The State Library of Western Australia (SLSW) has acquired a special collection of the business ledgers of Jiro Muramats, a Japanese businessman who lived in Darwin, Northern Territory and Cossack, Western Australia.

During World War II, he was interned as an ‘enemy alien’, as were most people of Japanese heritage in Australia. He died in internment.

Listen to the fascinating story of how these documents were returned to Australia in this ABC radio interview with SLSW’s Battye historian Dr Kate Gregory.

The ledgers were donated to SLSW by Dr Mayumi Kamada, and are fully digitised and accessible online  through the State Library catalogue.

Other stories about Jiro Muramats:

Three bilingual publications relating to the life of Jiro Muramats, a Japanese businessman in prewar Australia

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