Local History

The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopkinson


In October of 1914, Mewa Singh, an early Sikh settler in Canada, was put on trial for killing Immigration Inspector, William C. Hopkinson. Mr. Singh carried out the killings in retaliation to the infamous Komagata Maru incident and other incidents of discrimination against early Indian immigrants.

The organizers of the Mewa Singh Centennial Commemoration will revisit this slice of history this coming Friday, when they launch their play, “The Undocumented Trial of William C. Hopksinson.” Written, directed, and produced by group of local academics, artists, and activists, this play draws on archival transcripts of Bhai Mewa Singh’s trial, and reimagines the trial in a surrealist interpretation, exploring political, socio-cultural, and humanistic themes.

The story of Mewa Singh isn’t just Sikh history, it’s also Canadian history, so come out and support this community project! You can find updates on the organization’s Facebook page, and you can buy tickets on the organization’s website.

Sukhdip Basra
Raised in Surrey and armed with a business degree from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, Sukh is an aspiring entrepreneur. With a particular interest in technology startups, he connects our local businesses with the community.