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Lionel Frank Potter (1868–1944)

The death occurred in hospital on Saturday of Mr Lionel Frank Potter, 76, a former superintendent of the CIB. The late Mr Potter, who was one of the best-known fingerprint experts in Australia and abroad, entered hospital on January 21 after fracturing a leg in a fall. Born in India, he came to Australia and joined the police force in the late 'eighties. One of the founders of the fingerprint system in Australia, he established the fingerprint bureau in Victoria in 1903. He succeeded Supt M. J. Bannon as superintendent of the CIB in the early 'twenties, and retired from the force in 1925. He was a widower without a family. His funeral will leave the parlours of Josiah Holdsworth, of Lygon st, Carlton, at 3.45 today for Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton.

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12 February, 1944 (aged ~ 76)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia