Matilda Griffiths Potts

Matilda Griffiths Potts[1]

Female 1860 - 1931  (70 years)

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  • Name Matilda Griffiths Potts  [1
    Born 26 Sep 1860  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Criminal Conviction 7 Apr 1888  Darlinghurst, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) convicted of Vagrancy and sentenced to 3 months hard Labour at Darlinghurst Gaol. 
    Darlinghurst Gaol, Description & Entrance Book, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Darlinghurst Gaol, Description & Entrance Book, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan was convicted of Vagrancy at Redfern Court, 7 April 1888 and sentenced to 3 months hard labour at Darlinghurst Gaol, New South Wales, Australia. Release date 6 July 1888.
    Criminal Conviction 21 Feb 1891  Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) on 20 Feb 1891, at Windsor Court, was convicted of Vagrancy and sentenced to 2 months gaol at Darlinghurst Gaol, sentence to expire 18 April 1891. 
    Darlinghurst Gaol, Entrance Book, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Darlinghurst Gaol, Entrance Book, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) on 20 February 1891 was trialed at the Windsor Court House and convicted of Vagrancy. She was sentenced to 2 Months prison at the Darlinghurst Gaol, New South Wales, Australia. Her sentence began on 21 February and was released on 18 April 1891.
    Report on the trial of Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) for Vagrancy.
    Report on the trial of Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) for Vagrancy.
    The trial of Matilda Strachan was conducted at the Windsor Police court Friday, 20 Feb 1891. She was charged with vagrancy and sentenced to two months in Darlinghurst Gaol. This article was published in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette Newspaper, Saturday, 21 February 1891, page 4.
    Criminal Conviction 16 Dec 1908  Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) was charged on warrant that she did on the 9th day of July 1881, marry James Strachan, and that whilst so married, did on the 8th day of October 1907, marry Henry Scott, the said James Strachan being then alive, was arrested and commited for trial at Quarter Sessions, Sydney, New South Wales. 
    New South Wales, Police Gazette, and Weekly Record of Crime - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    New South Wales, Police Gazette, and Weekly Record of Crime - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan was arrested and charged on warrant that she did on the 9th day of July 1881, marry James Strachan, and that whilst so married, did on the 8th day of October, 1907 marry Henry Scott, the said James Strachan being then alive, and committed to trial at the Sydney Quarter Sessions. Bail was allowed.
    Index of  New South Wales Criminal Records, Quarter Sessions 1909, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Index of New South Wales Criminal Records, Quarter Sessions 1909, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    This index shows the scheduled date of the trial of Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) at the Sydney Quarter Sessions.
    Report on the trial of Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) for Bigamy
    Report on the trial of Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) for Bigamy
    Friday 11 December 1908, at the Redfern Police court, Matilda Strachan, aged 49, was charged with bigamy and committed for trial at the Sydney Quarter Sessions. Bail 25 pounds.
    Bigamy Case at Redfern - Matilda Strachan
    Bigamy Case at Redfern - Matilda Strachan
    At Redfern Police Court, Matilda Strachan of Redfern was charged with bigamy, it being alleged that she married James Strachan, at Windsor in 1881 and while Strachan was alive she married Henry Scott at Redfern, on October 6. She was committed for trial.
    Alleged Bigamy - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Alleged Bigamy - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Sydney, Thursday 10 Dec 1908, Matilda Strachan, aged 49, was committed for trial on a charge of bigamy. It was alleged that she married James Strachan at Windsor in 1881 and while Strachan was still alive she married Henry Scott at Redfern in 1907. This article was published in the National Advocate Newspaper, Bathurst, New South Wales, Friday 11 Dec 1908, page 2.
    Charge of Bigamy - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Charge of Bigamy - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    On Thursday 10 December 1908, At the Redfern Police court, Matilda Strachan, 49, was charged with Bigamy. Matilda reserved her defence, and was committed for trial, Bail was allowed. This article was published in The Sydney morning Herald newspaper, Friday 11 December 1908, page 9.
    Criminal Conviction 1 Feb 1909  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) was trialed before the Sydney Quarter Sessions and convicted of Bigamy and sentenced to 3 months Gaol at the Darlinghurst Gaol. She had been interned since the 10th December 1908. 
    New South Wales, Criminal Court records, Clerk of the Peace, 1909 Register - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts).
    New South Wales, Criminal Court records, Clerk of the Peace, 1909 Register - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts).
    On the 1st February 1909, Matilda Strachan was trialed and found guilty of Bigamy. She was sentenced to 3 months Gaol at Darlinghurst Gaol, New South Wales, Australia. Witnesses for the Crown were Senior constable Moore, James Strachan, Henry Scott (Snr), Henry Scott (Jnr) and Louisa M Kennedy.
    Sydney Quarter Sessions, 1st February 1909 - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Sydney Quarter Sessions, 1st February 1909 - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) was arrested and charged with bigamy on 7th December 1908. She was interned at Darlinghurst Gaol on the 10 december 1908 awaiting Trial at the Sydney Quarter sessions. Bail was granted, but it appears she could not raise it and remained in gaol until her case was heard. On the 1st February 1909 she pleaded guilty to Bigamy and was sentenced to 3 months Gaol at the Darlinghurst gaol.
    New South Wales Police Gazette, 12 May 1909, Return of Prisoners tried at the different circuit courts and courts of Quarter Sessions.  Matilda 
Strachan (n. Potts)
    New South Wales Police Gazette, 12 May 1909, Return of Prisoners tried at the different circuit courts and courts of Quarter Sessions. Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan, found guilty of Bigamy at the Sydney Quarter Sessions, 1st February 1909 and sentenced to 3 months Gaol.
    Guilty Plead at the Sydney Quarter Sessions Court, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Guilty Plead at the Sydney Quarter Sessions Court, Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan Pleaded Guilty at the Sydney Quarter Sessions court and was remanded for sentence. This article was published in The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Tuesday 2 February 1909, Page 10.
    Bigamay - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Bigamay - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts)
    Matilda Strachan pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy. She was married to James Henry Strachan at Windsor on July 9, 1881, and while so married, she went through the form of marriage with Henry Scott, on October 1907, at Redfern, her husband being then alive. She was sentenced to three months imprisonment, with light labour, at Darlinghurst gaol, cumulative upon a sentence of two months she was undergoing.
    Died 23 Sep 1931  Auburn, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Buried 24 Sep 1931  Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I12175  Tucker Family Tree | The Descendants of Jonathon Griffiths
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2017 

