People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Ethel Barringer (1883–1925)

This article was published:

Ethel Barringer (1883-1925) artist, teacher, peace activist 

Birth: 23 July 1883 in Adelaide, South Australia, daughter of Leonard Barringer (1844-1895), furniture salesman, and Fanny, née Page. Unmarried. Death: 1 June 1925, Blackwood, South Australia. 

  • Attended Inglewood School, where she was taught by Rosa C. Fiveash.
  • Instructor in etching & drawing at Adelaide School of Arts & Crafts; landscape and figure painter, etcher and enamellist; work was exhibited in Adelaide and Melbourne prior to World War I; brother and sister-in-law were also noted painters.
  • In 1910 joined the South Australian Socialist Party; member Anti-Militarist League (est. 1911).
  • Studied in London in 1912-1914.
  • An outspoken anti-conscriptionist during WWI; one of leading S.A. activists in Australian Peace Alliance, regular speaker for the Alliance at Adelaide Botanic Park. Described by the censor as 'one of the most refined intellectuals of the peace movement'. Artistic work is commemorated in Ethel Barringer Prize at Adelaide School of Arts & Crafts.

Joy Damousi, Socialist Women in Australia, c.1890-c.1918, PhD thesis, ANU, 1987; Rachel Biven, Some forgotten . . . some remembered: women artists of South Australia from late 19th century to mid 1930s, (Norwood, 1976); A. McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, vol. 1, p. 84

Additional Resources

Related Entries in NCB Sites

Citation details

'Barringer, Ethel (1883–1925)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012