John Barr trained as a printer then became shipping reporter on the Evening Post [
He later edited the Sunday Times [Sydney] and worked on Aussie magazine and as a freelance journalist. He was one of the earliest writers of an Australian film-script, co-writing 'Australia Calls' with C. A. Jeffries. This, an account of an invasion of
Published poems in Free Lance then later short stories and poems in Bulletin plus the humorous stories in Aussie collected in his one book.