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Barbara Wilson Jackson

Female 1916 - 2006  (89 years)

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  • Name Barbara Wilson Jackson 
    Born 10 Sep 1916  Carrington, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 


      Barbara was the elder child of Jonas Jackson and Jane Mathieson, and had a brother, William Mathieson, some seven years her junior. Her father, Jonas Jackson, was an English seaman from Newcastle on Tyne. Jonas had contracted small pox while in the Black Sea and, after a long convalescence, was advised to settle in New South Wales, arriving in Newcastle in 1912, and taking a position on the Newcastle wharves. He also joined the local fire brigade and served in both the Carrington and Hamilton brigades until his retirement. Jonas' mother had died when he was a babe and his father's mother came to care for him while his sister, three years older, was taken by the mother's parents, Wilson, who had come to Newcastle on Tyne from Scotland. Grandmother Jackson died when Jonas was just six and his father married again but both the father and step-mother had died by the time Jonas was 13. All alone, Jonas went to sea.

      Jane was the eldest daughter of William Mathieson whose father, Alexander, was manager of the Hetton Colliery which mined under Newcastle harbour. The Mathieson family had come from Scotland in the 1840's and Alexander's father, William, had settled on the Hunter River. William was married to a sister of James and Alexander Brown who were to develop the coal industry in the Hunter region. Alexander married Christina Miller, one of the families settled in the Hunter area in the early days. Alexander was one of the first elders of St. Andrew's Kirk, Newcastle, and had had much to do with its construction. On becoming manager of the Hetton Colliery at Carrington, he built his home in Carrington, believing that he should live amongst the men he employed. Among her earliest memories Barbara has those associated with her great grandparents were closely associated with all the local people and community development until their death.

      It was at Carrington that Barbara received her first schooling. Her first day at school was in the company of Milton Merrilees whom, she was to meet again, many years later when a return to Newcastle was made in 1977. However, the family soon moved to Mayfield and later to 12 Sandon St., Hamilton. Barbara was a bright school girl and set her mind on becoming a teacher of domestic science, enrolling in a course that opened at the Newcastle Technical College as her High School. However, the great depression of 1930 saw the course closed in 1931 and she was faced with the prospect of recommencing high school or finding work. Through the good offices of friends she was offered employment at Breckenridges, Hunter Street, Newcastle, a store dealing in women's wear. One of the senior members of the store was Miss Constance Collins with whom Barbara formed a lasting friendship. Constance Collins and Barbara often traveled to Sydney by boat for the weekend, using the yearly boat ticket of the store, staying in town, visiting important places including the churches, and returning by boat on Sunday night ready for work on Monday morning.
      From 1928, when the family moved to Hamilton, Barbara was involved in the Hamilton Presbyterian Church, at that time under the ministry of the Rev. Joseph Lundie. She attended the Sunday School and then became a teacher, taking a class of boys from the kindergarten right through to the senior bible class. She sang in the choir and became a member of the Fellowship Association. In the association were also Constance Collins and Bernie Newbert, two senior members, both serious and progressive theological thinkers who had a profound influence on the younger members. Becoming active in the district council of the Presbyterian Fellowship Association, Barbara was responsible for arranging the annual P.F.A. district Eisteddfod and was appointed Registrar of the Easter Camp. She and Constance Collins played a prominent part in selecting camp sites for some years and in the organisation of the camps. It was in this capacity that she was involved in the Easter Camp, 1935, which was held on the race course at Rutherford, West Maitland. And at this camp she met Robert Lachlan McInnes of East Maitland, at that time a university student preparing for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. It was the commencement of a life long relationship. Though her mother did not approve of the relationship, realising that it would take her daughter away from Newcastle and her maternal influence, the attraction between Barbara and Lachlan was not to be denied and they were married some five and a half years later. It was a long courtship which was conducted largely by mail, Lachlan being in Sydney and Barbara in Newcastle. It was only at vacation time that they were able to meet, and that only for a day at a time until August 1938 when Lachlan left St. Andrew's College and was appointed as student in charge of the Camden church, boarding with the Coates family in Menangle Road, opposite St. John's Anglican Church whose bells chimed the quarter hours all through the day and night. Barbara was then able to take a holiday in Camden, and later in Marulan, where Lachlan, for a few months in 1939, was working and boarding with the Purves family of Tallong.

      Breckenridges store held no future for its employees and Barbara was offered a position by a family friend, Eric Scott, director of Scotts Ltd., one of the two leading stores in Newcastle. She became head of the baby wear department and made frequent trips to Sydney to purchase stock for the store.

      Marriage came on the 15th. October, 1940, where Lachlan, having completed his course of training at the end of 1939, had been appointed assistant to the Rev. Charles McAlpine at Tamworth. As an assistant minister, Lachlan was given a stipend of four pounds a week, paying thirty shillings in board. Barbara was earning four pounds ten shillings a week as a buyer at Scotts which was surrendered with marriage. It was a very quiet wedding at the demand of Barbara's mother, and was celebrated in the manse at Hamilton with the Rev. William Young, then the minister of the Hamilton Church. Those present were the minister, his wife, the four parents and Barbara's brother, Bill. The honeymoon was just for a couple of days spent at Gosford. Married on the Tuesday, they were back in Newcastle on the Thursday, to put a deposit on some furniture at Mackie's Furniture Store in Newcastle. Back to Tamworth by train on the Saturday to arrive for a congregational tea that evening with turned out to be more of a wedding breakfast for Barbara and Lachlan. Sunday saw Lachlan taking country services, accompanied by his new wife. They boarded with the Murdoch McInnes family in Tamworth for the first two months of their marriage, leaving little of the four pounds a week for social activities.

