Shirt owned and worn by Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa in Geelong circa 1930s. It was made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne.

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.

Physical Description

Cream cotton shirt with thick blue and thin black stripes. It has a Peter Pan collar with the front opening to the chest. There are two rounded plastic cream buttons down the front with button holes down front, and on the cuffs and collar.


The Hasegawa collection enables the exploration of a number of important historical themes relating to migration, working life, and wartime internment in Victoria.

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