Initially titled 'The origin of the Cotter River' this newspaper clipping relates the tale of Garrett Cotter ex-convict after whom the Cotter River and Dam are named. The article describes Cotter as a hermit 'living the simple life' with a woman and children.
Dated 1926 it reports the discovery of Cotter in 1822 the same year as the Canberra region was first discovered by Charles Throsby. I wonder just how long Cotter had been living there?
Federal Capital Pioneer - Thursday 25 March 1926
Very interesting. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I think the tale might have been embellished in the telling a bit. But nonetheless the area would have been as remote from the colony as you would get and it is a beautiful place. CheersReplyDelete
Yes, it did fall somewhat short of any embellishment but extremely interesting all the same.ReplyDelete
Cheers Steve. I come across some interesting ones now and then but I have to go through many that are pretty bland to find them.ReplyDelete