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150th Anniversary of Welsh Migration to Patagonia from Liverpool in 1865

Tuesday 3 February, 2015

Merseyside Welsh Heritage Society (Registered Charity)

Mimosa Festival Appeal Liverpool 29-31May 2015

The Merseyside Welsh Heritage Society intends to hold a Festival on the weekend of 29-31 May 2015 as part of the general celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the sailing of the Mimosa to set up the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. The ship left the port of Liverpool on 28 May 1865 and we therefore intend as a Society:

(1) to place an appropriate memorial on a suitable location on the Mersey waterfront to mark the event: the memorial will cost five thousand pounds (£5,000) to design and erect, with a view to being unveiled in an important ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday 30 May 2015 at 300pm.,

(2) to present an ambitious programme for the weekend, including talks, a performance of the work ‘Spirit of the Mimosa’ (by Tim Baker) and to welcome a choir from the Welsh School at Trelew, Patagonia. Overall the Society is seeking to raise £8,000.

We would therefore be extremely grateful to receive any contributions towards the Memorial and the associated events. Please send them to the Society’s Chair, Dr D. Ben Rees, 32 Garth Drive, Allerton, Liverpool, L18 6HW by St David’s Day, 1 March 2015 at the latest. All contributions will be recorded in our local newspaper and in the Festival programme. Cheques should be made payable to the Merseyside Welsh Heritage Society.