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EVANS , JANET (c. 1894 - 1970 ), journalist and civil servant ;

b. in London c. 1894 , daughter of Thomas John Evans ( DWB , 254) and Margaret (née Davies ) , 82 Addington Mansions , Highbury , both natives of Cards. She received private tuition before going to the Central Foundation Girls' School and subsequently attending courses held by London University . After obtaining comprehensive secretarial training she eventually became private secretary to the managing director of the exporting firm Amalgamated Anthracite Collieries, Ltd. in London . Despite being brought up in London , she took a deep interest in everything Welsh and was special correspondent on Welsh affairs to London newspapers . She travelled widely in Europe and twice went to America to visit relatives and give lectures to Welsh communities there. At the beginning of World War II she was for 2 years engaged in the intelligence section of the B.B.C. at Evesham , monitoring English broadcasts from foreign countries . During 1942-45 she travelled much in Wales as Woman Power Officer for Wales . She gave popular lectures , particularly on the London and American Welsh , and broadcast frequently in the series Gwraig y tŷ , Woman's Hour , and other programmes, c. 1947-54 . She played a prominent part in Welsh social life in London , being the first woman chair of the London Welsh Association , and the first woman to be elected to the council of the Hon. Soc. of Cymmrodorion . She became president of the London Cardiganshire Society and served as sub-editor of the society's Handbook , 1936-39 and editor for five years when publication of the magazine was resumed in 1952 . She did not marry. After retiring to Cardiganshire she d. 11 Dec. 1970 and her ashes were interred at Capel Erw , Cellan .

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1970 , part i, 138-40;
  • The Cambrian News , 25 Dec. 1970 ;
  • Janet Evans' papers at N.L.W.

Author:

Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001