Vale Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

The City of Greater Geelong is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the great Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer.

Polly is a legendary and widely loved figure in our city’s history, and his brilliance on the football field will ensure he is forever remembered by our community.

During his 101 games with the Cats he revolutionised the way ruckmen play and had a pivotal role in the club’s famous 1963 premiership.

He was a favourite on the Kardinia Park terraces and his No.5 could be found on the back of Cats jumpers all around the town.

Polly is deservedly a Legend in the Australian Football Hall of Fame, the starting ruckman in the AFL and Geelong Teams of the Century, and widely considered one of the best few players of all time.

He was also an inspiration to Indigenous Australians, setting a path that a succession of star Aboriginal players have followed.

Although Western Australia was Polly’s home, his contribution during his time here means we will always consider him a Geelong person.

On behalf of the people of Geelong, I send my sympathy to Polly’s children Brett, Dean and Kim, his wider family, and his friends and former teammates.

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