He knew the problems facing an immigrant and made a practice of meeting every ship arriving from Britain to ensure that any Welshman who landed had a place to go. He was an enthusiastic and indefatigable worker among the Welsh people . When he was secretary ( 1932-58 ) of the Cambrian Society which met once a month in St. David's Hall , Latrobe Street , Melbourne , the membership increased from about 30 to over 3000; he was president of the society 1958-59 . He contributed a column to the society's magazine, The Cambrian , while it existed ( 1939-46 ), and to The Welsh Australian before that ( 1938-39 ). He served as secretary of the Union of Welsh Societies from 1932 and, as secretary ( 1934-53 ) of St. David's Day Association , he organised the annual celebrations, being president in 1955 . He kept in contact with Wales : he was elected vice-president of ‘Welsh People in Exile’ ( Wales and the World ) in 1960 and a vice-president of the Hon. Soc. of Cymm. in 1957 . He m., 7 Aug. 1915 , Gwladys B. Davies , Maryborough . They had five children and lived in Ael-y-bryn , 77 Murray Street , Caulfield , Victoria . He d. 6 Sept. 1964 and his funeral service was held in the Welsh chapel , Latrobe Street . He was buried in the new Cheltenham cemetery .
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001