Joseph Potaski Criminal

Joseph Potaski or John Potaskie (c. 1764 – 31 August 1824) was the first Pole to settle in Australia, and one of the first convicts to arrive in Van Diemen's Land on the Ocean. Joseph Potaski worked hard to establish himself as a successful farmer in colonial Hobart. This was however undone by the exploits of his family. Joseph Potaski reflects the attitudes of those convicts who never progressed beyond their criminal past. Potaski is seen as representing the auspicious beginning of the Polish community in Australia.His daughter, Catherine, was the first European born and baptised in the new colony of Van Diemens Land.

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Joseph Potaski
Birth dateJanuary 01, 1764
Birth place
Poland
Date of deathJanuary 01, 1824
Place of death
Hobart , Tasmania , Australia