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EVANS , SAMUEL ( 1859 - 1935 ), chairman of the Crown Mine, Johannesburg, educational pioneer .

Born 10 Feb. 1859 , son of Richard Evans , farmer , Pant-y-garn , Ruabon, Denbs. , he was educated at the Brookside School , Wrexham . After a period as proof-reader in the office of Hughes and Son , the Wrexham publishers , he joined the staff of Yr Herald Cymraeg in 1878 as a reporter ; in 1880 he joined the staff of The Sheffield Independent , and in Nov. 1883 became private secretary to Sir Edgar Vincent ( lord D'Abernon ) , financial adviser to the Egyptian Government . In 1887 he became chief controller of the Egyptian Coast Guard Service , and in 1890 inspector-general of the Ottoman Bank . In 1897 , as Sir Edgar Vincent 's representative, he went to Johannesburg ; in 1898 he became a partner in Eckstein and Co. , retiring in 1902 to become chairman and managing director of the Crown Mine . During the South African War he was attached to lord Roberts 's staff and civil commissioner of Johannesburg after the occupation. He worked for the improvement of the conditions under which native workers at the mines lived , and for the establishment of Witwatersrand University . He contributed articles on his Eastern experiences to Y Traethodydd and to O. M. Edwards 's Llenor . He was a Commander of the Mejidieh and of the Osmanieh Order ; he was also honorary LL.D. of the University of Wales ( 1930 ) and of the Witwatersrand University . He m., 1903 , Katherine Manson , and had one son and two daughters. He d. at Johannesburg 10 Oct. 1935 .


  • The Liverpool Daily Post , 12 Oct. 1935;
  • private sources.


Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959