Saturday, September 24, 2011

THE HERMIT OF COTTER RIVER

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



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4 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Thank you.
    Keith.
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/

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  2. 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. Cheers

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  3. Yes, it did fall somewhat short of any embellishment but extremely interesting all the same.

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  4. 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.

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