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.
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