Those attending last Thursday’s meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum were treated to an extremely interesting and enjoyable talk given by E. Wyn James. The content of the talk included:-
- 153 Welsh emigrants departed from Liverpool in 1865 on an aging clipper called the Mimosa in search of a place where they would be free to speak their own language, practice their religion and preserve a culture that they felt was under threat at home.
- After an arduous eight-week sea voyage these pioneers landed on the coast of Patagonia in southern Argentina.
- Amongst their number were Aaron Jenkins and his wife Rachel who had been members of Saron Chapel in Troed-y-rhiw and were to become prominent in the new community. They brought with them their children one of whom had been born at sea but, sadly, died quite soon after landing while another had not survived the journey.
- The settlers were to suffer many hardships while they were establishing what would eventually become a thriving agricultural community.
- They received early help from the native Teheulche Indians and, after several crop failures, it was Rachel Jenkins who made the key observation that allowed an effective irrigation system to be developed.
- Sadly, Aaron Jenkins was to become the victim of the first murder in the settlement when he was killed by a captured bandit.
- Aaron Jenkins’ son Richard Jenkins, who had been born in Troed-y-rhiw, would later become one of the leaders of the community.
- Although, over the years, some members of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia were to return to Wales or translocated to other places including Canada, overall the inward flow of Welsh immigrants continued up to the time of the First World War.
- The last wave of settlers included members of the Day family of Troed-y-rhiw. Descendants of the Patagonian and Troed-y-rhiw branches of this family are in contact today.
- The Welsh-Argentine community is centred on Gaiman, Trelew and Trevelin in the Chubut province of Patagonia. It has been estimated that the population of this region is now 150,000 with 50,000 able to claim Welsh ancestry around 5,000 of whom are Welsh speakers.
A recent talk on the Great War given to Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum at Carmel Chapel in the village explained some of the events in the life and death of Reginald (known as ‘Reggie’) Hamer. Standing at 6ft 7in he was a big man in many ways. It would be fitting in this WW1 Centenary period to spare a few moments to think of Reggie and all of the other casualties of this dreadful conflict.
Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum are hosting two talks during the WW1 centenary period. The first, given recently, looked at some aspects of the impact that the War had on the village. Please make a note in your diaries of the second talk which will be delivered by DAVID MADDOX OBE who has intensively studied the effects of the Great War on our valleys communities. This is scheduled for CARMEL CHAPEL, TROEDYRHIW at 7.00pm on THURS 15 NOVEMBER. We hope to see you there.
TROED-Y-RHIW LOCAL HISTORY FORUM
At the usual venue of CARMEL CHAPEL in the village a new programme of talks begins at 7.00PM on THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER.
This will be the first of two talks scheduled to coincide with the period around the CENTENARY of the WORLD WAR ONE ARMISTICE.
The number of men who served means that there were few families in Britain that weren’t directly affected by the conflict and the effects on their communities and on the country as a whole were far reaching.
Using information obtained from a variety of sources including old newspapers, official records and personal items that have been passed down in families the speakers will explore THE IMPACT THAT THE GREAT WAR HAD ON TROED-Y-RHIW AND OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE SOUTH WALES COALFIELD.
We hope that you will be able to attend.
Christmas cards with images of bygone Troedyrhiw are now on sale at Peter the Butcher and other outlets in the village. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Unfortunately, there will not be another meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum before Christmas. Several meetings are, however, planned for the early part of 2018. Watch this space for further details.
Advance notice of what is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you there.
Why not join the discussion on the best way forward for the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw?
You are cordially invited to join us at the next Friends of Saron meeting to be held at:-
Angel Inn, Troedyrhiw
Friday 31 March
We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
Our volunteers have been working hard, once again. Several of the troublesome tree stumps which are to be found across the Saron graveyard site have been removed this week. This is very hard physical work but the results are well worth the time and trouble. Many thanks must go mainly to Steve C. for all of the effort that he has put in.
Our chapels were not only places of worship but also the heart of the community for thousands of people. Sadly, although some have survived, the fate of many has been one of decline and closure with those buildings that cannot be turned to new uses becoming derelict and, ultimately, demolished.
We are sure that, whether you can remember the days when all our chapels were active or not, if you have an interest in the local history of our area you will enjoy Steve Brewer’s talk at the 4th meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum. We look forward to welcoming you to Carmel on March 30th.