Komagata Maru Website Guide

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Komagata Maru Journey Website

Top level access is in 4 languages

General Note:

It may also be helpful to use the "Advanced" search engine on the SFU Digital Collections site

Use the pull down and search for words within specific fields.  Combine words by "adding" another search box line.

 

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Primary Literature

There are many documents on the site.

 

Government Documents

Sample Documents

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Indo-Canadian Community

 

Diaries

  • Bhai Arjan Singh Chand - was the Secretary and President for many years. The diaries (2 volumes) in Punjabi, cover the time frame 1907 to 1947, and document the concerns and workings of the Khalsa Diwan Society.  The original handwritten 2 volumes as well as one printed edition in Punjabi are available on the site.
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Documents, Newspapers and Other Artifacts

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Indo-Canadian Interviews of pre-1950 Pioneers

  • Audio Interviews - 52
    • These are interviews of pre-1950 Indo-Canadian Pioneers.  There are two sets of interviews conducted by different researchers, 1) (Dr. H. Sharma, and 2) Dr. G. S. Basran & Dr. B.S. Bolaria.  Most of the interviews are in Punjabi language.
  • Dr. D. P. Pandia (English) - (Durai Pal Pandia)
    • Lawyer, activist. Travelled to Indian diaspora communities around the world and across Canada, lecturing and organizing Indians about their rights. Assisted the Indian community to win the right to vote as well as to improve the immigration rights.  The right to vote was lost to the Indo-Canadian community for 40 years (1907-1947)
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General Community

Images

Newspaper

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Photographs

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Cartoons

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Special Features

 

Chronology

Neel, Kanwal. Chronology of the Voyage of the Komagata Maru in 1914, 1989

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Glossary

Glossary of terms

Some of the terms also link you to a few key documents within the site

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Interactive timeline

Interactive Time line
Scroll the timeline on the time bar, (e.g. just to the left of 1908), wherever you see "pins", there will be links to documents.

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Passengers List

Passenger list was an amalgamation of several versions of lists.

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Biographies

Biographies

Professor Hugh Johnston has compiled biographical sketches of many of the major participants, including passengers, government officials, pioneer immigrants, and political activists. These biographies help to shed light on how their lives intersected with the Komagata Maru and how it affected them (traumatically, politically, socially or otherwise) in their later years.

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Prime Minister Nehru's Speech

 

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Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Literature

Bibliography by Dr. Norman Buchignani

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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

One of the lesson plans for grade 4 level students and three other lesson plans are for students the level of Grade 11 or 12 as well as first or second year or university.  There are a number of complex issues surrounding the Komagata Maru, including the context in which the ship arrived in Vancouver; exclusionary national policies; and how South Asian communities have developed and progressed in Canada over the last 100 years.

Related Resources

  • Section 3 of Immigration in 20th Century Canada (The Critical Thinking Consortium)
  • Study Guide by the Sikh Missionary Society
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Secondary Literature

 

Video Interviews

 

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Scholars

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Community

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Youth

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Indo-Canadian Community Video About the Komagata Maru Incident

 

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Books, Novels, Plays

Scholars

Indo-Canadian Community

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Links to Other Sites

List of Canadian Institutional Repositories

Tip: search for "komagata maru", "sikh", "ghadar", "punjabi" or other relevant words within the search engine of individual institutional repository.

 

Selected items below:

Ontario

Queen’s University QSpace

University of Toronto T Space

UWO Scholarship @ Western

British Columbia

University of British Columbia cIRcle

University of Victoria UVicSpace

 

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