Over the Years
Founding of Gharka Village
Two brothers Gharka and Chamba set up camp on the banks of the river Beas. It is said that they also had three other brothers named Rurka, Varnala, and Ghariala.
Dispersal of the brothers
Varnala and Ghariala convert to Islam; left the river banks for the plains; and built up their own separate villages in their own names. Gharka and Chamba separated as well. Gharka stayed where he was and Chamba built up the village Chamba at the banks of the river where earlier stood an abandoned run-down village. As time passed, the river changed its direction and the residents of Chamba moved away from the old and abandoned run-down village and settled down close to Gharka. After a while, the residents of Chamba moved and settled down farther away and so that village came to be known as Chamba Kalan.
Formation of Karmuwala
A group of villagers from Gharka decide to move and set up their houses closer to their fields in Karmuwala ( a Patti in Gharka) . Over time more families joined and Karmuwala Patti became a distinct village by itself.
Arrival of Sikhs in Singapore
65 Sikhs arrive in Singapore to form the Sikh Police Contingent
Sunder Singh Arrives in Singapore!
Sunder Singh (alias Racha Singh) arrives in Singapore for the first time. He likely embarked from Calcutta on a tramp steamer like most other Sikhs coming to Malaya. He is the first from Karmuwala to reach the shores of Singapore.
Birth of Massa Singh
Bhan Singh’s eldest son Massa Singh is born in Karmuwala, India.
Start of Sepoy Mutiny in Singapore
Sunder Singh appears in the papers (first time)
Sunder Singh, contributes the most ($25) as a private person to the Malay State Guides for their Christmas Box.
Birth of Hardit Singh
Sunder Singh’s eldest son, Hardit Singh is born in Karmuwala, India
Sunder Singh joins the Sikh Advisory Board
Sunder Singh’s occupation was listed as “Contractor”
Ranga Singh arrives in Singapore
Pal Singh’s son, Ranga Singh arrives in Singapore
Massa Singh arrives in Singapore
Hardit Singh appointed to the Sikh Advisory Board
Hardit Singh appointed to the Sikh Advisory Board for the first time following the resignation of his father Sunder singh from the board.