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Thomas Henry Potts, ca 1875

Thomas Henry Potts (23 December 1824 – 27 July 1888) was a British-born New Zealand naturalist, ornithologist, entomologist, and botanist.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1866–1870 4th Mount Herbert Independent

The son of a small arms manufacturer, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1854, and recorded many natural observations as well as species that were then new to science, such as the black-billed gull and the great spotted kiwi.

In 1866 he was elected to the Mount Herbert electorate after William Sefton Moorhouse who had won the seat in the 1866 general election declined the seat. Potts retired from Parliament in 1870.[1]

Potts owned Ohinetahi for several years.[2][3]


  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840-1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 133. OCLC 154283103.
  2. ^ "Ohinetahi". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ Star, Paul. "Thomas Henry Potts". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 9 February 2017.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Moorhouse
Member of Parliament for Mount Herbert
Constituency abolished