(1801–49), born London, arrived in Australia in 1843. His account of the voyage was published as Journal of a Voyage in the Barque, ‘Parkfield’ (1845). Cotton soon became a substantial squatter, occupying about 60 square miles by 1846. His correspondence with his brother William in England is of historical significance and was published by George Mackaness in 1953. His great-granddaughter, Maie Casey, wrote of him in An Australian Story 1837–1907 (1962).
From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.