Barker College, Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Barker College, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Barker College, Independent Coeducational Anglican School, Sydney


  • Educational

Contact area


Senior Archivist



Street address

91 Pacific Highway, Hornsby




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 8438 7299




Description area


Barker College is an independent coeducational Anglican school located in Hornsby, Sydney.

It had its beginnings as a privately owned boys’ school in 1890 in Kurrajong run by Rev Henry Plume. It was named after the second bishop of Sydney, Frederic Barker. The school moved to its present location in Hornsby in 1896 and, in 1919, its ownership was transferred to the Church of England.

The arrival of girls in Years 11 in 1975 was the beginnings of coeducation, with the school transitioning to full coeducation by 2022. For further information, see

The Archives was established in the 1960s by the Master in Charge of History, Mr Stuart Braga, as a result of his research for 'A Brief History of the School' written for the occasion of the seventy fifth anniversary of the foundation of the school in 1965. He began seeking and collecting the records of the school's early history. For further information, see

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The Barker College Archives contains the official records and memorabilia of the School, its associations (eg the Old Barker Association, Barker College Parents Association, The Barker Foundation) and of individuals associated with the School (eg staff, alumni, Council members).

The Archives is happy to receive donations from all members of the Barker College community.


The Barker College Archives is located on Level 1 of the Library.


Records and memorabilia held by the Barker College Archives include: staff and student records, trophies, uniform items, minute books, correspondence, school photos, architectural plans, oral histories, prize books, school magazines and publications, student enrolment registers, prize lists, evidence of student activities (drama costumes, musical programs, etc), personal papers and audiovisual material.
Material dates from the 1890s to the present.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 8am-4pm (including school holidays).
Closed public holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Access conditions and requirements

All visitors intending to use the Archives are required to make an appointment. Visitors wanting to access records of a personal and/or confidential nature are required to put their request in writing to the Head of Barker College.


The School is a short walk from both Hornsby and Waitara Stations, with a number of bus routes stopping on the Pacific Highway directly outside the School’s main gates. There is no public parking available onsite.

Services area

Research services

General reference services are available.

Reproduction services

Copying and scanning services available for records to A3 size.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 29 September 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

91 Pacific Highway, Hornsby
Sydney, New South Wales 2077