Potto, McCaul & Pollock families, Wanganui, and later Wellington

By Fiona G

Henry Potto, and wife Sarah Tisdale, had four children in England: Clara, George, Jemima (Mima), and Alfred, with Rosalina (Rosalia) being born in New Zealand. No images are extant for Sarah who died in 1871, but one William Harding photograph taken in 1881, of a 'Potts', is most likely Henry Potto, saddler. Wise's Post Office Directory for 1880-1881 and the Wanganui New Zealand Electoral Roll for 1880-1881, place both Henry and his son George on the roll; whereas William Potts, was not listed in Wise's as a Wanganui artist until 1884–93, according to Una Platts, http://bit.ly/14bY8Dd; furthermore, carefully looking at the image enlarged (in Tapuhi using the NDHA version), the handwriting is more likely Potto than Potts. There are also no known extant images of the youngest son Alfred (Fred / Frederick) Potto, who was a talented jockey and horse trainer, but had a life-long battle with alcohol addiction. Mima and John Pollock, after marrying, moved to Wellington and settled in quite comfortably. Mima's sister Clara, married Benjamin McCaul, and had two children survived to adulthood Hilda, and Benjamin.

Henry Potto, Mima Potto, Mima Pollock, John Henry Pollock, Clara Potto, Clara McCaul, Benjamin McCaul, Rosalia Potto, Jemima Potto, Jemima Pollock,

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Image: Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto

Born 1854, Sept Q, Walsall, Staffordshire - Died 2/6/1920, Wellington

Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto

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Image: Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto
Miss Mima (Jemima) Potto

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Image: Miss Rosalia Potto

Born 1858/6188 Wanganui

Miss Rosalia Potto

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Sarah Potto, nee Tisdale's death

DEATH. (Wanganui Herald, 18 March 1871)

National Library of New Zealand

Image: Miss Rosalia Potto
Miss Rosalia Potto

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Image: Mr George Potto

Born 1846 Dec Q, Walsall Staffordshire. Died 1935/15406

Mr George Potto

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Image: The three McCaul brothers
The three McCaul brothers

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Image: Copied photograph in the name of Miss McCaul 1911

Clara (nee Potto) and Benjamin McCaul

Copied photograph in the name of Miss McCaul 1911

Auckland Libraries

Image: Marion McCaul and her daughter
Marion McCaul and her daughter

Alexander Turnbull Library

POTTO, Albert Edward Henry

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

Image: Albert Edward Henry Potto
Albert Edward Henry Potto

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