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William Theodore Aquila Barber (1858-1945)

William Theodore Aquila Barber was born in Ceylon, the son of the Wesleyan missionary William Barber. He was educated at Kingswood School where he rose to the position of Head Boy. Barber won a scholarship to Caius College Cambridge where he became a Wrangler.

After graduation, he taught for a while at Dunheved School, Launceston and was recommended for the Wesleyan ministry by Mark Guy Pearse, who was then Superintendent of the Circuit. After two years as Assistant Tutor at Richmond College, he was sent in 1884 to Wuchang in China to found a college for higher education.

He returned to England in 1893 and served for two years in the Circuit ministry before being appointed missionary secretary. In 1896 he became headmaster of the Leys School in Cambridge and remained there until 1920 when he was appointed to the Principalship of Richmond College. He retired to Cambridge in 1929.

Barber served as President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1920.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1946

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