14/08/2019 - 14:10

Polly Farmer dies, aged 84

14/08/2019 - 14:10

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AFL legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer has passed away in Fiona Stanley Hospital, following a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Polly Farmer played 356 games across the WAFL and VFL.

AFL legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer has passed away in Fiona Stanley Hospital, following a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Farmer, who was seen by many as a trailblazer for indigenous athletes in sport, played 356 games from 1953 to 1971 across the WAFL and VFL, and was known for revolutionising the handball.

The Graham Farmer Freeway in Perth, which was opened in 2000, was named after the footballer.

Post-AFL, Mr Farmer most notably established The Graham Polly Farmer Foundation in 1994, which provides after-school education programs for indigenous students.

Ron Edwards, Fred Chaney and John Cunningham were also co-founders of the foundation.

The foundation is ranked 55th on the BNiQ list of charities, last reporting revenue of around $6.1 million.

It has six full-time employees, 11 part-time employees.

Mr Farmer was diagnosed with Alzeimer’s disease around two decades ago.

He leaves behind three children.

Premier Mark McGowan said WA has lost an icon.

"Graham 'Polly' Farmer was one of the greatest to ever play footy," Mr McGowan said.

"From tough beginnings in a Perth orphanage, Graham Farmer ascended to the very top of Australian sport and became an undisputed legend.

"On behalf of the state government I pay tribute to the great Graham "Polly" Farmer and extend sympathies and condolences to his family and friends."

 

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