Biography of Richard Barker
by Sally Steel (E-mail: Sally Steel)
Richard Barker arrived in VDL as a free settler from London on the whaler Adamante in 1816 with his wife Frances Louisa Cawthorn and three sons. He is believed to have been born in Dublin in 1780. They lived in Hobart where he went into partnership with Anthony Fenn Kemp as import/export merchants. In the 1820s he built Rosegarland, a two story stone house, at Macquarie Plains, on land which he bought from John Ford. Frances Barker had ten children and died in 1845 aged about 55, after a long and painful illness. She was buried at St Matthews, New Norfolk. Richard Barker drowned when he fell overboard while crossing the river in a boat in 1857 and was buried at Gretna.