William Davies Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of William Davies, [c. 1876]-[1980s], comprising papers relating to Tredegar UDC electricity supply and elections, 1936-1946, the Second World War, the Home guard and Civil Defence, 1939-1948; Bedwellty UDC's Coronation celebrations, 1953, and the South Wales and Monmouthshire Bulk Supply Association, 1939-1942; scrapbooks and diaries, 1933-1976, containing diary entries, newspaper cuttings, ephemera, letters and photographs; essays, speeches and notes including a typescript autobiography, [1920s]-[1980s]; personal papers, 1927-1971; copies of national and local newspapers, 1930-1964; printed material, 1906-1972; papers of George Davies, [c. 1876]-1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Davies was an electrical engineer and local politician. He was born in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, in 1906, the son of George Davies, a miner's agent and councillor. He attended Ebbw Vale and Tredegar Intermediate schools and worked at Oakdale Colliery for ten years, qualifying as a mining electrical and mechanical engineer. At this time he won prizes for essays on lighting in mines. He was appointed electrical engineer to Tredegar Urban District Council (UDC) in 1934 and was active in the local war effort during the Second World War. In the 1950s he served on Bedwellty UDC. He pursued research interests including energy conservation and the theory and practice of management. He retired from Tredegar UDC in 1971.


Arranged into the following: Tredegar Urban District Council; the Second World War; Bedwellty Urban District Council - Coronation celebrations 1953; the South Wales and Monmouthshire Bulk Suply Association, 1939-1942; scrapbooks/diaries; writings and speeches; personal; newspapers; printed materials; George Davies papers.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, William Davies Papers, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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