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Author to recount Komagata Maru incident

Richmond Public Library is presenting Stories from the Komagata Maru, an event marking Canadian history on Friday, June 13.

As part of events all over the Lower Mainland commemorating the Komagata Maru incident 100 years ago, author and historian Hugh Johnston will talk about the intrepid voyage of the Komagata Maru, as told through the personal accounts of the key individuals involved: passengers, their friends ashore, officials, and politicians.

Johnson is the author of The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar.

The Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver on May 23, 1914 with 376 passengers on board.

With the exception of 20 returning residents and the ship’s doctor and his family, none of the passengers was allowed to land. Instead, they were detained in Vancouver Harbour and they remained on the ship for two months until July 23, 1914. Only when the Canadian government agreed to provision their return voyage did they consent to leave without ever coming ashore in Canada.

The talk takes place Friday, June 13  from 7 to 9 p.m. in at the Brighouse branch of Richmond Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate. It is a free drop-in program offered in English.

For more information visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or view program information online at

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