Detail from Melbourne from Collins Street East by R. Russell, 1840. (Courtesy SLV)
This website tells the story of Dr Barry Cotter, the first doctor in Melbourne and his wife, Inez Seville Fitzgerald. It is written mainly for their descendants, especially those who have the surname Barry-Cotter.
But family or not it’s a great story, full of action and adventure, infidelity, tragedy and betrayal, with characters and events that need no fiction to enhance them.
You can find out more about how the website came about by clicking here or go straight to the biography by clicking here.
IS YOUR SURNAME BARRY-COTTER?
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHY
I regularly update this website when new information comes to light, so what you will read is the latest information I have. The website was originally archived by the National Library of Australia into their Pandora Collection on May 29th, 2015. Since then the NLA regularly updates its copy to ensure that the latest edits are captured. You can visit the NLA copy here
Hobart Town on the River Derwent, Van Diemen’s Land (1830) by W. J . Huggins (with permission from Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office). This is how Hobart looked when Dr Cotter arrived in 1830.
Hello. My name is Michael Joseph Cotter. My father is William reynold Dennis Cotter 20/ 10 /1946. His father was Joseph Lennox Cotter. I am told we are direct descendants of the Dr. BARRY COTTER. Can you help us to understand More??
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Hi Michael, I am descended from Dr Barry Cotter’s first son, Charles Henri. I would suggest that you may be descended from his second son Francis, known as Frank, who lived in Melbourne. Also you might like to explore the family tree of John Cotter (Dr BC’s brother) who lived in the Bendigo region. I’m happy to hear any more clues you might have to help you find the answer. The ‘Lennox’ is interesting in your grandfathers name. Stay in touch, cheers from Moira McAlister