Lady Barker was an English gentlewoman temperamentally suited to meeting the challenges of pioneer life in the colonies. During her three-year farming sojourn in New Zealand's Canterbury, she learned the art of independent thought and laid the basis for becoming a professional writer. Her letters home formed the basis ofStation Life in New Zealand
which became a colonial classic, as did books about subsequent experiences in South Africa and Western Australia.
Mary Anne Stewart was born in 1831 in Spanish Town, Jamaica, where her father was Acting Colonial Secretary. At the age of four she was sent to live with her grandfather near Dublin for the sake of health and education. At sixteen her meagre education petered out, and she returned to Jamaica. There she met and married the new
Citation: Jones, Jenny Robin. "Lady Mary Anne Barker". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=261, accessed 29 February 2024.]