Thomas Goldsworthy, Mayor of Newport 1896 - 1897, Chairman of the Newport Harbour Commission.

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ALDERMAN THOMAS GOLDSWORTHY, J.P., the chairman of the Newport Harbour Commission, although not a native of the town, has been conversant with its progress and growth for nearly forty years. When still a child his parents removed from Gwennap, Cambourne, Cornwall. At that time Newport could only boast of about 10,000 inhabitants, and the whole of the shipping was carried on at the wharves and a small dock which now comprises part of the Town Dock.
Early in life Mr. Goldsworthy commenced his business career in the office of his uncle, Mr. John Lean, C.E., the then divisional engineer of the Great Western Railway, with offices at Neath.
In 1868 Mr. Goldsworthy determined to settle down in Newport. In his business as a contractor he has executed for the Great Western Railway Company many big schemes, and has superintended the re-laying of practically the whole of the permanent way in South Wales, in addition to carrying through the work of doubling big sections of the Western Valleys lines, and the making of the greater portion of the East Usk Railway.
Always a firm believer in the future of the port, for years he has been engaged actively in bringing it to the front. Becoming a member of the Town Council in 1885, he has for twelve years represented that body on the Harbour Commission. As a member of the Joint Committee on Trade he has seen many of its recommendations carried out. He took a prominent part in the work of the Harbour Trust Committee, and although for the present that scheme has been shelved, it is claimed that the interests of the port have been well served in the backing up of the progressive ideas of Mr. John Macaulay, the General Manager of the Alexandra Docks Company. Alderman Goldsworthy is Chairman of the Lydney and Crump Meadow Colliery Company, and is interested in a number of Newport steamers and several of the industries of the town.
In the Diamond Jubilee year he was Mayor of the town, for which he is a J.P. as well as for Monmouthshire. He is a man of broad and progressive views, is still as vigorous as in the prime of life, and is devoting his best energies to the furthering of the interests of the town and port of his adoption.

From Johns's 1904 Newport Directory.