Tinopolis, a production company for S4C filmed location shots on Wednesday for a programme on Amy Dillwyn in the Famous Welsh Women series – “Mamwlad”. The series explores the stories of women who have left their mark on Welsh history.
Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935)
An early woman industrialist, she saving a spelter works from collapse and making her own fortune. Her forthright opinions, eccentric dress and her habit of smoking a cigar brought her celebrity and respect. Prior to her industrial career, she published six novels, the most famous being The Rebecca Rioter (1880) in which she tells the story of the famous attack on the Pontardulais gate by the Rebeccaites from the point of view of a rioter. All Amy Dillwyn’s novels all concerned with the position of women in Victorian society and she became was president of the Swansea branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
Amy, who was John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s niece, often visited Penllergare as a child and stayed some weeks after the death of her fiancé.
Debra John, played Amy for the programme. The Friends of Penllergare will remember her for her dramatic presentation not only of Amy Dillwyn but also of the Upstairs Maid in previous meetings.
We’ll let you know when the broadcast date is released.