The Great Web of Percy Harrison Fawcett. This logo is a trademark of "The Great Unknown, The Great Explorers" and "The Great Web of Percy Harrison Fawcett" - All Rights Reserved

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The family's residence in Devon until their Separation

Before the break up of the family (From 1918 to 1924)


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The family's broke up in 1924

Nowadays and more photos about the family

Letter of Tom Welch to Misha Williams

Letter addressed to Admiral Byrd in search of Fawcett


The article is composed and enriched with the most accurate way 

by Emmanouil Lalaios, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

with the help of Sir Tom Welch, Misha Williams writer and director 

& Caroline Sealby producer of the stage play 'AmaZonia' that was 

held at London Theater.  Misha Williams was assistant director to 

Sir Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre


Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett was born on August 31 of 1867 in Torquay, Devon shire, U. K.. Son of a Victorian family with an English father and a Scottish mother, Fawcett grew up together with many books of adventures. Fawcett had a brother named Edward Douglas Fawcett, who was a writer and author of the book "World in imagination" and also one of the establishers of the Theosophical Society and a younger sister named Harry Isacke. Percy went to Newton College in Newton Abbot in Devon which became later and is now "Kelly College Tavistock Devon"

His wife Nina Paterson Fawcett was the daughter of George Watson Paterson, superior judge of the Ceylon Civil Service.

Fawcett and Nina got married on January 31, 1901. His first son Jack Fawcett was born in the maternity hospital of Colombo on May 19, 1903 and he was Fawcett's favorite child, a very special son and Fawcett had a crucial relationship with him. When Jack joined his father's last expedition in 1925, he was 22 years old.

His second son was Brian Fawcett. He wrote the book "Exploration Fawcett" according to the logs of his father and he also tried repeatedly over the years to uncover the story's truth and find out what really happened to his father Percy, his brother Jack, and the third part of the 1925 expedition's team into the unknown.


"Brian made the style contemporary and accessible and I believe he was a great communicator. The great irony is that Brian put his father on the world map again but deprived the world of the real story." Misha said and continued "This is where my play "AmaZonia" is so crucial. Joan and Rolette finally decided that what Brian left out should now be revealed. The world is much more ready to accept extraordinary facts and concepts than they were in post-war Britain."


Brian was very possessive about anything to do with Percy Harrison Fawcett as Rolette (granddaughter of Colonel Fawcett) said and he had gone several times to the Mato Grosso area to search unsuccessfully for his father. He died in 1984.

His daughter Joan Fawcett had a successful marriage with Jean de Montet who died in 1987. Joan who is still alive today living in Switzerland at the age of 91 had two daughters. Valerie and Rolette. Valerie was the eldest one and died in 1985. Rolette, the second one today lives in the U.K..

Joan, an accomplished artist, in front of her paintings.

The four members of the family consisting of his wife , his two sons and his daughter set out in 1920 for Jamaica but in less than two years, disillusionment hastened their return to England when they found out that the island was not as they were expecting it, like Ceylon.

Then they moved for a short time to Los Angeles, California, which was for many years their dream Mecca and they stayed there about a year but due to high cost of living they were forced to return to England again.

In September 1921, they landed at Plymouth, where a month later they were going to meet the head of the family Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett on his arrival from Brazil. It was the time that he had finished his Seventh Gongugy Expedition.

"Ever since his return to England late in 1921" - after completing "The Congugy Expedition" with Felipe and entering the wilds all by himself for another three months, away from civilization and completely isolated - "my father's impatience to start off on his last trip was tearing at him with ever-increasing force." Brian Fawcett


After Fawcett's arrival in England, a house was rented in Exeter for a while. Then, he and his family moved to a place at Stoke Canon in the direction of Tiverton. It was here where the book "Exploration Fawcett" or "Lost Trails, Lost Cities" was written later on by his youngest son Brian.


Brian was working to the engineering works in Exeter where he was serving an apprenticeship at moulder's helper in a foundry.


Misha Williams, the director of the Fawcett's stage play "AmaZonia" in a recent correspondence he had with me concerning Fawcett he made some revelations by saying the following.

"Fawcett lost both top front teeth early in his life in a cricket match. He wore dentures in 1925. A spare pair of these is still kept by his daughter Joan who is still alive aged 91. According to Joan and what Brian writes in his diaries, Jack was the favorite child. I have to say with 100% conviction that the Fawcett of 1900 to 1913 was not the Fawcett of 1919 to 1925. As Joan says "on his return from the Western Front, he was a changed man". It was at this point that his "do or die" attitude commenced and when his theories radically shifted. The Bolivian and Peruvian periods, as the period in Ceylon were an early probing and learning. The esoteric Fawcett, I believe, really emerged in 1918." 

...and Misha continued...

"Rolette and Patrick gave me some arrows that were shot at Fawcett in 1921, a copper bowl that he used for prospecting for gold, a table that Nina bought in Lima, Peru from monks and also a Peruvian brass bell of Nina's."

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Brian Fawcett was the first to go. He left for Peru on a railway appointment. It was in March 1924 when he left England from St. David's station, Exeter. Later on Brian worked under Mr. Morkill's son on the Central Railway of Peru. Mr. Morkill was the manager of the Central Railway of Peru in 1906 when Colonel Fawcett visited him on his way to La Paz to undertake the boundary survey works in Bolivia. Mr. Morkill, by that time, kindly offered to Colonel Fawcett a run to Rio Blanco at 11.000 feet up in the Andes to enjoy the grandeur of scenery and the engineering work of this amazing and extraordinary railway.


