Barker Collection

PC 102:  BARKER COLLECTION  (Dr Anthony Barker & Dr Margaret "Maggie" Barker of the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital, Nqutu, KwaZulu-Natal)

 (Drs Margaret and Anthony Barker with Alan Paton)

Dr Anthony Barker was born in Birmingham, England in 1920, where he qualified as a medical doctor in 1943.  He served in the British Merchant Navy from 1943 to 1945, during which time  his ship was torpedoed and sunk off Madras.  He married Dr Margaret Newton in August 1943, and in 1945 they arrived as missionary doctors at the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital in Zululand, South Africa.  There they stayed for almost 30 years, building the hospital from its rudimentary beginnings to a large teaching hospital serving thousands of patients, delivering babies, performing operations and running outlying clinics.
They left Nqutu in 1974, and returned to England, living in Wimbledon, London, and working at St George's Hospital Casualty.  After retirement, they moved back to South Africa for six months, working at the Alexandra Clinic outside Johannesburg.  When back in England, in 1993, they went to the Lake District to celebrate their golden wedding.  While riding together on their tandem bicycle, they were tragically killed in an accident.

Dr Anthony Barker wrote two books and several unpublished manuscripts. His published books are (UK title) Giving and receiving (1959) The Faith Press, London (USA title) The man next to me (1959) Harper & Brothers, New York
and  Nqonqotha (1999) Mulberry Books (now Maoildearg), Calais, France. This was based on the manuscript "Into a new land".

One of Dr Anthony Barker's hobbies was to take black and white photographs, which he developed himself.  Many of these photographs, mainly of Nqutu, are included in this collection.

  • PC 102/4 ARTICLES written by Drs Anthony & Maggie Barker
  • PC 102/5 SPEECHES by Dr Anthony Barker made between 1969 and 1987
  • PC 102/6 CORRESPONDENCE of Drs Anthony & Maggie Barker from 1968-1979
  • PC 102/7 CHARLES JOHNSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL information, church programmes, etc.; quotes handwritten by Anthony Barker.
  • PC 102/8 NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS relating to the Barkers
  • PC 102/11 PHOTOGRAPHS (See APC photograph collection)

Dr Anthony Barker took many black & white photographs which he developed  himself. These were taken mainly at the C.J. Memorial Hospital at Nqutu.  They were used to illustrate his book Giving and receiving/ The man next to me, and the book Women without men by Liz Clarke and Jane Ngobese.  There are also five photograph albums, covering Nqutu 1974 and the visit in 1986, and the Alexandra Clinic, 1986.

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