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Author page: Sonia Manak

Paldi Memories

As a researcher on this project, I have been reviewing a number of documents at the Cowichan Valley Museum in Duncan and at the local archives in Duncan.  It is a real honour and privilege for me to look through these historical gems and get a picture of the early days at Paldi. I have fond…

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The Barber Shop Story

My grandfather, Karm Singh Manak, came to Canada in 1921.    He was an active member of the East Indian Citizens Welfare Association and the Khalsa Diwan Society in Victoria and Duncan.  He believed in equality for all Canadians regardless of their background and fought for voting rights and immigration law changes through the 1940s, 1950s…

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The Boat Journey

My grandpa, Karm Singh Manak, told me stories of his voyage to Canada aboard the SS Monteagle in 1921.  He told me how it took over 2 months to get from India to Vancouver.  The living quarters were not the quality of the Princess Cruise line!  The men would buy enough food supplies like flour…

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Paldi and Japanese Connection

I found this postcard addressed to Mrs. Mayo from a Japanese woman dated 1938.  I can't make out the name of the Japanese woman.  The postcard speaks of the connection to Paldi and the hospitality of Mrs and Mr. Mayo.  The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Mayo is clearly evident through the files on Paldi…

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