Heijiro Hiraoka

Heijiro Hiraoka

Bird Commission case file number 898. Custodian file number 1556 (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_45_file_0898). Father of Masao Hiraoka.
Hiraoka was born on 1 December 1883. He was a self-employed fisherman. His family includes Ichi Hiraoka (mother; nee Ichi Morita; in Japan), Masuke Hiraoka (father; deceased at time of file), Kise Hiraoka (wife; Kise nee Nunota), Masao Hiraoka (son), and Kiyoshi Hiraoka (son; born in Japan, had British passport). His home address is listed as Bamfield, BC. 391 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC is listed as a former address He was forcibly uprooted to: Sandon, BC; Rosebery, BC; New Denver, BC; Tashme, BC; and Manitoba. His listed seized property includes four lots he owned with Iwakichi Maede, on one of which a house was built by Fujitaka Takeuchi. These lots and homes, near the head of Grappler Creek, were sold to Mrs. Dorothy Jean Eager. Two other lots owned by Hiraoka, on the shore of Bamfield inlet, were seized and sold to Frederick George Spiller and Wilfred Cyril Moore. His other listed seized property includes tools, a seventy pound bag of sugar, a Singer sewing machine, trolling gear and equipment seized by the Navy, and a trunk with fifteen kimonos.


Regularized NameHeijiro Hiraoka
Custodian Identification Number1556
NationalityNaturalized Canadian
Residence (before uprooting)Bamfield

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