The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Pollen, Hon. Daniel
Pollen, Hon. Daniel, M.L.C., sometime Premier of New Zealand, embraced the medical profession, and emigrated to New Zealand, where he was one of the earliest settlers in the Auckland district. He held a position in the Civil Servicer and was appointed a member of the Legislative Council. He was a member of the second Fox Ministry, without portfolio, from July 1861 to August 1862, and of the second Stafford Government from June 1868 to June 1869. Having been reappointed to the Legislative Council in 1873, he was Premier and Colonial Secretary of the colony from July 1875 to Feb. 1876, when he took office under Sir Julius Vogel as Colonial Secretary, and held the post under that gentleman and Major Atkinson till Oct. 1877. He was also Minister of Native Affairs from Dec. 1876 till he retired with his colleagues in Oct. 1877.