S02 E03: Demystifying Hopkinson and We Solve A Mystery


Portrait of William C. Hopkinson. The Vancouver Sun.

Who was the real William C. Hopkinson? We try to demystify the complicated man and his obsession with the local South Asian community. We also discuss what happened to Bibi Harnam Kaur and Bhai Bhag Singh's family, after their untimely deaths.



Henderson's Directory 1914. Hopkinson's Residence listed in the Sylvia. Vancouver Public Library Archives.

Sylvia Court Hotel, which Hopkinson once called home. 1948. City of Vancouver Archives.

A page from "Harnam Kaur." A graphic narrative curated by Milan Singh and illustrated by Keerat Kaur.

Photographs & Documents Referenced in S02 E03:


  1. Khalsa Diwan Society, Vancouver (n.d.). Khalsa Diwan Society [Diary], Vancouver, B.C.. Retrieved from http://komagatamarujourney.ca/node/3294

  2. Dhillon, Mahinder Singh (1981). The Sikhs in Canada. Vancouver: Shromani Akali Dal Association of Canada.

  3. Henderson City of Vancouver Directory Part 1: Vancouver, B.C. [Telephone directory]. 1914. Henderson Publishing Company, Ltd. Lby. Vancouver, B.C. Retrieved from British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955 (vpl.ca