Intercultural love, rights of passage, contentious motherhood, and the politics of cremation.
The first Sikh wedding at the Second Avenue Gurdwara (Khalsa Diwan Society) in Vancouver was also an intercultural union. Annie Wright and Munsha Singh fell in love and were married in 1909, and made history as not only the first couple to be married at the gurdwara, but also as the first noted marriage between a Caucasian Christian and a South Asian Sikh in Canada. We piece together the story of their relationship, and the people and stories that intersected with their lives, as well as other tales of conversions and mistaken identities.
Photographs & Documents Referenced in Episode 3 of The Nameless Collective Podcast:
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References From Episode 3:
Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver (n.d.). Khalsa Diwan Society [Diary], Vancouver, B.C.. Retrieved from komagatamarujourney.ca/
Brar, Arjan Singh (n.d.). Khalsa Diwan Society [Diary], Vancouver, B.C. [: Volume 1 – English translation]. Retrieved from komagatamarujourney.ca/
Johnston, H. J. (2011). Jewels of the Qila: The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family. UBC Press.
Annie and Munsha’s Baptism/Wedding Note:
Singh, Kesar (1989). Canadian Sikhs (Part One) and the Komagata Maru Massacre. Retrieved from komagatamarujourney.ca/node/558
Grant, Kenneth James (1923). My Missionary Memories. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Retrieved from: komagatamarujourney.ca/node/15788
Funeral Photos of William C. Hopkinson Courtesy of Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey website.