Black and white pinstripe jacket, part of a collection of suits, jackets and trousers made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. It is not well-made, however, and may not have been made by Sato, whose tailoring was of high quality. The jacket is believed to have been used by Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa circa 1930s-1940s, but the shoulders are much narrower than his other jckets, except HT 24580, and the sleeves are shorter.

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

Black with white pinstripe jacket, unlined and single breasted with lapels. The jacket has two fabric covered black buttons down the front and one button hole on one of its lapels. There are two pockets on the jacket's front.


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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