Obituary. On Wednesday, 20th ult., at his residence, Caledonia Gully, South Heathcote, there passed away a very old McIvor resident, namely, Mr Harry Potter, son of the late Mr George Pot- ter, also of Caledonia Gully, for a num- ber of years in the early days, and brother of Mr James W. Potter, of Rushworth, and Mrs A. Smith, El- more. The cause of death was colic, ending in heart failure, after only two days' illness. Mr Potter was a native of Oxford, England, and was 72 years of age. He arrived in Australia with his parents when a lad, and attended the school at Heathcote in the fifties, with his brother Mr George Potter, jun., who died many years ago. Mr Harry Potter was for over 20 years en- gaged in the Criminal Investigation Department, being stationed in Mel- bourne, Bendigo, Ballarat, etc., and was widely known as Detective Potter, and an efficient officer, and noted for his clever captures. Mr Potter's va- rious appointments were as follow:— Joined police force, February, 1866; appointed 3rd class detective, August, 1869; 2nd class detective, February, 1875; 1st class detective, March, 1880; 1st class sergeant, November, 1884; and resigning his position in May, 1887. In November, 1879, he received from the Board of Directors of the Queen's Birthday Quartz Gold Mining Co., Dunolly, a handsome illuminated address for his services in obtaining evidence that led to the arrest of robbers of copper plates and amalgam from the company's workings at that
time. He afterwards had an hotel business at Ferntree Gully, later the Antimony Hotel at Costerfield, and Gold Miners' Arms, Caledonia Gully, Heathcote. As a youth he was engaged in several of the leading workings on the McIvor goldfields, including the Butlers and Alabama reefs, afterwards joining the Police Force, and subse- quently the Criminal Investigation De- partment. He was of a very genial and kindly disposition, and his decease will be a source of regret to his many friends. He was married at Heathcote to Miss Laurina M. Kirby, who pre- deceased him. He leaves three sons and two daughters, grown up, living, and much sympathy is felt for them in their bereavement, two sons being de- ceased. The funeral took place on the Friday, and was numerously at- tended, the place of burial being the Heathcote Cemetery. The burial ser- vice was read by the Rev. W. M. Madgwick, and the funeral was con- ducted by Messrs. Perry Bros. The great Cunard liner Aquitania, 47,000 tons is the largest British owned steamer in the world, being just slightly bigger than the White Star liner Olympic. Her length is 720 feet, breadth 76 feet, and depth 69 feet, while her designed speed is 23 knots. The Hamburg-Amerika liner Vaterland, 50,000 tons, is the only vessel larger than the Aquitania. Two leading German shipping firms, Nord-duetchar Lloyd and Hamburg Amerika, have agreed to combine their North American and Asiatic services, these two companies own 579 vessels, with a total tonnage of 5,117,819. The principal British shipping com- panies own 318 vessels of a total ton- nage of 2,180,000.