Norena Shopland’s ebook on William Pritchard Morgan

A MONMOUTHSHIRE creator has written a ebook telling the lifetime of a forgotten Welsh public determine.

Norena Shopland’s The Welsh Gold King: The Lifetime of William Pritchard Morgan, tells the lifetime of the previous solicitor, MP and goldmining pioneer.

Mr Morgan was born in Newport in 1844 and was the son of a priest. On the age of 20, he was poor and emigrated to Australia to make his fortune. Whereas in Australia, he did certainly succeed on this, however failed in one other aspiration – to turn out to be a politician.

Norena Shopland’s ebook on William Pritchard Morgan

Throughout his try at getting into Australian politics, he aligned with a newspaper which was concerned in a trial towards one other editor, and he claims a person was shot whereas bringing in his votes.

He then returned dwelling to overcome Welsh gold, turned an MP for Merthyr after promising to repay the nationwide debt.


His enterprise was nearly crippled by authorities taxes which he refused to pay. This noticed the general public rise to his defence as the federal government tried to close him down, and an avidly-watched trial.

Morgan additionally promoted the custom that each one royal brides put on marriage ceremony rings produced from Welsh gold and bestowed lavish items on many well-known individuals.

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Ms Shopland’s ebook will spotlight all of the above and extra in additional element, telling the reader in regards to the controversial determine.

Ms Shopland specialises in researching, recording and selling LGBT+, girls’s and Welsh histories. She works carefully with heritage organisations and curates exhibitions on the aforementioned topics and host workshops on analysis strategies and does classes as a speaker.

The Welsh Gold King: The Lifetime of William Pritchard Morgan is printed by way of Pen & Sword Historical past and is on sale for £25.

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