Homecoming in the 1920s

homecomingIt’s another year of Homecoming – a good opportunity to explore an earlier example of it in the early twentieth century. It was then that a growing number of organised group returns took place, with trip planning often facilitated by Scottish associations such as St Andrew’s and Caledonian societies. One such group return, that of over 600 Australians of Scottish descent, took place in the summer of 1928. Described by Australian newspapers as a ‘national pilgrimage to Scotland’, the visit was jointly organised by the Victorian Scottish Union and similar bodies in other Australian states. The idea for the trip was first discussed in 1927, when the hope was expressed that 200 to 500 people of Scottish descent would go on the trip for the purpose of making Australia better …