Reg Pollard

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The Honourable
Reg Pollard
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lalor
In office
10 December 1949 – 26 November 1966
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Mervyn Lee
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ballaarat
In office
23 October 1937 – 10 December 1949
Preceded by Archibald Fisken
Succeeded by Alan Pittard
Personal details
Born (1894-10-31)31 October 1894
Castlemaine, Victoria
Died 24 August 1981(1981-08-24) (aged 86)
Gisborne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Elsie Bowman Hodges
Occupation Dairy farmer

Reginald Thomas Pollard (31 October 1894 – 24 August 1981) was an Australian politician.[1]

Pollard was born in Castlemaine, Victoria and educated at Woodend State School, West Melbourne Technical School and Workingmen's College. He worked as an agricultural labourer near Werribee and from 1912 to 1915 as a fitter in Melbourne. During World War I he served in the first Australian Imperial Force the 6th Battalion from October 1915 in Egypt and France and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. He was wounded in 1918 and invaldiated home. He became a soldier settler in Woodend as a dairy farmer. He married Elsie Bowman Hodges in 1922 and they had two sons.[2][3]

Pollard founded the Woodend branch of the Australian Labor Party. He was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Dalhousie in a 1924 by-election, and represented the seat of Bulla and Dalhousie from 1927 until his defeat in the 1932 election. He was assistant Minister of Agriculture from December 1929 to May 1932. He ran unsuccessfully for the federal seat of Gippsland at the 1934 election and the state seat of Castlemaine and Kyneton in 1935.[2]

Pollard was elected to the Australian House of Representatives seat of Ballaarat at the 1937 election and held it until the 1949 election, when he was elected as the member for Lalor. He was appointed Minister for Commerce and Agriculture in the second Chifley Ministry in November 1946, but lost office with the defeat of the Chifley government at the 1949 election. As Minister, he introduced a scheme to stabilise the price of wheat paid to farmers.[4] He was defeated in Lalor at the 1966 election. He died in Gisborne.[2]


  1. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pollard, Reginald Thomas". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Anthony, Doug (25 August 1981). "Death of the Honourable Reginald Thomas Pollard". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  4. ^ McMahon, William (25 August 1981). "Death of the Honourable Reginald Thomas Pollard". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Allan Cameron
Member for Dalhousie
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Bulla and Dalhousie
Succeeded by
Harry White
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Archibald Fisken
Member for Ballaarat
Succeeded by
Alan Pittard
New division Member for Lalor
Succeeded by
Mervyn Lee
Political offices
Preceded by
William Scully
Minister for Commerce and Agriculture
Succeeded by
John McEwen