Born: 2 February 1905, Sheffield, England
Died: 3 May 1966, South Australia
Bernard Charles Cotton was educated at Abeyfield House, Sheffield, England and then migrated to South Australia in 1923. Soon after Cotton was appointed as a cadet at the South Australian Museum where he assisted Sir Joseph Verco (see AA 504). Cotton retired in 1962 due to ill health and was survived by his wife and two daughters.
The South Australian Museum Archives contains manuscript material including cinefilm.
During Cotton's working life at the South Australian Museum spanning 39 years, he published 151 papers and was appointed to various committee positions of the Royal Society of South Australia Council including President from 1951 to 1952.
Bernard Charles Cotton was appointed as a Class 5 Cadet at the South Australian Museum in 1923, Conchologist and Photographer in 1928, Conchologist in 1934 and later became the Curator of Molluscs.