Alun Talfan Davies
Alun Talfan Davies was born at Gorseinon near Swansea, the youngest son of the Calvinistic Methodist minister William Talfan Davies (1873–1938) and his wife Alys, née Jones (1878–1948). He was the brother of Aneirin Talfan Davies. He was educated at Gowerton grammar school. He read law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1942, he married Eiluned Christopher Williams. He had one son and three daughters. In 1969 his daughter Janet married the Welsh Rugby international Barry John. He died at his home in Penarth on 1 November 2000.
Davies entered Gray's Inn and qualified as a barrister just before the outbreak of World War II. As a barrister he specialised in industrial cases and was retained by the National Union of Mineworkers. He was appointed as a QC in 1961.
Davies was a counsel to the public enquiry into Aberfan tip disaster of 1966. From 1967 to 1990 he was Chairman of the Trustees of the Aberfan Fund, which allocated the money raised by public subscription following the disaster.
- Recorder of Merthyr Tydfil (1963–68)
- Recorder of Swansea (1969–69)
- Recorder of Cardiff (1969–71)
- Honorary Recorder of Cardiff and Recorder of the Crown Court (1972–86)
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (1976–85)
- Court of Appeal, Jersey and Guernsey (1969–83)
Davies stood four times for parliament without success. He was an independent candidate at the University of Wales by-election, 1943. At the 1959 general election he stood against Lady Megan Lloyd George in Carmarthen for the Liberals and again in 1964. In 1966 he switched to Denbigh but was once more unsuccessful.
Davies was a member of the Royal Commission on the Constitution from 1969 to 1973.
|Liberal||William John Gruffydd||3,098||52.3||-9.0|
|Plaid Cymru||John Saunders Lewis||1,330||22.5||N/A|
|Independent||Alun Talfan Davies||755||12.8||N/A|
|Independent Labour||Evan Davies||634||10.7||N/A|
|Independent Labour||Neville Lawrence Evans||101||1.7||N/A|
|Labour||Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George||23,399||47.9||+5.16|
|Liberal||Alun Talfan Davies||16,766||34.3||-15.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Hywel Heulyn Roberts||2,545||5.2||-6.3|
|Labour||Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George||21,424||45.5||-2.4|
|Liberal||Alun Talfan Davies||15,210||32.3||-2.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Gwynfor Richard Evans||5,495||11.7||+6.4|
|Conservative||Mrs. HE Protheroe-Beynon||4,996||10.6||-2.0|
|Conservative||William Geraint Oliver Morgan||17,382||39.4||-1.9|
|Liberal||Alun Talfan Davies||12,725||28.9||-1.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Gwilym Meredith Edwards||2,695||6.1||-1.8|
In 1940, with his brother Aneirin Talfan Davies, Davies founded the Welsh language publishing firm Llyfrau'r Dryw (later taken over by Sir Alun's son, Christopher Davies and taking his name). In 1958 they co-published Y Geiriadur Mawr, an influential Welsh dictionary. In 1969 they founded the current affairs magazine Barn.
With a group of friends and acquaintances Davies formed Harlech Television (later HTV) which made a successful bid for the Wales and West independent television franchise, displacing the incumbent TWW in 1967. Davies persuaded Lord Harlech to become chairman of HTV Group while Davies became vice-chairman. Davies was chairman of the Welsh board from 1967 to 1973.
In 1980 he co-founded the Welsh Portrait Sculpture Trust which commissioned a series of portrait busts of distinguished Welshmen from the sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones. In 1982 he became a trustee of the Welsh Sculpture Trust which established an outdoor sculpture collection in Margam Country Park.
Other appointments and honours
- Davies, Alun Talfan (1959). The casualties of industry : a plea for justice for miners (First ed.). Llandybie, Carmarthenshire: Christoper Davies. OCLC 315843373.
- Davies, Alun Talfan (1959). The casualties of industry : a plea for justice for miners (Second ed.). Carmarthenshire: Radical Publication. OCLC 502402484.
- "Papurau Aneirin Talfan Davies". Archives Wales. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Davies, Aneirin Talfan". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/61274. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "DAVIES, Sir Alun Talfan". Who Was Who. Retrieved 16 September 2016.(subscription required)
- "Papurau Syr Alun Talfan Davies". Archives Wales (in Welsh). Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Lives in Brief". The Times. London. 28 December 2000. p. 19.
- "Witnesses examined by each Counsel at Tribunal of Inquiry". Aberfan Disaster Archive. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Welsh Judge". The Guardian. 14 January 1972. p. 1.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
- Black, Jonathan; Ayres, Sara (2013). Abstraction and reality : the sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones. London: Wilson Publishers. p. 33. ISBN 1781300100.
- "New Year Honours". The Guardian. 2 January 1976. p. 9.