Barrington is in the north of Tasmania. According to a Advocate article from 1920 celebrating the centenary of Methodism in Tasmania, Between the old Mersey circuit and Deloraine there is a wide stretch of fruitful land which early attracted the attention of settlers, the earliest of them being Methodists who went from Westbury in 1865, and founded the district of Barrington. John Coleman, who was appointed to look after the spiritual needs of these pioneers, held prayer and class meetings "twice on Sundays and once on week nights." The people brought to the evening meetings lighted paling torches with which they found their way through the dense bush. Barrington was placed on the Mersey plan, and in 1870 a church was erected, the timber being cut and the labor supplied by the settlers themselves. Source: Advocate, Tuesday 26 October 1920