Certificate of Alien Registration issued to Setsutaro Hasegawa on 19 January 1940, following the outbreak of World War II. Many Australian residents were given alien status during the War and were subsequently interned. Setsutaro Hasegawa migrated to Australia from Japan in 1897 at the age of 29. Just four years before the introduction of the Immigration Restriction Act which virtually banned immigration to Australia from Asia.

He established a laundry business in Geelong and 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 in 1943 due to his age and poor health. Unlike most Japanese interns he was not deported to Japan after the War. Setsutaro remained in Geelong for the rest of his life.

Physical Description

Folded brown card with black type on all four sides. The front page contains Setsutaro's details, including; nationality, birth date, occupation, date of entry to Australia and residential address. Inside the document is a photograph of Setsutaro, finger print and signature and personal description. The third page has a space for listing changes of address. The back page has extensive printed text regarding alien regulations.

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