Walter Kemp POTTER

Male 1854 - 1941  (87 years)


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  • Name Walter Kemp POTTER 
    Born 3 Feb 1854  Kings Lynn, Norfork, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 22 Sep 1855  Kings Lynn, Norfork, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Kings Lynn, Norfork, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2

    • 91 High Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

      1) Joseph C Potter, head, married, 42, linen draper, born Pentney, Norfolk, England
      2) Caroline Potter, wife, married, 40, drapers wife, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      3) Hannah Potter, dau, unmarried, 18, drapers dau, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      4) Edward Potter, son, 12, scholar, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      5) James Potter, son, 11, scholar, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      6) Frederick C Potter, son, 9, scholar, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      7) Walter Potter, son, 7, scholar, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      9) Thomas K Potter, son, 5, scholar, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      10) Helen B Potter, dau, 3, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      11) Hubert P Potter, son, 10 months, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
      12) John Lambert, apprentice, unmarried, 15, drapers apprentice, born Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England
      13) Mary Howard, servant, unmarried, 18, house servant, born Gaywood, Norfolk, England
    Census 2 Apr 1871  Bourne, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3

    • 2 Market Place, Bourne

      1) Thomas Harrison, head, married, 49, silk mercer & draper (and master), born Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
      2) Sarah Harrison, wife, married, 50, born Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
      3) Hannah Harrison, dau, 11, scholar, born Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
      4) Katherine F Harrison, dau, 9, scholar, born Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
      5) Mary H Harrison, dau, 8, scholar, born Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
      6) Joseph Simpson, assistant, unmarried, 26, drapers assistant, born Orsdall Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
      7) Frank Smith, apprentice, unmarried, 20, drapers assistant, born Lound Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
      8) Walter K Potter, apprentice, unmarried, 17, drapers apprentice, born Lyn, Norfolk, England
      9) Charlotte Cooke, servant, unmarried, 23, domestic servant, born Ropsley, Lincolnshire, England
      10) Levina Reed, servant, unmarried, 22, domestic servant, born Walcot Falkingham, Lincolnshire, England
    Immigration 12 Sep 1877  Port Chalmers, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Arrived on the Martin Scott having sailed from London 10 June 1877.

      Shipping PORT CHALMERS.
      OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 1346, 15 SEPTEMBER 1877, PAGE 11

      ARRIVALS

      Martin Scott, ship, 1388 tons, Kerr, from London June 10th. New Zealand Shipping Company, agents. Passengers: Mr and Mrs White, Mrs Levy. Second Cabin —  Misses Hamilton, Mooney, Messrs Thomson, Hindman, Potter, Barnard, West, Graddock, M'Endoe, Dunn.

      ARRIVAL OF THE MARTIN SCOTT.
      From what is to be seen of her above water, the Martin Scott, which arrived on Wednesday night from London, is a grand ship at all points, with apparently full lines and good sheer. Her lines, however, only suggest themselves, for she is deep in the water, and her mould beneath it can only be surmised. But that she is one of the latter-day ocean going liners is patent enough, and with respect equipments has not been surpassed by any ship of her class that has visited this port.
      She is a comparatively new vessel, launched three years ago from the yard of Mr J. C. Scott, of Greenock, and is owned by Mr J. Jamieson of that port. She is constructed of iron throughout in accordance with the highest class at Lloyd's, and has iron lower masts, and lower yards and lower topsail yards. Labour saving appliances enter largely into her equipments. There are two powerful steam winches on deck one at the fore, the other at the main hatch, and are arranged to drive the pumps (Mills's patent) and the windlass (one of Hadfield's) Her deck space is exceedingly ample, and her poop, something over 60ft. long contains excellent passenger accommodation, comprising a roomy salle a manger and commodious well furnished side cabins, with all necessary offices. The dimensions of this fine ship are :—  Length overall, 239ft.; beam 38ft.; and depth of hold, 21ft.

