The British Presence
in Southern Patagonia

Rural Cemetery, Estancia Otway, Magallanes
Thomas Alexander Saunders (1858-1928)

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North Face

Left his home in Fifeshire, Scotland, at the age of 18
Arriving in the Falkland Islands in the year 1876
Crossed to Sandy Point, Magellan Straits in 1883
Founded Otway Station in 1884, where he lived for 44 years
Passed on in London 1928.
Interred here October 21st of same year.

North Flank

He was one of those who leave behind the memory of
A human soul, loved by all who knew him for the noble
Nature and sincerity which had shone through all the
Long years of toil of a simple and unaffected life.

South Face

In loving memory of
My dear husband
Born November 11th 1858,
Passed on June 30th 1928,
Aged 70 years.

South Flank

One who never turned his back but marched breast forward
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph.
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
Sleep to wake

otway lands
Biography of Thomas Saunders  |  Burial ceremony, 1928  |  Memorial ceremony, 1929  |  Otway burial ground, 2010
Photos by author
Updated: 11-VI-2010