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Barry Cotter
Family Name: Cotter  Variant Spellings:  
Given Names: Barry
DOB 1807
DOD 1 November 1877 
Place of Birth: Cork, Ireland
Place of Death: Swan Hill, Victoria 
Age at Death:
Qualifications: LFPSG 1829
Other Occupations:
Spouse: Inez Seville Fitzgerald m.1838
Children: Charles Henry Barry
Frances Laura Snodgrass
Helena Hayes
Francis Henry Durell
Voyages: "Juno" from Liverpool arr. Hobart 7 November 1830
  • "Norval" dep. Launceston for Port Phillip 21 October 1835
  • "Agostina" from London arr. Launceston 30 March 1843
  • "Tamar" dep. Launceston for Port Phillip 31 March 1843
  • "Isabella" dep. Port Phillip for London 18 June 1844 wrecked 22 June 1844
  • "Martha and Elizabeth" from Port Phillip arr. Sydney 7 September 1844
  • "Dublin" dep. Sydney for Hull 8 April 1846
  • "Royal George" from London arr. Adelaide 26 June 1847
  • Came out as:  
    Date Settled Aus: 1830
    Date of Departure:  
    First Registered: 1845 NSW No.270
    Off Register:  
    Addresses: Ireland
  • Campbell Town, VDL 1830-1835
  • Melbourne, Port Phillip 1835-1841 approx.
  • Europe 1842 approx.
  • Melbourne 1843-1844
  • Sydney, NSW 1845 (Medical Register)
  • Goulburn, NSW 1845 (Spurway)
  • Europe 1846-1847 (shipping record)
  • South Australia 1847 (shipping record)
  • Gawler, SA 1850 (SA Register)
  • Bendigo, Vic 1852 (Bowden)
  • Wentworth, NSW 1859-1861 (Spurway, Argus)
  • Menindee, NSW 1867-1870 (Empire, SA Register)
  • Wilcannia, NSW 1875 (Town and Country Journal)
  • Swan Hill, Vic 1877 (where died)
  • Positions Held: Assistant Colonial Surgeon, Campbell Town, VDL 1830-1835
  • Assistant Colonial Surgeon, Melbourne 1837
  • Medical Officer, Quarantine Station, Point Nepean 1840
  • Publications:
    Notes: Melbourne's first doctor, arrived Port Phillip 6 November 1835
  • His parents were Barry Cotter, a magistrate, and Elizabeth Hayes
  • Doctor and druggist in early Melbourne having come as storekeeper and medical officer with the Port Phillip Association
  • Visited to Europe in about 1841 but returned to find he was ruined
  • His wife declared herself a widow after not hearing from him for 11 years, remarried England, died Australia 1864 aged 40 (Spurway)
  • Set out for London on the "Isabella" but the vessel was wrecked in the Furneaux Group 22 June 1844
  • Not registered SA (rejected by the Board) but was in practice at Gawler in 1850 (SA Register)
  • Moira McAlister is writing a biography of this doctor and would like to be contacted by anyone with further information (moira.mcalister@gmail.com)
  • Acknowledgments: Lenore Frost, Essendon, Vic, December 2003; Reece Jennings, North Plympton SA, March 2004; Michael Bollen of Adelaide, November 2006; Suellen Spiteri of Parkwood, WA, June 2008, Christine Laskowski of Essendon, Vic Dec 2008; Moira McAlister, March 2012
    References: Medical Board of New South Wales. Minutes 25 January 1845 [registration of Dr. Cotter of Sydney with affidavit diploma (LFPSG) lost in "Isabella"]
  • Howard GT. Port Phillip's early doctors 1835-1839. Medical Journal of Australia 1934; i: 361-6
  • Cannon M. Historical Records of Victoria Vol I
  • Bowden KM. Doctors and diggers on the Mount Alexander goldfields. Maryborough, Vic, 1974
  • Gibbney HJ, Smith AG. Biographical register 1788-1939. Canberra, 1987
  • Tofft K. In: Campbell Town, Tasmania. Municipal Council, 1966:179
  • Spurway JT. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record Series I 1788-1841 ABGR Sydney 1992
  • Haines G. Pharmacy in Australia p59
  • "Garryowen". Disciples of Aesculapius. In his: Chronicles of early Melbourne 1835 to 1852. Melbourne, 1888
  • Ship news. Colonial Times (Hobart) 12 November 1830 [passengers Clarke, Cotton (sic) et al on "Juno" from Liverpool]
  • Arrived. Hobart Town Courier 13 November 1830 ["Juno" from Liverpool, passenger include Mr. B. Collar (sic)]
  • Shipping report. Launceston Advertiser 22 October 1835 [J. Bateman (sic) and B. Cotter on "Norval" for Port Phillip]
  • Port Phillip. Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 14 May 1840 [Dr. Cotter at the quarantine station]
  • Shipping intelligence. Courier (Hobart) 7 April 1843 [Dr. B. Cotter on "Agostina" from London]
  • Melancholy shipwreck. Colonial Times (Hobart) 10 July 1844 [Mr. Barry Cotter the surgeon of the vessel]
  • Shipping intelligence. Sydney Morning Herald 9 September 1844 [Dr. Cotter on "Martha and Elizabeth" from Port Phillip]
  • Clearances. Sydney Morning Herald 9 April 1846 [Dr. Cotter on "Dublin" for Hull]
  • Adelaide. Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 1847 [Dr. Cotter on "Royal George" from London] [not T. Y. Cotter who was in Gawler Place early July]
  • Resident Magistrate's Court. South Australian Register (newspaper) 18 January 1850 [Barry Cotter, surgeon, Gawler Town, gives evidence]
  • One Tree Hill jumping case. Argus (Melbourne) 8 January 1861 [evidence from Barry Cotter medical practitioner at Wentworth]
  • Serious accident. Empire (Sydney) 29 July 1867 [victim conveyed to Dr. Cotter at Menindie]
  • Wanted doctors. South Australian Register 11 February 1870 [Dr. Barry Cotter rumoured to have received appointment in SA, leaving Menindie district]
  • Wilcannia. Australian Town and Country Journal 30 October 1875 [Dr. Cotter's new premises]
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    last updated 16-01-2017


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