Argentines tracing steps of famous explorer

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A TOURIST attraction in the Dispatch district is to receive a visit from special overseas guests next week.

On Monday and Tuesday, two researchers from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina will pop into Annesley as part of research into revered explorer, George Chaworth-Musters.

Mr Chaworth-Musters lived at Annesley Hall and was subsequently buried in the grounds of the neighbouring church.

Professor Alvaro de Brito and his wife, Marlis Kuhlmann, will be joined by Canadian Bob Chaworth-Musters, a family descendant of the famous explorer.

The guests will be greeted by the chairman, councillors and officers of Ashfield District Council, along with members of the newly formed Friends Of Annesley Old Church group.

Alvaro says: “For three years now, we have been conducting a historical-geographical research-project on the book and journey of the famous English traveller George Chaworth-Musters, who is very important in our country.

“He is known to be the first ‘white man’ to cross Patagonia, south to north, on an epic journey made between 1869 and 1870 and recounted in his book ‘At Home with Patagonians’.

“We are following Musters` footsteps, accurately locating and photographing the places he describes in his book, and our idea is to offer the results of our work in a future publication.”

Annesley Old Church, which is owned by Ashfield Council, is currently undergoing extensive restoration work thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

An official launch of the re-opening of the histroic church is scheduled for Saturday September 8 as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days weekend.