    Father James Potts,   b. 13 May 1826, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret Miller,   b. 1833 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 25 Jul 1855  Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Family ID F3809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 James Henry Strachan  [2, 3, 13
    Married 9 Jul 1881  St Matthews, C of E, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Marriage Certificate - James Henry Strchan and Matilda Griffiths Potts
    Marriage Certificate - James Henry Strchan and Matilda Griffiths Potts
    James Henry Strachan married Matilda Griffiths Potts 9th July 1881 at St Matthews Church Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
    St Matthews Anglican Church,Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
    St Matthews Anglican Church,Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
    St Matthew's Anglican Church at Windsor is the oldest Anglican Church in Australia (1886) and the second oldest of any denomination, after the small Uniting Church nearby at Ebenezer. Governor Macquarie who ordered the building to be erected believed that religion was an important element for all classes of people and for the betterment of the nation.
    St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
    St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
    St Matthew's Anglican Church at Windsor is the oldest Anglican Church in Australia and the second oldest of any denomination, after the small Uniting Church nearby at Ebenezer. Governor Macquarie who ordered the building to be erected believed that religion was an important element for all classes of people and for the betterment of the nation.
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth J Strachan,   b. 1882, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. James Henry H Strachan,   b. 1883, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Letitia Mary Strachan,   b. 1885, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Ruth Strachan,   b. 1887, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F3857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ernest John Needham,   b. 16 Aug 1870, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Notes 
    • Ernest John Needham and Matilda Potts were not married at the time of the birth of Alfred Ernest Potts and George Henry John Needham. When Matilda married Thomas Dillon, George took on Thomas Dillon's surname. [16]
    Children 
     1. Alfred Ernest Potts,   b. 16 Jul 1892, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. George Henry John Needham,   b. 29 Oct 1896, 20 Cornwallis Street, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1975, Liverpool District Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3856  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Henry Scott  [17, 18, 19
    Married 8 Oct 1907  Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [20, 21
    Notes 
    • Henry Scott said that when he married Matilda Potts he did not know she was previously married. He found out sometime later, at the markets, that she was Married, so he left her. It was after Matilda filed a warrant against him for wife desertion,that he filed the Bigamy charge against her.

