During the 1890s a large number of Punjabi men migrated to Australia in order to further their family’s status at home through remittances. Even though the Punjabi, working as hawkers in rural and remote areas, provided an essential service, they were regarded as unwelcome competition, mainly by white un- and under-employed men during the period of economic recession of the mid-1890s. When economic conditions improved, the outright racism receded, but the Punjabi remained marginalised. This paper traces the relationship between Punjabi hawkers and the Anglo-Celtic host community, using the rural service centre of Albury (NSW, Australia) as the locale and the cremation of the hawker Devan Singh as an example.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2017|