Fatta Chand was hung at the Melbourne Gaol in 1891. He could not speak English. The establishment sent Christian Ministers of religion to him every day, they tried to convert him to Christianity but he stayed true to his faith.
Baljinder Singh came to Australia to fulfill a promise he made to his grandmother, who had raised him, to find out what had happened to his grandfather who came to Australia and worked in the Camden NSW area as a Hawker. Len and I helped Baljinder to find his grandfather.
Daryl Maguire MP speaking about his Australian Indian History at the Book Launch of Are Indians an Ethnic Minority? by Len Kenna & Crystal Jordan at Parliament House NSW. The event was organised by GOPIO Sydney North West.
Meer Singh was a hawker in the Colac Victoria District in the early 1900’s. This is a model of his wagon that Randeep and Preet Wariach have volunteered to paint for Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan to be exhibited in the Australian Indian History Exhibition at Parliament House Victoria 12 – 16 September 2016 to be opened by Robin Scott the Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
An Historic moment for Australia’s Sikh Community we visited the site of Australia’s first Akhand Path Sahib which was done in 1920. Many thanks to Benalla Mayor and Rob Mitchell, Federal Labour MP. Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan who during their research located the history of Siva Singh and the site of the first reading of the Akhand Path in Australia. Benalla Council is considering to set up a memorial to remember the contributions of Sikhs to Benalla. This is also published in “Are Indians An Ethnic Minority? Volume 4 Hawkers and 5 A Pictorial History by Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan. March 2017.
Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan located and purchased a 19th Century, very rare, original museum piece Indian Hawker’s Wagon, which is in a state of disrepair. Len had an accident with his hands in October 2016 (not connected to repairing the wagon) and is now back working on the wagon again.
Sarn Singh (sic Saran Singh Johal) was the son of Chaudhri Kishen Singh who was Zaildar of Jandiala, Phillaur, Tehsil, Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force with his friend Private John Edward Harold Norman St. Claire (affectionately known as “Pat and “Paddy”). Sarn was killed in action on the Messines Ridge, Belgium on the 10 June 1917 and John was killed in action in on the 12 June 1917.