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Biographical entry Potter, Charles Vincent (1859 - 1908)

26 September 1859
Sydenham, Kent, England
27 May 1908
Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Analytical chemist and Engineer


Charles Potter arrived in Victoria in 1885 and in the 1890s established himself as a consultant brewer, chemist and engineer. He secured Victorian patents for treating cereals for brewing, a gas engine for a motor car, a washing compound and other ideas 1887-1903. He is best remembered for his work on concentrating sulphide ores being mined at Broken Hill by a flotation process, which he discovered and patented in 1901.

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  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • McPhee, Margaret, Dictionary of Australian Inventions and Discoveries (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1993), 175 pp. Reference on page 57. Details

McCarthy, G.J.