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Holder - For Passport, Silk, Japan, 1897 Object Reg. No: HT 22208 1

Cloth holder for a single sheet passport issued to Setsutaro Hasegawa in Japan in 1897. 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. 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.
Brown silk pouch with fringe at opening and imprint of figure lying on his stomach looking at a basket.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 246 mm (Height), 135 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: japanese immigration, japanese communities, immigration, immigration policies, identity cards, white australia policy
Themes this item is part of: Setsutaro Hasegawa, Japanese Migrant, 1897, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: identification
Issued By: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, 1897
User: Mr Setsutaro Hasegawa, Otaru, Japan, 1987
References: 5 family photographs (need originals from donor to scan)

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