      This is her third voyage, and of the others one was made to Calcutta and one to Melbourne. She comes under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Company, and has brought a large and heavy cargo, comprising 140O tons of measurement goods and 1000 tons of dead weight, much of it railway iron and cement. She has also 100 kegs of powder stowed in a magazine.

      The Martin Scott has made the passage out in 93 days from port to port, and 89 days from her point of departure the Start, to her landfall, the Nuggets. Considering the quantity of freight stowed in her, the time she made was good; and then again, she was not highly favoured by winds, the N E. Trades being light, with southerly winds from its southern limit to the Equator and across it; whilst, instead of the roaring westerlies' reported by the vessels which preceded her, she had only moderate winds whilst running down her longitude, and once had a spell of four days calm, or next to it, during which the barometer ranged remarkably high, registering from 30.40 to 30.74. Certainly the ship did not touch a high latitude in search of winds, for in accordance with the expressed desire of her charterer the Company, she was kept on the lower side of the 43rd parallel whilst crossing the Southern Ocean. Very likely the late circular issued by the Admiralty relative to the danger incidental to searching for winds in a high southern latitude, may have influenced the Company in the matter. Although not over and above well favoured by winds, the ship was attended by beautiful weather. It was in fact a fine weather passage, and throughout not a gale worthy the name being experienced, and at the worst, the ship could always show whole topsails to it, with reefed topgallant sails over them.
    Travel 1912  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Business and pleasure trip 

    • Goomalling-Dowerin Mail (WA : 1911 - 1916), Friday 25 October 1912, page 2

      A Holiday Trip

      MR. W. K. POTTER'S RETURN.

      Some seven months ago an esteemed and popular business man of Northam, in the person of Mr. W. K. Potter, decided that he had been long enough away from his native land— he had spent 35 years in Australia and New Zealand— and consequently he decided to make a business and pleasure trip to the old country. As a lad of fourteen he had struck out to pursue his fortunes in Australia, and when he returned to Northam on Tuesday evening, having spent more than half a year in travelling, and in renewing acquaintance with England and the Continent, he was as hale and hearty as full of youthful vim and vigour, and as ready to wind off a neat story with a pungent point, as if he were of little more than the age when he first took his fortunes into his own hands. Mr. Potter's return had been looked forward to, not only by the members of his own family, but also by many personal friends, who were glad to welcome him back.

      "I arrived in London," said Mr. Potter, on being, asked to relate some incidents of his travels, "three days after the commencement of the great Dock strike, which caused a terrible lot of trouble. The strikers frequently came in conflict with the police, and sometimes I saw a procession of as many as 100 horse and motor vans convoyed by the police, and carrying Australian meat."

      Mr. Potter explained that he visited several of the manufacturing districts, among them Manchester, Bradford and Leicester, and inspected the manufactories of both soft goods and iron. "I was in Norwich during the August floods, when over seven inches of rain fell in 16 or 18 hours. There were boats in the streets taking people out of the upper storeys of houses."

      A visit to Hendon, the rendezvous of the flying men, was the most interesting of Mr. Potter's experiences while abroad. "I spent several very fine afternoons at Hendon," he explained, "watching the monoplanes and biplanes. Sometimes there were as many as six or eight men in the air at a time, all at different elevations, and some thousands of feet high. A race between an English and a French machine was flown over ten miles at the rate of 59 miles an hour."

      A couple of days were spent at White City, where Mr. Potter attended the Olympia horse show— -"a marvellous thing," to quote his words.

      "It is a magnificent site," proceeded the returned traveller, " that the Commonwealth has secured in the Strand for the Commonwealth offices. It is at the corner of King's Way, and is absolutely in the centre of the life of London."

      Speaking of the wet summer in England, Mr. Potter said that over miles of country in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire he could only see the tops of hedges. Crops that the water had covered were as black as coal, and absolutely destroyed. Right through England the crops were damaged, and over 50 per cent of them were absolutely valueless. To add to the farmers' troubles in Lincolnshire blight had attacked the potatoes, and caused a loss of over £1,000,000.

