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Trousers - I Sato, Brown Tweed, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 24658 3

Brown tweed trousers made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. They are part of a three piece suit 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.
Brown woollen tweed trousers with two front pockets and one back pocket with a black button close. The fly closes with six black buttons and there are four buttons on the front waistline and two buttons on the back waistline to attach braces. These trousers have a brown tweed adjuster on the back, which is fastened with a black and brown metal buckle. The waistline, gusset and pockets are lined with white calico.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1730 mm (Height)
Dimension Comment: Height (collar of jacket to foot of trousers).

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Tagged with: tailoring, japanese immigration, japanese communities, internment camps, world war ii 1939-1945, white australia policy, clothing trade, clothing, trousers
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
Inscriptions: All black buttons on trousers are labelled with the tailor's details: 'I. Sato * Toorak Rd*'.
Manufacturer: I. Sato Tailor, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s
User: Mr Setsutaro Hasegawa, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1930s

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