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Waistcoat - I Sato, Grey Wool, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 24617

Grey waistcoat made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. It was used by Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa circa 1930s-1940s.

Setsutaro Hasegawa 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 established 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.
Waistcoat with a grey mottled woollen front and back. It is single breasted with two front pockets. There are five black plastic buttons down its front. The waistcoat has a grey mottled wool adjuster on its back, which is fastened with a black metal buckle. Its body is lined with a green silk material, with white and red stripes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 560 mm (Height), 480 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: width (waist to waist); height (collar to tail).

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Tagged with: tailoring, japanese immigration, japanese communities, internment camps, world war ii 1939-1945, white australia policy, clothing trade, clothing, waistcoats
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Setsutaro Hasegawa, Japanese Migrant, 1897, Ichigo Sato, Japanese Migrant & Tailor, circa 1890s
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: male
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Manufacturer: I. Sato Tailor, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s
User: Mr Setsutaro Hasegawa, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1930s

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