Essondale Patient File for Masakagu Nishimura


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Essondale Patient File for Masakagu Nishimura


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1321 FILE 20620
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Masakagu Nishimura was committed to Essondale from Revelstoke under “Urgency Committal”. He was a fisherman who sold his boat "at a low price." After forced removal from the coast, Nishimura chose to work on a road camp over internment camp. His parents lived in Greenwood. File contains his Social History written by the Welfare Department of the BCSC. One section delineates the "Impact of the Pacific War” on Nishimura’s mental condition. Nishimura died on 6 May 1949 of bronchopneumonia.
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 Masakagu Nishimura
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