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Encyclopaedia entries

Gutsche. Dr T. 1971. “Mary Elizabeth Barber” in Dictionary of South African Biography Vol II, 26-7.

‘Barber, Mrs. F. W. (née Mary Elizabeth Bowker) (1818-1899) in Gunn, M. & Codd, L.E. 1981. Botanical Exploration of Southern Africa. An illustrated history of early botanical literature on the Cape flora. Biographical accounts of the leading plant collectors and their activities in southern Africa from the days of the East India Company until modern times. A.A. Balkema, Cape Town, pp. 87-88.

BARBER, Mary Elizabeth,in: Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (ed.): Women Marching into the 21st Century: Within’ Abafazi, Within’ Imbokodo, 9 August 2000, researched by Group Democracy and Governance. Human Sciences Research Council (Shereno Printers 2000) p. 225.

Cohen, Alan. “Barber, Mary Elizabeth (1818-1899″ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010

Mary R. S. Creese with Thomas M. Creese, Ladies in the Laboratory III: South African, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Women in Science, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, A Survey of Their Contributions(Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2010), pp. 9-12.

Harvey, Joyce and Marilyn Ogilvie, eds. “Barber, Mary Elizabeth (Bowker)” in The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century. (London: Taylor & Francis 2000), Volume 1, p. 78.

Strohmeyer, Renate,  Lexikon der Naturwissenschaftlerinnen und naturkundigen Frauen Europas. Verlag Harri Deutsch, p. 34.

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Articles on her

Schonland, S. (1904). “Biography of the Late Mrs. F. W. Barber.” Records of the Albany Museum 1(2): 95-108.

Alan Cohen, 1999, ‘Mary Elizabeth Barber, The Bowkers and South African Prehistory’ in South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol. 54, No. 170, pp. 120-127

Alan Cohen, Mary Elizabeth Barber, some early South African geologists and the discoveries of gold, South African Journal of Economic History 15:1 (2000), 1-19.

Alan Cohen, ‘Mary Elizabeth Barber: South Africa’s first lady natural historian’, Archives of Natural History 27:2 (2000), 157-208.

Alan Cohen, ‘Roland Trimen and the Merope Harem’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 56:2 (2002), 205-18.

F. Way-Jones, R. Lubke, F. Gess, Mary Elizabeth Barber (1820[!]-1899), Annals of the Grahamstown Historical Society, 40: 14-21.

Articles with Passages on Barber

Selected articles from the Cape Monthly Magazine (new series 1870-76). Van Riebeeck Society II(9): 159.

William Beinart, ‘Men, Science, Travel and Nature in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Cape’, Journal of Southern African Studies 24:4 (1998), 792-99.

Joy Harvey, Darwin’s ‘Angels’: the Women Correspondents of Charles Darwin, Intellectual History Review 19:2 (2009), pp. 207-208.

Robert Shanafelt, How Charles Darwin Got Emotional Expression out of South Africa (And the People Who Helped Him), Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Oct., 2003), pp. 815-842

Books with chapters on Barber

Hilton-Barber, David (2014). The Saint, the Surgeon and the Unsung Botanist: A tribute to my remarkable ancestors (Footprints Press)

Mitford-Barberton, I. (1970). Chapter 7, Mary Elizabeth Barber, Comdt. Holden Bowker. An 1820 Settler book including unpublished records of the Frontier Wars. (Cape Town, Pretoria, Human & Rousseau), pp. 223-256.

Mitford-Barberton, I. (1934), The Barbers of the Peak: A History of the Barber, Atherstone, and Bowker Families (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Mitford-Barberton, I. and R. Mitford-Barberton (1952). The Bowkers of Tharfield (Oxford, Oxford University Press).

Mitford-Barberton, I. and White, V. (1968), Some Frontier Families. Biographical Sketches of 100 Eastern Province Families before 1840. Cape Town/Pretoria: Human & Rousseau.

Articles and Books that mention her

Beinart, W. (2003), The Rise of Conservation in South Africa: Settlers, Livestock, and the Environment, 1770-1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press), p. 117.

Dubow, S. (2006), A Commonwealth of Knowledge: Science, Sensibility, and White South Africa (New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 95, 106, 108.

Dubow, S. (2004), Earth History, Natural History, and Prehistory at the Cape, 1860-1875, Comparative Studies in Society and History 46:1, pp. 123, 126.

Eve, J. (2003), A Literary Guide to the Eastern Cape. Cape Town: Double Storey Books, p. 185-187.

T. Gianquitto, Botanical Smuts and Hermaphrodites: Lydia Becker, Darwin’s Botany, and Education Reform, Isis 104:2 (2013), p. 263.

Harries, P. (2007), Butterflies & Barbarians: Swiss Missionaries & Systems of Knowledge in South-East Africa (Oxford etc.: James Currey etc.), p. 142.

Johnson, S.D. (2009), Darwin’s legacy in South African evolutionary biology, South African Journal of Science, 105: 11-12, p. 404.

Lester, A. (2001), Imperial Networks: Creating identities in nineteenth-century South Africa and Britain (London, New York: Routledge), pp. 74-75.

Rall, M. (2002), Petticoat Pioneers: The History of the Pioneer Women who Lived on the Diamond Fields in the Early Years. Kimberley: Kimberley Africana Library, p. 15.

Weedman, K. (2001), Who’s “That Girl”: British, South African, and American Women as Africanist Archaeologists in Colonial Africa (1860s-1960s, The African Archaeological Review, 18:1, p. 5