Certificate presented to Setsutaro Hasegawa, by the Japanese Red Cross in recogintion of Setsutaro becomming a full time staff member of the Red Cross on 15th December 1926. 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. 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. Released early 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

Single paper sheet in landscape format, cream with decorative brown border with vines and flowers. It has four folds. At the centre of the top border is the international red cross symbol. Within the border is Japanese text in black ink and three red stamps. There is also a paper envelope with three Japanese characters in black on the front.

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