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Immigration and Emigration
Roath Basin
South East Wales

Cardiff docklands, to the south of the city centre, became one of the busiest UK seaports at the peak of its history in 1913, exporting Welsh steam coal throughout the Empire. Shipping companies recruited local seamen at the bunkering stations where the coal was stored for ships travelling on to the Far East. Sailors from all over the world found that work was plentiful in the thriving Welsh port and many would return to Cardiff time and again, some settling and marrying local women, others returning to their homelands and families when they could.

By the 1940s there were more than 50 different nationalities living and working side by side in Butetown. This mainly male immigrant population was drawn to Cardiff by work, and they brought their culture, traditions, religions and customs with them. More...

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