      Questioned about the industrial position, Mr. Potter replied, "The unrest everywhere is pronounced. England is very unhappy and dissatisfied country at the present time. The cost of living everywhere has gone up 15 and 16 per cent., and there has not been a general increase of wages. There is great poverty, and the country is seething with discontent."

      "And yet," proceeded the narrator, "the hotels everywhere are doing a big business. The working classes give themselves up to drinking on Sundays. What struck me as a peculiar thing is the fact that among the middle class people the women seem to drink as much as the men. They are prohibited from taking children under 16 into the hotels, but it is a common thing to see several women sipping their glasses of beer together on the footpaths."

      In reply to a question relating to the business side of his trip, Mr. Potter said that he had arranged with a buying agent in London, and had himself made extensive purchases of goods. "As regards styles, we are just as well catered for and as up-to-date as they are in England."

      Mr. Potter did not find the English bowling greens to his liking. "I did not see a flat green," he explains. "All that I saw were crown greens, raised about 18 inches in the centre, and sloping away in every direction to the ditches. The greens are not divided up into rinks, and the jack is put just anywhere, so that you may be bowling up or down hill, or along a siding, and then again someone else may be bowling across your line of fire."

      Asked if his travels had not furnished any humorous incidents or stories that he might relate, Mr. Potter pondered for a moment.

      "Well, not for publication," he concluded.
    Died 20 Oct 1941  Claremont, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9
    • West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Tuesday 21 October 1941, page 1

      POTTER (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941, suddenly, at his residence, 169 Strling-highway, Claremont, loving husband of Mary Jane Potter, beloved father of Walter, Ada, Alfred, Joseph (deceased), Herbert, Mollie (Mrs. A. J. Wright, Northam), William, Carrie (Mrs. O. Greenwood, Kellerberrin) father-in-law of Mrs. H. V. Potter (Gilgal), Mrs. A. R. Potter (South Perth), Mrs. W. K. Potter (Nedlands), Mrs. W. L. Potter (Dalkeith), Mr. A. J. Wright (Northam), Mr. O. Greenwood (Kellerberrin); in his 88th year Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant depart in peace.

      POTTER (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941, suddenly, loving father of William Lyne Potter, father-in-law of Ida Ellen Potter, grandfather of Mary (Mrs. R. C. Spicer), William (on active service. R.AN.), Keith (on active service. A.I.F.), Peter, Robert, Elwyn, Tom, great-grandfather of Mary Lynette Spicer.
      Sadly missed.

      POTTER: (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941, suddenly, loving father of Walter Kemp, jun, father-in-law of Mavis and grandfather of Walter Joseph and Margaret Muriel.

      POTTER (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941, suddenly, loving father of Alfred Richard Potter, father-in-law of Josephine Potter, grandfather of Vincent (on active service, A.I.F.), William and Thea.
      At peace.

      West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Friday 24 October 1941, page 1

      POTTER (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941, suddenly, loving father of Herbert Victor Potter (Goldfields Water Supply), father-in-law of Gwendoline Maud Potter, grandfather of Joseph (G.W.S.), Dorothy (S/n A.I.F., Egypt), Audrey (S/n R.A.A.F., Victoria), and Thelma.
      His Job done.

