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Bryson Ernest Goodwin POTTER


Bryson Ernest Goodwin POTTER


Late of 


NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class #  097 


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  10806



Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 28 October 1963 ( aged 25 years, 0 months, 28 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 6 December 1963 ( aged 25 years, 2 months, 6 days )

Constable – appointed 28 October 1964

Constable 1st Class – appointed 28 October 1968  

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed 28 October 1972  

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 1 December 1979

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Inspector – appointed ? ? 1989 – District Staff Officer – Intelligence – Newcastle

Chief Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

appears that Bryson was also a Licensed Carpenter & Joiner in the 1980s.


Final Rank =  Inspector ?


Stations?, North East District ( 1964, 1968 ), Safety Traffic Patrol – Newcastle ( 1966 ), ?, District Staff Officer – Intelligence – Newcastle ( 1989 ) – Retirement


Service:  From 28 October 1963   to   28 October 1993  =  30 years 0 month, 0 days Service 

Retirement / Leaving age: = 55 years, 0 months, 28 days

Time in Retirement from Police: = 27 years, 5 month, 1 day


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system – however

National Medal – granted ? December 1980 ( Det Sgt 3/c )


 Born:  Friday  30 September 1938

Died on:  Monday  29 March 2021 

Age:  82 years, 5 months, 27 days



Event location:   ?, Newcastle, NSW

Event date ?


Funeral date:  Thursday  8 April 2021 @ noon

Funeral location:  Pettigrew Family Funerals, 7 Murray Dwyer Crt, Mayfield West, NSW


( click here to see Cornona19 Virus Pandemic rules – this will be a limited numbers Funeral )

any Future Wake location??? TBA 

any Future Wake date??? TBA

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2021 )



BRYSON is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO





May they forever Rest In Peace 

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Bryson Ernest Goodwin POTTER, Bryson POTTER



Condolences to Mel, family and friends.




Bryson, by all read accounts, was a lovely bloke and well respected Policeman with a great sense of humour.

He completed the Anacapa Sciences Intelligence Course and was then selected into the State Criminal Intelligence Section and was one of those chosen to initiate and conduct Patrol Intelligence Courses at Goulburn academy.


Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.


 2 April 2021




3 thoughts on “Bryson Ernest Goodwin POTTER

  • Hi Cal. Bryson was a class mate of mine. Class 097 had 141 new police trainees including one female commencing on the 28th October 1963. Because of the numbers 2 classes were designated A and B. I think we were sworn in as Probationary Constables on the 7th of December 1963 ready for the ‘Xmas onslaught’ so to speak. He was a really easy going happy go lucky type of person, no doubt this was evident through to his rank of inspector .

    • Hi John,
      Thanks for that info mate.
      I have Class 97 being Sworn In on Monday 28 October 1963.
      According to my 1968 Stud Book, there was no-one Sworn In on the 7 December 1963.
      Can you recall the date that your Class actually walked into Redfern to start with Class 97?


      • 28/10/63 is the date Classes 97A & 97B were sworn in as Probationary Constables at Redfern following a couple of weeks training under Sergeant 1st Class Ernie Porch. It could have been four weeks recruit training and examinations. It would have been around the 21st September, 1963 that we walked into the Redfern establishement which then housed VKG, Fingerprints, The Mounties and the Band.
        From memory we were at Redfern when JFK was assassinated.
        Secondary Training at Redfern commence on the 21st September, 1964 and was completed on the 30th October, 1964.
        Between 28/10/63 and 30/10/64 we were attached to various metropolitan police Station where we received on the job training allegedly with a senior member, yeah generally a senior member just one class ahead if indeed one worked with a ‘senior member’. The rest of the time it was learning by experience with what you had been taught. An interesting time but made many friends.
        Hi to John Mennie!


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