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The collection consists of papers relating to the business and personal activities of Maldwyn Rees editor and compiler of The Welsh Australian - a magazine for the Welsh community in Australia, and his wife Blodwen. The Welsh Australian began publication in 1935 with articles and contributions solicited being drawn from correspondence within this collection.
Maldwyn Rees' papers include material from various Welsh Australian churches and cultural activities of the welsh community. Rees served as the Sessions Clerk for the Welsh Presbyterian church for over thirty years during which time he was responsible for the publication of Y Ddolen - The Link. Rees resigned from this position in 1972.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2592115).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Maldwyn Rees, National Library of Australia, MS 6781, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The Records within the collection are arranged in eight series according to their nature and origin.
These records are sorted and arranged in the first series according to their chronological order, attention being paid to those of John Griffiths. Information on the family and pioneering histories of Welsh Australians is contained within note-books, articles and reminiscences solicited and arranged by Rees.
Correspondence, Business and Personal, of Maldwyn and Blodwen Rees in compiling and organizing, The Welsh Australian, personal correspondence was used to provide material for articles. Consequently correspondence ranging from 1930 to 1979 has been divided into that which is sorted chronologically, and that which is unsorted.
John Griffiths under the pen name 'Gowertorion' provided material for, The Welsh Australian, on a regular basis, while living in Lithgow (1936) and Brisbane (1939). Griffiths was for some time Honourary Secretary of the Newcastle Cambrian Society.
In an attempt to compile some sort of history of Welsh Australian families, Maldwyn Rees solicited contributions from early Welsh immigrants and their descendants
The contents within this series are primarily pamphlets, newsletters and correspondence received by Maldwyn Rees in his long term capacity as Sessions Clerk for the Welsh Presbyterian Church, Sydney, and as editor of, The Welsh Australian and Y. Ddolen, The Link.
N.B. Folio size manuscript being the balance sheet for the Chalmers Street Church 1917.
Correspondence to Maldwyn Rees requesting access to sheet music, and copies of plays for various cymanfa (Eisteddfods). This series contains copies of such material.
(i) St David's Society, Brisbane, 1938-39
(ii) Cymordorian Society, Sydney
(iii) Cydney Welsh Mater Voice Choir