      There were no children born to this marriage. [22]
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Thomas Dillon  [23
    Married 10 Aug 1912  Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    Children 
     1. Rose Irene Potts,   b. 25 Jan 1900, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Thomas Nicholas Lewis Dillon,   b. 21 Jun 1903, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1987  (Age 84 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Sep 1860 - Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCriminal Conviction - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) on 20 Feb 1891, at Windsor Court, was convicted of Vagrancy and sentenced to 2 months gaol at Darlinghurst Gaol, sentence to expire 18 April 1891. - 21 Feb 1891 - Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Oct 1907 - Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCriminal Conviction - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) was charged on warrant that she did on the 9th day of July 1881, marry James Strachan, and that whilst so married, did on the 8th day of October 1907, marry Henry Scott, the said James Strachan being then alive, was arrested and commited for trial at Quarter Sessions, Sydney, New South Wales. - 16 Dec 1908 - Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCriminal Conviction - Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) was trialed before the Sydney Quarter Sessions and convicted of Bigamy and sentenced to 3 months Gaol at the Darlinghurst Gaol. She had been interned since the 10th December 1908. - 1 Feb 1909 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Aug 1912 - Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Sep 1931 - Auburn, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Sep 1931 - Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Matilda Potts
    Matilda Potts
    Matilda Potts b.1860, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 11857/1860 (Reliability: 3), 1860.
      See attached birth registration transcription for Matilda G Potts.

    2. [S472] Nina Moxham (n. Dillon) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S442] Ann Patricia Moxham (n. Snelling).

    4. [S207] State Archives of New South Wales (Reliability: 3), 7 Apr 1888.
      See attached copy of Gaol Description and Entrance book, Darlinghurst Gaol for Matilda Strachan (n. Potts).

    5. [S207] State Archives of New South Wales (Reliability: 3), 21 Feb 1891.
      See attached copy of Darlinghurst Gaol Entrance Book for Matilda Strachan (n. Potts) 21 Feb 1891.

    6. [S207] State Archives of New South Wales (Reliability: 3), 16 Dec 1908.
      See attached copy of Police Gazette and Weekly record of crime, No. 51, Wednesday 16 December 1908.

    7. [S207] State Archives of New South Wales (Reliability: 3), 1 Feb 1909.
      See attached copy of the NSW Criminal court records calendars of the Sydney Quarter Session, 1st February 1909 - Matilda Strachan.

    8. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 (Reliability: 3), 24 Sep 1931.
      See attached death notice published in The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Thursday 24 September 1931, Page 8.

    9. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 10475/1931 (Reliability: 3), 1931.
      See attached death registration transcription for Matilda Ann Dillon (n. Potts)

    10. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 (Reliability: 3), 24 Sep 1931.
      See attached death notice published in the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Thursday 24 September 1931, page 7.

    11. [S2] A history of the Potts Family, Geoffrey William Potts, 87 (Reliability: 2), 25 Jul 1855.

    12. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, Reg No. V1855798 43B/1855 (Reliability: 2), 1855.

    13. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 4307/1881 (Reliability: 3), 1881.
      See attached NSW Marriage Transcription of Matilda Potts and James Henry Strachan.

    14. [S472] Nina Moxham (n. Dillon).

    15. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 034137/1896 (Reliability: 3), 29 Oct 1896.
      See attached birth certificate 1896/034137 George Henry John Needham.

    16. [S472] Nina Moxham (n. Dillon) (Reliability: 3), 1892.

    17. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 (Reliability: 3), 11 Dec 1908.
      Henry Scott said that when he married Matilda Potts he did not know she was previously married. He found out sometime later, at the markets, that she was Married, so he left her. It was after Matilda filed a warrant against him for wife desertion,that he filed the Bigamy charge against her.

    18. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3).
      There were no children born to this marriage

    19. [S472] Nina Moxham (n. Dillon) (Reliability: 3).
      There were no children born to this marriage.

    20. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 4672/1907 (Reliability: 3), 1907.
      Matilda Potts married Henry Scott,1907,District: Redfern, New South Wales, Australia.

    21. [S207] State Archives of New South Wales, 448/1908 (Reliability: 3), 16 Dec 1908.
      See Attached copy of New South Wales Police Gazette and weekly record of crime,NO. 51,Wednesday, 16 December 1908, Bigamy, Redfern, Matilda Strachan.

    22. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 (Reliability: 3), 11Dec 1908.

    23. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 11676/1912 (Reliability: 2), 1912.
      See attached marriage registration transcription for Thomas Dillon and Matilda Potts.

    24. [S472] Nina Moxham (n. Dillon) (Reliability: 3), 10 Aug 1912.
      \"On 10th August 1912 Matilda Potts married Thomas Dillon\".


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