Following study at the Burnley Horticultural College in 1949-50, Barry was employed as a gardener at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (1951-55), lecturer at the Burnley College of Horticulture (1955-58), field officer in the Department of Agriculture, Victoria 1959-60, tree advisory officer and then supervisor at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide (1961-67), superintendent at the Albury Botanic Gardens (1967-70), assistant superintendent at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (1970-75), curator at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane (1975-80), director of Parks & Recreation, Cairns (1980-81), superintendent at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (1981-83), chief horticulturist at the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens (1983-85) and finally as grounds superintendent at the Flinders University of South Australia.
Following his retirement in 1997 Barry became a stalwart of the Friends of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and through this he became a quiet and valued volunteer over seven years in the State Herbarium of South Australia, slipping in when it suited to finish off a particular task and sometimes taking time to share a cup of tea and a bit of a talk, usually about plants. His major task over this period was the incorporation and rearrangement of our Eucalyptus holdings. His quiet and valued presence is now missing with his death in November 2005.
Dangerfield, B. (Aug. 2005). The turn of the tide (Peacock Publications: Norwood, S. A) 81 pp. ISBN: 1921008199
Source: ASBS Newsletter 125, December 2005, Robyn Barker, State Herbarium of South Australia