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Billy Davies

Billy Davies was an Australian politician, born in Abertillery, Monmouthshire, to coal miner William Davies and his wife Mary, nee Williams. As a child he worked in the coalmines, mostly at the Vivian pit in the town, but he won a miners' scholarship to a summer school at the University of Oxford, where he became a Methodist lay preacher. He married Edith Hartshorn on 04 August 1903 and the couple moved to New South Wales in 1912, when Davies became a miner in the Wollongong area, soon rising to become an official of the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees' (Miners) Federation.
Davies won the seat of Wollongong in 1917, representing the Labour Party, having defeated the serving Nationalist, John Nicholson. He went on dominate Labour politics in the area for the next forty years, and became a loyal supporter of New South Wales Premier Jack Lang, who made Davies minister for public instruction in 1927, and minister for education 1930-32.
In 1932 Davies returned to Abertillery to visit and stayed at the Bush Hotel in the town. Whilst there functions were held in his honour at the Ebenezer Lecture Hall and the Somerset Street Primitive Methodist Church, both of these events were covered extensively in the local South Wales Gazette dated 16 September 1932.
In 1949 Davies resigned from the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in order to contest the federal seat of Cunningham, which he held until his death on 17 February 1956, survived by his wife, son and daughter. He was remembered by H.V. Evatt as "a great orator who had helped to inspire coalminers during industrial troubles". He was the first ever member for Cunningham.
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Billy Davies

1911 Census - 5 Earl Street, Abertillery
William Davies - 28
Edith Davies - 26
William Henry Davies -
Novella Davies -

1901 Census William Davies & Mary Davies, King Street, Abertillery.
1901 Census Edith's parents James and Charlotte Hartshorn, Cross Street, Abertillery.

Davies William (1882?-1956), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Canberra.

Billy Davies

Following the death of her husband William Llewellyn Newell in 1924, Mary Newell decided to emigrate and join her brother Billy Davies in Wollongong. The Newell's had owned the Station Cafe at 5 Oak Street, Abertillery, between 1920 and 1924.

The above information was referenced from 'Abertillery History' on the excellent online site 'Out of the Blue Artifacts'.

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