The First Sighting

The English Captain, John Strong, made the first recorded landing on the Falkland Islands in 1690, coming ashore near Bold Cove on West Falkland.


A Mr. Stimson, one of the officers onboard the "Welfare" wrote the first known description of the warrah - he thought it was a fox of some sort, albeit twice the size of an English one.

He wrote:

“We caught a young one alive, which we kept on board for some months.” The ship was later in battle against the French and the poor terrified warrah leapt overboard.

Category: Stories of the Warrah

Contact Us

F.I. Museum & National Trust
Britannia House
HoldFast Road

Tel: +500 27428
Fax: +500 22727

Museum Opening Times

High Season (November to End of March)
Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Weekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Hours may be extended on days when cruise ships are visiting Stanley

Off Season (April to end of October)
Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.00 noon and 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Weekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Mission Statement

To promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect and preserve this history for future generations.