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GIBBINS , FREDERICK WILLIAM ( 1861 ,- 1937 ), Quaker industrialist ; b. at Neath , 1 April 1861 , eldest son of Frederick Joseph Gibbins and Caroline Gibbins , prominent members of the Society of Friends . He was educated at the Quaker School , Scarborough . He m. 1898 , Sarah Jennette Rhys , Sgubor-fawr , Penderyn , and had two sons. F. W. Gibbins was an outstanding figure in the commercial life of South Wales , particularly in the tinplate industry. He entered the tinplate trade in 1880 ; was assistant manager at the Ynispenllwch works in 1884 . In 1890 he erected and managed the Eagle Tinplate works , Melin , Neath . He was one of the first employers in the trade to provide his work-people with a canteen, lending library, and facilities for recreation, and he was popular as arbitrator in works disputes . One of the founders of the Welsh Plate and Sheets Manufacturers' Association , he was its chairman from 1910 to 1922 . He served on several committees, commercial and philanthropic, was a J.P. , an ardent upholder of hospital work , a vice-president of the Welsh National Memorial Association , and served as high sheriff of Glamorgan for 1908-9 . He was elected M.P. for Mid-Glamorgan in 1910 ( Liberal ). He sold the Eagle Tinplate works to Baldwins Ltd ., in 1922 and went to live at Cwm Irfon Lodge , Llanwrtyd Wells , and thence to ‘ Glynsaer ’ where he d. on 30 July 1937 ; he was buried at Cynghordy , near Llandovery .

Bibliography:

  • Private information;
  • Who's who in Wales , 1933 ;
  • South Wales News , 1770 , 5 Feb. 1921 ;
  • T. M. Rees , A history of the Quakers in Wales and their emigration to North America , 1925 ;
  • Neath Guardian , Aug. 1937 .

Author:

Rev. Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath