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Thomas Richards

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : MNB/PP/57

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Title: Thomas Richards

Short title: Thomas Richards

Dates of creation: 1901-1933

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 1 box and 1 outsize volume

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Administrative and biographical history: The Rt. Hon. Thomas Richards was the first General Secretary of the South Wales Miners' Federation 1898-1931 and President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain 1929-1930. He was born in 1859 at Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, the son of Thomas and Mary Richards. He was educated at Beaufort British School but finished school aged 12 in order to go and work in the mines. He was Alderman of Monmouthshire County Council from 1904 and Chairman 1924-1931. He was a county magistrate for Breconshire and Monmouthshire and a PC for 1918. Tom Richards was a Knight of the Grace of St. John of Jerusalem 1918 and a Director of Ambulances for Wales. He was a Labour Member of Parliament and sat for West Monmouthshire from November 1904 until December 1918. He was returned unopposed for the Ebbw Vale division of Monmouthshire in December 1918 and sat until he resigned in July 1920. Thomas Richards was a member of the General Council of the TUC from 1925. He was a member of the late Llangattock School Board and a manager of the Ebbw Vale County School. Thomas Richards died in 1931.


Scope and content: Accounts and miscellaneous papers concerning the Senghenydd Explosion Relief Fund 1901-1905; correspondence and papers concerning the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914-1917; South Wales Miners' Federation (SWMF) papers and publications concerning wage arrangements 1915; SWMF catering bills 1931-1933.


Conditions governing access: Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions governing reproduction: A photocopying service is available. Contact repository for details.
No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Finding aids: A hardcopy list is available in the searchroom.




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

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



Coal mine accidents | Wales, South

Coal miners | Trades unions | Wales, South

Explosions | Wales, South

Food relief

Fund raising | Wales, South

Wages | Coal miners

Personal names

Richards, Thomas, 1859-1931

Corporate names

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund

Senghenydd Explosion Relief Fund

South Wales Miners' Federation.