Australian Sikh Heritage Trail

WA Sikh Cremation Site - Enhancement Project

Adenia Road, Riverton, Western Australia

To read more about the significance of the WA Sikh Cremation Site - Adenia Reserve please click here.

The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail provides visitors with information about the history and heritage of Australian Sikhs, as well as information about Whadjuk Noongar culture and the Canning River.

The trail forms part of the broader Swan Canning Riverpark Trails network, connecting to other paths and interpretation facilities in the Riverpark - known as River Journeys, enriching the visitor experience and connection to the River's natural and cultural heritage.

 

The Australian Sikh Heritage Association Inc. welcomes any comments you may have in relation to the enhancement of this site. Please click here to contact us.



Trail Opened - April 2018



Project Update - Mid March 2018

The Sikh Community of Western Australia with key project partners, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the City of Canning, Sikh Association of WA and Sikh Gurdwara Perth have been working together (along with other stakeholders) over a number of years on the development of a section of the larger Australian Sikh Heritage Trail. 

The project comprises of the following at Adenia Park (cnr of Adenia Rd and Duff Rd), Riverton, Western Australia:

  1. Footpath upgrades; and
  2. Interpretation facilities (including signage and seating).

We are all very excited to inform you that the project has reached a key milestone. The footpath upgrades are now complete (bar some small strategic sections). This means that park visitors can now freely walk down most of the trail and see what our construction partners, CareyMC and Publik, have been working on over the last few months!

While we have reached a key milestone, the site remains a work in progress with the following items expected to be completed over the next month or so:

  1. Completion of the benches (see pictures contained below for more info);
  2. Interpretation facilities - signage to be inserted at each node telling the great Australian Sikh story as you walk down the trail; and
  3. Landscaping works around the pathway and nodes.

Node 1 (Theme: Welcome) - 'Ao jee, Jee Aeya Noo' in Gurmukhi script which translates to a Punjabi big warm 'Welcome!'. 

Node 1 (Theme: Welcome) - Punjabi welcome in Gurmukhi script. Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the coming month or so. Indegenous welcome will be first followed by a Sikh and english welcome in the interpretive panels!

Node 1 (Theme: Welcome) - Entry vantage point from existing pedestrian and bike path. Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the next month or so.

Node 2 (Theme: Australian Sikh Cremations) - 'Charhdhi Kalaa Vich Raho' in Gurmukhi script which translates into 'May you remain in eternal optimism'.

Node 3 (Theme: Punjab) - 'Singh and Kaur' in Gurmukhi script. Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the coming month or so.

Node 4 (Theme: Sikh Spirit) - 'Sarbat Da Bhalaa' in Gurmukhi script which translates to 'Welfare for All'.

Node 2 (Theme: Australian Sikh Cremations) - Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the next month or so.

Node 3 (Theme: Punjab) - Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the coming month or so.

Node 4 (Theme: Sikh Spirit) - Bench to be completed and the largest interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added including a timeline over the coming month or so.

Node 2 (Theme: Australian Sikh Cremations) - Vantage point showing bench which allows visitors to now be able to sit and read the original plaque donated in 1992 to the Sikh community by John Parker from the Canning Districts Historical Society. Bench to be completed and interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added over the coming month or so.

Node 3 (Theme: Punjab) - Map of Punjab Region sandlasted/engraved into the concrete.

Node 4 (Theme: Sikh Spirit) - Bench to be completed and the largest interpretative panels telling the great Australian Sikh story to be added including a timeline over the coming month or so.


Project Update - Early March 2018

The concrete pour for all four nodes is now complete with the pathway linking the nodes in its final stages.

Next in the construction process is the beautifully designed benches which will be followed by installation of the interpretive panels.

Node 1 of 4 - Concrete pour completed with bench and interpretive panels to be installed.

Pathway laid by the City of Canning in 2016 which links Nodes 1 and 2.

Node 2 of 4 concrete pour complete. This node marks the site upon which the 1992 commemoration was conducted. The original rocks and plaque have been integrated into the design of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail. 

Node 2 of 4 concrete pour complete. This node marks the site upon which the 1992 commemoration was conducted. The original rocks and plaque have been integrated into the design of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail. 

