Matsu Handa

Matsu Handa

Bird Commission case file number 998. Custodian file number 6685. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_50_file_0998)
She was born on 9 July 1897. She was a housewife. Her family includes Ritsuji Handa (husband; deceased), Shirley Handa (daughter), and Hope Handa (daughter). Her home address is listed as 324 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC. She was forcibly uprooted to Greenwood, BC, Toronto, ON and Bayhead, ON.


Surname (Romanized Japanese)Handa
Forename (Romanized Japanese)Matsu
Regularized NameMatsu Handa
OrgNameBurrard Rooms
AddrLine 324 ½ Powell Street
Custodian Identification Number6685
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Greenwood, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Toronto, ON
Residence (after uprooting)Bayhead, ON
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Powell Street Neighbourhood Streets (1)

Shared Surnames



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