He was a member and alderman of the town council from 1884 to 1910 ; he was mayor of the town in 1898-9 , and chairman of the education committee for six years. He tried hard to get the University College of South Wales sited at Swansea , but the choice fell on Cardiff . He was, however, successful in getting for his town a technical school which, subsequently, became a technical college. Martin , with the help of Sir Isambard Owen (q.v.) , then sought to have the technical college recognised as one of the constituent colleges of the University of Wales , but in this he was not successful. He urged upon the Haldane Commission on Welsh university education ( 1916-18 ) the necessity of having a university college at Swansea which would specialize in technical education; it was founded in 1920 , and when the foundation stone was laid by king George V , Martin was knighted . Besides obtaining a university college for his town , he was also responsible for building the Normal College on the Glanmor estate . Moreover, he worked hard to get other improvements for the town, for which he foresaw a brilliant future. He d. suddenly in London , 11 Sept. 1922 , and was buried at Ystum Llwynarth (‘ Oystermouth ’), Swansea .
Hugh David Jones, M.A., Swansea
Published date: 1959