Node 2 of 4 concrete pour complete. This node marks the site upon which the 1992 commemoration was conducted. The original rocks and plaque have been integrated into the design of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail. 

New pathway between Nodes 2 and 3.

New pathway between Nodes 2 and 3.

New pathway between Nodes 2 and 3.


Project Update - Feb 2018

First concrete has been poured on 6 Feb 2018. Pictures contained below.

Node 4 of 4

First section of concrete in for Node 4 of 4

A view of the length of Node 4 of 4

Node 4 of 4


Project Update - Jan 2018

Construction has commenced on site! Some progress photos are contained below.

Node 1 - Entrance

Node 1 - Entrance

 Node 2 - Sikh Cremation Site

Node 2 - Sikh Cremation Site

Walkway between Node 2 and Node 3

Node 3 - Punjab to Australia

Node 4 - Timeline


A sneak peek of of the design that is currently being constructed:

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Project Update - Dec 2017

We are really excited to announce that construction work for the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail at Adenia Park will commence shortly in January 2018.

This is a joint project between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Sikh Community of Western Australia and the City of Canning.

The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail will tell the history of the Sikh community in Western Australia, including the significance of Adenia Park, as well as communicate the natural and cultural heritage values of the Canning River.

The project is funded by a Lotterywest grant, with further part funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions as well as the Sikh Community of Western Australia.

We are really pleased to be working with Publik (an integrated design, development and fabrication consultancy) and CareyMC (a majority indigenous owned and controlled civil infrastructure contractor) to build this wonderful addition to Perth's cultural landscape.

We hope that this is the first of many such sites of significance that get the recognition they deserve. We look forward to sharing updates throughout the construction!

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Project History

1. Interpretation Plan

To document the significance of the WA Sikh Cremation Site and provide a roadmap to the WA Sikh community in relation to their heritage related activities, an Interpretation Plan has been commissioned.

Please click the picture on the right to download a copy of the Interpretation Plan titled 'The Story of Western Australian Sikhs' by Savagely Creative and Creative Spaces. This Interpretation Plan was funded jointly by Lotterywest ($10,000) and the Sikh Association of WA Inc ($10,000). There are a number of key stakeholders involved in this project some of which are listed in the following diagram.


2. Start of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail - Stage A

Following the completion of the Interpretation Plan a number of key recommendations were provided (please download Interpretation Plan to view all recommendations).

Of these recommendations, the WA Sikh Cremation Site was identified as a significant site to the WA Sikh community. It was suggested that a heritage trail be created from the cremation site to the Canning river. 

In late 2015 the City of Canning along with the Department of Parks and Wildlife committed funding and project management for some capital works in the 2016 financial year. This culminated in the laying of the initial portion of the trail as shown in the image on the left (please click picture to see larger version). The trail was launched on 6 March 2016 with the Mayor of the City of Canning and representatives from the office of the Hon. Dr Mike Nahan present.

Stage A drawings of pathway

Pathway laid in 2015 / 2016


3. Australian Sikh Heritage Trail - Stage B

Stage B of the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail is currently underway with ASHA and City of Canning securing funding of $149,635 from Lotterywest. Further information on the funding can be found by clicking here. The funding will primarily be used to fund the interpretative signage to go along the trail, interpretative shelter/nodes and marking of the original Sikh cremation site. 

This signage will provide an educational and interactive experience with visitors obtaining an overview of the Australian Sikh Story as they travel from the WA Sikh Cremation Site towards the river.

Some preliminary sign designs done at the initial interpretation plan stage are shown on the right. Detailed drawings of the chosen construction drawings are contained above.


4. Australian Sikh Heritage Trail - Stage C

Further enhancements to the Australian Sikh Heritage Trail site such as public artworks, shelters, statues or monuments and recreational / public use facilities are being considered as options.


5. Australian Sikh Heritage Trail - Stage D

Creation of the Australia-wide Australian Sikh Heritage Trail app which will enable visitors to locate and search Australian Sikh Heritage sights nearest to them to explore Australia's wonderful cultural diversity using digital technology.