George Anderson's story – Scots Abroad: Stories of Scottish Emigration

George Anderson's story

George Anderson (1865-1925)

Emigrated to the Falkland Islands in 1884. In 1891 He moved to Patagonia, Argentina.

Sheep farming in Argentina

George Anderson emigrated to the Falkland Islands in 1884 with a five-year contract to work as a shepherd.

In 1891 he formed a company with four other Scottish shepherds to start a sheep farm in Patagonia, Argentina.

It took George nearly eight years to find suitable land in this remote region. Eventually, in 1898 after several unsuccessful expeditions and many privations, he found a place near Cape Watchman.

Although life in Patagonia was isolated and sometimes difficult, George’s farm, which he named 'Bahía Laura', started to take off.

Photographs of Patagonia

George visited Scotland in 1905 and 1907. During the second visit he persuaded his brother Adam to join him the following year. Before returning to Patagonia he acquired a Kodak camera with which he captured the progress of his farm and the lives of relatives and friends.

In 1924 George returned to Scotland permanently. He and his family settled in Peebles. Unfortunately, George died prematurely of pneumonia in January 1925. His son George was born only two months later.

Photo of man standing Photo of man on horseback Photo of landscape with one house Photo of several buildings Photo of landscape with several buildings Photo of house Photo of house Photo of farm with buildings and three men Photo of house and small outbuilding Photo of stone building with roof being added Photo of men with lambs Photo of two wagons drawn by horses Photo of men unloading horse-drawn wagon Photo of men outside building Photo of landscape Photo of view from a boat showing landscape and buildings Photo of three women and a man with group of penguins Photo of three women and a man on horseback Photo of group of men and women seated outdoors Group photo Photo of group of men and women dancing outdoors Photo of two women wearing animal skin wraps Photo of woman and four men with horses Photo of group on horseback Photo of cart and two motor cara outside two houses Photo of men and a girl and two motor cars Two printed paragraphs about Argentina Map Photo detail Photo of town Photo of landscape with rocks and grass Map with illustrations

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