Glyndwr David Evans

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Glyn Evans, student of the Ballarat School of Mines, 1905. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection


Glyndwr Evans was a native of Treorchy in the Welsh Rhondda Valley. He emigrated to Australia with his parents[1] John and Martha (Tydfil). Glyndwr's siblings were Thomas, Tydfil, and Idris. Thomas was killed in a mining accident in Queensland c1921. Tydfil moved with her parents to Maitland, and Idris was manager of a mine at Paxton, New South Wales. [2]

The Evans family had a long history in the coal mining industry in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. John, Martha and children were at Newcastle NSW c1884-1886, moving to Wollongong where John was manager at Mount Kembla and Bulli mines. About 1897 they moved to Western Australia where John was in opening up the Collie coalfields as a mine manager. They left Collie around 1906 and went to Victoria and the Wonthaggi field. Glyndwr was working in Victoria when he enlisted for World War One. His parents had moved to Sydney where John was a consultant for 10 years before going to the mines at Greta, NSW in the early 1920s before retiring to Maitland. [3]

Glyndwr D. Evans completed Chemistry, Maths, Mining Management and Drawing at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1904 and 1907.[4]After undertaking studies at the Ballarat School of Mines Evans took up a position as a solutionist at the Golden Horseshoe Mine, Kalgoorlie.[5]

Glyn Evans, and his classmates at the Ballarat School of Mines, 1905. Glyn is in the centre of the back row. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection
Glyn Evans' Headstone at the Railway Dugout Burial Ground,2012 . Photograph: Caroline Winter

Military Experience

In his application for a commission with the AIF, Glyn Evans declared he had completed three years of study at the Ballarat School of Mines, where he obtained a Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency, an Assayer's Certificate, and additional certificates in Land Surveying, Electrical Technology, Metallurgy and Geology.[6]

After joining the AIF, Glyndwr Evans served with the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company. His military qualifications were as follows:

  • Engineers Officers' Training School Sydney - passing all exams successfully March - July 1916 (14 weeks);
  • Seymour Military Camp as Sergeant and CSM attached to Miners Reinforcements. (14 weeks)[7]

Second Lieutenant Evans was Killed in Action at Hill 60, on 25 April 1917. He is buried in Belgium at the Railway Dugout Burial Ground (Plot VII, Row G, Grave 33).[8] C. E. W. BEAN mentions '…About this time, on April 25, apparently by the premature firing of a super sensitive detonator, which was being tested by officers in the company's advanced headquarters, Wilfred P. Avery and A. E. Tandy (Ballarat, Vic) and G.D. Evans (Randwick, NSW), were killed, and seven batmen asphyxiated. Cpl J. W. SAXTON (Galong, NSW), one of the proto-men was buried and killed when trying to reach them.[9]


After the World War One armistice the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) Students' Magazine printed a Roll of Honour.

See also

Ballarat School of Mines


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--Dennywien (talk) 15:12, 20 July 2014 (EST); --Cgervasoni (talk) 09:58, 20 October 2014 (AEDT)