Betty von Fürer-Haimendorf
Elizabeth Barnardo was born in Darbhanga, India, one of the five children of Col. Frederick "Barnie" Barnardo and Violet Barnardo, of Bexhill. Her father, also born in India, was a physician with the Indian Medical Service, nephew of Irish philanthropist Thomas John Barnardo, and dean of a medical school in Calcutta before 1921. Her mother died by suicide in 1942. In girlhood, Betty Barnardo was close to Patience Gray, who became a noted food writer. The two young women traveled together in central Europe in 1937.
Barnardo, who had trained as a nurse, worked closely with her husband on documenting the tribal cultures of northern India and Nepal. "No Himalayan pass was too high for her, no field site too remote," recalled a colleague in a 1987 obituary. She compiled the three-volume An anthropological bibliography of South Asia (1958). With her husband, she co-wrote The Reddis of the Bison hills: A study in acculturation (1945), The Raj Gonds of Adilabad: A peasant culture of the Deccan (1948), and The Gonds of Andhra Pradesh: Tradition and change in an Indian tribe (1979), Her diaries became an important source of her husband's 1990 memoir, Life Among Indian Tribes: the Autobiography of an Anthropologist.
In 1938, Elizabeth Barnardo married Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. They had a son, Nicholas, born in 1946. She died in 1987, in Hyderabad. The couple's papers are archived at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.