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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.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Davey, Christopher J., 'Potter, Charles Vincent (1859-1908), Analytical Chemist', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 264-265. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 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, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 1993, 175 pp. Reference on page 57. Details

McCarthy, G.J.