Thomas Hatanaka

Thomas Hatanaka

Bird Commission case file number 1124. Custodian file number 1550. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_57_-file_1124)
Hatanaka was born on 2 February 1917. He is also named in the file as Thomas Masayoshi Hatanaka. He was a sawmill hand employed by Robertson & Hackett Limited, Vancouver, BC. His family includes Masao Hatanaka (mother) and Shuzo Hatanaka (father). His home address is listed as 43 East Fifth Avenue, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to 75 McCaul Street, Toronto 2B, ON. A letter from Hatanaka indicates that he worked at the Solsqua Road Camp and did sugar beet work in Centralia. His listed seized property includes 655 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC which was sold to Sophie Arborak, “wife of Harry Arborak.”.


Regularized NameThomas Hatanaka
Custodian Identification Number1550
NationalityCanadian born
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)
Other Archival Files (1)


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