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British Families in Southern Patagonia


Rev. Thomas BRIDGES, b. c1842, Britain; adopted son of George DESPARD; 1856, Keppel Island, Falklands [Malvinas] (SAMS); 1868?, ordained in Britain; 1871, anglican missionary at Ushuaia; author of English–Yahgan dictionary; 1887, retired from mission work to ranch at Harberton, Beagle Channel; d. 1898, Buenos Aires; bur. Chacarita, Bs. As

m. 1869 Totnes, Devon

Mary Ann VARDER, b. 1842, Harberton, Devon; 1910 Ea. Viamonte; d. 1922 Shipbourne, Kent


1. Mary Ann Varder, b. 1870 (see below, GRUBB--BRIDGES)

2. Thomas Despard, b. 1872 (see below, BRIDGES--REYNOLDS)

3. Stephen Lucas [Esteban], b. 1874, Ushuaia (see below, BRIDGES--JARDINE)

4. William Samuel, b. 1876, Ushuaia (see below, BRIDGES--LAWRENCE)

5. Bertha Milman, b. 1879, Ushuaia (see below, REYNOLDS--BRIDGES)

6. Alice Couty, b.1882, Ushuaia; unmarried; 1910 acted as foster-mother to brother Will's children after death of Will's wife Minnie; d. 1953 Ea. Viamonte.

Thomas Bridges + family
Rev. Thomas Bridges & family, c1880

Wilfred Barbrooke GRUBB, b. c1866, Scotland; missionary; 1888 Keppel Island (Falklands), met future fiancée; 1889 Gran Chaco, Paraguay, missionary; 1904 established branch mission in San Pedro, Jujuy; d. 1930 Scotland

m. 1901, Buenos Aires

Mary Ann Varder BRIDGES, b. 1870, Falklands; 1880 Bristol, boarding school; 1888 returned to Tierra del Fuego; 1901 worked with husband in Chaco; c1909 moved to Edinburgh; d. 1922 Scotland


1. Bertha Barbrooke, b. 1904, Scotland; d. 1965, Scotland

2. Ethel Mary, b. 1909, Scotland; d. 1959, Scotland

Mary Bridges
Mary Bridges

Thomas Despard BRIDGES, b. 1872, Ushuaia; 1901 marriage home at Harberton; 1907 to Viamonte; 1913 to Kent, England; 1923 rancher at Devuli Ranch, Southern Rhodesia (taking over from Lucas); d. 1935 Southern Rhodesia

m. 1901

Christina Amalia REYNOLDS, (sister of Percival REYNOLDS); b. 1878 Buenos Aires, d. 1944 Southern Rhodesia


1. Mary Christina, b. 1903, Buenos Aires; m. 1924 Donald Murray SOMERVILLE; d. 1980 Southern Rhodesia

2. Walter Despard, b. 1906, Buenos Aires; m. 1943 Josephine Mary ALDRIDGE

3. Violet Bertha, b. 1911, England; m. 1936 Ian Hector DE LA RUE; d. 1983 Zimbabwe

Despard Bridges
Despard Bridges

Stephen Lucas BRIDGES [Esteban], b. 1874, Ushuaia; 1887 Harberton; 1902 established Ea. Viamonte; c1914 enlisted in British army; 1920 rancher in Southern Rhodesia; 1923 ranch manager at River Baker, Aysén; d. 1949, Buenos Aires; bur. Chacarita, Bs. As.

m. 1917 Britain

Jannette McLeod JARDINE, b. 1890, of Glasgow; d. 1976, Necochea; bur. Chacarita, Bs. As.


1. Stephanie Mary, b. 1918, England; m. 1939 Montevideo to John RAWLE; d. 1986, England

2. Ian Lucas, b. 1921, England; boarding school at Uppingham; 1939, captain in Royal Artillery; m. 1942 Joan FOSSY; d. 2005, England

3. David McLeod, b. 1928, England; prep. school in Berkshire; 1939 continued studies in Buenos Aires; m. 1964 Anne MAJDALANY; d. 2009

E. Lucas & Jannette Bridges
E. Lucas & Jannette Bridges,
Ea. Viamonte

William [Guillermo] Samuel BRIDGES, b. 1876, Ushuaia; Harberton; 1887 Harberton; 1901 Viamonte; c1920 return to Harberton; d. 1951, Ea. Viamonte; bur. Ea. Harberton

m. 1901

Minnie May LAWRENCE; b. 1881, Ushuaia; d. 1910 Harberton, in childbirth; bur. Ea. Harberton (see LAWRENCE--MARTIN)


1. Clara Mary, b. 1902, Falklands; m. 1930 John GOODALL; d. 1996, Ea. Viamonte

2. Thomas Lawrence, b. 1903, Ushuaia; d. 1997, Ea. Viamonte; bur. Ea. Harberton

3. William Pakenham, b. 1910, Harberton; m. Susan Constance EDEN; d. 1980, Buenos Aires

Will Bridges
Will Bridges

Percival Alfred REYNOLDS; (brother of Christina REYNOLDS); b. 1880, Buenos Aires; c1903 farmer in Paraguay; 1907 to Tierra del Fuego; d. 1942 Puerto Deseado

m. 1903

Bertha Milman BRIDGES, b. 1879, Ushuaia; 1907 to Viamonte; d. 1968, Ea. Viamonte


1. Percival William, b. 1904, Paraguay; d. 1940, Buenos Aires; bur. Chacarita, Bs. As.

2. Robert Thomas, b. 1912, Punta Arenas; m. 1935 Frances Helene JENSEN; d. 1964, Ea. Viamonte

3. Harold Walter, b. 1914, England; d. 1988, Ea. Viamonte

Bertha Bridges
Bertha Bridges
(1)  "En la Isla del Fuego", Vol. 2, Juan E. Belza, Buenos Aires, 1975
(2)  Census, Province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 1895
(3)  "El Baker: un Territorio Bravío", Francisco Campos Menéndez, Santiago, 1986
(4)  Denis Chevallay, private notes on South American Missionary Society
(5)  "El Ultimo Confin de la Tierra" / "Uttermost Part of the Earth", E. Lucas Bridges (genealogy, biography + photos)
(6)  Baptism register, South American Missionary Society, Ushuaia
Thanks: Natalie Goodall (IV-2014)
Last updated: 16-IV-2014