Joseph Hyde Potts

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Joseph Hyde Potts (1793 – 1865) was an accountant and in 1817 was the first employee to be engaged by the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac).[1]

On 9 August 1834 he married Emma Bates (d.1901), the marriage conducted by the Rev. William Cowper at fashionable St. Phillip's Church.[2] They had four children: Joseph (b. 1835), Harriet (b. 1837), Francis (b. 1839) and Josephine (b. 1843).

In 1830 Potts acquired 64 acres (260,000 m2) of land from Judge-Advocate John Wylde [3] on what was previously known as Paddys Point[4] and Woolloomooloo Hill [5] and renamed it Potts Point. Potts purchased another 369 acres (1.49 km2) in 1834, 470 acres (1.9 km2) in 1835 and a further 625 acres (2.53 km2) in 1835. Potts Hill reservoir and Potts Point is located on a large portion of Joseph Hyde Potts' original land.[6]

In 1841 the Crown granted a further 256 acres (1.04 km2) to Potts, who was at that time Secretary of the Bank of New South Wales, near where Homebush [7] and Australian Catholic University's Mount Royal College campus is located at Strathfield [8] is today.

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  1. ^ Westpac Archived 22 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Sydney Herald, Thursday 14 August 1834
  3. ^ Tanneries
  4. ^ Pott's Point
  5. ^ Manar Archived 10 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ NSW Gov Archived 17 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Strathfield History: Airey Park
  8. ^ Strathfield History: Mount Royal College

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