the son of William (a farmer) and Mary Ann (née Hunt)
Barter was born about 1843 in Stower Provost (also known
as Stour Provost), a small village 5 miles south-west of
Shaftesbury in Dorsetshire. At the time of the 1851
census the Barter household comprised the following
people: William (41, dairyman—a widower), Jane (19) and
Ann (18) both of whom were employed in the dairy, John
(8, scholar) and Edwin (3). With the exception of
William who was born in Shillingstone, Dorset, all the
other occupants hailed from Stower Provost.
Ten year later we find John working as a miller’s
servant in the residence of George (42) and Catherine
(44) Jeffery and their family in the small North Dorset
village of Hinton St Mary, about 1 mile from
Stourminster Newton. At the same time, his 13-year-old
brother Edwin was lodging with the Bristow family in
East Street, Warminster, in the neighbouring county of
Wiltshire, learning the trade of cabinet maker.
In the September quarter of 1864 John Barter married
Sarah Taylor, the daughter of Thomas (a farmer) and
Martha (née Dean) Taylor. At that time he was 21 and she
Early in their married life John and Sarah emigrated to
Australia. The researcher has yet to determine the
pertinent shipping details—a task rendered more
difficult because some records for that period were
severely damaged during one of Brisbane’s floods.
However, from the information on John and Sarah’s death
certificates about their ages and the length of time
they spent in Queensland, we can safely conclude that
they arrived about 1865.
After they settled on their farm in Cooper’s Plains,
they became the parents of two children—Edwin William
(b. 23 June 1869) and Sarah Ann (b. 23 January 1873).
Edwin William contracted cerebral meningitis and died in
the Brisbane Hospital on 27 February 1892. He was buried
in the South Brisbane Cemetery on the following day (7B
207). Those present at the interment in an official
capacity were: W Day (minister of the Congregational
Church), Charles Hawkswood (undertaker) who certified
the burial, and R and H Shipp (witnesses).
died on 17 January 1884 and was buried on the following
day in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery. The witnesses to
her burial were James Drane (?) and William Goostrey.
Following Sarah’s untimely death at the age of 46, John
married Ann Carr, the daughter of William and
Mary (née Parkinson) Carr, according to the rites of the
Church of England in St Matthew’s Church, Sherwood, on
22 October 1884. The celebrant was the Reverend James
Samuel Hassall and the official witnesses were George
Boyland and Hannah Manning, the wife of Samuel Manning
and the sister of Robert and George Catchpole. John and
Ann’s daughter Elizabeth was born on 27 July 1886.
John Barter of Brown’s Plains died on 10 June 1905 aged
62 years and was laid to rest in the Cooper’s Plains
Cemetery two days later. Assisting at the funeral were:
AE Atkins (undertaker), HJ Henry and John Bruce. The
deceased was a brother of Edwin Barter of Boggo Road.
His funeral notice reads as follows:
FUNERAL NOTICE.—The Friends of Mr. JOHN BARTER are
respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, to move from
his residence, Brown’s Plains, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON,
at 2 o’clock, for the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery.
A. E. ATKINS, Funeral Director, corner Merton-road and
Stanley-street, South Brisbane.
Sarah Ann Barter
married James Rankine on 17 March 1900. Their
children were: James Albert (b. 9 February 1901),
Christina May (b. 23 July 1904) and Leslie John (b. 4
April 1915). She died on 16 August 1927 and was buried
in the South Brisbane Cemetery two days later (10C 445).
James passed away on 15 August 1948 at the age of 74 and
was laid to rest beside his wife.
John Barter’s second wife, died on 26 September 1924 and
was buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery (8C 180). Her
funeral notice reads as follows:
BARTER.—The Friends of Miss ELIZABETH BARTER are
respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of her
deceased Mother (Mrs. Ann Barter), late of Cooper’s
Plains, to move from their residence, Keith-street,
Moorooka, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, at 3.0 o’clock, to
the South Brisbane Cemetery.
CANNON & CRIPPS.
John’s younger brother, married Jane Spackman in
Warminster, Wiltshire, in the June quarter of 1872. He
and Jane and their children left Plymouth on the 837-ton
Queen of Nations (Captain S Bache) as remittance
passengers on 14 January 1880 and arrived in Moreton Bay
on 14 April 1880. They are listed in the shipping
records as follows: Edwin (31), Jane (33), Margaret (6),
Alfred (5), Ethel (3), Edith (2), William (1). Jane, who
was pregnant during the voyage, gave birth to Arthur
Edwin on 4 July 1880.
Two of the above-mentioned children did not survive for
very long in Australia: Alfred Ernest died on 28
November 1882 and Edith Mary on 29 October 1880. More
children were added to the family but sadly the pattern
of early deaths continued: Julia Ann (b. 24 November
1881; d. 9 May 1882), John Henry Charles (b. 20 March
1883; d. 9 May 1890), Florence Kate (b. 3 August 1884),
a stillborn child (bur. 9 June 1886), Walter Stewart
Spackman (b. 23 December 1887; d. 19 November 1914.
The Barter family home was in Crown Street, off Annerley
(Boggo) Road, Woolloongabba, at the time of Edwin’s
death on 25 August 1907. During his years in Australia
he had followed his trade as a carpenter. Edwin was laid
to rest in the South Brisbane Cemetery (1 194) on the
following afternoon. His wife Jane moved to Lindon
Street in the Deighton Estate, Dutton Park (the address
of their son Walter) and died there aged 77 on 29
September 1923. She was buried two days later beside her