Komagata Maru Website Guide
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There are many documents on the site.
- Report by W. L. Mackenzie King, C.M.G., Deputy Minister of Labour on Mission to England to Confer with the British Authorities on the Subject of Immigration to Canada from the Orient and Immigration from India in Particular
Provincial Apology in the BC Legislature - Government of British Columbia
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.
- Arjan Singh Chand - photograph
Singh, Gurjit. Voyage of Komagatamaru or India's Slavery Abroad, 1928
- the business man who chartered the Komagata Maru, wrote his memoirs.
Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Company certificate
- Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Company, BC - Established by Professor Teja Singh and the Vancouver Sikh Community in 1912.
- Khalsa Diwan Society [pamphlet]
- [CPR ticket: Hong Kong to Vancouver, issued to Dewan Sing at Calcutta], 1907
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)
Neel, Kanwal. Chronology of the Voyage of the Komagata Maru in 1914, 1989
Some of the terms also link you to a few key documents within the site
Admission of Indian women
- Copy of private Memorandum re Hindu immigration, particularly with regard to the present agitation for the admission of wives and families of the Hindus now resident in Canada, 1912
- Newsclippings - Victoria Daily Colonist: Against admission of Hindu women; Hindu question is considered; Unfavorable to Hindu women, 1912
- Newsclipping - Women's council and the Hindus, 1912
Newsclipping - Pleading for their wives and children, 1912
- Conditions on the ship
- Franchise - The right to vote in municipal, provincial, and federal elections. See Voting rights in B.C.; Voting rights in Canada.
Gurudwara - A place of worship in the Sikh religion. Also known as a Sikh Temple. Literally, "Guru's door." Also Gurdwara.
- Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver - Sikh community/temple organization that tried to assist the passengers of the Komagata Maru.
- Komagata Maru Committee of Enquiry (India) - Appointed to look into the Budge Budge riots.
Shore Committee - An organization set up by the local Indian community to assist the passengers of the Komagata Maru with food, provisions and legal challenges. Also called the Indian Shore Committee.
- Copy of letter from Reid to W. D. Scott re end of hunger strike, and re Gurdit Singh's communication with the local Hindu Committee. Page 1-2, 1914
- Newsclipping - Vancouver Sun: Hindus hold mass meeting and preach sedition and treason, 1914
- Copy of letter from A. H. McNeill, acting for several local Hindus re avoidance of further skirmishes, address to Reid. Page 1-3, 1914
Newsclipping - Vancouver Daily Province: Local Hindus offer the money. Page 1, 1914
Voting rights in B.C. - Refers to material about the movement to win the right to vote (franchise) by the Indian community, and other communities, in British Columbia. The right to vote was taken away from the Indian community in 1907 and was won back again in 1947.
Document submitted by Mr. Shastri to the Prime Minister re status of British Indians in Canada. Page 1-9, 1922
- Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri became the second Prime Minister of India
- Copy of letter from Stevens to Meighen re immigration and enfranchisement, and Liberal responsibility in the matter. Page 1-2, 1922
- [Petition of the Khalsa Diwan Society of B.C. for Voting Franchise], 1942
Interview with Dr. D. P. Pandia, 1978
- Dr. Pandia was a lawyer who tried to assist the community with their struggle for rights.
- Document submitted by Mr. Shastri to the Prime Minister re status of British Indians in Canada. Page 1-9, 1922
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.
Passenger list was an amalgamation of several versions of lists.
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.
Gurdit Singh, Sirhali (c. 1859–1954)
- Businessman who chartered the Komagata Maru
- Balwant Singh, Granthi (priest) and Ghadr Party martyr (1882-1917)
- Hakam Singh Hundal
- Harnam Kaur (1885-1914)
Hopkinson, William Charles (1880-1914)
- Immigration Inspector and Interpreter. Shot and killed by Mewa Singh, October 21, 1914.
King, W.L. Mackenzie (1874-1950)
- MP, Deputy Minister of Labour
Reid, Malcolm Robert James (1876-1936)
- Dominion Immigration Agent. Later, Special Immigration Officer for Western Canada (ca. 1919).
- McBride, Sir Richard (1870-1917)
- Teja Singh (1878-1965)
Stevens, H.H. (1878-1973)
- Conservative MP, Vancouver (1911-1917).
