Alma Mona Cecil Barber was born on 17 May 1880 at Latrobe, the second child of George William Richard Barber (1851-1895), publican, and his wife Annie Alma Lawson (1855-1909). In 1903 Alma was living in Jolimont, East Melbourne, and studying to be a singer. She later performed in Launceston on several occasions. Alma was connected with the J C Williamson Light Opera Company. She is pictured in the Family Album with her mother, sister Mary and brother John.