Author Colin W Thom Offers Inspirational Family History In New Book

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‘Bervie and Beyond’ is a heartwarming and deeply inspirational tale of genealogy that highlights the true meaning of hope, family, success and love

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Bervie and Beyond by Colin W Thom reaches back to the early 1700s and into the lives of the author’s paternal ancestry in North East Scotland, and then endeavours to trace the lives of all his fellow descendants through to around the mid-1900s. It tells the story of a not very successful smuggler who turned legitimate and established the first linen mill in Scotland. It progresses to his son Walter, who published several books in the early 1800s before being lured to Ireland by Chief Secretary Robert Peel to publish the Dublin Journal newspaper. It was the next generation, however, that brought real success.

Alex Thom developed what was to become the leading Irish printing company, culminating in appointment as the country’s Queen’s Printer. Alex amassed a huge personal fortune which enabled him to establish his beloved Thom’s Directory. By his own efforts, it grew in content and stature, and quickly became the primary reference source for all things Irish. It was his greatest achievement, and the Irish nation will forever remember him for it. But wealth and a second marriage created downsides, with family divisions and a widow who took “spreading the joy” (to other than family) to a new art form. In the following generations we learn of a suicide, successful migration to Argentina and South Africa, and in The Antipodes, destitution.

Skillfully written, highly imaginative and extremely interesting, Bervie and Beyond is an engaging book that offers many enthralling and appealing moments to which readers of all backgrounds, ages and interests will be able to relate.

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About the Author

As a mechanical engineer with a major motor vehicle manufacturer, Colin Thom over the years was appointed to long-term postings in the UK, South America and Asia. This provided him with the opportunity of visiting distant relatives who otherwise would have remained virtual strangers or at best, correspondents. His research continued spasmodically until retirement in 2005, when he re-established a keen interest in genealogy, and the desire to record his family’s history for posterity. Colin is married to Shirley; they live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Their son and daughter both are married, and they are grandparents to two boys. Colin is an avid supporter of Geelong Football Club; he plays tennis regularly, and has a now-passive interest in classic cars.

Bervie and Beyond* by Colin W Thom
Thom Family History
Publication Date: March 13, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 261 pages; 978-1-4797-8122-5
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 261 pages; 978-1-4797-8123-2
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4797-8124-9

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