The Pollocks in Ireland always seemed to be farmers. Little changed in the move to Australia. Grain and livestock farming are still significant Polloccupations

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  1. Pollocks in Donegal Ireland
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  4. Matt Pollock (1874-1950)
  5. Robert Pollock (1876-1916)
  6. Alexander Pollock (1882-1945)
  7. Thomas John Pollock (1884-1964)
  8. George Pollock (1886-1949)

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8. George Pollock

George Pollock, born at Taripta in 1886, lived at Balldale until 1924. He married Isabella Annie Iver (Bell) Smeaton at her parent's house at Eugowra on 27 March 1912. They then farmed at Balldale until moving to Tallimba near West Wyalong and purchasing the 1100 acre farm "Avondale" from a Mr. Lampe.

George and Isabella with 8 children
George and Bell Pollock and eight of their nine children taken about January 1925. William James (Bill); Alexander Smeaton (Bob); George with Edward John (Ted) on his lap; Isabella Annie Iver (Bell) with Ella on her lap; Mary; Catherine (Kitty); in front Vivian (Vi) and Ivy (Helen).

George and Bell Pollock had the following children:

  1. William George (Bill) Pollock (1912-1990)
    • Born 15 October 1912 at Wahgunyah, Bill married Josie Breheny and farmed 'Avondale' before moving into the village of Tallimba where he had a machinery dealership. They later moved to West Wyalong. Their three children are Colin, Kay and Beverly. Bill died in November 1990 and is buried in West Wyalong cemetery.

  2. Alexander Smeaton (Bob) Pollock. (1914-2008)
    • Born 21 October 1914, Bob married Joyce Edna Hillier in 1947. Joyce was a champion tennis player and golfer. They farmed at 'Avondale', Tallimba for many years, and later at Mildil near West Wyalong. They have two sons, Noel and Dennis. They later lived in in Boswell Street Wagga. On 28 Mar 2008 Bob passed away at Wagga aged 93. Joyce died in Wagga 7 November 2009 aged 90.

  3. Mary Hillier (nee Pollock) (1916-1976)
    • Born 19 June 1916? at Wahgunyah, Mary married Mark Hillier in 1938 (the brother of Joyce, above). They lived at Tallimba and later at West Wyalong. Mary's children are Brian, Graham, Ronald, Leonard, Cheryl and lan. She died in 1976 and is buried at West Wyalong.

  4. Catherine Isobel (Kitty) Rumble (nee Pollock) (1918-2011 )
    • Born 12 January 1918 at Wahgunyah, she married Colin Rumble in 1950. Colin was a non-destructive testing engineer for pipelines. Her family was raised in Sydney, and consists of Michelle, Katrina and Craig. Kitty passed away in 2011 and was cremated at North Ryde.

  5. Ivy Ellen (Helen) Edwards (nee Pollock) (1919-2010)
    • Born 9 June 1919 at Corowa. She married Kenneth Edwards in 1946. They had two daughters, Patricia and Julie. Helen had a dress shop at Surfer's Paradise and lived on the Gold Coast until she passed away on 2 November 2010, aged 91.

  6. Violet Joan (Vi) O'Connell (nee Pollock) (1920-1999)
    • Born 8 September 1920? at Corowa. She later lived in Sydney, marrying Harry O'Connell. They had a shop in Glebe but Harry died 16 April 1960. Vi had three children, Terry, Kathy and Anne. She later lived at Gravesend where she died in 1999.

  7. Edward John (Ted) Pollock. (1922-2014)
    • Born 25 May 1922 at Wahgunyah. Raised at Tallimba, he share-farmed in the West Wyalong area. In 1947 he married Heather McPherson at the West Wyalong Presbyterian church and later farmed "Mallee Plains" two miles from Wyalong. In 1961 the family, Tony, born 1949 and Neil, born 1952, moved to Caragabal. In 2002 they retired to Young. Heather passed away in April 2012 and Ted on 10 June 2014. They are both buried at Young.

