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Prof Bill Jones 


The ‘Welsh Church’: Religion, Society and the Welsh in Melbourne c1840-2003

The Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church, Melbourne, Australia, was established in 1853 and will be celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2013 http://www.melbournewelshchurch.org/history.html. The Welsh church in Melbourne possesses one of the very best archives of a Welsh migrant community in the world, and contains records of local Welsh societies as well as religious organisations. I am writing a full-length history of the first 150 years of the church’s history. Research for this book will in time feed into my planned major study of nineteenth-century Welsh transnational cultural and religious identities.

Funding: Welsh Church, LaTrobe Street, Melbourne Australia. £18000

Duration: 2011-2014


Welsh Copper Smelters in Chile in the nineteenth century, ‘World of Copper’ Network (Leverhulme funded)

Attended network meetings / delivered papers in Burra Burra, South Australia Sept. 2012 and Santiago, Chile, April 2013. Forthcoming article, ‘Labour Migration and Cross-Cultural Encounters’ (in Spanish) in Revista de Historia Social y de las Mentalidades. Currently preparing a second article on research findings of this project.

Duration: 2012-2014


Research Groups

Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies. The Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies was established in 2001 in order to promote the study of the culture, language, literature and history of the Welsh in the Americas, and in the United States, Canada and Patagonia in particular.

By organising seminars, lectures, conferences, through publications and by encouraging scholarly collaboration and discussion, it aims to provide a focal point for an international network of scholars who have an interest in this rapidly growing field of study.

The Centre organises an annual conference (in which most papers are delivered in Welsh with simultaneous translation facilities into English) and an annual lecture (in English).

Based in the School of Welsh in collaboration with the School of History and Archaeology, the Centre’s Co-Directors are Prof E. Wyn James (WELSH) and Prof Bill Jones (SHARE)