Olivia Gwilym and the Llanguicke Pontardawe Board school




These photographs were contributed by Mrs Helen McDuff of Pontardawe - Olivia Gwilym was her paternal grandmother (Nov 2004)

Olivia Gwilym took and passed  her First Year Certificate Examination in 1899 and obtained her Teacher's Certificate in 1902.
On leaving Llanguicke School after three years Olivia went to teach in a school which had been established in the cellar of the Traveller's Well public house in Rhydyfro.
It was while she was teaching there that she met her future husband the Reverend John Rhys Price.


First Year Examination Certificate

Exam cert


Teacher's Certificate

Exam cert 2


Olivia with some of the children in her class at Llanguicke school

School class


Staff at Llanguicke Board School, Pontardawe in 1900

Olivia is to the left (as we face) of Mr Roberts, Headteacher, who is in the centre of the middle row.

Staff 1


The staff of the same school, probably a year later

Note the number of young, probably student, teachers

Staff 2


The staff ready for their annual outing

Olivia is in the centre of the middle row.

Staff 3


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