(1831–1911), also known as Lady Broome, was born Mary Anne Stewart in Jamaica, where her father was Island Secretary. That this makes her a true daughter of the Empire is especially interesting because the persona she presents in her writing is that of an ‘English’ lady, and might best be understood as a fictitious narrator. She was educated in England and married Capt. George Barker, who was later knighted for services in the Indian mutiny, so that she acquired the name ‘Lady Barker’. She used this even after her second marriage, until her second husband was also knighted, from which time she called herself ‘Lady Broome’. She used only her title and surname in her publications.
From The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in Oxford Reference.