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Meyer Family History in Ireland Two Brothers, Sons of Devout Methodists in the Nineteenth Century – Captain William Boyle Meyer (1861 – 1878) Merchant Seaman and Sir Robert Meyer Kt. (1858 – 1935) Town Clerk of Belfast

Paperback 229 pp Price Aus $20 €15 plus P&P.
ISBN 1 876383 12 7
By G. Rex Meyer (#2105) 58/14 Victoria Road, Pennant Hills. NSW 2120 Australia
This book tells the life stories of Captain William Boyle Meyer, Merchant Seaman and Sir Robert Meyer Kt. Town Clerk of Belfast. William and Robert were the two youngest sons of Rev. Robert Jacob Meyer of the above publication. William Boyle Meyer was apprenticed at a young age to the shipping Company of Messrs. Devitt & Moore, who had a fleet of clipper ships serving many parts of the world, but especially the Australian colonies. Part III details the life of William at sea until his early death at 27 when his ship went missing at sea and he was believed to have been drowned along with the rest of the crew. Robert was appointed a Junior Clerk to the Belfast Corporation at age 16 and promoted to Chief Clerk (Assistant Town Clerk) in 1885. Part IV tells of his work and achievements during his time with the Belfast Corporation. In 1909 he was appointed Town Clerk and received a Knighthood in 1921. The book is very well illustrated throughout with photographs, documents and family trees.
Review by Mary Beglan, Hon. Editor

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