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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Barrow, John Henry

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Barrow, John Henry, M.P., was born in England in 1817, and was for a number of years on the literary staff of the Bradford Observer and other leading provincial journals. In 1852 he emigrated to South Australia, and became connected with the commercial, and subsequently the literary, department of the South Australian Register and Observer. He succeeded Dr. Garran as principal leader-writer for these papers, and at the same time occupied the pulpit of the Clayton Church, Norwood. In 1858 he resigned both employments, and started the Advertiser and Chronicle newspapers, entering the Legislative Assembly in the same year as member for East Torrens. Of the two journals mentioned he was editor and part proprietor with the late Mr. Thomas King down to the time of his death. In March 1861 he was returned to the Legislative Council, and occupied a seat in that House till 1869, when it became vacant by effluxion of time. In 1870 he was re-elected, but resigned in the next year, and was returned to the Assembly for Sturt, which he represented till his death, which took place at Adelaide on August 22nd, 1874. Mr. Barrow was Treasurer in the Ayers Ministry from March 1872 to July 1873.