2018: The Opening of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail

April 17, 2018

The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail was formally opened. This group of interconnected pathways is located in Adenia Park in Riverton, a southeastern suburb of Perth in the state of Western Australia (WA). The local government area of Riverton is the City of Canning. The trail commemorates the history of Sikhs in Australia. Sikhs adhere to Sikhism, a religion that originated during the late 15th century in the South Asian region of Punjab (more specifically the part of that region in present-day Pakistan). In recent years, the Sikh population in Australia has become one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing religious groups.

The key features of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail, which is adjacent to the Canning River, include a boardwalk and a sheltered area as well as various plaques, benches, and interpretive signs. The creation of this trail was a joint effort of the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; the City of Canning; the Australian Sikh Heritage Association; the Sikh Association of WA; and Sikh Gurdara Perth.

The public officials who helped open the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail were Stephen Dawson, WA minister for environment; Bill Johnston, the state’s acting local government and heritage minister; and Paul Ng, mayor of the City of Canning.

Photo Credit: Calistemon (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Sikh_Heritage_Trail

2 thoughts on “2018: The Opening of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail

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  1. Historic Punjab nowadays (since 1947, actually) is divided between India and Pakistan. The place where the founder of Sikhism was born in now in Pakistan. Therefore stating that Sikhism originated in India’s Punjab region is not terribly accurate.


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