The Black Colliers Funeral

Scope and Content

Entitled: 'This photograph was taken and issued under the auspices of the Park & Dare [Cwmparc and Cwmdare?] lodges of the S.W.M.F. to commemorate the occasion of the funeral of comrade Fred Gill held under circumstances which compelled their attendance in working attire. Teusday [sic.] July 13th 1920. Photo by C. Richards, Treorchy.'

The photograph shows an arranged and seated crowd of men, many of whom are covered in coal dust.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1920, Fred Gill, a local miners' leader died and the colliers at Parc and Dare requested permission to leave work early to attend the funeral. Local management regarded Mr. Gill as an anarchist and refused permission. The colliers accordingly attended the funeral dressed in their work clothes.

Custodial History

Previous reference number: DNCB/64/14