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Thomas Pollard (1839 - 1925)

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Thomas (Tom) Pollard
Born in South Colah, New South Wales, Australiamap
Husband of — married in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australiamap
Husband of — married in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Thornleigh, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Profile last modified | Created 27 Jun 2013 | Last significant change: 17 Nov 2018
12:52: Kenneth Evans edited the Biography for Tom Pollard. [Thank Kenneth for this]
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Categories: Cherrybrook Uniting Church Cemetery, Cherrybrook, New South Wales | Pennant Hills, New South Wales | St John's Church of England, Parramata, New South Wales.


Thomas "Tom" Pollard was born on 2nd June 1839 at South Colah, New South Wales, Australia. He was a son of former convicts, Henry Pollard and Martha Brooks.[1]

Throughout his life Tom worked as a sawyer and orchardist in the Pennant Hills region of north west Sydney.[2] Tom and his family were active members of the Wesleyan Chapel at Pennant Hills (now Cherrybrook Uniting Church).[3]

Tom married Ellen Pearce, daughter of former convicts Aaron Pearce and Ellen Clarke nee Holland, on 29th December 1860 in St John's Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales. Aaron owned 600 acres of land at the junction of South Colah and Lane Cove Roads (now Pacific Highway), popularly known as Pearce's Corner.[4] Ellen brought four children to the marriage from her previous marriage. They had a further six children together:

  • stepson John Clarke (1846-)
  • stepson Aaron J Clarke (1845-1930)
  • stepson Charles Joseph Clarke (1853-1950)
  • stepson Jacob Clarke (1855-1923)
  • William Henry Pollard (1861-1944)
  • Mary Pollard (1862-64)
  • Louisa Martha Pollard (1865-1929) married surname Armstrong
  • Henry Albert Pollard (1868-1945)
  • George Edward James Pollard (1870-1922)
  • Theodore Pearce Pollard (1873-1933)

Following Ellen's death in 1878, Tom married again, to Sarah Mitchell. They married in 1880 at Newcastle, New South Wales.[5] Ellen had been widowed twice in the space of eleven years and brought three daughters to the marriage. Tom and Sarah had a further two children together:

  • Jane M Curtis (1867-) married surname Stanton
  • Sarah Ann Curtis (1868-1921) married surname Cunningham
  • Clara Brady (1876-94)
  • Ursula May Pollard (1881-1966) married surname Ryan
  • Jessie Pollard (1882-89)

Tom was active as a member of a committee that founded the horse racing club at Pennant Hills towards the end of the century. But Tom's Pennant Hills was changing rapidly. Within twenty years the orchards would be gone and replaced by housing: suburbia.

Having lost his second wife in 1904, Tom lived in happy widowhood until 7th April 1925. He passed away at home, but his home address had been re-named to Thornleigh.[6] He is buried not far from his second wife, Sarah, in the Pennant Hills Wesleyan churchyard. Tom's epitaph reads quite simply, "Life's work well done".[7] Tom Pollard was survived by five of his children and 33 grandchildren.

Life's work well done.


  1. New South Wales Birth Index #404/1839
  2. Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Pioneers of Hornsby Shire 1788-1906. Library of Australian History. rev ed, 1983
  3. Barker, Helen & Hawkins, Ralph. Early Wesleyans of Pennant Hills. Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Hornsby, 1983
  4. New South Wales Marriage Index ##2347/1860
  5. New South Wales Marriage Index #4359/1880
  6. New South Wales Death Index #8121/1925
  7. Barker, Helen & Hawkins, Ralph. Early Wesleyans of Pennant Hills. Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Hornsby, 1983


Thank you to Les Gilham for creating WikiTree profile Pollard-601 through the import of Les Gilham Family Tree.ged on Jun 25, 2013.

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