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Willie & Eileen
Photos 1920-1940

Thank you Christopher Le Bas!! For providing us oodles of scanned images of photos collected in albums by Eileen Frend/Benitz and Moyra Benitz/Le Bas.  Most of their photos are not labelled and we are not able to identify all people and have had to estimate years.  Please HELP!

SEASONS in Santa Fé prov., Argentina (Canadians, please note) – Santa Fé enjoys a temperate climate in the Southern Hemisphere!  Where Winter is May/June through August/September (no snow at La California) and Summer is November/December through February/March.  Polo is played in the cooler months.

1920’s – Córdoba Hills

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Page 1
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

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El Rincon, ca.1920
Cruz Grande (La Cumbre), Córdoba, Arg.
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Pool at El Rincon
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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El Rincon, from above
(within the loop of the Arroyo Cruz Grande)

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Pool at El Rincon
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Eileen ?
Ao. Cruz Grande?
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Eileen
Ao. Cruz Grande?
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Eileen ?
Ao. Cruz Grande?
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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El Rincon from above
On climb to veleta (weather-vane) – ca.1920
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Diver– El Rincon pool
ca. 1920
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Waterfall into river pool
Córdoba hills – ca.1920
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

 

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Somewhere in the Córdoba hills.
1920s? Anyone?
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

 

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Page 3
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

Note: Eileen dated her photos as 16 Feb., 1921.
George & Marion
married on 18 Feb.

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George Roberts & Marion Benitz Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Córdoba
16 Feb. 1921

Nearest: Eileen & Willie
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Eileen - Willie
NN - Moll Frend
George & Marion’ wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos/Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Page 4
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

Note: Eileen dates her photos as 16 Feb., 1921.
George & Marion
married on 18 Feb.

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George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Page 5
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

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George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.
Willie - Marion - George - NN - Clarita

Seated:Clara E. Allyn/Bz
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

[Click here for Cropped photo.]

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George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

 

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Gathering for group photo
George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.
Eileen – Willie

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Gathering for group photo
George & Marion’s Wedding
Greystone, Los Cocos, Cba.

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)
People were identified by a Schreiber cousin who was at the wedding.

— Click here to view the larger photo with more names. —

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Greystone pool
Guests at George & Marion’s Wedding

(Source: Audrey Traill’s photo album, identical to photo in Eileen’s Album)

— Click here to view photo with names. —
People were identified by Audrey, she was at the wedding.

1920’s – Ea. “La California” & other places

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Page 7
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

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Pigeon Shoot – La California
June, 1920

Standing: NN1 - NN2 - A.J.Sykes - Uncle Alfred Bz
- NN5 - John Miles - Joe Traill - NN8-18

Seated: All NN (19-27)
Ground: George Roberts - Willie Bz - NN28
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Pigeon Shoot – La California
June-July 1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Page 8
(Source: C. Le Bas,
from Eileen’s Album
)

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La California – 10 July, 1920
George Roberts & Malcolm - Willie Bz & Corina
- A.J. Sykes & parrot - NN1 - NN2 - NN3

Seated: NN4 - NN5
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Spectators at Pigeon-Shoot
La California – June-July, 1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

 

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Shooter ready – pigeon about to be released
La California – June-July, 1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Afternoon tea anyone?
La California – June-July, 1920

Far right: A.J. Sykes - Uncle Alfred Bz
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

George Middleton, with Eileen & Molly Frend, visited Chirú during July, 1920.  For more photos of their visit, please see: Pages 44–46 of Audrey Traill’s photo album.

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George Middleton about to ride a calf
Estancia “Chirú” – July, 1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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George Middleton riding a calf
Estancia “Chirú” – July, 1920
Watching: Allan Lawson(?) & Joe Traill

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Riding the back-country (Pampa de Olain?)
ca.1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Taking a break for mate
Standing: Tommy Sympson?
Sitting: John Bz - NN1 - NN2 - NN3
- NN4 - NN5 - NN6

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Taking a break for mate
Standing: Tommy Sympson?
Sitting: John Bz - NN1 - NN2 - NN3
- NN4 - NN5 - NN6

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN1 - NN2 - Tommy Sympson - NN3
Córdoba hills - ca.1920?

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN
Córdoba hills - ca.1920?

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN1 ... NN5
Córdoba hills - ca.1920?

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN1 ... NN5
NN6
Rio Pintos?
Córdoba hills - ca.1920?

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Alfredito Bz(?) buried in sand
Standing: NN1 - NN2 - John Bz - NN3
Córdoba hills? – ca.1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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5 with whips or rebenques
Córdoba hills? - ca.1920

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN1 - NN2
Córdoba hills? - ca.1920

— Click here to see square close-up —
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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NN1 - NN2 - NN3
Somewhere – Sometime

(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Eileen & Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Moyra
“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Tony Traill - Eileen - Moyra -
- Corina - Gertie Traill - Malcolm

“La California” – 1923
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Moyra
At the beach? - 1924-1925
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Moyra
“La California” - ca.1926
(Source: C. Le Bas, from Eileen’s Album-2)

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Hurlingham Club - 1924 or 1925
Jim Bell - John Young - NN1 - (waiter) - Willie Bz - John Peard
Eileen Bz - Aphra Peard - Bernice Bell - Joan Young - NN2
(Source: John C. Benitz)

(Click here for back of photo with names & notes.)

