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Charlotte Barton Charlotte Barton i(A23441 works by) (birth name: Charlotte Waring) (a.k.a. Charlotte Atkinson)
Also writes as: A Lady Long Resident in New South Wales ; 'Peter Prattle'
Born: Established: 1797 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 10 Oct 1867 Oldbury, Moss Vale - Marulan area, Southern Highlands - Southern Tablelands, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1826
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Charlotte Barton was considered a child prodigy who was engaged as a governess at the age of fifteen. When she was 29 she left England to take up the post of governess to the children of Hannibal and Anna Maria Macarthur. After only a year as governess with the Macarthur's she left to marry James Atkinson who she had met on the voyage to Sydney.

After the birth of their fourth child in 1834, her husband died leaving her to manage a large holding, run remote outstations, control convict labour and care for their children. In 1836 she married George Bruce Barton who proved to be violent and mentally disturbed. In 1839, Charlotte Barton fled from her husband, eventually moving to Sydney in 1840 where she sought legal protection from Barton. At the time of publication of A Mother's Offering to Her Children, she was receiving no money from her first husband's estate.

Most Referenced Works


  • Charlotte Barton, mother of Louisa Atkinson, also wrote as 'A Lady Long Resident in New South Wales' . She was author of A Mother's Offering to her Children (1841), the first children's book published in Australia, and was for a long time identified as Lady Gordon Bremer. Note: different dates are given for Charlotte Barton in various sources, e.g. 1795-1867, 1797-1862. The Australian Dictionary of Biography gives her dates as 1796-1867. The dates given above are taken from Marcie Muir's Charlotte Barton.

  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Charlotte Barton.
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