In another correspondence I had with Misha Williams later on, he mentioned the following:


"The Fawcett family had remarkably few possessions since they always lived in rented houses, moved quite a few times. Brian writes in his diaries that Fawcett did not favor him and Joan. Jack was a very special son and Fawcett's crucial relationship with Jack is one of the revelations in my play" ...

and Misha continued!

"Brian went off to Peru on a very opposite sort of career to his father and took no interest in his life's work until the 1940's when his mother Nina gave him the trunk of papers that belonged to his father. In the trunk Brian found amazing secrets and Nina urged him to write a book so Brian followed her advise but he left out eighty percent of what he had read. Brian was convinced quite rightly, that England in the early 1950's was not ready for Esoteric knowledge so therefore he cleverly created an adventure story for the general public. And the general public loved it not realizing it was only a small superficial part of the actual truth."

Percy and Jack Fawcett were the next to leave to New York, as plans had suddenly come to a successful conclusion, to meet Raleigh Rimell, the third member of the 1925's expedition for the Great Objective, the point "Z".

Misha also informed me about a discussion he had with Joan concerning her brother Jack and his involvement with other women during the 1925 expedition after the rumors heard concerning Dyott's report (Death by Clubbing) that Jack was having a relationship with the Indians Chief's daughter that cause their own death. 


Misha also informed me about a discussion he had with Joan concerning her brother Jack and his involvement with other women during the 1925 expedition after the rumors heard concerning Dyott's report (Death by Clubbing) that Jack was having a relationship with the Indians Chief's daughter that cause their own death


Fawcett's wife and his daughter Joan were the last to leave for Madeira and stayed there for some years. Afterwards, they moved to reside on the French Riviera and then in Switzerland.


Nina was 76 years old when she left Peru living there from 1935 with her son, the engineer Brian Fawcett and his wife Ruth. She returned to Switzerland in the village of Schonenwerd where her daughter Joan de Montet was living in a big comfortable house with her husband and her 14 years old daughter, Valerie. For many years, she was waiting for the return of her lost husband and son from the jungles of Mato Grosso, Brazil.


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The following subject includes important information for some friends of the family today and their first contact with the family members. A recent research of Misha Williams, the writer and director of the stage play of Fawcett "AmaZonia" who was also a close acquainted of the family, shows some of the places used by the members of Fawcett's family in the past and how they look today. All the photos are courtesy of Misha Williams.


"Misha, when he visited me recently, he took some pictures of the room in which I originally met Nina in Teignmouth." Tom Welch said.


Tom Welch mentions some details of his first contact with Nina. He had first met her in Teignmouth (see photo below) as well as various other sites. The hotel at Teignmouth shown in the photo below is the place where Nina, 

Fawcett's wife, beckoned from the top right window to Tom in 1951. 


Unfortunately Tom Welch, a very good friend of the Fawcett's family, passed away in the Winter of 2008 leaving back a very good memory to those who loved him and he followed his way to the heaven to meet one of his his best friends Timothy Paterson.

The following are pictures showing Waterside, Uplyme, the place where Joan Fawcett was born that today it is converted to apartments and some other areas explained on each photo by placing the mouse over.


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Letter of Tom Welch to Misha Williams

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This is the letter that was sent to Misha Williams by Tom Welch just before the performance of the stage play AmaZonia in London giving co-ordinates of a mystic community indicating at the same time that Timothy Paterson, the nephew of Colonel Fawcett, was motivated by the philosophical Blavadsky perspective exactly as Percy Harrison Fawcett. 


Timothy was so horrified by the world around him, which he had inherited that this lead him to set up a community or colony quite separated from our civilization where a different mindset could once more be grounded anew or afresh!!


In this letter Tom explains that he met Timothy eventually through Elizabeth Van Buren with whom Timothy had been working to set up such an intentional community in South America, a long story indeed. 


Tom also explains where he went following his friend Timothy and the he also talks about the mystic woman guide he met named Deusinha or Deusinea or Dozynia or Divinea or finally as we know her today Deusa  living in Barra do Garças, Mato Grosso, Brazil.



Letter addressed to Admiral Byrd in search of Colonel Fawcett  

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The letter that was sent to Admiral Byrd from Wellington, New Zealand on August 18, 1936 discussing where to search for Percy Harrison Fawcett, they were planning to use a sea plane that could land on the big rivers. Misha Williams sent a copy of this letter to me on April of 2005 together with other notes concerning the case. 

The sender was Fawcett's best friend Harold Large who lived at that address in New Zealand and was in contact with Nina, Fawcett's wife, for many years after Colonel Fawcett's disappearance. When Harold Large died in around the 1960s his daughter sent copies and originals of letters back to the Fawcett's family as archive material.                                                                        Emmanouil Lalaios



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Left photo: Rolette de Montet-Guerin (with glasses), granddaughter of Percy Harrison Fawcett and Betty, the other sister of Rolette as Val the third sister who was in trouble with black magic died in the eighties - Right photo: Tom Welch and Phil Green good friends of the family  

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