Immigration Shed, Vancouver – Damage to Property, 1942

Immigration Shed, Vancouver – Damage to Property, 1942


Title Proper RG36-27 VOLUME 08 FILE 199
Date(s) of material from this resource digitized 1942
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This file contains documentation regarding a single event: a riot of Japanese Canadians that damaged a shed at the Vancouver immigration house in August of 1942. The riot caused some $1,200.00 in damages. On the same day, Japanese Canadians on-site were divested of over $2,300.00 in cash. The included correspondence (of Hugh Allan, Austin Taylor, and A. MacNamara) deals not only with the property-related question of the damages to the shed (how is it to be covered, etc.) but also of what is to be done with the cash that was collected from Japanese held in custody at the Immigration building, who owns it, how it ought to be held, and so on. It is briefly suggested that an adequate amount to cover the repairs be requisitioned, but this idea is quickly shot down. The Department of Labour ends up covering the expense.
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The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
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Immigration Shed, Vancouver – Damage to Property, 1942
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