Packing Up

black letters: K Nishiyama Welling Alberta, painted on side and top of wooden slat box joined with nails

Shipping crate built of wood by Kohei Nishiyama when he learned there were few trees to use for firewood in southern Alberta, ca 1942-1946
Galt Museum & Archives P20030040000

In evacuating the coast of British Columbia, each adult was allowed 150 pounds (68 kilograms) worth of personal goods; children under 12 were allowed 75 pounds (34 kilograms). No more than 1000 pounds (454 kilograms) per family was allowed.

The personal goods included personal effects, kitchen utensils, blankets, clothing and mattresses. They were also advised to take pedal sewing machines and small cooking stoves. Payment had to be made for excess baggage.

Many families expected to return to their properties and so left behind their best items. Few got any of these items back after the war.

Additional information for this item is available on the Government of Canada Artefacts Canada - shipping crate (external link) website.