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Thomas Wayne, son of Matthew Wayne, is said to have encouraged his father and his elder brother to mine a 4-foot seam of coal, as had been done by Lucy Thomas of Waun-wyllt, Merthyr.
1837 With the David family of Abernant-y-groes, Cwm-bach, Matthew Wayne and his two sons, Thomas and William Watkin Wayne, formed the Wayne's Merthyr-Aberdare Steam Coal Company and began sinking the mine in June.
They operated the colliery together with their Gadlys Ironworks
1839 1081 tons of iron, and 3373 tons of coal was exported by canal
1845 38,000 tons of coal produced from Cwm-bach
1846 48,000 tons of coal.
1853 Matthew Wayne died, leaving his 4 sons to carry on the works, together with a daughter and a sister.