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David Richard Llewellyn

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Sir David Richard Llewellyn, first baronet (1879–1940), coal owner and financier

1879 Born at Aberdare son of Alderman Rees Llewellyn and his wife, Elizabeth. Rees Llewellyn was a renowned mining engineer, who had successfully reorganized the Bwllfa colliery.

Together with two other sons Rees later joined forces with David in a number of coal ventures.

1900 Enrolled in a course for mining engineers at University College, Cardiff

1903 Qualified.

1903-5 Studied mechanical mining in USA

1905 Started the Windber colliery, aiming to work its thin seams with electrically driven cutters.

1914-16 Acquired four additional collieries, all drift mines, around Aberdare.

Through his Aberdare connection with H. Seymour Berry, who had negotiated the purchase of the Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen Colliery Co for Lord Rhondda, Llewellyn was made chairman of this subsidiary enterprise.

Especially between 1916 and the early 1920s, he was involved in a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions of coal mines.

1920 Registered his company D. R. Llewellyn and Sons Ltd to hold the coal mine interests.

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  • Biography of Sir David Richard Llewellyn, ODNB