Ellis Island, New York
Ellis Island, New York
William Morris Hughes
William Morris Hughes
Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones
Morgan C. Jones, (on the right), nephew of Morgan Jones and working for the same company
Morgan C. Jones, (on the right), nephew of Morgan Jones and working for the same company

Not all Welsh people worked in the 'traditional' heavy industries of Wales of course. Many worked in other industries and many transferred the skills they learnt in mines, foundries and works to other places of work. They also took their skills overseas and left their mark in other countries.

Welsh hospitality seems to have travelled well and many bars and inns were run by Welsh people. The famous Ellis Island in New York, first landing point for millions of migrants to America, was named after Samuel Ellis, a Welshman who owned an inn there in the 18th century.

The Welsh abroad became well known for supplying teachers, preachers and politicians to their communities. The seventh Prime Minister of Australia, William Morris Hughes, was raised in Llandudno on his aunt's farm. William Meirion Evans, a slate quarryman from Gwynedd moved to the copper mines of South Australia. He became the first Welsh preacher on the continent. After ordination as a minister in the USA, he returned to Australia where he continued preaching while also editing two Welsh-language newspapers.

Morgan Jones

Born in Tregynon, Montgomeryshire in 1839, Jones worked for seven years for the Cambrian Railway Company. In 1866 he emigrated to the USA and worked on the first transcontinental railroad. He became a legend in the States for his skill and drive, completing seemingly impossible constructions in record time. He died aged 86 in Abilene, Texas.

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