Robert Beirer (1866 - 1961)

Voreigentümer/in öffentlich, Gatherer public

Biography

Robert Beirer hailed from Sipplingen (Lake Constance) and is thought to have been born in 1865. Upon coming of age, he took a training post with the German Imperial Navy in Kiel. In 1892, he qualified as a boatswain. Between 1893 and 1896, Beirer worked as a warehouse assistant for the German New Guinea Company in Madang (Papua New Guinea). Upon returning to Germany, he moved to Berlin, whence he subsequently set out for the colonies in German South West Africa. He worked for the Port District Surveyor’s Office in Swakopmund (present-day Namibia). He was a lighthouse keeper here between 1903 and 1914. In February 1914, he was awarded the General Honour Decoration. There is no further biographical information available at this time.

The Museum für Natur- und Völkerkunde Freiburg came by the collection of ethnological artefacts – which Beirer acquired during his time in Oceania – thanks to the efforts of Rudolf Schillinger in 1898.

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