1941, English, en-au, Unpublished edition: Letter - Police Commissioner's Office Sydney to Chief Commissioner of Police Melbourne, 5 Dec 1941 Commissioner's Office, Police Department (Sender); Chief Commissioner of Police - Police Department (Addressed To); Mr Ah Him (Person Named)

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Letter - Police Commissioner's Office Sydney to Chief Commissioner of Police Melbourne, 5 Dec 1941
 
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Physical Description
  • item
  • letter
  • Overall Dimensions: 209 mm (Width), 335 mm (Height)
Published
  • Museum Victoria, 5 Dec 1941
Language
  • English
  • en-au

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Title
  • Letter - Police Commissioner's Office Sydney to Chief Commissioner of Police Melbourne, 5 Dec 1941
Creator
  • Commissioner's Office, Police Department (Sender)
  • Chief Commissioner of Police - Police Department (Addressed To)
  • Mr Ah Him (Person Named)
Published
  • Museum Victoria, 5 Dec 1941
Physical Description
  • item
  • letter
  • Overall Dimensions: 209 mm (Width), 335 mm (Height)
Subjects
Summary
  • Letter to Chief Commissioner of Police, Melbourne from the Police Commissioner's Office, Sydney regarding departure of Chinese aliens from Australia through Port of Sydney. The letter indicates that correspondence accompanied the travel permits collected upon the departure of the Chinese aliens on the 'Tanda'. Ah Him is listed as one of the departing aliens. The letter is dated 5 December 1941. Aliens (non-citizen residents) were closely monitored and were required to report changes of address and travel (both within Australia and overseas). These restrictions were even harsher for non-Europeans and Asian residents who were unable to apply for naturalisation, until 1957. During World War Two Aliens were monitored by State Police under the Commonwealth of Australia National Security (Aliens Control) Regulations. Mr Ah Him was born on 12 October 1871 in Canton China. He is believed to have arrived in Australia in 1895 on the SS Eastern from Hong Kong, leaving his wife in China. He appears to have travelled back and forth between China on several occasions, most likely to visit his wife, who would have been unable to join him in Australia under immigration laws introduced in 1903. The National Archives of Australia have documents relating to requests by Mr Ah Him for exemption from the dictation test on his return to Australia from China. The dictation test was used by immigration officers as a means of restricting entry into Australia and enforcing the White Australia Policy. Ah Him recorded as living in Northcote in 1940 and moved to Little Bourke Street towards the end of 1941, this change is recorded on this certificate. Mr Him was employed as a laundry man, which was a common occupation among Asian immigrants in the early 1900s. Employment in Victoria's laundries peaked in 1913 when 31 percent of laundry workers were Chinese.
  • Foolscap size paper headed 'copy' at top and return address 'Police Department, Commissioner's Office, Sydney, NSW' at top right hand corner. Purple stamp 'Special Branch Melbourne' also at top right hand corner. Subject listed as: 'Departure of Chinese aliens from the Commonwealth through the Port of Sydney'. List of six names with Ah Him underlined in red pencil.
  • Text, printed: COPY/​POLICE DEPARTMENT/​Commissioner's Office/​SYDNEY, N.S.W./​5th December, 1941/​The Chief Commissioner of Police,/​MELBOURNE. VIC./​SUBJECT:/​Departure of Chinese aliens from the Commonwealth/​through the Port of Sydney.
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Language
  • English
  • en-au
Identifier
  • HT 21770

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