POTTER Albert Edward

Name Albert Edward POTTER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1856
Died 1896
Birth/ Baptism Born 12 December 1856, Brighton, Sussex, England
Parents Edward and Harriett Potter
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
Liverpool Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 1884, Sussex, England, to Sarah Clarke
Arrival Approx. mid-1880s: Emigrated to Australia
Other 1881: Brighton, Sussex, England: Watchmaker jobber

July 1888: Mr Potter of Liverpool Street faced a court case versus painters Menton and Barnard. The painters claimed non-payment of the balance owed for painting at Potter’s watchmaker’s workshop in Liverpool Street. According to Potter, the painters did not complete the job satisfactorily; he called Mr Menton a scamp, which evoked the Commissioner to state ‘that he could not allow such language in court.’

Following Albert’s death, Sarah Potter advertised continuing the business.
The Mercury (Hobart) 27 February 1896:
‘Mrs Albert Potter has made arrangements with a thoroughly practical Watchmaker to manage for her the business known as the ‘Watch Repair Depot,’ 118 Liverpool Street, and can confidently guarantee that the reputation of this establishment in all branches of Watch, Clock, and Jewellery Work, will be fully maintained.’

1898: Sarah Potter was recorded under the Watchmaker section in Wises’ Directory and advertised private board and residence at 142 Macquarie Street.

Death 12 February 1896, Hobart General Hospital, 39 years old, survived by his wife and four children.
Cause of death: Typhoid fever
Brian Loomes, Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Complete 21st Century Edition, 2006, p624.
Tasmania Post Office Directory (Wise) 1890-1894.
TAHO: RGD35/1/15 no538 Death 1896.
Web: Ancestry: England & Wales Civil Registration Birth Index 1857 [Edward Albert Potter]; 1881 England Census;
The Mercury (Hobart) 6 July 1888, 13 February 1896, 13 January 1898; The Clipper 4 January 1896, 11 January 1896, 22 February 1896, 2 May 1896.