Essondale Patient File for Fukami Esunekichi


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Essondale Patient File for Fukami Esunekichi


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1263 FILE 23528
Date(s) 1946
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Fukami Esunekichi was listed as a permanent resident of Tashme. He was a fisherman. Esunekichi was admitted to Essondale in poor physical condition on 5 June 1946 with registration of tertiary neurosyphilis. A letter about his ration book indicates that “the two persons who looked after him have been repatriated to Japan.” File includes correspondence with the BCSC. Esunekichi died 5 September 1946 at age 56 of “general paralysis of the insane.”
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Essondale Patient File for Fukami Esunekichi
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