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Alistair Wilson

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : MNB/PP/67

Held at: Swansea University

Title: Alistair Wilson

Short Title: Alistair Wilson

Creation date(s): 1899-1981

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Alistair Wilson


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.


Scope and content/abstract: 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.


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Conditions governing access: Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions governing reproduction: A photocopying service is available. Contact repository for details.
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Language codes: eng wel


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


Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Coal miners | Trades unions | Wales, South
Coal mines and mining | Prices | Wales, South
Elections | Wales
Physicians (General practice) | Wales, South
Public welfare | Wales, South
Workers' compensation claims | Wales, South

Personal names
Wilson , Alistair , 1913-1981

Corporate names
Bwllfa Colliery (Cwmdare, Aberdare)
Trecynon Joint Collieries
Windber Colliery

Aberdare (Wales)

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