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Will Ye No Come Back (clip 1)

Emigrants to Australia talk about settling into a new country

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This television documentary looks at two Scots families who have emigrated to Australia recording differing views and experiences of emigration.
This clips includes the opening sequence with views of the Sydney Opera House with the music 'Waltzing Matilda' and then cuts to Scottish views of a statue of Robert Burns with the music 'Scotland the Brave'. Scottish immigrants in Australia discuss reasons for leaving Scotland; shots of a Quantas aeroplane landing at Sydney airport with passengers disembarking. Thomas Rutherford, a Church Immigration Officer explains his job. Immigrant workers working with sheet metal. We see new immigrants at the hostels/camps and they talk about the difficulties and hardships experienced living in the camp and the distance required to travel into Sydney for work.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do people emigrate?
  • What is the difference between immigration and emigration?
  • What does it mean to better yourself?
  • Why are the Scots emigrants not happy about their conditions and their reception in Australia?
  • How far away is the camp from the city and why do you think this is?
  • What counseling and support do we provide to new immigrants to Britain?
  • Would anything be said if new immigrants were offered accommodation like this in Britain?


History Emigration (Australia) / Social Education / Prejudice and Discrimination: How many examples of prejudice and discrimination can you spot in this film?

Debate: Discuss how much support host countries should provide to new immigrants.

English: Write a letter home from the perspective of one of the young women in the camp.

History: Research the reasons for emigration and discuss the pros and cons.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-131-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref 0802
Date 1968
Genre Television Documentary
School Subject History, Social History, English, Geography
Subject Matter Emigration, Journeys
Who Angelo Revello (editor), Bruce McDonald (assistant cameraman), Edward Joffe (producer), Grampian Television (broadcaster), Jack Bellamy (photography), Ken Hammond (sound recording)
Where Australia
Event Emigration
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 11:04
Film Length 28:11