Australia was first put on the Scottish diaspora map not as a migrant destination of choice, but as a convict settlement. The overall number of convict Scots was, however, low. Of the estimated total of nearly 155,000 convicts sent to the Australian mainland and Van Diemen’s land, only about 8,200 were Scots. A slightly larger proportion of Scots, possibly up to 700, were among the nearly 10,000 male convicts sent to Western Australia between 1850 and 1868. But even these numbers pale compared to those … Read more
There has been an unprecedented upsurge in scholarly interest in migration from various source countries to many different destinations throughout the last two decades. Demographers, sociologists, and historians have explored the causes and consequences of migration, as well as the impact particular migrant groups and population flows have had on both the sending and receiving countries. Museum exhibitions, and television and radio programmes further reflect that there is also an increased interest in the subject by wider audiences.
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