Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa probably taken circa 1908 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 first worked as a houseboy in Melbourne. By 1910 he had married an Australian-born woman and had several children. In the late 1920s he established a laundry business in Geelong. 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.

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Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa is pictured from chest up wearing a suit and with a moustache. The image was probably taken in South Yarra, Melbourne circa 1908.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph


The Hasegawa collection enables the exploration of a number of important historical themes relating to migration, working life, and wartime internment in Victoria. Late nineteenth century and early to mid twentieth century Japanese migration and settlement experiences are little represented in the museum’s collections which this collection of clothing, documents, personal items and photographs helps to redress.

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