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