Wanganui, N.Z.


W. Potts

Scarce lithographed view of Wanganui. From Potts & Willis, New Zealand Illustrated.

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Full Title:

Wanganui, N.Z.




W. Potts


A.D. Willis 
(1842 – 


In good condition.


Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

x 170mm
Wanganui, N.Z. - Antique View from 1889

Genuine antique



Scarce lithographed view of Wanganui.

From Potts & Willis, New Zealand Illustrated.


W. Potts

Archibald Duddington Willis (1842 was born in England in 1842 and arrived in New Zealand in 1857. Trained as a commercial printer, his first business venture in New Zealand was the founding of the Hawkes Bay Herald immediately after his arrival. After the discovery of gold, he left to try his luck on the diggings, but had little success. He moved to Wanganui in 1867, where, in partnership with the Hon.  J. Ballance he managed the Wanganui Herald.

William Potts, was an English lithographer whom Willis brought to New Zealand about 1881, and who remained in his employ for almost twenty years. Known to his fellow workers as “Billy” Potts, he was a quiet and reserved bachelor who lived in a succession of lodgings, and took no part in community affairs. Some of the lithographic stones on which Potts worked for New Zealand Illustrated eventually became paving stones in his employer’s garden. Potts lithographed one painting and the photographs of several artists for the views in New Zealand Illustrated.

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