Shigekazu Matsunaga

Shigekazu Matsunaga

Matsunaga was born on 08 April 1908. He was a fisherman. His family includes Haru Matsunaga (mother; nee Haru Ikeda; deceased at time of file), Kinosuke Matsunaga (father; in Japan) Toshiko Matsunaga (wife; nee Toshiko Nishihama), Takao Matsunaga (son; born on 25 November 1938), and Fujio Matsunaga (son; born on 13 December 1940). He lived in Quathiaski Cove, BC and at 406 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Bridge River, BC, Taylor Lake, BC, and East Lillooet, BC. His listed seized property includes: lot in Quathiaski Cove, Sayward District, Quadra Island, BC; boat “Soyakaze”; household belongings; gramophone; sewing machine; gas heater and stove; fishing equipment; Japanese dolls; throat spray.


Regularized NameShigekazu Matsunaga
Custodian Identification Number1618
NationalityCanadian born
Residence (after uprooting)Bridge River, BC
Residence (after uprooting)Taylor Lake, BC
Residence (after uprooting)East Lillooet, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Quathiaski Cove
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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