Bradley Stewart Lyle PottsAge: 461968–2015
- Bradley Stewart Lyle Potts
- Given names
- Bradley Stewart Lyle
|Birth|| 14 October 1968 36|
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
|Australian History|| 1968|
Note: Australia signs the nuclear non-proliferation treaty; Aboriginal boxing champion Lionel Rose defeats Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada in Japan to become the world bantamweight champion; Australia's first liver transplant operation is performed in Sydney;
|Australian History|| 1969 (Age 2 months)|
Note: French conceptual artist Christo 'wraps' Little Bay in Sydney;
Note: Renowned author-artists Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs die;
Note: The Australian production of the rock musical Hair premieres in Sydney;
Note: Top pop groups The Easybeats and The Twilights break up; Tim Burstall directs2000 Weeks, the first all-Australian feature released since Charles Chauvel's Jedda in 1958
|Australian History|| 1970 (Age 14 months)|
Note: More than 200,000 people participate in the largest demonstrations in Australian history, against the Vietnam War
|Australian History|| 1971 (Age 2)|
Note: Neville Bonner becomes the first Aborigine to become an Australian Member of Parliament;
Note: John Gorton resigns and is succeeded by William McMahon
Note: The 1971 Springbok tour sparks protest all throughout Australia. Premier of Queensland Joh Bjelke-Petersen declares a state of emergency in QLD in response to escalating protest.
Note: Daylight Saving is introduced to New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.
|Australian History|| 1972 (Age 3)|
Note: The Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission rules that women doing the same job as men have the right to be paid the same wage.
Note: Aboriginal Tent Embassy erected in response to the Coalition government's approval of exploration licences and mining tenements on reserves
Note: The first Labor government since 1949 is elected under the leadership of Gough Whitlam
Note: Australia recognizes the People's Republic of China
Note: Queensland abandons Daylight Saving.
|Australian History|| 1973 (Age 4)|
Note: The Sydney Opera House is opened
Note: The White Australian Policy (established 1901) is officially dismantled
Note: Vietnam War ends
Note: The federal voting age is dropped from 21 to 18
Note: Unionists save the historic 'The Rocks' area of Sydney from demolition by introducing 'Green Bans'
Note: Patrick White becomes the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature
|Australian History|| 1974 (Age 5)|
Note: Darwin is devastated by Cyclone Tracy
|Australian History|| 1975 (Age 6)|
Note: (November) A constitutional crisis occurs when Malcolm Fraser blocks supply, bringing the nation to a standstill until Governor-General John Kerr dismisses Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the 11.11.75. Fraser wins elections and becomes Prime Minister
Note: The 'Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Act removes the right to appeal High Court decisions to the British Privy Council. Appeals to the Privy Council direct from State Supreme Courts remain until 1988.
Note: South Australia becomes the first state in Australia to legalise homosexuality between consenting adults in private.
Note: Whitlam government introduced the Aboriginal Land (NT) Bill into Parliament. The bill proposed land rights in the Northern Territory based on land claimed on grounds of need as well as traditional affiliation and traditional landowners maintaining control over mining and development.
Family Photo9 October 1976 (Age 7)
Moe, Victoria, Australia
|Australian History|| 1976 (Age 7)|
Note: The Australian Capital Territory legalises homosexuality between consenting adults in private.
|Australian History|| 1977 (Age 8)|
Note: Advance Australia Fair becomes Australia's official national anthem
Note: Granville rail disaster killed eighty-three people
|Residence|| 8 December 1978 (Age 10)|
Kaleen, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
|Australian History|| 1978 (Age 9)|
Note: The First Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicks off in Sydney
|Australian History|| 1979 (Age 10)|
Note: Australian women win the right to maternity leave
Note: Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are both proclaimed.
|Australian History|| 1980 (Age 11)|
Note: Baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Uluru (Ayers Rock), reportedly taken by a dingo. The Coalition wins the 1980 Australian federal election.
|Australian History|| 1981 (Age 12)|
Note: A referendum is held in Tasmania to vote for whether or not the Franklin Dam should be built.
|Australian History|| 1982 (Age 13)|
Note: Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. The National Gallery of Australia is opened.
|Australian History|| 1983 (Age 14)|
Note: Australia wins the America's Cup;
Note: Bob Hawke defeats Fraser and leads Labor back to government.
