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Cottrell, Dorothy (1902 - 1957)


16 July 1902
Picton, New South Wales, Australia
29 Jun 1957
Florida, United States of America


Cottrell was born at Picton, New South Wales, and moved with her family to Ballarat, where a childhood case of polio left her confined to a wheelchair. She studied at home with governesses and was later taught by several distinguished artists in Sydney. She married in secret and spent time on Dunk Island with the colonial naturalist and writer Edmund Banfield and his wife, before travelling around New South Wales in a truck. Her first novel, The Singing Gold (1927), was an international success, bought for serialisation by the American Ladies' Home Journal for $5000 as well as appearing in Australian and British periodicals. Two other novels followed: Earth's Battle (1930) and The Silent Reefs (1954), as well as short stories and several books for children.

Published resources


  • Cottrell, Dorothy, The singing gold, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1928, 319 pp. Details
  • Cottrell, Dorothy, Earth battle, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1930, 320 pp. Details

See also

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers, 1929-1970 - Dorothy Cottrell, 1929 - 1970, NLA MS 6085; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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