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S.A. Northern Pioneers: A. Barker
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: A. Barker S.A. Northern Pioneers: A. Barker
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Source : B 6912/C3
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of A. Barker from Stuart's Creek from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/1).

Barker was born in 1812 at Chichester, Sussex, England. He arrived in South Australia in 1836 along with Colonel William Light and the crew of the Rapid. He subsequently went into partnership with Captain W. G. Field who had also served on the Rapid. After overlanding a herd of cattle from New South Wales, they took up property at Yankalilla and Finniss Flat (Fleurieu Peninsula). Barker later took up a pastoral lease in the hundred of Baldina, north of Port Wakefield. This property was held successively by his son and grandson. Alfred Barker was well known for the quality of the horses he bred. He stocked Stuart Creek run (SW of Lake Eyre South) in Winter/Spring 1859, but does not appear to have held the property long. Stuart Creek was discovered by John Mcdouall Stuart in May 1858; he named it Chambers Creek after his sponsor James Chambers, but it was subsequently named for Stuart.
Alfred Barker married Priscilla the sister of John and James Chambers 2 June 1842 in Adelaide. They had six children. Barker died 24 January 1880, age 67 at St John's Wood, near Enfield.
Related names :

Barker, Alfred, 1812-1880

Light, William, 1786-1839

Rapid (ship)

Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : Port Wakefield and Stuart's Creek
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia vol. 1 pp. 134-35 Adelaide: Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.")

Gee, Philip A history of pastoralism in the Lake Eyre South drainage basin Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2000

Pitt, G. Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history Editor Wilfrid Prest. Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 2001

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