ADRIAN BARBOUR (1874–1938) was a leading member of the co-operative movement in
Ireland. He came from a family of industrialists, his grandfather being the founder
of a famous thread-linen works, Barbour & Sons. His father, John Barbour,
was instrumental in helping a group of workers set up a consumer co-operative
in Lisburn in 1881. Harold, himself, became President of the Lisburn Co-operative
Society in 1900. He was very active in IAOS (Irish Agricultural Organisation Society)
and was a good friend of its founder, Sir Horace Plunkett. He was also active
in IAWS (Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society) and UAOS (Ulster Agricultural Organisation
Society) and helped set up many co-operative societies throughout Ireland.
following photographs are a selection taken from an album (P168) of images captured
by Barbour on his trips throughout the north and west of Ireland. The photographs
reveal the conditions in rural Ireland in 1909-13, and the importance of co-operative
societies to farming and fishing communities at this time. Barbour also annotated
the album with interesting captions about the success of these co-operatives.
album was deposited in the Archives Department by George and Sandra Holland, relations
of Barbour, in 1999.