Woolgoolga...The town with first Gurdwara of Australia



Locally known as the "Missing Piece of Paradise", Woopi (as it is affectionately know to the locals) is highly regarded for it's fine beaches, good surfing, varied fishing, and bush walks. Another important aspect of Woopi is it's Sikh Culture. The township's population is 50% Sikh, and they own 90% of the local banana farms. Woopi has two Gurdwara's. The Sikh Temple Woolgoolga (the first purpose built Gurdwara in Australia) and The Guru Nanak Gurdwara ('The Temple on the Hill').
<table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tbody><tr align="center" valign="middle"><td class="text"></td> </tr> </tbody></table> The Woolgoolga community has been in existence for well over one hundred years. Prior to white settlement, the area was inhabited by the indigenous people of the Kumbaingeri tribe. It's name originated from 'Wel-gul-ga', an Aboriginal name for the local wild berry plant. Woolgoolga is a unique place where east meets west and the two complement each other and continue to thrive side by side in harmony. It has been the focus of much attention from reporters, historians, sociologists and others, for Woolgoolga is an oasis of Sikh culture in Australia. A highway traveller approaching Woolgoolga may look in disbelief at the spectacular pure white Temple, with its golden domes reaching out to the heavens and wonder at the Indian elephant in front of a splendid palace with minarets. Is it a simmering mirage, they may wonder? These edifices have appeared to have been scooped up by magic and placed amidst an Australian town.
However, there is nothing magic about the success of the Woolgoolga Sikhs who have continued the good work in the finest tradition of the Sikh pioneers who settled here despite great hardship.
The early Sikh migrants came here to pre-Federation Australia as free settlers when there was no restrictive immigration policy. They were adventurist male sojoumers who left their family behind and came to make their fortune and returned home when they made good.
Some of these early sojourners did return, but the majority of them developed a love and attachment to this country arid its people and remained to lay the foundations for the Australian Sikh community.
The early Arcadian settlers came from the farming community of Punjab and settled in Northern Rivers of New South Wales and North Queensland, where they led austere and frugal lives and faced many hardships.
The first Sikh settlers came to Woolgooloa in the 1940s. Initially they worked as labourers on the banana plantations, but later acquired leasehold and freehold banana plantations. Sikh migrants from other parts of Australia were attracted to this area once they were aware of an established Sikh community and that good living was to be made in banana plantations. Today over 95% of Woolgoolga's banana industry and 10% of Coffs Harbour is owned and operated by Australians of Sikh ancestry.
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