Home Rule for Scotland: An early 20th century view from New Zealand

Blenheim was the birthplace of one of the few Scots in New Zealand who actively promoted home rule for Scotland: Richard McCallum. His name, as was stated by the New Zealand Truth in 1927, ‘implies something of a fine old “Hieland” strain.’ And indeed, though born in Blenheim, Marlborough, in the South Island in 1863, McCallum developed a keen interest in things Scottish. Perhaps it was his father, Archibald McCallum, one of the pioneer settlers in the Wairau who hailed from Glasgow, who had instilled in his son a sense of Scottishness. One important influence had been Australian Alexander Renfrew, J.P., who first obtained McCallum’s interest in the issue of Scottish Home Rule in 1892. It was shortly after his a meeting with Renfrew, in 1892, that McCallum composed a …