Alien registration shop

This shop front in Ashfield’s Summer Hill once featured in a major court case in the 1950s. This was because at the height of the White Australia policy when people of Chinese origin could not become citizens a back room in this shop turned out forged Alien Registration Cards for some xx funds each.

One interesting aspect of this case is that the barrister needed to explain to the jury (all white) just why people would be prepared to pay such a high amount for this identification. Despite the Dictation Test having existed for more than 50 years by that stage. (See No. 1 and No. 40 )