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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Buenos Aires
Register of Baptisms, 1893-1913

Historical Background:

There has been a presbyterian church in Chascomús, Buenos Aires, since c.1857, serving the Scots expatriate community in the capital and hinterland. By the start of the 20th century, British sheep-ranchers and their families had begun to settle in distant Patagonia (both Argentine and Chilean). The Anglicans in Southern Patagonia were served by St. James', Punta Arenas; Presbyterians, however, appear to have had to rely on occasional parochial visits from Buenos Aires (by Revs. A. T. Hill and Neil Maccoll) to baptize their children.

 List of  Patagonia Births  

Diverse Nationalities:  

The St. Andrew baptism register records the nationalities of parents: the diversity is remarkable, as befits a country in a period of active immigration and expansion. Among the majority (of British ancestry), many were born in Argentina itself, in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, or in the then British Empire (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa). Other parents were from: (Americas) Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, USA; (Europe) Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland. Clearly, the church met the needs of many Protestant families living in a predominantly Catholic country.

Last updated: 20 -II-2004