Note: The Australian Dollar is floated.
Note: The Ash Wednesday fires kill 71 people.
|Australian History|| 1984 (Age 15)|
Note: Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem.
Note: The one dollar coin is introduced.
Note: Labor wins the 1984 Australian federal election.
Note: Medicare is established.
O'Connor Christian SchoolDecember 1984 (Age 16)
Lynham, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Draftsman1985 (Age 16)
Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
|Australian History|| 1985 (Age 16)|
Note: The government grants the freehold title of a large area of land in central Australia, including prominent landmarks Uluru and Kata Tjuta, to the Mutitjulu people, who in turn give them a 99-year lease.
Note: The last state to do so (New South Wales) abolishes capital punishment.
|Australian History|| 1986 (Age 17)|
Note: The Australia Act removes the right of appeal from State courts to the British Privy Council, making the High Court the final court of appeal in Australia. The Act also removes all remaining rights of the UK parliament to pass law for Australia. Anita Cobby murder in Sydney. Russell Street Bombing in Melbourne. Crocodile Dundee is released in Australia.
|Australian History|| 1987 (Age 18)|
Note: Hoddle Street Massacre kills 7 victims and injures 19,
Note: Queen Street Massacre kills 8 victims and injures 5.
Note: Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen resigns as Premier of Queensland after 19 years at the top.
|Australian History|| 1988 (Age 19)|
Note: Australia celebrates its bicentenary, with large celebrations and major funding for capital works projects. The new Parliament House opens. Federal referendums on 4-year parliamentary terms, recognition of local government and other issues are defeated. Brisbane hosts World Expo '88.
Family PhotoJanuary 1989 (Age 20)
Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
|Australian History|| 1989 (Age 20)|
Note: Newcastle Earthquake kills 13 people.
Note: ACT gains self-Government.
Note: The Kempsey bus crash and Grafton bus crash kill a total of 56 people.
Note: Queensland commences three-year trial of Daylight Saving.
Note: Rosemary Follett (Australian Labor Party) becomes the first Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and the first woman to become head of government in an Australian state or territory.
|Australian History|| 1990 (Age 21)|
Note: Royal Australian Navy deployed in preparation for the First Gulf War.
Note: Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female premier of an Australian state.
Note: Labor wins the 1990 federal election.
|Australian History|| 1991 (Age 22)|
Note: Prime Minister Bob Hawke is replaced by Paul Keating.
Note: Seven people die in the Strathfield massacre.
Note: Prominent heart surgeon Victor Chang is gunned down.
Note: The Coode Island chemical storage facility in Melbourne explodes, leaving a toxic cloud hanging over the city for days.
|Australian History|| 1992 (Age 23)|
Note: The High Court delivers the Mabo Decision, which rules that indigenous native title does exist. This effectively extinguishes the concept of terra nullius.
Note: New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner resigns.
Note: Queensland holds a Referendum on Daylight Saving, which is defeated with a 54.5% 'no' vote.
|Australian History|| 1993 (Age 24)|
Note: Keating defeats John Hewson in the 1993 federal election;
Note: The Australian Greens stand candidates for the first time.
|Australian History|| 1995 (Age 26)|
Note: The Northern Territory legalises voluntary euthanasia, but it is overruled by the federal government when Liberal MP Kevin Andrews proposes the Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996
|Australian History|| 1996 (Age 27)|
Note: The High Court hands down the Wik Decision, which holds that indigenous native title can survive the granting of pastoral leases.
Note: Liberal John Howard becomes Prime Minister, defeating Paul Keating after a record 13 years of Labor government
Note: All Australian states and territories agree to introduce uniform gun laws following the deaths of 35 people in the Port Arthur massacre
|Australian History|| 1997 (Age 28)|
Note: Expelled Liberal MP Pauline Hanson forms the One Nation Party
Note: (1 May) Tasmania legalises homosexuality.
