Mizuta, Victoria, Australia, 1953
Person Depicted: Mr Charles Bryce, Victoria, Australia, 1953
References: From Kimono to Sushi. The Japanese in Victoria, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 2006 (Australia-Japan Research Project)

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