Mandarin Square

Aldred Barker

Aldred Barker was appointed Professor of Textile Industries and Head of the Department at Bradford Municipal Technical College in 1892. In 1894 he became an Honorary Associate of the Yorkshire College, Leeds. In 1914 he took up the Chair in Textile Industries and the position of Head of the Department of Textile Industries at the University of Leeds. He remained in this post until 1933. Between 1919 and the 1930s Barker was invited to visit Canada, the US, Australia, Peru, South Africa, India, China and Japan to lecture and report on their textile industries. He was a world expert on the wool industries, and published reports of his experiences.

Following retirement he worked at Chiao-Tung University in Shanghai, and then went to live in Australia. Barker's first textile mill in Australia was originally located in North Melbourne of Victoria, before it was moved to Portland of Victoria. He died in 1964.

In the collection there are around seven similar squares showing cranes, dragons, dogs (or lions), peacocks, and pheasants. There are also dragon robes and various textiles with dragon motifs. There are approximately 200 Qing textiles available online on the ULITA image database, many of which show animal motifs.

Find out more about Professor Barker on the ULITA website - see Related Link below.

The map below shows where Professor Barker worked at the University of Shanghai in China, before moving to Australia.

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