A search is underway for the family of an award winning doctor from the valleys, following a donation of his portrait to Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.
Dr Henry Naunton Davies was instrumental in rescue attempts following the Tynewydd Colliery disaster, near Porth, in 1877. His portrait has been donated to Amgueddfa Cymru- National Museum Wales in a bid to share his story with the nation.
Dr Davies worked tirelessly in his makeshift medical centre on the colliery surface, as well as deep underground, to ensure the safe evacuation of men who had been trapped for nine days.
Twenty-five Albert Medals were awarded to the rescuers; the first time this award had been given for saving life on land. Dr Davies was subsequently awarded the British Medical Association's Gold Medal for Distinguished Merit - the first recipient of that honour.
This impressive portrait depicts an interesting and brave doctor who achieved notoriety in his lifetime for the medical services he delivered to the people of Rhondda.
We are very grateful to BMA Cymru Wales for their donation of this wonderful portrait. Dr Henry Naunton Davies was an important figure in the early history of industrial Rhondda. He not only dealt with the major disasters, such as Cymmer in 1856 and Tynewydd in 1877 but also the day to day injuries that were so very common in such a dangerous industry.