Robert and Matilda POTTS
Robert and Matilda (nee Crombie) Potts arrived in HawkesBay New Zealand on the "Waitara" in 1856 , orginally from Newcastle on Tyne . Their daughter Matilda Potts( born in NZ) married Richard Rogers, son of William Rogers and Eliza Scandlyn, and grandson of Mary Rogers nee Faull who was the first European woman to be murdered in 1854, in the developing New Plymouth settlement in New Zealand. I am descended from this family line.
At some stage, perhaps 1919, a R POTTS was managing a hotel for anglers and tourists at Makuri. Is this the father Robert who came out from the UK or his son Robert?
In 1895,a Miss POTTS was the school teachers at Egmont Vilage School. My assumption is that this maybe the sixteen year Matilda who later married Richard but she would have been very young to be in sole charge of a school th size shown in a photograph of the school in 1895. At this time Robert and Matilda Potts were living in Midhurst.
I am interested in closing any gaps in the life of this POTTS family in New Zealand, but also interested in members of the family members who remained in the UK. A letter to the son Albert Potts from two aunts during the first world war indicates that there were still family members remaining in the UK.