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Marjory Harper

themselves return migrants, virtually all the recruits were women, many of whom welcomed the opportunity to travel, at the same time as pursuing a career in teaching, medicine or church work. 30 They were generally open-minded about their future intentions. Some reflected Wyman’s template of return migration by coming home to fulfil family responsibilities, while others, in a manner reminiscent of Robert McLeese from north Antrim, came home only briefly as part of the rite of passage that led to permanent emigration. The

in Emigrant homecomings
Intercontinental mobility and migrant expectations in the nineteenth century
Eric Richards

. The history of Australian immigration has a number of distinctive features which bear upon the question of returning home – much of it to do with the tyranny said to have been exercised by its distance from the homelands in the British Isles. The people coming home were the least visible of migrants and, in the Australian context, the least probable. Australia was simply too far away; it was expensive to get there and, even more so to return home. When an emigrant left the British Isles for Sydney or Melbourne or Adelaide or

in Emigrant homecomings
Distance, perspective and an ‘inclusive nationhood’
Mary Chamberlain

. 99 G. Lamming, ‘Coming, coming, coming home’, opening address to the CARIFESTA V Symposia Series, Trinidad, Aug. 1992. In G. Lamming, Coming, Coming Home: Conversations II (St Martin, Caribbean: House of Nehesi Publishers, 2000 ), p. 33. 100 For an excellent appraisal of the links between

in Empire and nation-building in the Caribbean
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Daniel Owen Spence

Commander … when we were coming home, he gived [ sic ] a speech, he say … ‘Unna Caymanians was the pride of the Navy’. 67 That the Caymanians were publicly told they ‘were the backbone of that branch of the Navy’, to the visible chagrin of ‘Trinidadian officers there’, 68 can be seen as a case of

in Colonial naval culture and British imperialism, 1922–67
Guy Vanthemsche

natural riches and the daily life of its indigenous inhabitants. 47 Leopold and Lilian ‘privately’ travelled to this region early that year, in part to attend the shooting of the movie, which the former king officially supported in his capacity as honorary president of FIS. However, this voyage also had a dimension that exceeded the purely scientific (or touristic) aspects. On coming home, Leopold made it clear, in a private

in Royals on tour
Claude McKay’s experience and analysis of Britain
Winston James

collection. 3 These facts escape Wayne Cooper and Robert Reinders, who in their article on McKay’s visit to England, frame their argument around the notion of a black Briton coming home only to be disillusioned. It is as if McKay had not changed between 1911, when he wrote ‘Old England’, and December 1919

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Flora Shaw, The Times and South Africa
Dorothy O. Helly and Helen Callaway

Rhodes coming home and acknowledging to the fullest degree what he has done in this S. African matter and taking any penalty which justly attaches to his actions. I doubt if there is any single individual in England who has done … more than I have done to bring about the adoption of this course. Any one who knows me – except apparently you – knows my

in The South African War reappraised
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De-celebrating the Canadian nation, de-colonising the Canadian museum, 1967-92
Ruth B. Phillips

going to a distant school and coming home again. 19 Adjacent to these texts were ‘large blown-up photographs of tattered, unhappy-looking Indian children placed beside pictures of white Canadian children playing in the comfort of suburbia’. 20 From ‘The Drum’ a staircase led visitors down into the final exhibition space, ‘The Future’, where they could pick up headphones and hear a final message that refuted the trope of the vanishing Indian and articulated an alternative vision of the future emphasising mutual

in Rethinking settler colonialism
Migration in the last gasp of empire
Kathleen Paul

/13, CM74(48), 18 November 1948. 33 Windrush passengers later described their surprise and disappointment at their reception, pointing out that many colonials had considered themselves to be coming home. See, for example, the interview cited in Onyekachi Wambu’s Introduction to Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing about Black

in British culture and the end of empire
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The evolution of a tradition
Mark Wyman

’ll get consumption. You’ll get sick.’ 21 There were plenty of reasons, it seems, to go back. Homesickness is a sentiment that emerges in many interviews. A 1982 thesis written at the University of Oslo was based on interviews with returned Norwegians. Of those coming home before 1930, more than half listed ‘homesickness’ as their major reason. Even among those who stayed abroad, of course, the longing for home often remained, but submerged. Years after her return to Ireland, a woman admitted she had never been happy

in Emigrant homecomings