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Barker, Jane Sophia (1807 - 1876)

8 April 1807
9 March 1876
Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Evangelist and Teacher


Jane Barker established St Catherine's Anglican boarding school for girls at Waverley, New South Wales.


Jane Barker was the wife of Bishop Frederic Barker. Growing up, she was greatly influenced by her father, Irishman John Harden, her mother, and her pious aunt Agnes Ranken. Jane ran the family home after her mother's death, and married Frederic Barker - then vicar of the Liverpool parish of Edge Hill - when she was in her mid-thirties. They arrived in Australia in 1855 following Barker's invitation to be second bishop for the See of Sydney. Jane travelled widely with her husband and established an Anglican boarding school for girls, St Catherine's, at Waverley. She served on various ladies' committees and taught at the Randwick Sunday School.

Sources used to compile this entry: Dickey, Brian (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, Evangelical History Association, Sydney, 1994; See also: 'In Memorium: Mrs Barker', The Melbourne Messenger, 13 April 1876.

Barbara Lemon

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