Bhugwan Singh 1927. Photo Courtesy National Archives Australia

Bhugwan Singh 1927. Photo Courtesy National Archives Australia

Bhugwan Singh, a Sikh, was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India in 1875. He arrived in Australia in 1899 and lived in the Quambatook, Kerang and District area for the duration of his stay in Australia. He was absent from Australia from 1910-11 and again from 1919-23.[1]

In 1910 Mr E. Ryan built a wagon costing £50 for Cabel (Kabul) and Bhugwan (Bugwan) Singh who were both hawkers and farmers in the Cannie District of Victoria where they raised horses and sheep.[2]. Cabel had been in partnership with his Uncle Sundah Singh who died on the 5th September 1917 at the age of 56 and had been farming in the area for over 20 years.

On Monday the 25th February 1918 Cabel and Bhugwan Singh leased their property and had a clearance sale[3] at Cannie, Victoria, of the whole of their Horses, Sheep and Farming Plant, in preparation for their next trip to India.

As a point of interest World War One ended on the 11th November 1918. Unfortunately Bhugwan Singh from Quambatook, Victoria, is often confused with as second Bhagwan Singh who served during WWI and was awarded for his service in the Indian Army.[4]

As further evidence Bhugwan Singh from Quambatook remained in Australia during World War One and was involved in a court case at Bendigo, Victoria in 1916.[5]

[1] NAA:MT19/4, 1927/BHUGWAN SINGH

[2] Land Clearing Sale horses, sheep etc. Kerang Observer Victoria Wed. 20 Feb 1918 p. 3.

[3] Clearance Sale, Quambatook Times Vic Wed Feb 1918 p. 2

[4] Bhagwan Singh Indian Army

[5] Swan Hill Guardian and lake Boga Advocate Vic Mon 15 May 1916 p. 2.