Photo: Graham 'Polly' Farmer collection with Minister Murray, Minister Templeman, Farmer's daughter Kim and grandson Cole
Farmer was an Australian Rules Football player and coach known for revolutionising ruckwork and handballing.
The collection includes:
Born in WA, Farmer spent his childhood in Sister Kate's orphanage as a member of the Stolen Generation.
He began his football career with the East Perth Football Club in 1953 and his career in football is legendary, winning five premierships in the State's competition, three Sandover Medals for fairest and best player and four Simpson Medals for best player
in the Grand Final.
Farmer believed that all Aboriginal children should be able to reach their potential and established the Graham 'Polly' Farmer Foundation to help young Aboriginal people follow their dreams.
The Foundation is a member of the State Library's Literacy Alliance, a group of government and non-government organisations working together to improve literacy in our communities.
The State Library will preserve this important collection and keep it safe for future generations. Some of the items will be put on display once preservation work has been carried out.
Read the media release