UPDATED: Mabel “Polly” Pollock Dies At 83

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

Mabel Pollock

Polly shows off the gold coin presented to her by the deputy chief of the navy Commodore Bruce Pepperell, left, and commander of the navy base in Devonport Fred Keating.

Local icon Mabel “Polly” Pollock has passed away – earlier this month on January 7. She was 83 years old. Polly passed away peacefully on 7 January 2011 in her 84th year after a short illness. Daughter of the lighthouse keepers, Hugh and Dorothy Maria Jamieson, Polly was the wife of the late Horace McDonald Pollock and mother of Keith, Brian, Hugh and the late Mary Barrett, in whose memory Polly planted the “Glade” on Memorial Drive. She was also the grandmother to nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for her is being held this Saturday 15 January at 12:30 pm at North Harbour Chapel of Dil’s Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany.All communications to the Pollock family, c/- PO Box 302524, North Harbour 0751.

Polly dedicated much of her energy to Polly’s Park (Mary Barrett’s Glade) that stretches from Lake Road along Ngataringa Bay. If you want to see her in action, here is a clip about her in 2009 on Campbell live.

Comments left on this article indicate the positive influence many in the community see Polly as having had. Even those who had had the misfortune of crossing Polly in the past were generous in their thoughts on her contribution. The Navy released a statement saying “Personnel of the Royal New Zealand Navy were saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Pollock. Mrs Pollock was a passionate woman who cared about the environment which showed in her commitment to her work at the Mary Barrett Glade or Polly’s Glade, as we have come to know it as well. She was strong in spirit and stood up for what she believed in.  Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family at this time.”

Mike Cohen, a local councillor who bore the brunt of Polly’s ire on a couple of occasions said “Polly’s passing leaves a significant gap amongst the colourful characters that over the years have enriched our community, making it a distinctively special and great place to live.


  1. E.S. says:

    Polly was an inspiration,organising, planting and maintaining that wonderful bush track along the sea, providing water for the birds and information boards for all the walkers, some of whom were over 80! On hot summer days it was the only place to go for a walk and enjoy the shade, the birds, the trees, and glimpses of the sea through them. A very great pity it is no more! Devonport’s loss. R.I.P. Polly.

  2. GB says:

    Amazing lady she was, Polly took on the whole of the NZ Navy and some corporates, and won against the lot!..inspired me lots Polly did.

  3. Moralpanic says:

    Polly will always be an inspiration to me. Please people, plant a native tree in memory of her. Care for the tree, make sure it survives. Your grandchildren will be grateful. Thank you Polly. Your legacy is truly amazing. Xxx Simon.

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