Interview with May McLachlan

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Date: 1977  How to Interpret Date
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Place: Chilliwack, BC

Description: Sound recording of R.J. Love's interview with May McLachlan regarding her experience as a Methodist and United Church missionary in Japan, 1923 - 1942; teaching in the internment camp at Tashme, BC during the Second World War; reconstruction work in Japan, 1947-1963; retirement in Chilliwack and work with the Indigenous United Church at Soowallie. The passage relevant to Japanese Canadian internment can be found at the 11:38 mark, continuing until 26:12.

Curatorial Note:

Annie May McLachlan was born in Pipestone, Manitoba on November 3, 1895. She served as principal of Pipestone Intermediate School, then history teacher at Virden Collegiate in Manitoba, until 1922. In 1922, McLachlan enrolled in the United Church Training School in Toronto, and when she finished her training, she was sent by the Woman's Missionary Society to Japan. There she studied the Japanese language in Tokyo, and worked as a teacher and missionary, primarily at private girls' schools in Shizuoka and Kofu. During the Second World War, she was placed under house arrest in the city of Shizuoka, until she was returned to Canada in a Canadian and Japanese prisoner exchange in 1942. McLachlan worked with the many Japanese Canadians interned at Tashme in British Columbia for the remainder of the war, teaching high school. After the war, she returned to Japan to work at the Shizuoka Eiwa Girls School. From about 1952, she began working for the church in Haibara. With her support, the church was able to sponsor an institution--Yamabato--homes for mentally disabled people. She was posthumously awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government in June, 1992. The medal honours individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the nation and the people of Japan.

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Collection/Fonds Title: Heritage Alive Project fonds

File Title: LXXIII Miss May McLachlan  Source

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Record Title: Interview with May McLachlan  Source

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Physical Description: 1 sound recording (57:12 mins.)

Location of Original: Digital Archives

  • Interviewer: Rev. R.J. Love
  • Interviewee: May McLachlan


  • Love, Robert
  • McLachlan, May
  • McWilliams, Roy

  • Internment
  • Members of the congregation
  • Woman's Missionary Society
  • Teachers

Language: English

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