      Meantime, negotiations were under way for ordination and induction into the pastoral charge of St. Paul's Church, Walcha, and this eventuated in December, 1940, Barbara becoming the Lady of the Manse, to exercise a ministry in her own right within the communities in which they served.
      The rest of the story is bound up with the stories of the various parishes in which they worked together, however, we make a list of Barbara's own involvement.

      In Walcha, she worked in the Voluntary Aid, assisting in the entertainment and welfare of the soldiers camped on the Walcha Showground, and serving as treasurer of the Country Women's Association branch.

      In Gunnedah, she continued her service in the Voluntary Aid, giving help and guidance in the conduct of the used clothing store for local and overseas relief. Membership of the Country Women's Association was also part of her life.

      In Goulburn she was responsible for the establishment of the Evening Fellowship, a group of women who were to exercise an influence beyond the church community. She became involved in the Arts Council and in several community groups. Appointment came to the State Council of the Presbyterian Women's Association of which she was to be awarded later, a life membership.

      In Burwood, with the family now largely independent, Barbara's involvement in community affairs and in the church at large increased considerably. As a member of the P.W.A. state committee she was responsible for setting up the Programme Committee with the purpose of conducting schools in leadership and meeting procedure for women. She trained in the Group Life Laboratories conducted by the Rev. Stan Eldred, and was able to raise the standard both of meetings and the knowledge of the church's work in congregations. With a small group Barbara conducted "schools" for P.W.A. members in many places, traveling through much of the state. She was appointed to the Assembly Christian Education Committee, serving thereon until 1977 when church union occurred. During the time that Lachlan was Moderator of the Church in N.S.W., Barbara traveled with him extensively and met with women throughout the state. Appointment came to the Joint Board of Christian Education necessitating Barbara's attendance at meetings in Melbourne.

      Local church and community work in Burwood took much of her time. St.James' Church had its own branch of Red Cross. The branch had been established on the outbreak of war in 1914 and some of the original members were still active, meeting weekly to sew and make items for the military hospital at Concord as well as arranging fund raising appeals. Barbara's involvement was kept to a minimum because of her other commitments. She was active in community welfare work, and established a weekly gathering for handicapped people in the church hall of a Wednesday morning. People came from the local area and from nursing homes to enjoy an "outing" with games, dancing and morning tea with others. Arranged on a community basis, helpers came from other churches as well as St. James, assisting in the morning tea and in the conduct of the meetings. Human nature being what it is, there were those in the congregation who murmured against the club, asking why church property should be used for those who did not contribute to it. However, there was much good done and most approved quite heartily. The establishment of the Burwood Aid Society gave further involvement. As a result of this contact was made with the local office of community service and relationship made with the local social workers. The Community Referral Office was established, first in the old picture theatre and then in the lane behind Burwood Road. Efforts began which led to the establishment in 1978 of the Burwood Community Centre.

      In 1977 Church Union brought Barbara, and Lachlan into the Uniting Church. Although the congregation of St. James', Burwood, in the first vote had decided on union, in the second vote taken in 1976 the necessary two thirds majority for union was not achieved and St. James' came to remain a part of the continuing Presbyterian Church. Many of the leading members became part of the Uniting Church congregation in Burwood and a rump remained to struggle, not very successfully, to maintain the witness of what had been one of the strongest congregations in NSW. Barbara and Lachlan were called to the Uniting Church parish of New Lambton and Barbara returned to the Newcastle district.

      In New Lambton Barbara found that in a predominantly Methodist parish there was little recognition of her Christian Education skills and her efforts were not welcome. As a result she involved herself in the setting up of a Friendship Club for Senior Citizens which Lachlan had been asked to form by the New Lambton Rotary Club of which he had become a member. While Lachlan remained as President, Barbara was the chief coordinator and arranged the programs. The club was hosted by the Church, meeting in the Trinity Church Hall, and sponsored by the Rotary Club. Working on an ecumenical basis it gathered over a hundred members with rostered helpers, among whom were Anglicans and Roman Catholics who contributed much to the life of the club. While it did not meet with the universal approval of the Trinity Church members, it was supported by most and continued to meet a tremendous need.

      Retirement came in 1982 and in 1983 Barbara and Lachlan moved to Bowral. There was no opportunity given at the time for Barbara to exercise her particular talents within the church and, after some investigation of all community organisations, Barbara became involved in the Bowral Branch of Red Cross. In this she was soon appointed secretary and then became President. The branch which had been in the doldrums was given new life. Telecross, a form of Red Cross service to people at risk had just begun and Barbara was responsible for its introduction into the Wingecarribee Shire. She was known as the contact person for Red Cross throughout Bowral and was awarded by the N.S.W Council of Red Cross awards for her meritorious service.

      This is a brief record of a life spent in faithful devotion to the Christian task by one with leadership and organisational abilities. While she was involved in church and community affairs family needs were never forgotten.
    Name Barbara Wilson McInnes 
    Died 02 Sep 2006  Bowral, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I112  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2006 

    Father Jonas Jackson,   b. 09 May 1888, Lemington, Newburn Hall, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1972, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Jane Stevenson Mathieson,   b. 02 Nov 1889, Carrington, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1973, Ashfield, NSW, Australia, -33.8885698,151.1241979 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1914  Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Lachlan McInnes,   b. 10 Jan 1917, Granville, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 2009, the Hospital, Bowral, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1940  Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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