The Welsh Take Flight To Patagonia
South America may not be instantly associated with Wales however documents at The National Archives in Kew reveal an unusual story of the Welsh in Patagonia.
To tie in with the Archive Awareness Campaign http://www.archiveawareness.com/ theme, Take Flight, The National Archives is hosting a special talk using material from the archives to highlight migration of the Welsh to Patagonia over a century ago.
In 1865 a group of Welsh emigrants left Liverpool on the tea clipper Mimosa bound for the New World to establish a Welsh speaking colony in the valley of the Chubut River in Patagonia, Argentina. After initial hardships, including lack of vegetation and food, they successfully established their colony literally called, Y Wladfa or ‘The Colony’ which is still a thriving
Bruno Derrick, Records Specialist – Maritime and Transport, The National Archives, will give a talk on Thursday 14 January2010, 2pm-3pm on migration of the Welsh to Patagonia. It will focus on mass migration and will use sources such as the Census and passenger lists/Board of Trade records/Colonial records http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
The FREE talk is on Thursday 14th January
Venue: The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU
Time: 2pm to 3pm