The Fiji Times » Back in history: 46 years of service

President of South Pacific Sugar Mills Ltd, JC Potts, retired after 46 years of service with the Colonial Sugar Refining Company and South Pacific Sugar Mills.

Her story was published by The Fiji Times on March 9, 1971.

Mr. Potts announced his retirement to coincide with his 62nd birthday.

He was replaced by MAS Hermes, former director general of the SPSM. Mr Potts joined CSR in 1925 as a chemist and spent four years in Australia before coming to Fiji.

For the next 34 years, apart from three years of service in Australia during World War II, he held various positions in the sugar industry in Fiji.

In 1946 he was promoted to field superintendent, Lautoka, and became plant manager at Labasa the following year.

In 1952 he was transferred as manager to Rarawai, where he served for four years before being assigned to the Lautoka plant as manager.

Mr. Potts became Managing Director of CSR in Fiji in 1957, first in Nausori and then in Suva, a post he held for six years until being transferred to the head office in Sydney as inspector from Fiji.

Upon retirement from HG Nicholls in 1968, Mr. Potts became Chairman of SPSM and Managing Director of CSR’s Fiji Division. On several occasions, he was president of the boards of visitors to the hospitals of Labasa, Ba and Lautoka.

Mr Potts was elected as the first President of the Ba Division of the British Red Cross. In Suva, he was a member of the Housing Authority, the Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Land Development Authority.

Mr. Potts was a member of the Rotary Club of Suva and participated in the Golding Cup, Ragg Cup and Gale Trophy tennis tournaments.

He was the first secretary and then president of the Fiji Lawn Tennis Association.

Mr. Potts was the first President of the Fiji Golf Association and captained Ba and Lautoka Golf Clubs.

As a youth, Mr. Potts played cricket for Ba and Nausori. Mr and Mrs Potts retired to New South Wales.