Amy Dillwyn

NOVELIST, BUSINESSWOMAN

Born and educated at home by governesses in Sketty, Swansea, Amy Dillwyn was a rebellious young woman in Victorian high society. She wrote popular novels exploring women’s roles as second-class citizens such as Chloe Arguelle and Jill and Jack and also wrote regular features and columns for The Spectator. After her father’s early death left her family in financial ruin, she managed the debt-ridden Llansamlet zinc factory he had run at a time when women were usually excluded from the board-rooms of industry and commerce. Turning the ailing enterprise around, by 1904 she was able to sell her shares to a German company and dedicate the rest of her life to local politics.

Category: Business
Dates: 1845-1935
Location: Sketty, Swansea
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