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The Story of Captain Collet Barker

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Mount Barker Community Library

5 Dumas Street

Mount Barker, SA 5251

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Join us as Adelaide Hills local Bob Innes talks about the research behind his book 'Captain of Solitude'.

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This is the story of Collet Barker, the man after whom Mount Barker Summit and the town that sprang up in its shadow, was named.

Captain Collet Barker was an officer of the 39th Regiment in Australia and spent time in Northern Australia, Western Australia and South Australia. He developed an enlightened relationship with the Aboriginal people he engaged with, yet tragically he died at the mouth of the Murray in April 1831 after being speared by three Ngarrindjerri men in reprisal to crimes committed against Aboriginal people by Kangaroo Island sealers.

It was Captain Charles Sturt who named the hill he had previously assumed to be Mount Lofty, Mount Barker - in honor of his friend.

The presentation will include a slide show and Bob may tell a tale or two in song.

Copies of the book 'Captain of Solitude' will be available to purchase on the night.

Refreshments and cake provided

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