Australian Bill Williams traces his roots to Llanelly House
AN Australian man has flown thousands of miles around the world to trace his roots back to Llanelly House.
Bill Williams, from Manly, New South Wales, visited the Grade I listed building last week in a bid to find out more about his great grandmother Elizabeth Grier.
The 88-year-old has been researching the Williams family history for a number of years, but it wasn't until a trip to Swansea four years ago that he found out more about his great grandmother, Elizabeth.
And during a recent trip to Cwmavan to see his family's completed plaque at St Michael's Memorial Garden, Mr Williams took the opportunity to head to Elizabeth's hometown of Llanelli to find out more.
He took a look around Llanelly House, which is in the final stages of restoration work, after learning that his great grandmother worked there.
Mr Williams said: "We visited Llanelly House so that we could see where my great grandmother worked as a servant girl.
"I had visions of downstairs at Downton Abbey when I pictured Eliza."
He discovered that Elizabeth, or Eliza, was born in Llanegennech in 1822 and went on to work at Llanelly House as a servant in 1841.
During her time there, Eliza worked for the Chambers, one of the most prestigious families in Llanelli, later marrying carpenter Morgan Williams, from Cwm Avon, in 1849 and giving birth to a daughter Harriet in 1850.
Eliza, who is thought to have had three children in total, then emigrated to Australia with her husband some years later.
Mr Williams and his daughter got the chance to tour the house with Project Administrator Lydia Giorgi.
Ms Giorgi, who hails from Brisbane herself, said: "It was great to have a little bit of Australia in Wales and have a fellow Aussie here at Llanelly House.
"During his visit Bill found out much more about the house where his great grandmother worked and about the history of the house itself.
"It was a really enjoyable visit for everyone."