Raymond’s Brain: My Baachan #26, Hastings Park

A personal history by Raymond Nakamura, Hastings Park

Hastings Park

Toward the end April of 1942, Baachan and her family joined others from Victoria by ship over to Hastings Park in Vancouver, at the corner of Renfrew and Hastings. Some of the buildings are still there. This is a simplified version of a more detailed map (NNM 1994.69.3.1).

My Baachan was in the former Livestock building used to house women and children. It stank of animal manure and urine.

Men were in an arena, waiting to sent off to road camps.

My father and other teenaged boys (13-18 yrs old) were in a separate dorm a bad influence of the men, smoking, gambling.

They needed passes to leave, which they showed at the Guard House.

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Republished from Raymond’s Brain.

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