  8. Ella Christina McDermott (nee Pollock) (1924-1981)
    • Born 11 September 1924 at Corowa. She married Eric Lander in 1944. Her children included twins Frank and David, Wayne and Sonya. To Bill Turner she had Lex, Robert, Michael and Sheree. Bill Turner worked in the timber industry and was killed in a work accident. Ella later married again and was Mrs. McDermott. She lived a long time at Dorrigo and Wauchope and died at Cowra in April 1981. She is buried at West Wyalong. Many of her children were adopted out.

      Wayne Lander (born 1947) was adopted and became Peter Browne. Peter is a well-known outback artist. His website. Sonya became Sonya Pilon and married Ed Cassidy. She lives at Terrigal, NSW. Bob and Michael Turner lived at Wauchope and now Port Macquarie. Lex and family live at Port Sorell, Tasmania and he worked at the Rosebery mine. Sheree married Mark Cooper and also lives at Port Sorell, about 20kms out of Devonport. They have two children Luke and Shaun.

  9. Beryl Margorie Gray (nee Pollock) (1925-c1998).
    • Born 25 July 1925 at Temora, she married Noel Gray in 1950. Her sons are Peter and John. They lived at Epping for many years before retiring to Foster. Beryl died about 1998.

George Pollock died in June 1949; his obituary in the West Wyalong Advocate reads in part:

Mr George Pollock, a well known and highly esteemed resident of Tallimba district dies in the West Wyalong district hospital... The late Mr Pollock. who was 62 years of age, had been ailing for some time... In 1924 he came from Balldale to Tallimba where he purchased the well-known "Avondale" property from Mr. V.T.Lampe. Of a retiring disposition... he did not take an active part in the public life of Tallimba, but he gave practical support to all movements for the advancement of Tallimba and district. His wife predeceased him in 1937 and he leaves a family of 3 sons and 6 daughters. The sons are William and Alexander (Bob) of Tallimba, Edward of Clear Ridge. Daughters are Mrs. M. Hillier (Tallimba), Mrs. K. Edwards (of Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf), Mrs. E. Lander (Dorrigo), Misses Kitty and Beryl of Tallimba and Violet of Lithgow. His two brothers Messers Matthew Pollock: of Yerong Creek and Thomas of Quandialla were present at the funeral...

Isabella Pollock died in May 1937; her obituary reads in part:

The death occurred at Concord (Sydney) on Wednesday last of Mrs. Isabella Pollock, wife of George Pollock of "Avondale", Tallimba. The sad event cast a gloom over the Tallimba district as Mrs. Pollock was one of the most popular and highly respected ladies in the district, and her untimely demise, at the comparatively young age of 49, was deeply regretted by her wide circle of friends. Her cheerful disposition endeared her to all she came in contact with... She was a member of the Tallimba branch of the CWA and was Hon-Sec of the Brennan's Tank P&C. Although not enjoying the best of health for the past two years, she had only been seriously ill for the few days prior to her death, which was caused by pleurisy, ...attendance of over 400 people.. pallbearers, T.McClintock, J.Mitchell, M.Hillier,Jr., A.E. McClintock ...


  1. Pollocks in Donegal Ireland
  2. Kilpatricks in Donegal Ireland
  3. Arrival & Settlement in Australia
  4. Matt Pollock (1874-1950)
  5. Robert Pollock (1876-1916)
  6. Alexander Pollock (1882-1945)
  7. Thomas John Pollock (1884-1964)
  8. George Pollock (1886-1949)
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Thanks to W.J. (Jim) Pollock of Tivockmoy, Donegal; Debbie Pedrana, Kitty Rumble (nee Pollock), the late Alexander Smeaton (Bob) Pollock, the late Bert Pollock, Joyce Hoad (nee Pollock), Trevor Purkiss, Don Pollock, the late Mary Cofield, Fay Miller, Sheree Cooper & Margaret Bonar. This page last modified 4 January 2013