      West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Saturday 25 October 1941, page 1

      POTTER (Walter Kemp).-On October 20, 1941 at Claremont, beloved father of Bert, father-in-law of Gwen (No. 7 Pumping Station), loving grandfather of Joe (Mundaring Weir), Dorothy (A.A.N.S., Middle East), Audrey (R.A.A.F. Hospital, Melbourne) and Bonnie (No. 7 Pumping Station).
      Father, in Thy gracious keeping
      Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.
    Obituary 22 Oct 1941  Northam, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Northam Advertiser 
    • OBITUARY

      LATE MR. WALTER KEMP POTTER

      Mr. Walter Kemp Potter, a well-known former resident of Northam, died at his residence, 169 Stirling Highway, Claremont, on Monday last in his 88th year. He was a native of Norfolk, England, and for some years was in business in Wangaratta, Victoria. Coming to Western Australia in the late nineties, he occupied the position of head of a department in Sargood Bros.' warehouse. Later he purchased the drapery business of Chas. George at Northam, and this he conducted until his retirement some 15 years ago. During his residence in Northam, the late Mr. Potter took a keen interest in public affairs and was a member of the local Repatriation Committee after the last war. He was a prominent Freemason. In addition to his widow, he leaves a family of four sons, Messrs. Walter, Alfred, Herbert and William Potter, and three daughters, Miss Ada Potter, Mrs. A. J. Wright, of Wellington-street, Northam, and Mrs. O. Greenwood (Kellerberrin).
    Find a Grave link https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/213651702 
    Find a Grave 213651702 
    Buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I11134  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2021 

    Family Mary Jane LYNE,   b. Abt 1849, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1943, Claremont, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married 1882  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
    +1. Walter Kemp POTTER,   b. 28 Jan 1879, Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1972, East Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Ada Kemp POTTER,   b. 1881, Richmond, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1960, Dalkeith, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Alfred Richard POTTER,   b. 1883, Prahran, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1945, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Joseph Latten POTTER,   b. 1885, Prahran, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Herbert Victor "Bert" POTTER,   b. 1887, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1963, Guildford, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Mary "Molly" POTTER,   b. 1890, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1967, Northam, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. William Lyne POTTER,   b. 1893, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1978, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     8. Caroline Gunton "Carrie" POTTER,   b. Abt 1894, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1993, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 99 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F6684  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 2 Apr 1871 - Bourne, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsTravel - Business and pleasure trip - 1912 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1028] Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1919 [database on-line]., (Ancestry.com. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.), Walter Kemp Potter, Birth Date: 3 Feb 1854, Baptism Date: 22 Sep 1855, Baptism Place: King's Lynn, St Margaret with St Nicholas, Norfolk, England, Father: Joseph Cocksedge Potter, draper, Mother: Caroline Latten.

    2. [S1032] Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]., (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.), Class: RG 9; Piece: 1255; Folio: 93; Page: 9; GSU roll: 542784, Household of Joseph O Potter.

    3. [S1031] Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]., (Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.), Class: RG10; Piece: 3315; Folio: 4; Page: 1; GSU roll: 839345. Bourne, Lincolnshire. Household of Thomas Harrison.

    4. [S553] Papers Past, (http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz), OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 1346, 15 SEPTEMBER 1877, PAGE 11.

    5. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1912 'A Holiday Trip', Goomalling-Dowerin Mail (WA : 1911 - 1916), 25 October, p. 2. , viewed 03 Oct 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156478734.

    6. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1941 'Family Notices', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 21 October, p. 1. , viewed 03 Oct 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47165846.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1941 'Family Notices', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 24 October, p. 1. , viewed 03 Oct 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47166319.

    8. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1941 'Family Notices', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 25 October, p. 1. , viewed 03 Oct 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47166493.

    9. [S833] Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, (mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au), Walter Kemp POTTER, Date of Death: 20 October 1941.

    10. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1941 'OBITUARY', The Northam Advertiser (WA : 1895 - 1955), 22 October, p. 3. , viewed 03 Oct 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article260265048.

    11. [S833] Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, (mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au), Walter Kemp POTTER, Date of Death: 20 October 1941; Grave Location: Cemetery: KARRAKATTA CEMETERY; Area or Denomination: ANGLICAN; Section: ZA; Gravesite: 0029.

    12. [S12] Victoria: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Event: marriages, Registration number: 3132 / 1882, Family name: POTTER, Given name(s): Walter Kemp, Spouse's family name: LYNE, Spouse's given name(s): Mary Jane.