Stroma had been a thriving
community for many years but by the twentieth century the people were
forced to leave so that they could survive. Life everywhere was changing
as new government acts were being introduced to protect working people;
the education act in particular led to the depopulation of the island.
Even though the people of Stroma did not depend on the mainland for
much, as the years went on they became less self-sufficient and found
that life was much easier there.
In a way as life improved everywhere else it became harder for the
islanders of Stroma; the education act led to families with teenage
children having to leave so they could afford to put their children to
high school in Wick. The demise of the industries on Stroma (crofting
and fishing) left little work and nothing on the island for the people,
they had to leave to find work elsewhere. Many people say that the
building of the harbour made it even easier for the islanders to leave,
previously the island had not had one and after the work of building it
was complete the fishing industry was already ruined.
I will conclude that the island of Stroma like many other island
communities of the time was deserted because island life had become too
hard. Standards of living were getting better and the island of Stroma
could not offer such luxuries itself; the distance between the mainland
and Stroma proved too far for people to cope with.