Sioux Court and the Indians of Albury: Managing Punjabi heritage in rural NSW, Australia

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Abstract

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Punjabi hawkers provided
a vital retail link between the town‐based drapery and household goods stores
and the isolated farms in the country‐side. Vilified as unwanted competition
during the 1890s depression, Punjabi hawkers were respected, but remained
marginalised in the first decade of the twentieth century. The town of Albury, a
rural service centre in southern NSW, was the first of only two communities in
Australia to dedicate a parcel of land as a burial ground for Punjabi. While the
Muslim section was never used, cremations of Sikh and Hindu occurred until the
mid 1940s. Today, the area remains gazetted as such, but has now become part of a public park. Not only is the community oblivious of the locational continuity of the cremation space and public barbeque facility, but nearby streets bear the
names of American Indian, rather than South Asian ethnic groups. This paper
discusses the changing use of the space and discusses implications on heritage
management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337–357
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Sikh and Punjāb Studies
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2020

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