Torquay, Devon, England
- 23 September 1911
North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Barry was born at Torquay, England and orphaned as a young child. At 13 he was apprenticed to the Orient Steam Navigation Co. and in the 1860s worked the shipping run to Australia. In 1870 he joined the gold rush in North Queensland, later working in various outback occupations. His first book, Steve Brown's Bunyip and Other Stories, was published in London in 1893, and then reprinted by McQueen's Colonial Library in 1898 and again by the NSW Bookstall in 1905. Barry travelled briefly to England in the mid-1890s, and then returned to Australia, working as a journalist for Sydney's Evening News and the Australian Town and Country Journal. He wrote numerous short stories and novels, most often with outback adventure and sea-faring themes, including The Luck of the Native Born (1898), A Son of the Sea (1899), Red Lion, Blue Star, with other Stories (1902) and South Sea Shipmates (1913).