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George W. Hall, newspaper man and Goldfields entrepreneur in Wales and Australia

Evans, Alwyn 2015. George W. Hall, newspaper man and Goldfields entrepreneur in Wales and Australia. MPhil Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Most studies of the Welsh abroad have concentrated on their immigrant communities, and the social and work activities in those communities. In contrast,this thesis presents a case study of a Welsh entrepreneur, bridging the worlds of Wales in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and Australia at the turn of the century. It thus provides an examination of a trans-national figure, whose activities in newspapers and in gold mining make a contribution to the historiographies both of daily newspapers in Wales during that period, and of the role of newspapers in chronicling gold mining in Western Australia. It examines George W. Hall, the subject of the case study, in the context of the newspaper and political world in South Wales, as well as Welsh gold-mining history, and also considers his contribution to Western Australian gold-mining and social history, particularly the development of the north-eastern parts of that state’s Eastern Goldfields. The key role of Alexander Wilson Castle in Hall’s activities in Western Australia is highlighted. It deals extensively with the role of W. Pritchard Morgan, Liberal MP and gold mine speculator in Wales and Australia, whose activities were inextricably bound up with Hall’s. It further sets Morgan and Hall within the context of London-based speculative investment in mining at this time, and considers their place in the widening field of international investment in mining, including China and Korea.It re-evaluates the importance of the roles played by Hall and others, notably Herbert C. Hoover, in the development of one of Western Australia’s longest-lasting gold mines, the Sons of Gwalia, and also considers Hall’s part in developing one of the largest northerly gold deposits of the period, at Wiluna.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 February 2017
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 11:59

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