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
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.