Hakam Singh Hundal

Hakam Singh (also Hakim Singh) was a former trooper in the 19th Bengal Lancers and a director of the Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Company in Vancouver. When Canada was excluding nearly all immigrants from India, he brought his mother and four school-age sons as far as Hong Kong and petitioned from Vancouver for permission to bring them to Canada. In July 1912, after the wives of Bhag Singh and Balwant Singh were landed, Reid, the immigration agent, recommended that Hakam Singh’s family be admitted too and, in July 1913, the immigration department finally granted them entry. Hakam Singh established his family in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood where they all attended high school before earning degrees at UBC.    

Sources: Library and Archives Canada, Immigration Files, RG 76; Hugh Johnston, Jewels of the Qila: The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family  (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011); Sarjit Singh Jagpal, Becoming Canadians: Pioneer Sikhs in their Own Words (Vancouver: Harbour Publishing, 1994).