I rise to pay tribute to Mr David Lea, who served as the member for Sandringham from 1985 to 1992.
An immigrant from the United Kingdom to Australia at the age of 13, David is testament to the fact that those who come from across the seas to Australia, those who have a go, will indeed get a go.
Settling with his family in Mentone, David was educated at Melbourne High School.
He went on to study arts and teaching at Melbourne University on a Department of Education scholarship and came to distinguish himself as both an educator and later as a school principal in schools across Footscray, Aspendale, Box Hill and Bendigo.
This time in education provided the foundation for his ongoing community service.
David became politically active whilst working in Box Hill and was twice elected to serve as the member of Parliament for Sandringham in this place.
Through his service as the member for Sandringham, he lived out perhaps one of the highest vocational calls—that is, to serve his community and to serve his state.
Maintaining strong relationships with many community organisations within the district, especially as an honorary member and a prized spin bowler for Mentone Grammar’s Old Grammarians cricket team, David was well known and well regarded.
Survived by his two siblings, second wife and four grandchildren, David will be well missed and his legacy well regarded.
May he rest in peace.