Note: (30 Jul) Eighteen people die when the Bimbadene and Carinya Lodges collapse at Thredbo Alpine Village at 11.30 p.m. on 30 July
|Australian History|| 1998 (Age 29)|
Note: A major strike results when Patrick Stevedores attempt to introduce non-union labour to reduce the influence of the Maritime Union of Australia
Note: The Australian Stock Exchange is demutualized and floated as a public company, becoming the world's first stock exchange to be listed on an exchange.
|Australian History|| 1999 (Age 30)|
Note: Both houses of the federal parliament pass a motion signifying both recognition of and regret at past treatment of indigenous Australians.
Note: Australia win the 1999 Rugby World Cup
Note: A referendum on changing to a republic is unsuccessful
Note: Australian soldiers are deployed to East Timor as part of the INTERFET peacekeeping force.
|Australian History|| 2000 (Age 31)|
Note: 27th Olympic Games held in Sydney.
Note: Howard Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax.
|Australian History|| 2001 (Age 32)|
Note: Australia celebrates centenary of Federation;
Note: (August) Tampa affair (August) and tightening of policies against illegal immigration;
Note: (11 Sep) Terrorist Attacks on the United States by Al Qaeda (John Howard invokes ANZUS Treaty);
Note: Howard defeats Kim Beazley in Federal Election
Note: Western Australia adopts a uniform Age of consent of 16.
Note: Australian forces deployed to War to topple Taliban for supporting Al Qaeda
|Australian History|| 2002 (Age 33)|
Note: 2002 Bali bombings, the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, (including 88 Australians.
|Australian History|| 2003 (Age 34)|
Note: Australian military deployed to Iraq War to oust the Saddam Hussein regime for serial non-compliance with the 1991 Gulf War Peace Treaty.
Note: Northern Territory introdues uniform Age Of Consent set at 16 for everyone.
Note: New South Wales becomes the last State to have a Uniform Age of Consent at 16 for everyone.
Note: Australia hosts the Rugby World Cup, with the home side losing the final to England in Sydney
|Australian History|| 2004 (Age 35)|
Note: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia.
Note: Federal Election: Howard Government (Liberal-National Coalition) wins fourth term and defeats Mark Latham led Australian Labor Party.
|Australian History|| 2005 (Age 36)|
Note: Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla sees a protest against the alleged bashing of a beach lifeguard, developing into an alcohol-fuelled, racially-charged riot.
|Australian History|| 2006 (Age 37)|
Note: The Commonwealth Games are held in Melbourne.
Note: 2006-7 - Australian Forces are again deployed to East Timor to help stabilize the country.
|Australian History|| 2007 (Age 38)|
Note: Sydney hosts APEC summit.
Note: 2007-2010 - Australia avoids recession amidst Global Financial Crisis
Note: Federal Election: Kevin Rudd (Australian Labor Party) defeats John Howard (Liberal-National Coalition) and becomes Prime Minister.
|Death of a father|| 26 August 2008 (Age 39)|
10 Francis St, Moe, Victoria, Australia
father - Charles Henry Lyle Potts
|Australian History|| 2008 (Age 39)|
Note: Kevin Rudd leads bi-partisan Parliamentary apology to the Stolen Generation.
Note: Longest heatwave for an Australian Capital City recorded in Adelaide.
Note: Sydney hosts Catholic World Youth Day
Note: Quentin Bryce becomes first female Governor General of Australia.
|Australian History|| 2009 (Age 40)|
Note: Black Saturday: Massive bushfires swept across Victoria, resulting in 173 fatalities.
|Australian History|| 2010 (Age 41)|
Note: Kevin Rudd challenged and replaced as leader of the Labor Party by Julia Gillard;
Note: Gillard becomes the first female Prime Minister.
