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Lady Marian Barrett (1861–1939)

from Argus

Many friends and acquaintances will learn with regret of the death of Lady Barrett, wife of Sir James Barrett, former Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

She was actively associated with the kindergarten movement and other charities for many years, and served on the council of the Emily Mcpherson College of Domestic Economy.

As a girl Lady Barrett, who was then Miss Marian Rennick, studied painting at the National Gallery school under Folingsby, with Sir John Longstaff and Fred McCubbin, and continued her painting throughout her life. Gardening was one of her greatest delights, and the grounds of Palmyra, her home in Lansell road, Toorak, reflected her lore of flowers.

The charm of Lady Barrett's entertainment was a feature of many distinguished conferences in Melbourne when visitors from other States and overseas were entertained at receptions at Palmyra.

Lady Barrett's eldest daughter, Miss Cara Barrett, lived with her at Palmyra. Miss Bertha Barrett was married to Mr. John Canning (N.Z.), and Miss Jeannette Barrett to a son of Sir Henry Marks, of Fiji.

Mr Keith Barrett was killed in the Great War, and Mr. Noel Barrett, a graduate in agricultural science, is farming in New South Wales.

The funeral at the Brighton Cemetery yesterday was private.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Rennick, Marian
  • Pirani, Marian

London, Middlesex, England


June, 1939 (aged ~ 78)

Cause of Death

heart disease

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