- 18 October 1831
Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland
- Alternative Names
- Easterley, Robert (pseudonym)
- Wilbraham, John (pseudonym)
Potter came to Australia in the late 1850s after completing studies in theology and literature at Trinity College, Dublin. As canon of the Anglican Church in Melbourne, he was a well-known figure when his science-fiction adventure story, The Germ Growers, was published in 1892. Although the novel appeared under the pseudonyms of Robert Easterly and John Wilbraham - the heroes of the tale - Potter was widely recognised as the author.