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I'DIATH OF MR. DAVID WILLIAMS

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I' DIATH OF MR. DAVID WILLIAMS IvX-PRINCIPAL OF SWANSEA TRAIN- ING COLLEGE. OPENED THE LOCAL INSTITUTION IN 1872. The death is announced of Mr. David Williams, late principal of the Swansea Training College, at the age of 85 years. Mr. David Williams was "one of the old school" in more senses than one, and his name will long be held in grateful re-mem branoe for the work he did for Welsh edu- cation at a time when facilities for edu- cation were very different from what they are to-day. He himself fought his way to the front in educational matters by hard, consistent work. Born in 1822 at Cam- rose, about three miles from Haverford- west, the son of a farmer, Mr. David Wil- liams rereived virtually no education un- til he was nine years of age, except what little his father was able to impart him at spare moments. He assiduously devoted his leisure to study, and made such great progress that when 16 years of age he was regarded as a fairly good scholar. LATE MR. DAVID WILLIAMS. (Photo by Chapman, Swanea). I He opened schools at Little Newcastle I and Rhosy Caerew, in Pembrokeshire, and then became a student at Brecon College under the principalship of Dr. Evan Davies, afterwards of the Normal College, Nelson-terrace, Swansea. Mr. Williams remained in Brecon College for about 12 months, and on leaving, was appointed headmaster of the Llanelly Copper Works School. He conducted that school for 16 years, and gained the highest encomiums from the Government inspectors. Mr. W. Nevill, proprietor of the copper works, took a great interest in the welfare of the schoolmaster, and shortly after his ap- yjointment to the Copper Works School, sent Mr. Williams to the Carmarthen Training College to study for his Govern- ment certificate, and defrayed his ex- penses. A groat impetus was given to educa- tion about this period, and the British and Foreign School Society, encouraged by the incrc. in grants given by the Edu- cation Department, began to open schools m'popuious districts. Mr. Williams was selected for the position of agent to the society, &nd in tha.t capacity he visited North and South Wales, urging tho people to bui!d schools and support them by voluntary contributions. For upwards of ten years he was eminently successful in this sphere of labour. The great work he a-ex:omplished remains to this day as is evidenced by the large number of village schools scattered all over Wale, Mr. Alfred Bourne. M.A., of the Bor- ough-road Training College, and his co- 0 L, adjutors decided in 1872 to open a train- ing College for ladies in Nelson-terrace, Swansea. Mr. D. Williams was appointed I vice-prinjipal, and in 1876 he succeeded Mr. Alfred Bourne in the principalship, and until 1891 he presided over this establish- ment with an ability and. tact which gave' rreat satisfaction to all connect.ed with the ins 11 tution. lie was succeeded by Air. David Sal- mon. b Teiigion, Mr. Williams was a staunch Independent in politics, a Lihe- ral of the most, robust type. His brother, the late Mr. W. Williams, who was ten vears younger And brought up under nearly similar c-onditi-ons. ros>e from the lowest run, of the educational ladder to the post of Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales, having obtained his M.A. degree at Cam- bridge with high honours, and also occu- pied a prominent position on the W rang- leTs'

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