In 2018 in conjunction with the British Legion and financial support from the Museums Federation and Literature Wales, Glamorgan Cricket undertook a project with pupils of Butetown Primary School in Cardiff celebrating the legacy of Frederick de Courcy Hamilton, who helped to improve living conditions in dockland communities in South Wales for those who returned from serving during the First World War.
Frederick was a leading solicitor in Cardiff during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, besides being a talented cricketer with Cardiff CC and playing for Glamorgan in their inter-county matches during 1875.
Frederick had many contacts within the Bute Estate, who ran the docks at Cardiff and owned much of the land in the Welsh capital. As a result, Frederick was responsible for the creation of the Coal Exchange during the 1880s as well as the High Street Arcade, one of many attractive areas for small shopowners in the city centre which, like the Coal Exchange, are still prominent features in Cardiff’s urban landscape.
Following the labour unrest and riots in the dockland communities of Cardiff during the early 1910s, Frederick oversaw a number of schemes to improve life in areas such as Butetown. In 1917 he also encouraged the formation of a multi-racial cricket team which, over time, later became known as the CIACs (Cardiff International Athletic Club), and was amongst the first multi-racial sports teams in the UK.
Frederick’s philanthropy towards the population of Butetown continued after the First World War as he also helped to fund the creation of improved housing for workers.
The project with the pupils of Butetown Primary School, celebrating Frederick’s legacy, included the creation of a short video – watch it below.