George Frederick HUTTON POTTS [1864-1937]
Page 7 of the China Mail, 7 Jan 1937, reports his funeral, including:
The chief mourners were Mr. Reginald Potts and Mr Jack Potts (sons), Mr Peter Potts (brother), Mr Alec Potts and Mr J A Pym (nephews), Mr R Pestonji (partner of Messrs. Benjamin and Potts) and Mr. Ellis Hayim, of the Shanghai Office.
The Hong Kong Daily Press, 1937-01-05, gives a summary of his life on pages 1 & 8, including:
It was in 1885 that he first came to Hong Kong to join the firm of Russel and Co., remaining with them until their failure in 1900, when he went to Shanghai and opened the brokering firm of Benjamin, Kelly and Potts. in 1906 Mr Kelly separated from this firm and established himself in Hong Kong. Six years later Mr Potts returned from Shanghai and with his brother, Mr P. C. Potts, settled down finally to brokering in Hong Kong under the firm name of Benjamin and Potts.
Last, but by no means least, he was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and laid the foundation stone of the new building in Ice House Street on May 17, 1933.
Potts or Hutton Potts? Joanna writes:
... while most of the family use just "Potts" our correct surname is HUTTON POTTS without a hyphen ...