GRAEME THOMAS BARROW

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Published in The Canberra Times on May 20, 2017

GRAEME THOMAS BARROW
16 June 1936 - 15 May 2017

Loved husband of Nora and father of David, Grant and Jane.
Father-in-law to Suzanne, Tania and Dave.
Poppy to Shannon, Cael, Rhian, Charlotte and Miranda.
Brother of Gordon (dec), Kevin, Bernard, Brendon and Desmond.

Our sincere thanks to the palliative care nurses and staff at Clare Holland House who were so caring and supportive during this time.

A service will be held to farewell Graeme in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, Sandford Street, Mitchell on Monday, 22 May 2017.

 

Graeme was part of the original Community Working Group that developed the proposal for a Murrumbidgee – Ginninderra Gorges National Park and continued on the committee of our Association that evolved from this working group.

Canberra Times MAY 27 2017, Tim the Yowie Man

Graeme Barrow on a Canberra bushwalk in 1999. Photo: Max Lawrence

This column was saddened to learn of the recent death of Graeme Barrow, aged 80. A good friend of this column, Barrow was a prolific author, penning almost 30 books, mostly about exploring the Canberra region, either on foot or by car. Many of these easy to read,matter-of-fact books were published by Dagraja Press – his own self-styled publishing house, which was named after the first letters of the names of each of his three children: David, Grant and Jane.

Writing was Barrow's passion. "I'll never stop [writing], I'm just not sure how many more books I've got time to finish," he prophetically told this column in 2014. In fact, just a week before his death Barrow sent me an email to express his disappointment that he was unlikely to finish two of his pet projects – a book on the Kings Highway, and his personal quest for Lake George to be recognised by its indigenous name 'Weereewa'. "I am unlikely to get much further, a pity because I think I could have pulled it off, even as a dual name," he wrote of his Lake George crusade.

Barrow was a true gentleman, a gentle giant of the publishing scene and an author who inspired a generation of Canberrans to explore beyond their backyards. I bet there's hardly a household in the ACT without at least one of Barrow's books crammed into their bookshelf. Barrow's memorial service was held earlier this week and he is survived by his wife Nora and three children.

RIP Graeme.

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