Series 137/1 - Diaries

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AU AU-MTC 137/1




  • 1829-1830 (Creation)

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2 bound volumes

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Jane Sophia Harden was born in Windemere, England. She married Frederic Barker in 1840 and travelled with him to Sydney in 1855 when he was made Bishop of Sydney. They had no children. Working alongside her husband in ministering to women, children and the poor of the diocese, she founded St Catherine's School in Waverley in 1856 for the daughters of the clergy. The climate affected her health and she died in 1876.

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Jane Barker (nee Harden) kept these diaries describing her tour of Europe in 1829-1830, before her marriage to Bishop Frederic Barker.

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Mrs Barker's later diaries, describing her life and work in Australia, are held by the State Library of NSW along with Bishop Barker's papers and the Harden family papers:

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