November 22, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017

Elsie, St. John’s, the Welsh and other tidbits

An artist’s interpretation of the Mimosa, as seen in the Museo del Desembarco in Puerto Madryn.
An artist’s interpretation of the Mimosa, as seen in the Museo del Desembarco in Puerto Madryn.
An artist’s interpretation of the Mimosa, as seen in the Museo del Desembarco in Puerto Madryn.
By Michael Soltys / Senior Editor

A little community service


Today is not only Bastille Day, which has its importance here in the city which likes to portray itself as the “Paris of South America,” but also the date of a special event dedicated to the memory of Elsie Krasting de Rivero Haedo (1912-2014) — perhaps appropriate enough because Elsie happened to be born in Paris in the same month the Titanic sank. Some of those who cannot place that name might find their memories jogged by her nom de plume, Virginia Carreño — others by the title of the book on her to be presented, La Dama del Sombrero (because of the often outrageously ostentatious party hats worn by a lady of high society who seemed to be invited everywhere).

Anyway this book will be presented in the parish hall of Nuestra Señora del Socorro church at the corner of Juncal and Suipacha at 5pm today. The book’s writer Martha Salas de Siegrist and publisher Mónica Le Comte will be joined by Dr Carlos Francavilla in delivering some words in Elsie’s memory, followed by refreshments. Those planning to attend are requested to make a charity contribution of non-perishable food items to the church.


This city’s Anglican cathedral (which is actually dedicated to John the Baptist rather than John the Evangelist although everybody calls it St. John’s) is one of the most venerable buildings downtown, having been constructed in 1830-1. Inevitably the time comes for renovation and there are plans to refurbish the Cathedral Hall in a very near future. To help towards that end, there will be a tea and a big Clearance Sale in the hall (25 de Mayo 282) on Saturday July 22 from 2-6pm. The Argentine-British Community Council (ABCC) hopes that as many people as possible will attend.


The 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Welsh immigrants in Patagonia was marked by various events throughout 2015 but the Welsh community would like to continue the momentum of honouring their heritage beyond that milestone. With that aim in mind it has commissioned a model of the Mimosa (the ship which brought 153 Welsh colonists under the leadership of Michael Jones from Liverpool to the Chubut coast back in 1865). This model will be presented (with much pomp and ceremony, we are informed by Susan Wilkinson) to the museum in Puerto Madryn on July 28. Further details on this ceremony are not currently available but we hope to be able to have more information closer to the event.

The Welsh community in Patagonia is very special because while most 19th century emigration from Europe to the New World was economically driven, the motives of Michael Jones’ group were primarily linguistic and religious — feeling their language to be under threat even in the most Welsh-speaking parts of North Wales from where most of them came, their dream was a “New South Wales” in Chubut.


Despite changing our frequency from daily to weekly nine months ago, we will endeavour within the constraints of our more limited manpower to give snippets of community news, like on this page today, while the information which used to go in our Day by Day section—births, deaths, weddings, anniversaries; non-profit organisations’ events, church timetables, etc — will be published to the best of our ability in the Classifieds page (usually 41).

Yet if something comes up after one Friday which will take place before the following Friday, we would be completely helpless even in the best of cases.

For such contingencies (and for the increasing number of people who prefer to pick up their news online) the Argentine-British Community Council (ABCC) has created its own Day by Day or just click the Day by Day box on the first page of the ABCC’s site

Churches and charities may publicise freely while those wishing to post weddings, anniversaries or deaths may do so in exchange for a donation. This information will be online for a whole month (beginning to end of each month). And contact with the text you wish to put up for more time, online.

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