In the 1890s, Uncle William spent some time in Spain, mainly accompanied by his elder brother, John Gunson Selkirk, who died there, at Rivadesella, in 1900.

I know little about his adventures there, but I recently received the following email from  the Ethnographic Museum of the Asturias, together with some photos which I show herewith,.

Perhaps we should go out to Spain to find out more!

We are writing you from the Museo del Pueblo de Asturias, Gijón (Spain).  This is an ethnographic  museum about Asturian people and we preserve all types of material with special interest in photography. Recently we have acquired an album with photographs taken in the last years of the nineteen century by an English engineer working in a mine near Ribadesella (Asturias). In this album there are photographs of John Gunson and William Selkirk, William D. Mackenzie, Campbell and several more. After seeing your web, we think that these photographs could have been taken by your uncle William as they are similar to the ones that appear in the article about Rhodesia railway.

We are sending you some of these photographs. We would like to know any information you may have about your uncles, John Gunson and William, specially photographs or anything related to their time in Spain.

Looking forward to hear from you, best wishes

Sonia Gayo Arias, Museo del Pueblo de Asturias
Paseo del Dr. Fleming, 877 33203 Gijón (Asturias)
Teléfono 985 18 29 66 / 985 18 29 60


W.A.P, W Selkirk, W D McKenzie, J G Selkirk


Jackson, Kitchener,
Sillo, J G Selkirk, W D McKenzie


Spanish beggars

At Bayo


On to William Selkirk in Africa













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