Note: Federal Election results in hung Parliament and narrow victory by Julia Gillard (ALP) over Tony Abbott (Lib-Nat Coalition);
Note: Liberal Ken Wyatt becomes the first Aborigine elected to the Australian House of Representatives
|Australian History|| 2011 (Age 42)|
Note: State of Queensland affected by major flooding followed by Cyclone Yasi.
|Death|| 24 February 2015 - 5.45 am (Age 46)|
Newborough, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death: Heart attack
|Burial|| 10 March 2015 (14 days after death)|
Moe, Victoria, Australia
Cemetery: Moe Cemetery
Bradley Stewart Lyle Potts was born on the 14th of October 1968 on a Monday at 5:45 am in Stanistreet House at the Bendigo Base Hospital; he arrived, the healthy and happy fifth child to Annette and Lyle Potts. From the very beginning Brad was a contented and peaceful soul and throughout his lifetime remained that way. The family moved from Bendigo to Moe not too long after Brad’s birth, in April of 1969. As a result of his dad’s evangelical outreach activities and the earliest expressions of the Moe New Life Centre, very soon Barrie and Lynn Ryan began attending Bible studies. Danny Ryan was born in the August of that year he has remained Brad’s dearest and best friend for his whole life. By 1971 the family moved into the house at Linton Avenue, the house became known to most people as the Centre as many of the church activities were focussed on that location. As a result, Brad formed more friendships with kids of his age-group, many of whom remained close to him to this day. As a kid, Bradley was outgoing, friendly and generous, he made friends easily and enjoyed his school days and especially sports. He started an early love affair with Aussie Rules football, coming home from South Street Primary School one night filled with excitement to tell his parents he had just joined a local footy team. As he began to share the details, it became apparent to them that he had, in fact, just signed up with the local Roman Catholic school team, St. Kierens. His dad declared that Brad’s signup with St. Kierens’ footy team could be chalked up to “ecumenical outreach”. Brad’s cheerfulness, friendliness and openness, whether at school, church or home meant that he ended up forging many lifelong friendships, they remain to this day as testament to his character and personality. Brad remained at South Street Primary School until his family moved to Canberra in 1978. There he attended a couple of schools in the Kaleen area until eventually being enrolled with his brother Aaron at the O’Connor Christian School. He excelled in all areas of school life, social, sport and academics, ultimately being elected School Captain. One of his former school friends, Deborah Steer wrote the following tribute on his FaceBook wall: “Dearest Brad, It may have been 20 yrs since we saw each other face to face but the opportunity to reconnect over the past 5 years even just by phone/Facebook rekindled the memories I have of you as a friend from school who had the ability to impact people's lives. I remember the day you and Aaron started at O’Connor ,as one of the pioneering families in the humble beginnings of that little Parish School. I recognised straight away the natural leadership qualities and charisma that drew all students and teachers alike. It's not surprising you were voted the first school captain, your popularity was undeniable. I have to admit that with all of those traits, you stole a little bit of this, then 14 yr olds heart. You had an impact on me as a loyal friend, neighbour and even fellow Libran as we almost shared the same birthdates. You being Oct 14, and me the 15th. I have memories of just observing you as you walked the school premises leaving in your wake a ripple of smiles as you always had something friendly and personal for any individual that was in your path. The preppies adored you, the juniors looked up to you, the seniors wanted to be you and the teachers admired you. As for all the teenage girls! Well, I have to giggle as I remember them sitting along the logs that circumferenced our school oval. There, we would all watch you play footy with your mates, waiting to find out, which girl would be granted the honour of wearing your beloved Hawks Scarf for the day! Another memory so clear in my mind, was watching you lead school assembly, and always thinking, 'Wow, I hope I still know this boy, when he is a man'. Such small things, that remain so big in my heart, all these years later. I am so grateful that we had a chance to reconnect in the recent years. Our lives took such different routes, some not so easy either. But in our most recent chat I recall, a discussion about the cold in Victoria and I tried to entice you to our sunny beaches of The Gold Coast, your reply was 'Deb, I'd take the warm over the cold, any day but my family and friends are worth more to me than my comfort'. Bradley, that sums up, what I loved most about you. Your fierce loyalty and commitment to those you loved. Your family, your friends and yes, even your Hawks! You were a man of integrity and worthy of honour and I am proud to celebrate you today. What a privilege it was to have you touch just a portion of my life from way back. My prayers and blessings go out to those that were precious to you as they have to say goodbye to you for just a little while. I'll be seeing you one day again my friend, that smile, and those eyebrows!!! Love, Debbie Steer (Button)”. While attending O’Connor Christian School, Brad travelled to Sydney