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Eileen M. Frend - ca.1925
(Source: Jill Pryor/Hudson)

1930-1935

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Moyra Bz - Evelyn Douglas - Jean Bell
Frankie Bell - Charles Bz - Eileen Bz - Corina Bz
Kathryn Douglas - Audrey Edmonson

Greystone, Los Cocos - ca.1932
(Source: Michael Mohr-Bell)

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Standing: Ernie Gifford - Willie Bz - Corina Bz
Hattie Bz/Watt - Eileen Frend/Bz - Keith Pryor

Sitting: Frank W. - Jimmy W. - Moyra Bz
Charles Bz - Malcolm Bz

Ea. La California - 1934 or 1935
(Source: Michael Mohr-Bell)

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“Los Algarrobos Team”
La California Polo Tournament - July 1934

Tommy Sympson - Rodney Sympson - NN - Jo Bz/Webster
(Source: Jane Watt/Baggott)

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“La California Team 1”
La California Polo Tournament - July 1934

Willie Bz - Frank Watt - Malcolm Bz - Gertie Traill
(Source: Jane Watt/Baggott)

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“La California Team 2?”
La California Polo Tournament - July 1934

Corina Bz - Jimmy Watt - Moyra Bz - Frank Watt
(Source: Jane Watt/Baggott)

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“La California Team 2”
La California Polo Tournament - July 1934

Corina Bz - Jimmy Watt - May Watt - Moyra Bz
(Source: Jane Watt/Baggott)

1935+ (pre-WW2)
 

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Willie & Uncle Alfred
Fort Ross, California – July 1935
(Source: F.M. Benitz)

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Willie & Uncle Alfred
Ea. “La California” - 1937
(Source: F.M. Benitz)

 

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Aspiring polo players (1)
Moyra - Corina - May Watt? - NN1

Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)
(NN1: could be Rodney Sympson;
he was there as a segundo in Nov.1937.)

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Aspiring polo players (2)
Moyra - Corina - May Watt? - NN1

(NN1: Rodney Sympson?)
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Ready to ride out
NN1 - NN2 - NN3 - NN4

Likely Rodney Sympson with Moyra & friends.
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Riding out
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Tightening a loose cinch
Moyra - Rodney Sympson?

Ea. La California – Dec.1938
Saddle is British WW-I cavalry.
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Brood mares
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Thrashing wheat
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Noisy thrasher!
NN1 -NN2 - Moyra Bz - Pam Charney

Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Skinny dip!
NN1 - NN2 - Moyra Bz

Ea. Las Tres Lagunas – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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NN1 - Moyra Bz - Pam Charney
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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NN1 - NN2 - Pam Charney - Moyra Bz
Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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NN1 - Eileen - NN2
Moyra Bz - Pam Charney - Charles Bz

Ea. La California – Dec.1938
(Source: C. Le Bas)

 

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Eileen & Willie
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Stuart - Willie - Jill
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

 

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Stuart - Jill
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Jill
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Jill
La California front veranda - winter 1939
At far right, Willie holding baby Stuart.
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Jill & Moyra
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Jill - the reluctant jockey
Charles? - Jill - Corina Bz/Pryor - Moyra Bz

La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Jill - Stuart - Moyra - Corina
La California drive - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Malcolm & Charles Bz
La California - winter 1939
(Charles is wearing the standard
St.George’s Prep. School uniform.)
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Charles on Malcolm
La California - winter 1939
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Charles Bz - Frankie Bell - Frank Watt
La California - winter 1939

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Poro Sympson - Malcolm Bz
Charles Bz on Frankie Bell
Moyra Bz - Frank Watt

La California front lawn - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Corina - Malcolm - Moyra - Charles
La California front veranda - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Corina - Eileen - Moyra
La California front veranda - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Poro Sympson - Frank Bell - Frank Watt
La California  - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Frank Watt - Moyra Bz - Frank Bell - Malcolm Bz
La California  - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Poro Sympson - Moyra Bz - Frank Bell
La California  - winter 1939 or 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Eileen - at La California
Hand tinted, likely ca.1940.
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Eileen - at La California
Hand tinted, likely ca.1940.
(Dogs’ names: Hamish & Kilty ?)
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Moyra - at La California
Hand tinted, likely ca.1940.
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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standing: NN1 - Moyra - NN2 - Pam Charney
swing: Poro Middleton - NN4 - NN5 - NN6 - NN7
ground: NN8 - NN9 - NN10 - NN11 - NN12
La California – ca.1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Stuart & Jill
Almost certainly at:
Greystone, Los Cocos (Córdoba hills) - ca.1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Willie & Eileen – NN1 - NN2
summer, ca. 1940
Likely crossing Lago Nahuel Huapí
between Bariloche & Angostura
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Willie & Moyra
summer, ca. 1940

“on the shore of Lago Espejo - a nice little chalet belonging to some Germans who have just built a bigger hotel a bit further back” - note on back by Moyra Le Bas
(Source: C. Le Bas)

(Lago Espejo is NW of Villa La Angostura, at the NW end of Lago Nahuel Huapí, Neuquen, Arg.)

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Willie & Charles
summer, ca. 1940
Bahia Lopez of Lago Nahuel Huapí
(Close to Llao-Llao hotel)
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Asado at Ea. “Chirú”
Farewell for Tony Traill?
He sailed for England, 25 June 1940.

Puró Southam - Moyra Bz - Frank Bell
- NN1 - Rujo Southam - NN2
- NN3 - NN4 - Nora Traill
- Malcolm Bz - NN5 - Tony Traill
Ground: NN6 (Charles Bz?)
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Asado at Ea. “Chirú”
San Jorge, Santa Fé - May, 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Asado at Ea. “Chirú”
San Jorge, Santa Fé - May, 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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NN1 (Charles Bz?)
Malcolm Bz – Tony Traill
Puró & Rujo Southam

Coaches: George Middleton & Joe Traill
(Source: C. Le Bas)

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Frank Bell & Puró Southam
Asado at Ea. “Chirú”

San Jorge, Santa Fé - May, 1940
(Source: C. Le Bas)


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