Mill crew at Paldi, BC on Vancouver Island


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Mill crew at Paldi, BC on Vancouver Island. 


[ca. 1935]. 


1 photograph : sepia toned ; group portrait of the mill crew at Paldi, BC. The image shows nine men sitting along a ledge with two men standing behind them at a lumber yard. The seated men are (from left to right) Jack Singh, Harinder Singh, Monn Singh, Jangeer Mann, Jant Singh, “Baba” Singh, Paul Singh Dhaliwal, Santa Singh Gill, and Kerhar Singh Mann. The seated men are wearing collared shirts and have their hands placed on their laps. The man standing on the left is Balwant, he is wearing a brimmed hat, a vest, tie, and a collared shirt. The man standing on the right, Jimmy[?] is wearing a tucked in sweater, a collared shirt, a tie and light coloured trousers. Behind the men is a large wooden platform and to the right is a large stack of wood. 

According to The Reach Gallery Museum, “Paul Singh Dhaliwal arrived in Canada on May 9, 1932 when he was sixteen years old. He settled in Abbotsford but employment in mills took him to Squamish and Duncan. He played field hockey with the "East Indian Hockey Club" in Vancouver. He trained himself and worked as a professional wrestler for about three years. As he was not yet a Canadian citizen, promoters had to obtain special permission from the US Embassy in Vancouver for Paul to travel across the border. It was because of his wrestling career that he cut his hair. When he retired from wrestling, he started a wood and sawdust hauling business with a second hand truck, expanding to own several trucks. Following the WWII he became a Canadian citizen.” 



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1 photograph : sepia toned ; 72 ppi. 


The Reach Gallery Museum. 

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British Columbia—Vancouver Island—Paldi. 

British Columbia—Vancouver Island—Mayo.