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Bangor University
Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company Limited Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WCGT

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company Limited Papers

Short Title: Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company Limited Papers

Creation date(s): 1861-1874

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 2 items

Name of creator(s): Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company Limited

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: In the 1860's, Michael D. Jones along with others who were dissatisfied with the social conditions in their home country, set out on a venture to establish a Welsh colony in Patagonia, South America.
Amongst the objectives of the Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company Limited which was based in Record Street, Rhuthun, Denbighshire were :
"(a)To charter, purchase, or build sailing or steam ships or boats.
"(b)To convey passengers or goods to and from the Welsh Colony or Colonies in the Argentine Territory of Patagonia, South America, and to and from all such other parts or places wheresoever [sic.] as the Directors may from time to time appoint, at such fares and freights
"(c) To obtain land by purchase or concession, in the Welsh Colony or Colonies or elsewhere, and to purchase, all agricultural stock and implements whatsoever, and to re-sell the same upon any conditions been eficial [sic.] to the Company."
Michael D. Jones was the Chairman of the company. He invested in the scheme financially and made a great loss which resulted in the sale of his home, Bodiwan in Bala, Merioneth.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Minute Book, 1861-1870, which throws light on the beginnings of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, in particular the financial aspects of the venture. The minutes also reveal that Michael D. Jones, Rev. D. Lloyd Jones and T. Cadivor Wood were the leaders.
Counterfoils Book, 1873-1874, recording payments.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 819-820

Language codes: eng wel

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented to the University of Wales Bangor by Rev. O. R. Owen, Llanfair Talhaearn in 1931.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Further material relating to the Welsh colony in Patagonia is held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor such as the Bodiwan Papers and R. Bryn Williams's Patagonia Papers . Collection level descriptions are available on the Archives Hub

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2003.

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

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


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Wales | Emigration and immigration
Welsh | Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)

Personal names
Jones , Michael D. (Michael Daniel) , 1822-1898

Corporate names
Welsh Colonising and General Trading Company

Places
Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)

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