Taylor, Frederick Wellington (1883-1979) -("Cyclone" Taylor)
- Hockey player (Vancouver Millionaires). Immigration Officer who first went on board of Komagata Maru
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) - Also known as Pandit Nehru.
Statesman and nationalist leader; first Prime Minister of India after the independence of the country from British rule in 1947.
- [Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, speaks at Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver], Nov 2, 1949.
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.
- Lesson Plan 1: The Komagata Maru Incident: Setting the Context
- Lesson Plan 2: Media Representations of the Komagata Maru Incident: Separating the Sense from the Nonsense
- Lesson Plan 3: Turning Points in the History of South Asian Canadians
- Lesson Plan 4: The Komagata Maru Incident: Understanding Apologies
- Lesson Plan Grade 4: All of Us Are Different
- Section 3 of Immigration in 20th Century Canada (The Critical Thinking Consortium)
- Study Guide by the Sikh Missionary Society
- Gurcharn Basran, Sociologist
- Norman Buchignani and Doreen Indra, Anthropologists
- Hugh Johnston, Historian
Ali Kazimi, Film maker and professor.
- He made a documentary on the Komagata Maru, Continuous Journey
- Brij Lal, Historian
- Dr. Peter Ward, Historian
- Amarjit Singh Brar and Parkash Kaur Brar - Donated the rare Chand diary
- Sushma Datt - broadcaster who has been given the Order of British Columbia
- Tejpal Singh Sandhu - great grandson of Mr. Gurdit Singh, the business man who chartered the Komagata Maru
Descendants of the Komagata Maru Society
- Basran, Gurcharan & B.S. Bolaria. The Sikhs in Canada : migration, race, class, and gender, Oxford University Press, 2003
Johnston, Hugh. Voyage of the Komagata Maru: the Sikh challenge to Canada's colour bar, Oxford University Press, 1979
- TOC of the book - take a look at the chapter on "exclusion"
- Lal, Brij. East Indians in British Columbia, 1904-1914: An Historical Study in Growth and Integration, MA Thesis, UBC, 1976
- Ward, Peter. White Canada Forever, 3d ed. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002
- Singh, Kesar. Canadian Sikhs (Part One) and Komagata Maru Massacre, 1989
Singh, Kesar. Singh Sahib Di Shahadit = Martyrdom of Singh Sahib
- about Giani Balwant Singh, temple priest
- Jagpal, Sarjeet Singh. Becoming Canadians: Pioneer Sikhs In Their Own Words, Harbour Publishing, 1994
Tip: search for "komagata maru", "sikh", "ghadar", "punjabi" or other relevant words within the search engine of individual institutional repository.
Selected items below:
Queen’s University QSpace
- Bhoi, Sukhdeep. Ghadar: The immigrant Indian outrage against Canadian in justices, 1900-1918. (1999)
Wallace, Sarah Isabel. South Asians as Medical Scapegoats in British Columbia and the Pacific Coast States, 1900-1924 (2013)
- Note: This item is restricted and will be released 2018-09-25.
University of Toronto T Space
- Sugunasiri, Suwanda H. J. Step Down Shakespeare, the Stone Angel Is Here. Toronto: Nalanda Publishing Canada, (2007)
- Singh, Herveen. From Elusive Conceptions to Arrested Developments: Leadership for Social Justice (2012)
- Somani, Alia Rehana, "Broken Passages and Broken Promises: Reconstructing the Komagata Maru and Air India Cases" (2012).
University of British Columbia cIRcle
- Campbell, Michael Graeme. The Sikhs of Vancouver : a case study in minority-host relations (1977)
- Gill, Hartaj. Im-person-ating identity in spaces of difference (2003)
- Jagpal, Sarjeet Singh. An oral history of the Sikhs in British Columbia, 1920-1947 (1991)
- Lal, Brij. East Indians in British Columbia 1904-1914 : an historical study in growth and integration (1976)
- Ogden, Johanna. Oregon and global insurgency: Punjabis of the Columbia River Basin. (2010)
- Shason, Jan-Paul. Evolving utopias: an overview of three representative Punjabi works from 1980s, 1910s, 1930s. (2009)
University of Victoria UVicSpace
- Harvey, Daniel Stephen. Biopolitics of life at sea, or, Towards a theory of Maritime exception. 2009.