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Frank Forbes Potts

Beatrice Gertrude O'Donnell

  • Born: 1874, Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Married: 1893, Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1
  • Died: 7 Apr 1947, Taree, New South Wales, Australia 3
  • Buried: Dawson River General Cemetery, Taree, N.S.W., Australia 4

  Research Notes:

Electoral Rolls...

In 1930 Beatrice Gertrude Potts and husband Frank Forbes Potts, police magistrate, were at Elmshurst, Macquarie St., Taree. There also was daughter Beatrice Selina Potts.

In 1936 and 1943 Beatrice Gertrude Potts and husband Frank Forbes Potts, police magistrate, were at Elmshurst, Macquarie St., Taree.


Named as a beneficiary in her husband's Will (1934).

Will of Beatrice Gertrude Potts late of Taree in the State of N.S.W., Widow, written 25 Jul 1945, probate 28 Jul 1947.

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me BEATRICE GERTRUDE POTTS of Taree in the State of New South Wales, Widow. I REVOKE all prior Wills Codicils and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me. I APPOINT my daughters HILDA RAY FLETT and BEATRICE SELINA LATHAM Executrices and Trustees of this my Will. I DEVISE to the said HILDA RAY FLETT absolutely the house and land situated at the corner of Macquarie and Wynter Streets where I now reside. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the whole of the residue of my estate whatever nature and wheresoever situated unto my said Trustees UPON TRUST to sell call in and convert the same into money and after the payment of the whole of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses State Probate Duty and Federal Estate Duty UPON TRUST to pay to my said daughter BEATRICE SELINA LATHAM an amount equal to the Probate Valuation of the house and land aforesaid AND UPON FURTHER TRUST to pay the legal expenses and costs of the transfer of the house and land aforesaid to the said HILDA RAY FLETT and thereafter to divide the residue then remaining in equal shares between my said two daughters hereinbeforenamed AND I DECLARE that neither of my said two daughters shall be required to contribute towards payment of Probate or Estate Duties which are expressly charged on the residue of my estate. AS WITNESS my hand at Taree this Twenty fifth day of July 1945.
SIGNED by the Testatrix BEATRICE GERTRUDE POTTS as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who....have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. PERTH ROBB R.S. BUTTERWORTH Solr. Taree.
28th July, 1947. On this date Probate of the last Will of the abovename deceased was granted to HILDA RAY FLETT and BEATRICE SELINA LATHAM the Executrices named in the said Will. TESTATRIX DIED on the 7th day of April, 1947. ESTATE SWORN at the sum of £5240. 5. 1. nett. 9



Her many friends learned with sincere regret of the sudden passing of Mrs. Beatrice Gertrude Potts, relict of the late Mr. Frank Forbes Potts, retired police magistrate, which occurred suddenly during her sleep on Easter Monday morning. The deceased lady, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Maurice O'Donnell, was born at Emmavllle, 72 years ago. Her late husband's first appointment was as C.P.S. at Bingera, Murrurundi, then at Emmaville, where they were mairied. Mr. and Mrs. Potts subsequently went to Gunnedah where Mr. Potts was C.P.S. They then returned to Bingera, which was Mr. Potts first appointment as police magistrate. Taree was his next appointment as P.M., and from that town he went to Sydney for a time as stipendiary magistrate, then to Albury as relieving P.M., and returned later to Taree as police magistrate, where he retired after a long and faithful service. Mr. Potts predeceased his wife by two years and nine months.

The late Mrs. Potts, was of a charming disposition, a kindly friend and neighbour, a devoted mother, and was esteemed by all who knew her. During World War I she was president of the local War Chest Fund, for which and other patriotic efforts she was an enthusiastic worker. Mrs. Potts was also a devoted worker for her church during the time of Canon Phillips. A keen lover of flowers, her garden was a reflection of her enthusiasm in this direction. The latter part of her life was devoted to her home in looking after her husband.

Mrs. Potts is survived by two daughters — Mrs. Latham, wife of Rev. Walter Latham, of St. John's Church (Taree), and Mrs. Farquhar Flett (Taree). The only son, Peter, was killed In air operations in New Guinea, three years ago, and a daughter died in infancy. The late Mrs. Potts had five sisters and two brothers...." 5

  Marriage Information:

Beatrice married Frank Forbes Potts, son of William Elmhurst Potts and Selina Rebecca Lockhead, in 1893 in Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1. (Frank Forbes Potts was born in 1865 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 6, died on 6 Jul 1944 in Taree, New South Wales, Australia 7 and was buried in Dawson River General Cemetery, Taree, N.S.W., Australia 8.)


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 3291/1893.

2 NSW Registry BDM (births), 20026/1874.

3 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 10602/1947.

4 Australian Cemeteries Index.

5 The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer, Friday 18 April 1947.

6 NSW Registry BDM (births), 965/1865.

7 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 21135/1944.

8 Australian Cemeteries Index.

9 New South Wales Will Books, 1800-1952, no. 328984.

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