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British Club, Punta Arenas: Guests and Visitors, 1903-1981
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=> Work in progress: over 1,700 names indexed so far <=

In 1899, a group of well-to-do expatriates in Punta Arenas founded the British Association of Magallanes. Following the pattern established in other parts of the world, club rooms were established. This British Club provided a meeting point for local members; it was also a place for them to host visitors (usually males). Some of these came into town from outlying ranches; others arrived by ship from distant parts, either in transit or to do business locally.

Between them, the Visitors' and Guests' Books encompass almost the entire lifespan of the Club. The registers record the date of the visit, the visitor's name, where he came from, his signature and the signature of the member who invited him to the Club. In their pages, one finds a variety of world-wide travellers, especially at the start of the 20th century, before the opening of the Panama Canal. Visits of note include several Antarctic expeditions: Scott's Discovery (1904), Charcot's Pourquoi Pas (1910) and Shackleton's Endurance (1916, see news reports).  

Both registers are preserved in the British Historical Archive and Museum of the British School, Punta Arenas. Thanks to Carlos González M. for facilitating access to these materials.

Surname Index (visitors only)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 
cover of visitors' book
cover of guests' book