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Wales at Work: Retrospect and Prospect

John Williams, MA

Wednesday 1 June, 2011

In this year of grace 1901 Wales is one of the brightest and most truly civilized spots in the Queen’s dominions…. With the black mineral pouring into the lap of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Llanelli, where the argosies of the nations await its arrival to con- vey it to the remotest parts of the earth (with) the transformation of the Rhondda valley from a sleepy hollow, into the most active and thriving community in Great Britain and the world.1

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