NOSTALGIA: Former journalist of Free Press and poet sketches


TORFAEN Museum and Archives is fortunate to have the sketchbook of William Henry Greene, the 19th century reporter and journalist who wrote extensively for publications across Wales and the West of England.

Born in 1832, Mr. Greene began his career as a journalist in his early twenties. From 1867 to 1874, from the age of 35, Mr. Greene also wrote for this same journal.

Sometimes Mr. Greene also wrote for outlets as far away as Bristol, Gloucester and Exeter.

As for the scrapbook itself, we can only let Mr. Greene speak for himself: “Some of my old favorites – a treasure trove of special sweets with some of my own verses and sketches with pen and pencil. . ”

In his time as an author, poet and antique dealer, he devoted himself passionately to natural history.

Of particular interest to the museum are the sketches in the local canals book; From September, the Torfaen Museum will present an exhibition of images from our local canals.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the album, they can visit the museum or for more in-depth research, please visit the Newport Past website for more information on Mr. Greene.

This article was researched and written by museum volunteer Lewis Griffiths.


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