Barbara Finch was born at Launceston on 23 February 1912, the elder of two children of Eldred Finch, school porter and domestic servant, (c1871-1930) and his wife Mary-Jane, nee Jordan (1877-1966). Barbara's brother Alan Edward Finch was born in 1915 and became a radio technician in Shepparton, Victoria. The Finch family lived at 34 Maitland Street, Launceston, before moving to 35 Button Street, Mowbray, by 1928. Barbara and Alan attended the Charles Street State School. Barbara Finch was a typist and clerk. She died at Cosgrove Park on 23 April 2000.