OBA Strategy document: 2021 to 2024
At our Annual General Meeting we launched our 2021-2024 Old Barker Association Strategy. The Strategy...
Barker Business Networking Directory
We are compiling a Business Networking Directory to promote & support Barker related businesses within our Community. This is available to all our...
Fundraising Bike Ride
Dear Old Barker Association Member

My name is Robyn Leonard and I am an old Barker parent. After the death of my daughter, Lucinda (95) from a brain...
Announcement from Head of Barker College
The Council of Barker College is thrilled to announce that by 2022, Barker will be a fully coeducational School.
This will commence with the entry of...
Know Your School – Barker’s End of Year Celebration
With the academic year drawing to a close, we take a look at the annual prize ceremony, which has also been known as Speech Day and Celebration.

The...
Know Your School – Barker’s Christian Heritage
On 11 November 1918, Barker’s owner and Head, William Carter signed a contract transferring ownership of the School to the Church of England, now...
Know Your School – The Barker machine gun
This week, we go back to Remembrance Day in 1921 when the School’s machine gun was unveiled. The College Barker (June 1922, pp. 1-3) reported on...
Know Your School – An ANZAC Story
Know Your School – An ANZAC Story
This week, the Archives received a visit from Lloyd Sustenance, the son of Edward Sustenance, one of Barker...
Know Your School – 30 years ago in 1985
This week we go back to 1985, the year the first mobile phone call was made and Route 66 was removed from the United States Highway. Barker was, of course,...
Know Your School – The Barker Oval
Ninety-one years ago in October 1924, the Barker Oval was officially opened. We commemorate this occasion by recounting the events of that day as they...
Know Your School - Barker College Archives
This week we look back to the origins of the Barker College Archives and its place within the School.

In December 1963, the Barker College Council...
Know Your School – Senior School at Barker
Know Your School – Senior School at Barker

This week we look at the foundation of the Senior School and commemorate 39 years of the Senior...
Know Your School – Barker in the 1930s
This week we go back in time to the 1930s and look at Barker during the years of the Great Depression.

1929 was the beginning of a new era for Barker...
Know Your School – Barker and the CAS
This week, as Barker competes in the 86th CAS Track and Field Championships, we look at the history of the CAS.

In 1922, Mr Archer, Head of Trinity...
Know Your School – Barker and World War Two
This week, as we commemorate 70 years since the conclusion of World War Two, we look at the War’s effect on the Barker community.

During the...
Know your School - Outdoor Education at Barker
Know Your School – Outdoor Education at Barker

As Barker celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, each week we will delve into the Archives...
Know Your School – Founding of the OBA
With the constitution of the Old Boys Union (OBU) being adopted on 25 August 1908, this week we look at the origins of the Old Barker Association (OBA)....
Know Your School – Barker Ablaze
This week we recount the effects of fire on Barker’s built environment.

It was in 1935 that a Barker building was first affected by fire....
Know your School - Barker's First Computer
This week we go back to a time when Barker got its very first computer. Given the modern world, it is perhaps inconceivable to think that just over 36...
Know Your School – Barker’s Sporting Origins…
This week we take a look at the origins of sport at Barker.

Barker’s founder, Henry Plume, was very much concerned with academic achievements...
Know Your School – 50 years ago…
This week we go back to the School’s 75th year in 1965.

The greatest change to Barker’s built environment in 1965 was the opening of...
Know Your School – Barker College Cadet Unit in 1912
Know Your School – Term 2 Week 8 – Barker College Cadet Unit in 1912

This week we go back in time to 1912, when the Barker College Cadet...
Know Your School – Boarding at Barker
This week, we take a look at the long tradition of boarding at Barker College.

When Rev. Henry Plume first advertised for pupils in the Kurrajong...
BOBs Back to Barker Sports Day
BOBs Rugby and the Old Barker Football Club will be playing their 4 July round games on Barker Oval and Rosewood.

We hope you will be able to support...
2015 OBA Annual Golf Day - 15 Sept
Please join us for our Annual Golf Day this year, which is being held at Pennant Hills Golf Club.
Barker's Gallipoli tour
In last Sunday's Sydney Morning Herald (3 May), Peter FitZsimons wrote the following about the impromptu concert put on by the Barker group at the...
Know Your School – Barker’s Libraries
This week we take a look at libraries from Barker’s past.

