George BARKER #179, Q21226

Service record, George Barker #179 Depot Company

Indigenous Australian, George BARKER, Depot Company

In August 1917, George was working as a stockman on Grosvenor Downs Station, when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF, at the recruiting station in Mackay. It was noted on his enlistment papers that he was a ‘half caste’ and that his father was European; he named his friend George McFadyen of Mount Flora Mine via Nebo, as his next of kin.

George trained at the army camp in Enoggera, Brisbane with No 1 Depot Company, and was given home leave on 1st October. George was found to be absent without leave 10 days later and on his return a Board of Enquiry was held. During this enquiry it was found that George was medically unfit, suffering from ongoing back pain, due to an earlier injury, said to be caused by a fall from a horse.

George was discharged in November 1917, and returned to the work he knew at Strathfield Homestead. In 1920 George married Amy King at Clermont, they had two children Amy Ruth (later Somerville) in 1920, and George Charles in 1923.

George Duke Barker, with his wife Amy and their children Amy Ruth and George Charles, Clermont, 1923.

George spent his later years with his daughter Mary O'Sing (nee Adams) who was born in 1915 to his first partner Laura Adams, and her children around the Collinsville region.
George Duke Barker passed away in Collinsville Hospital on 10 May 1977 at the age of 88 years.

We are very grateful to Juanita Johnson for her assistance with updating George's story.

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I have a photograph of Duke while living with my family during his later years, on Bulimba Station via Chillagoe.

Would like to see the photo.
And any other history you may have.

Daisy May, one of the stolen children, was my grandmother. She was not a Barker sibling but was the daughter of John May and Ross Hess of Nebo I believe. She was in Cherbourg until she got an exemption certificate in 1922 when she went to Sydney and got married. She had 5 children and died in 1958.

I don't believe the story, as George Duke Barker married Amy King in Clermont in January 1920 and They have a daughter Ruth Amy Barker and a son George Henry Barker.On his marriage certificate he states that his father is Henry George Barker and mother is Mary Anderson.There is a picture of George and his wife Amy and Children in the book A Shifting Town.His Daughter Amy Ruth Barker married Robert Somerville. His son George Barker Jnr married a lady called Edna. His granddaughter is Joan and you need to contact her to have the right story told of his life.

I am the great nephew of Amy Barker (nee King). I always thought that Amy's mother was Mercy Emma Jane West and father Charles Tyler King (my great grandfather). However Amy's mother is listed on her marriage certificate as Mary Emmiline Jane Hales so I am checking further in the UK records. For as long as I can recall, I'm 72, my father spoke of an aunt in Queensland and I am now checking the facts. Contact me at if you wish.

I’m Jennifer-Lea Webb George Henry Barker’s Great niece. My Mother is Joan Dixon née Somerville.

Yes I was in contact I believe with Amy who was in touch with Joan.
Would like to reconnect.
My email is

Does anyone know any more of dukes daughter Mary O'Sing. Making sure if shes the same woman who married John james "Jack" o'sing