Dabee Singh A Pioneer One of the Earliest Sikh Arrivals in Australia
Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan 2014 © Benares, Varanasi, India. Photograph taken in 1922. Courtesy of Repository, Library of Congress...
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We are a group interested in researching, preserving and publicising Australian Indian History with the
aim of reducing racism in the community. The Australian Indian Historical Society Inc. is a non-profit
organisation that was formed on the 31 March 2012. It was formed by the following four Sikh Gurudwaras in Victoria; Sikh community of Western Victoria Inc., Tarneit, Sri Guru Singh Sabah - The Sikh Cultural Society of Vic. Inc., Craigieburn, Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha, Blackburn, and Gurudwara Sri
Guru Granth Sabib Inc. Keysborough.
This website is a must read for people interested in Australian Indian History. It explores avenues of Australian History and the wonderful contribution made in the early days of Settlement by Indians as well as domestic animals and goods imported into Australia from India which enabled the establishment of a normal society in New South Wales. These achievements include such things as, the vast majority of domestic animals including horse, cattle, sheep and goats to name a few that formed the basis of our domestic herds. Indians and Anglo Indias were the first people to sail across Bass Strait in 1797 and discover the southern coast of Victoria. They formed the first inland expedition when their life boat was swamped and they set out on the Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria and attempted to walk to Sydney, a distance of over 700 kilometres.
Indians formed the largest self-funded migration of people who were not of European descent. These self-funded Indians formed a large trading network along the east coast of Australia, as well as branching out into other forms of rural work including cutting cane in Northern Australia. when the horse herd in Australia had increased sufficiently horses were exported back to India. The first exports commenced in the 1820's and continued to the start of the Second World War. During that time well over 400,000 horses and 50,000 handlers travelled to India.
"It Happened in Heywood" by Len Kenna published in 2001 is a play about a young Sikh Hawker who died in Heywood
Victoria at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Premiere of this play was launched at La Trobe University Bundoora, Victoria, by Vice chancellor Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC. The play then travelled extensively throughout Victoria.
The Servies "Are Indians an Ethnic Minority? Volumes 1-5 by Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan. This series was launched on the 7 July 2014 by the High Commissioner of India, Biren Nanda, at the Consulate General of India, Melbourne. This Series, a culmination of over 20 years of research by Len and Crystal explores avenues of Australian Indian History and the wonderful contribution made inthe early days of Settlement by Indians as well as domestic animals and goods imported into Austrlia from India which enabled the esstablisment of a normal society in New South Wales.
The Australian Indian History Photographic Exhibiton is a culmination of Photographs collected during extensive research undertaken by Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan. It was first exhibitied in Warrnambool Victoria on 25 July 2010 at the Handover Ceremony of the Ashes of Pooran Singh. Pooran Singh died at Warrnambool aged 77. He had lived and worked in the Warrnambool area for 47 years. He was cremated at Springvale Crematorium Melbourne and his ashes were returned to Guyett's Funeral Parlour, Warrnambool where they remained unitl they were placed behind a plaque in the the Warrrmambool Cemetery by the Warrnambool Cemetery Trust.
The whereabouts of Pooran's ashes were uncovered by Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan during their research. They infored the Indian Community in Australia and this ensured the return of Pooran's ashes to his family and village in India in 2010, where the appropriate ceremonywas performed for Pooran. The Exhibition was taken by Len and Crystal to Pooran's village at Bilga, Uppal Bhopa, Punjab, India. Len and Crystal were contacted by Arwinder Pal Singh from the Werribee Gurudwara, Tarneit, Victoria during late 2010. He requested that Len and Crystal tour Australia with a Public Speaking Tour with the Australian Indian Historical Photographic Exhibition.
After touring Victoria Len and Crystal were helped by Baljinder Nanda Singh to take the tour to Sydney New South Wales. In March 2012 the Australian Indian Historical Society Inc. was formed and this enabled the Exhibition to continue to tour Eastern Australia. The Exhibition now printed onto six Banners is easy to erect at any venue. A selection of this Exhibition and history curated by Len and Crystal is now on display at the Australian Sikh Heritiage Museum Woolgoogla.