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Publications & Links

A curated selection of downloads and publications on the History of Comber town and it's people


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Crown of Life

A new book by Josh De Wind highlighting the life and times of Edmund De Wind VC (Victoria Cross).

“Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”

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The Story of Comber by Norman Nevin

Norman Nevin's unpublished work on the History of Comber- Foreword by Erskine Willis

This is a major work about 70+pages long a great resource for the researchers and the casual viewer.

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Comber Co. Down & it's environs- A historical directory of People & Places

A compendium of invaluable historical information relating to Comber compiled by Jim Gracey

Further Reading

If you're interested in further reading about the History of Comber, its people and places. The Comber Historical Society recommends these invaluable works

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A Taste of Old Comber: The Town & it's History

A must-have on Comber's History, from the Society's own Desi Rainey & Len Ball

Available on Amazon

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A Chronicle of Comber: The town of Thomas Andrews, Shipbuilder (1873-1912)

A great history of Comber focusing on Thomas Andrews, architect of the ill-fated Titanic by Desi Rainey & Laura Spence

Available via BooksIreland & Amazon

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Remembering Rollo:

The Story behind the Statue in the Square

A booklet focusing on the life of Comber's famous son Rollo Gilliespie (1766-1814) by Desi Rainey & Laura Spence

Available via BooksIreland

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Industrial Heritage of Comber

A publication created by Comber Historical Society in partnership with Ards & North Down Museum

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