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Will Ye No Come Back (clip 3)

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 clip includes a poster for Combined Scottish Societies Centenary Ball and the ball with pipers in the dance hall, Sir Simon Dewar being introduced to the guests and giving a speech. Matt David, the President of the society talks about individual societies. Shots of caber tossing at the Australian Highland Games with highland dancing. Discussion of Scottish traditions in Australia and a woman talking about Scottish heritage whilst children enjoy a barbecue in the garden. The Immigration Officer talks about an exiled Scot and immigrants discuss Australia as 'home' and her first trip back to Scotland. Includes tracking shots and a montage sequence of immigrants providing conflicting opinions of life in Australia.

Questions & Activities


  • What do Scots appear to miss most about Scotland?
  • Does the film present a positive image of Scotland and the Scots?
  • Why can't some of the younger Scots make friends?
  • How many times in a lifetime does the film suggest that migrant Scots may return to the mother country?


Modern Studies / Citizenship: Compare this film to modern images put out by Australia as it tries to attract emigrants today.

PSE / RME / Social Studies / History (Immigrants and Exiles) / Geography: This film highlights many negative factors of emigration, but also positive ones. Try to identify the push pull factors alluded to in this film and Clearance 68 and try to identify any others not mentioned.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-135-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref 0802
Date 1968
Genre TV Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, History, Geography, International Studies, Religious and Moral Education
Subject Matter Emigration
Who Angelo Revello (editor), Bruce McDonald (camera assistant), Grampian Television (broadcaster), Jack Bellamy (photography), Ken Hammond p. Edward Joffe (sound recording)
Where Australia
Event Emigration
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 10:04
Film Length 28:22