Chile through the camera in 1926, both social and economic
Anglo Chilean connections exist from a long time ago and we are delighted that one of our members has shared with us his Grandfather's photos when he lived in Chile from 1924 to 1931
In 1926 William Barttelot was working up in the Andes above Santiago in an area close to Queltehaus and San Jose de Maipo.
The project was to install turbines to produce hydro-electric power. Today the main engine house is still working and owned by AES Gener which is the main Chilean Energy Group, and all the original pictures will be sent to them for their archives. The pictures show how the equipment and personnel were transported up through the snow and the extent of falls from the mountains are evident too.
The size of the main turbine is amazing too!
Photos courtesy of Thomas Kelly