Document referenceD534
Level of description Fonds
TitleBush Family of Canton, Papers
Date1881-1999
Creator(s)Bush Family
BackgroundJames Bush (1844-1923) and his wife Fanny (nee Rogers) (1848-1923) were the first occupants of 'Bryn Asaph', 15 Romilly Road, Canton, currently (2008) a nursing home. James was born and schooled in Carmarthen. After taking the art master's certificate he started the first science and art classes in Newport in 1865. He was then asked by the Cardiff Free Library committee to begin classes there, which developed into the School of Science and Art, with James as headmaster of the art school. Ultimately this would eventually become the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, and James was an influential figure in the development of technical teaching in Cardiff. His wife, Fanny, was from Cheltenham originally and was a trained artist. She married James in 1866 in Cheltenham, and she would later become Secretary of the Glamorgan branch of the Welsh Industries Association.

The couple had five children: Reginald (1869-1956), Ethel Maud (1874-1947), Frederick (born c1877), Percy Frank (1879-1955) and Archibald George (1883-1933). Reginald was an artist and became headmaster of the Bristol Municipal School of Art. Frederick was also an artist, tutoring at University College School, London before becoming organising art master for the secondary schools of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Archibald (c1883-1933) was the chief engineer of Mombasa for the Public Works Department of the British East Africa Protectorate, as well as a celebrated lion-hunter, and borough Engineer of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 1925-1932. Ethel was a graduate of the University of London and taught English and religious studies at Howell's School, Llandaff.

Percy (later known as Frank Percy-Bush) was educated at University College Cardiff and later a well-known rugby player, captaining Cardiff in 1905-1906. He emigrated to Nantes in 1910, eventually becoming Deputy Consul at the British Consulate before returning to Cardiff in 1939. Percy and his wife Adeline Jane (nee Wood) and had two children: Coralie (1917-1996) and Louis. Coralie was honoured by the French government for her work, particularly with the Cardiff French Society, and remained living in Romilly Road until her death.
DescriptionThe personal, professional and academic records of the Bush family (1881-1969), including magazines of the Monkton House School, Cardiff (1946, 1949) and Howell's School, Llandaff (1925-1940); additional biographical details provided by Dr Douglas Bassett.
ArrangementChronological within record series.
LanguageEnglish
French
Extent2 boxes
Physical characteristicsGood condition
AppraisalAll records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained; the collection requires appraisal and more detailed listing.
Finding AidsA detailed catalogue is available online
Related materialDHOW, D131, DX739/1, D513: Howell's School records;
Conditions of accessNo restrictions.
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