Born: 24 January 1893

Died: 31 July 1967

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography:

"George Calvert Barber (1893-1967), theologian and Methodist Church leader, was born on 24 January 1893 at Bendigo, Victoria, son of Henry Bride Barber, Primitive Methodist minister, and his wife Laura Elizabeth, née Pickett, both English born. ...

Enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 10 February 1916, Barber served on the Western Front as a stretcher-bearer with the 5th Field Ambulance. After being wounded in the left leg on 2 November 1917, he was hospitalized in England. On 20 November 1918 he sailed for Australia. In 1919 Barber entered Queen's College, University of Melbourne, and graduated (B.A., 1922) with first-class honours in philosophy and the Laurie prize. Sturdy in build, he was a member of the college football team.

In 1922 Barber began his ministry at Nyah and later served at Toorak, in Hobart and at Geelong. On 24 March 1926 he married Mavis Gertrude Bond in the Methodist Church, Gordon, Sydney. At the University of London he completed a Ph.D. (1938) in comparative religion with a thesis on 'The concept of sin in the great religions of the East'. He entered enthusiastically into the life of the English Methodist Church and subsequently maintained contact with many of its leaders.

Succeeding A. E. Albiston in 1937 as professor of theology at Queen's College, Melbourne, Barber was to hold the position until his retirement in 1959 and to have a profound influence on men preparing for the Methodist ministry. During this period he held numerous offices in the church and community. He was president of Wesley College's council (1939-58), the Melbourne College of Divinity (1946) and the Victoria and Tasmania Conference of the Methodist Church. As registrar of the Melbourne College of Divinity from 1947, he improved its academic standards and extended its range of operations. In 1951-54 he was president-general of the Methodist Church of Australasia.  ..."

Source:  E. F. Osborn, 'Barber, George Calvert (1893–1967)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1993, accessed online 20 July 2016.

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