Brown and grey tweed waistcoat made by I. Sato, a Japanese tailor in South Yarra, Melbourne, circa 1930s. It was used by Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa circa 1930s-1940s.
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.
Grey and brown tweed waistcoat, single breasted with two front pockets. The waistcoat has four brown plastic buttons down its front. The body is lined with plain brown woollen material.
The Hasegawa collection enables the exploration of a number of important historical themes relating to migration, working life, and wartime internment in Victoria.
Donation from Andrew Hasegawa, 08 Oct 2009
Silver metal buckle imprinted with: 'Prima'.
Type of item
480 mm (Width), 610 mm (Height)
width (waist to waist); height (collar to tail).