1883 in Wales

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1883 in Wales
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Other events of 1883

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1883 to Wales and its people.



  • 27 January — In the same storm, the James Gray is wrecked on Tusker Rocks, Porthcawl, and the Agnes Jack off Port Eynon. The Mumbles lifeboat puts out, and 5 of its crew are drowned in the rescue attempt.
  • 1 February — Five miners are killed in an accident at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.
  • 25 June — Six miners are killed in an accident at the New Duffryn Colliery, Rhymney.
  • July — The steamship Rishanglys leaves three seamen, who are believed to be suffering from cholera, on the island of Flat Holm; one of them subsequently dies.[1]
  • 21 August — Five miners are killed in an accident at the Gelli Colliery, Gelli, Glamorgan.
  • 24 OctoberCardiff University opens (under the name of University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire).
  • 31 October — 18 people are drowned when the German barque Alhambra sinks off Holyhead.
  • November — Samuel Griffith becomes Prime Minister of Queensland.
  • Peak year for zinc production in Wales.
  • Dr William Price, aged 83, marries Gwenllian Llywelyn.
  • Welsh-Canadian artist Robert Harris is commissioned to paint the Meeting of the Delegates of British North America.

Arts and literature[edit]


National Eisteddfod of Wales — held at Cardiff

New books[edit]






  1. ^ Guy, Dr John (1984). Saving Flat Holm’s Cholera Hospital. Exploring Local History. pp. 244–246.