Alistair Wilson

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Trecynon Joint Collieries price list 1915; Nantymelyn Lodge accounts summary 1925; Bwllfa and Windber Collieries Welfare Fund statement 1927; miscellaneous papers 1926-1981; miscellaneous campaign, election and trade-union handbills, some undated (c1919-c1955); miscellaneous printed material 1933-1955; miscellaneous pamphlets 1899-1912; medical day-book 1915-1937; visiting/treatment lists 1927 and 1928; house-call books 1937-1973; compensation case papers 1939-1942.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alistair Wilson was born in 1913 and was the son of a Doctor in Aberdare. He went to Cambridge and it was there that he began to become politically active, joining the Communist Party. He met and cared for the Hunger Marchers of 1932 and 1934 on their journey to London. Alistair returned to Aberdare and took over his father's practice there. He married Olive Greening, whose brother Edwin fought in the Spanish Civil War for the International Brigades.

Dr Alistair Wilson won a seat on the Aberdare Urban District Council for the Communist Party in 1938. He held the seat until 1950. He continued to contest local and parliamentary elections as the Communist candidate until 1978. He was very active in many campaigns and founded democratic iniatives and patients' committees within the Health Service. He lectured in Marxism and Welsh History and was also involved in the Peace Movenent and anti-racism campaigns. Alistair founded and edited the bilingual journal 'Cyffro' which was a combination of current politics, debate, history and poetry. He was an honorary life member of the Aberdare and Cynon Valley Trades Council.

In 1981, Dr. Alistair Wilson accompanied the Welsh section of the 'Peoples March for Jobs' for a week as its medical officer. On the last stage from Cardiff to Newport he suffered a severe heart attack and was unconscious for 19 days before dying on May 22nd.

Conditions Governing Access

Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions Governing Use

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No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Related Material

This is a second deposit. See also SWCC : MNA/PP/131 Alistair Wilson Collection.

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