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Frank Pollard (1870–1951)

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Frank Pollard, n.d.

Frank Pollard, n.d.

Frank Pollard (1870-1951) butcher, trade union official and politician 

Birth: 28 May 1870 at Paignton, Devon, England, son of Richard Watson Pollard (1828-1910), yeoman farmer, and Emma Vellock, née Haswell (1838-1911), private school mistress. Marriage: 27 April 1892 at Dubbo, New South Wales, to native-born Caroline Colbran (1873-1953). They had one daughter and one son. The marriage ended in divorce. Death: 13 October 1951 at South Hurstville, Sydney. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Arrived in Australia about 1888. Worked as a butcher from 1891.
  • Joined the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union. Member of the union executive in 1916. Prominent in obtaining union's registration 1918. Was NSW secretary from 1918 to 1941 and federal president from 1931 to 1936.
  • Joined Political Labor League (Australian Labor Party) in 1890, held office in Cobar, Macquarie, Blayney and Homebush labor leagues.
  • Appointed member of the NSW Legislative Council on 24 November 1931. Left parliament on 22 April 1934, having been defeated in indirect elections to the reconstituted council in 1933.

Heather Radi, Peter Spearritt and Elizabeth Hinton, Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament 1901-1970 (Canberra, 1979); Labor Year Book, 1933 p 174, 1934-1935 p 234; Labor Daily, 13 January 1927.

Additional Resources

  • short profile, Labor Daily (Sydney), 13 January 1927, p 7
  • photo, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 1931, p 12

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'Pollard, Frank (1870–1951)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 June 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

Frank Pollard, n.d.

Frank Pollard, n.d.

Life Summary [details]


28 May, 1870
Paignton, Devon, England


13 October, 1951 (aged 81)
Hurstville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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