Welcome to Keppel Island
The mission was controversial because the government suspected that the Yámana had been brought against their will, but it lasted until 1898. One Falklands governor attributed numerous Yámana deaths from tuberculosis to their ‘delicacy of constitution,’ but it’s likely that hard physical labor, change of diet, European-introduced diseases and harsh living conditions played a greater role in the Yámanas’ demise. The mission was undoubtedly prosperous, however, and by 1877 it had an annual income of nearly £1000 from its cattle, sheep and gardens.
Keppel is now exclusively a sheep farm. The former chapel is a wool shed, while the stone walls of the Yámana dwellings remain in fairly good condition. Keppel is also a good place to see penguins.