Highland problems and solutions
in Emigration from Scotland between the wars
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Throughout and beyond the nineteenth century Scottish emigration was, in the public mind and public print, largely synonymous with an unwilling exodus from the highlands and islands. Hebridean emigration to Australia in the 1920s as in the nineteenth century was an intermittent sideshow compared with the movement to Canada, while New Zealand seems to have aroused almost no interest among highlanders. A reluctance among highlanders to commit themselves to full-time fishing occupations also helped to defeat Duff Pattullo's scheme. The Fishery Board supported the venture on the grounds that commercial fishing prospects were much healthier along the 7,000-mile coastline of British Columbia than in Scotland. The Canadian Pacific liners Marloch and Metagama, calling at Lochboisdale and Stornoway, respectively, embarked a total of around 600 emigrants from the Long Island and took them across the Atlantic to new homes in Alberta and Ontario.


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