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Ichigo Sato, Japanese Migrant & Tailor, circa 1890s

Jacket - Suit, Black & White Woven Wool, Setsutaro Hasegawa, 1930s-1940s

Image: Jacket - Suit, Black & White Woven Wool, Setsutaro Hasegawa, 1930s-1940s

Source: Museum Victoria

Ichigo Sato was a Japanese migrant who most likely arrived in Australia prior to the introduction of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1901 which virtually banned immigration to Australia from Asia. He established himself as a Ladies Tailor at 97 Toorak Road, South Yarra. In 1910 and again in 1912 work was suspened at his work rooms for a period of eight weeks for breeching employment laws. An advertisement for spring sales in 1918 in the Argus records his address as 97 Toorak Road, although by the 1930s the labels on his garments (worn by Setsutaro Hasegawa) record his address as 57 Toorak Road.

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