The first mention of a library at Barker occurs in The Barker College Magazine (April...
Know Your School - Barker's Uniform
This week we take a look at uniforms worn by past and present generations of Barker students.

When Barker College was founded, there was no prescribed...
Know Your School – Barker and the Great War of 1914-1918
This week, with the centenary of Gallipoli approaching, we reflect on Barker’s contribution to World War One.

Between 1890 and 1918 approximately...
An open letter to the Barker Community Regarding allegations of child sexual abuse - historical matters
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An open letter to the Barker Community
Regarding allegations...
Know Your School - Barker’s Swimming Pools
This week, as the Barker Foundation Aquatic Centre turns 21, we take a look at Barker’s swimming pools.

A swimming pool within the School...
Know your School - Who was Barker?
This week we look at the man behind the School’s name, Bishop Frederic Barker.

Frederic Barker was born on March 17 1808 at Baslow, Derbyshire....
Know your School - BCMA celebrates its 89th anniversary
This week, the Barker College Mothers’ Association (BCMA) celebrates its 89th anniversary, and as such, we take a look at the founding of this organisation....
Know Your School - Barker students on the stage
As Barker celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, each week we will delve into the Archives to reveal something of the School’s history. This...
Know Your School - Barker’s Vegetable Garden and Dairy Herd
In 1923, when Stanley “Sammy” Seaberg arrived at Barker College as the Assistant Master, the School had both a vegetable garden and dairy herd....
Know Your School - 60 years of Junior School
This week, we commemorate 60 years of the Barker College Junior School in its current location.

Right from Barker’s early days at Kurrajong...
Know Your School - Arrival of Girls
Know Your School - Girls arrive at Barker

As Barker celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, each week we will delve into the Archives to reveal...
Know your school - Barker moves to Hornsby
Know Your School – Barker moves to Hornsby

In 1895, Rev. Plume purchased six acres of land at Hornsby Junction on Peats Ferry Road (now the...
Know Your School – Barker at Kurrajong Heights
As Barker celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, each week we will delve into the Archives to reveal something of the School’s history. We begin...
Opening and Inaugural Address of the Barker Institute
Thursday 5 February 2015 at 7.30pmRhodes Theatre, RE Kefford Building, Barker College, including light refreshments

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Barker 40 years of Girls
Flashback Friday - Seaberg Diaries: Boarding
From its beginning in 1890, Barker College has always been a boarding school. Sammy Seaberg (Staff 1923-1965) reflects on the life of the Barker College...
IS THERE A BETTER WAY TO PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES IN MEN?
IS THERE A BETTER WAY TO PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES IN MEN?
Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common problem. When present it reduces the overall quality...
Friday Flashback No. 4 Barker's Dramatic Flair
Barker’s Dramatic Flair
Apart from being a teacher of Mathematics and Commanding Officer of the Barker College Cadet Unit, Sammy Seaberg (Staff...
Flashback Friday No.3 - 1923 Annual Sports Day
Sammy Seaberg describes the antics surrounding the 1923 Barker College Annual Sports Day:
“Sports Day, the Annual Athletic Meeting, was one of...
Flashback Friday No.2 - Vegetable Garden & Dairy Herd
In 1923, when Stanley “Sammy” Seaberg arrived at Barker College to fill the position of Assistant Master, Barker College had both a vegetable...
Flashback Friday No.1 - The Dining Hall before it was destroyed by fire, 1925.
In 1935, the school’s Dining Hall and Kitchen was destroyed by fire. Mr “Sammy” Seaberg, a teacher at Barker College from 1923-1965,...
Congratulations to Rachel Lack 2012
Congratulations to Rachel Lack (12) on her selection in the Australian 19's Women’s Softball steam for the World Championships being held in...
Debating World Championships
2013 leaver, Bo Seo's team won the World Schools debating championship in Istanbul, Turkey, about 2 hours ago - in a unanimous decision against Swaziland!...
Australia Day Honours
Congratulations to Geoffrey Coles (1975) for being awarded the Public Service Medal for Outstanding public service to the management of conservation outcomes,...
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