at one time in order to participate in a weeklong school sponsored support programme with some of Sydney’s homeless population. The effect of that experience on him was immediate and profound, he came home to Canberra with an ignited zeal to live a life that would benefit others, help to change the world into a better place and put his personal values into action. It was as a result of this event that the Scripture verse that he loved appears on your Order of Service today, in particular the words, “...but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has already laid hold of me.” Another key event during Brad’s time at O’Connor Christian School were the words of praise and encouragement spoken to him by his Technical Drawing teacher; his teacher told him that he demonstrated a unique and natural flair for the discipline, and encouraged and inspired him to give serious thought about pursuing an education and career in the field of drafting, design and engineering. As result Bradley leaves behind today a diverse legacy of structures around Australia that first began in his imagination passing through his pens and computer cursor to ultimately be constructed and be buildings used as homes and places of work for generations to come. In 1985, Brad moved with the family to Tasmania, and at 16 years of age started his first job in Burnie, working as a trainee draftsman; his first years were spent learning the draftsman’s skills for drawing with intricate accuracy, understanding perspective, along with the myriad of other skills needed, all on a draftsman’s drawing board. It wasn’t until sometime later with the development and advancement of Computer Aided Design, (CAD) that Brad moved to that form of drawing that he became passionate about and known for. It was in the earliest years CAD that Bradley attended and demonstrated the system at a Home Building exhibition held in the Burnie Town Hall. On one particular day of the exhibition a young man, fourteen years of age hovered around the exhibit for almost the whole day, showing a fascination and keen interest in the system Bradley was demonstrating. He was full of questions and Brad was happy to answer them, in fact, Bradley was so impressed with the young man that he arranged for him to do a week of work experience with the business Bradley was working for. As a result that young man ended up following Brad into a career of drafting and drawing, his name, Tony Keegan, and he remains one of Brad’s closest friends to this day. While living in Tasmania Bradley played football for local clubs, he served as a reservist in the Australian Army and continued to grow in grace and love. During the Canberra and Burnie years of his life, an enduring and lifelong bond was being forged between Brad and his younger brother Aaron. Whether the love for cricket, football or music they shared not only a bedroom but they shared thoughts, love and experiences. Their relationship remains an beautiful example to our family of the intimacy and respect two siblings can have for each other from childhood into their adult life, and we are thankful to them both for the privilege given to us all of watching and participating in that friendship. Bradley moved to Moe in 1997, following brother Aaron and his wife Narelle and family who had moved there the previous year. He worked for a number of businesses in the building industry throughout his years in Gippsland all the while turning work colleagues and associates into good friends, not the least of whom was his current employer and friend, Cal Board. Bradley married Virginia Leak in 2003 and shared 10 years with her family of four children, Hannah, Levi, Delilah and Kohem. Although life had presented him it’s trials and tests, as it does us all, Brad had said to some of his brothers that these last six to twelve months, he found himself in one of the happiest and most content places. He had rekindled an interest in flight simulation, his love of music and playing music was as fervent as ever, he continued to be fascinated by faith, spirituality and philosophy; by thoughtful and innovative architecture and engineering as well as a whole host of other interests. There is no doubt, as is evidenced here today that Brad’s one great love was his family, from his Mum and Dad through to his youngest great-niece or nephew. He befriended people from every station in life, without judgment or hesitation, always willing to throw in whomever might have needed some help. The thesaurus is brimming with adjectives that that we could use to describe Bradley, just a few would be, loyal, respectful, humourous, warm, engaging, kind-hearted, generous, patient and non-judgmental; all of them true and none of them overstated. We will forever be sorry to have lost this most precious of people from our lives and forever be thankful for the privilege of having him as a part of our lives, son, brother, cousin, our Uncle Brad.
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Charles Henry Lyle Potts
Birth 9 August 1932 36 33 Creswick, Victoria, Australia
Death 26 August 2008 (Age 76) 10 Francis St, Moe, Victoria, Australia
Bradley Stewart Lyle Potts
Birth 14 October 1968 36 Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Death 24 February 2015 (Age 46) Newborough, Victoria, Australia
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Bradley Stewart Lyle Potts
Birth 14 October 1968 36 Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Death 24 February 2015 (Age 46) Newborough, Victoria, Australia