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Settlement of the Falkland Islands

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  • Horace Watkin Hansen Langdon (1887 - d.)
    . Horace Watkin Hansen LANGDON born 22 May 1887 and baptised 25 May 1887 by Holy Trinity Church. His godparents were Captain Hansen and Mrs Hansen. His father’s occupation was recorded as accountant. L...
  • James Edwin John Smith (1893 - 1943)
    James Edwin John SMITH born 30 November 1893. His father's occupation was recorded as shepherd. James, who was living at Calle O’Higgins 467, Punta Arenas, was buried 21 June 1943 in Punta Arenas.
  • Helen Jane Henningsen (1881 - 1935)
    Helen Jane SMITH born 28 January 1881 at Hill Gap and baptised 24 May 1882 by Holy Trinity Church. Her father's occupation was recorded as shepherd. Helen was married to Frederick HENNINGSEN 26 Novembe...
  • Maud Agnes Luxton (1882 - 1920)
  • Agnes Mary Ann Langdon (1887 - 1974)

Tracing human settlement and occupation of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) have a complex history stretching over five hundred years. Active exploration and colonisation began in the 18th century but a self-supporting colony was not established till the latter part of the 19th century. Nonetheless, the islands have been a matter of controversy, as due to their strategic position in the 18th century their sovereignty was claimed by the French, Spaniards, British and Argentines at various points.

Falkland Islanders (also called Kelpers or Falklanders) derive from various origins. Earliest among these are the numerically small but internationally diverse early 19th century inhabitants of the Falkland Islands, comprising and descended in part from settlers brought by Luis Vernet, and English and American sealers; South American gauchos who settled in the 1840s and 1850s; and since the late 1830s, settlers largely from Britain (especially Scotland and Wales) with a minority from other European countries.

Reference Material.

  • Jane Cameron collection of 19th Century families

From 1833 to current day the population of the Falkland Islands has always been culturally diverse. With some families now able to claim eight or nine generations the following family files show the origin of some of the early families who lived, worked and often settled in the Falkland Islands.

These files are not a complete representation of families in the Falkland Islands in the 19th century but are those researched by the Archives over the last 10 years.






Copyright guide:

Copies of government records may be used freely for private research and educational purposes. If material is to be used for commercial publication, exhibition or broadcast the written permission of the Jane Cameron National Archives must first be obtained. Whenever material from the Jane Cameron National Archives is reproduced in any form or in any medium, the user must acknowledge the Jane Cameron National Archives as the source and give all document references. For non-government records it is your responsibility as the user to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is your responsibility.

  • Headstone photographs.

Burials at Stanley Cemetery

Burials at Darwin Cemetery

Burials elsewhere

These photographs have been taken at various times over the last few years by Tansy Bishop and Derek Lee and are free for personal use for those people wishing to include them in their family trees and family histories. They are not however free to be used for commercial purposes or in creating other websites