Amy Dillwyn was born in 1845 into one of Swansea’s leading families, but her life was not an easy one. Upon her father’s death she inherited the family’s debt-ridden business, the Llansamlet Spelter Works.
Shunning bankruptcy, Amy took on the job, unusually for a woman, of managing the works herself, using the profits that would normally have been paid to herself to pay off creditors. She fared well as the works became one of the largest producers of zinc in Britain.
Amy Dillwyn was pennywise and lived a modest life in nearby Ty Glyn. She became active in politics, campaigning for social justice, and a published author. She died in 1935, her ashes are scattered at the grave of her parents and brother in St Paul’s Church, Sketty.