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Posted: 14/03/2018 11:37:23
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Hello all,

I am the new archivist for the old county of Merioneth, now part of Gwynedd, working in Dolgellau. I hope that members of this community will help me with my question.

I am cataloguing a collection of photographs and research by someone called David G. Morgan. 'G' might possibly stand for 'Gwylon'. As far as I can determine from the evidence in the collection (postcards sent to the family etc.), he was originally from Birmingham/Handsworth but had Welsh connections and later lived in Wales. I completely failed to find any information about him through the usual channels (=Google). Does anyone here know anything about Mr. Morgan so that I can prepare a decent biographical note? Has he published any of his research? Where? I would be grateful for any leads.

The collection represents his interest in Welsh narrow-gauge railways on one hand, and slate quarries, specifically Rhosydd, on another. It consists of hundreds of slides (I haven't looked at those yet but they are carefully indexed), some photographs, and a whole lot of research incl. what appears to be a monograph on Rhosydd with dozens of accompanying photos, both over and under ground, and copies and summaries of primary source research material.

Some of the railways photos are from the 1930s but most are from the 50s. The Rhosydd research and photos are c. 1971 so I imagine they show a lot of features which may have disappeared by now. I know there is a good photo of Plas Cwmorthin as it was in 1971 - I note from one of the forum topics that it's currently being renovated [Edit: I see it's the manager's office at Cwmorthin that's been renovated, not the rather grander Plas Cwmorthin]

The collection can be viewed in Meirionnydd Archives, ref. Z/DDT, if anyone wishes to see it.

Very many thanks,

Anna Skarzynska
IP: 193.39.172.200 Edited: 14/03/2018 12:03:21 by ArchifyddMeirionnydd
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Posted: 14/03/2018 13:15:46
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Hello Anna,
Just to clarify, is the collection only available to visitors to the archive in Dolgellau? I've been trying to search the website but without much luck.
https://diogel.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/DATRhagorol/RhestrEitem.aspx?iaith=en&rhif_archif=13
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Posted: 14/03/2018 13:44:13
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I'm afraid so, yes.

The online catalogue shows only a fraction of our collections. Many more are catalogued but the catalogues are only available in print format in the searchroom. This collection has not even been listed until now but my catalogue will not be online for some time. Gwynedd Archives is working on making more catalogues available online but it may take a while. I'm afraid it's beyond my control.

I can ask the Chief Archivist if it would be OK to post a PDF version of the catalogue here but as far as I know there's no precedent for this so I have no idea what she'll say.

There will soon be a printed copy of the catalogue in the searchroom and visitors may view all the items here.

A

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Posted: 14/03/2018 14:34:07
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Thanks for the quick reply. I've been promising myself a visit so this just provides all the more reason.

Off topic, but do you know if the archive is likely to contain vehicle registration records, specifically a tractor from around 1950 wearing an FF (Meirioneth number)?
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Posted: 14/03/2018 14:38:29
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I'm usually in the back, cataloguing. Ask for me and I'll come out. We're open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Yes, the FF registration books are here.

A

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Posted: 14/03/2018 16:39:42
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Excellent, thanks. Smile IP: 147.143.12.215
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Posted: 14/03/2018 18:29:49
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Anna

A D.G.Morgan is listed as one of the participants of the Industrial Archaeology Group, still continuing at Plas Tan-y-bwlch, which did the site work for Lewis and Denton's Rhosydd Slate Quarry book. I have never heard of this person before but I will enquire. There is at least 1 person still alive with enough marbles who was on the course and may remember.

Keep on cataloguing, there is a lot to do.

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Posted: 19/03/2018 09:01:33
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Thanks very much - a lead at last!

All the best,

A
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Posted: 19/03/2018 20:42:29
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Good evening Anna

I've just copied your post to some friends of mine in Ffestiniog Railway and mine exploration circles, Tim & Celia. They, I think, were on the early courses at Plas Tan y Bwlch. Both have written papers and books on the Ffestiniog slate quarries and mines.

If anyone may have known Mr Morgan, it will be them. I'll copy their reply as soon as they respond.

Regards

Clive

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Posted: 19/03/2018 21:51:54
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Celia runs the courses now. IP: 86.168.84.106
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Posted: 19/03/2018 23:00:12
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Yes John, I know. Known Tim for over 50yrs, he & Celia live across the valley from me and I work with Tim on the FR with Team Lilla. Working on Lilla, Hugh Napier and Linda at Boston Lodge tomorrow. Would have seen Tim but he's excused boots having gone up to Lal Ratty to see the Train from Spain...

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Posted: 20/03/2018 09:29:29
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Thanks, everyone. I look forward to the info.

It would be great if his research and photos helped the next generations of historians and explorers.

Anna
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Posted: 26/03/2018 19:52:44
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Anna

A chap called Chris Lester was on that course. He remembers the D.G.Morgan but didn't know him well. All he could add was that he was an experienced hydraulics Engineer.

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Posted: 10/04/2018 10:24:46
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Hello all,

Has anyone been able to contact someone who would know something about DG Morgan?

I have nearly completed the catalogue (hundreds of slides....), incidentally.

A
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