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

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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)337–387
JournalJournal of Sikh and Punjāb Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2020


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