Not just medicine – Dr Barker

Dr Alfred Charles Barker – one of those super talented people who took early Christchurch by storm… or rather by photography!

Barker came to New Zealand from England with his wife and children. As surgeon on the ship Charlotte Jane, he managed to get free passage out here plus a salary as on-board doctor.

After successfully practicing medicine in the Christchurch area, his attention turned to what was apparently his true passion – photography. With an artist’s perception and a doctor’s eye for detail, Barker gives valuable glimpses into the daily life of our city, as it was 150 years ago…

Alfred Charles Barker pictured with his trap