Glossary

Below you will find a selection of terms, groups, and individuals affiliated with the Komagata Maru story. Please click on any of the glossary keywords to see a selection of material containing that term as well as a brief definition of how that term relates to the Komagata Maru or South Asian Canadian history.

72nd Seaforth Highlanders

Canadian Militia regiment. Also called 72nd Highlanders.

Admission of Indian women

Refers to material about immigration regulations relating to Indian women. An important issue for the first Indians in Canada was whether their wives and families would be allowed to immigrate from India as well.

Akbar, Mohamed

Member of Shore Committee.

Anti-Asian sentiment

Refers to material about "Orientals" or "Asians" and their perceived lack of suitability for Canadian society.

Apologies

Refers to material about official government apologies for the incident.

Arthur, 1850-1942, Duke of Connaught

Governor General of Canada (1911-1916).

Asiatic Exclusion League, Vancouver

Early 20th-century North American organization working for the prevention of Asian immigration.

Baba

A respectful form of address attached to an elder male. Literally, grandfather. Also Babaji; when "ji" is attached, it is even more respectful.

Bahen

A respectful form of address attached to a female person's name. Literally, sister. Also Bahan or Bhan. Also Bahenji; when "ji" is attached, it is even more respectful.

Banerjee, Surendranath

Editor of The Bengalee newspaper. Also written Surendra Nath, Banerjea.

Baxter, Truman Smith, 1867-1931

Mayor of Vancouver (1913-1914).

Bebe

A respectful form of address attached to an elder female. Literally, grandmother. Also Bibi or Biji.

Bengalee (newspaper)

Newspaper in India, ca. 186- to ca. 1930. Surendranath Banerjee, editor.

Bhai

A respectful form of address attached to a male person's name. Literally, brother. Also Bhaee. Also Bhaiji; when "ji" is attached, it is even more respectful.

Bird, J. Edward

Lawyer for the Komagata Maru passengers. Firm: MacNeill, Bird, Macdonald & Darling.

Boards of Inquiry

Held in Vancouver to determine if Komagata Maru passengers were eligible for admission to Canada. Passengers refused to cooperate. Also written Boards of Enquiry.

Borden, Robert L., 1854-1937

Prime Minister of Canada (1911-1920).

British Empire

Refers to material about the whole of the British Empire.

Bruce, Victor Alexander, 1849-1917

Secretary of State for the Colonies (1905-1908). Also Lord Elgin, Victor Bruce.

Bryce, James

British Ambassador, Washington (1907-1913).