Call for seat of Throssell

Hugo Throssell and his war medals, including the VC, on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Call for seat of Throssell
Hugo Throssell and his war medals, including the VC, on display at the Australian War Memorial.

He has proposed any new seat be named Throssell, after Second Lieutenant Throssell, who received his Victoria Cross for exceptional bravery at Gallipoli.

Having survived the war, the later Captain in the 10th Light Horse Regiment was welcomed back to Australia as a hero.

But his experience made him a pacifist who opposed war.

Shunned by WA society and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he ended his life in 1933.

As part of a Federal redistribution, the Australia Electoral Commission will create a new seat in WA and is calling for submissions on its name.

Mr McGowan will this week submit a submission to the AEC proposing the adoption of the name Throssell.

�The Hugo Throssell story is an amazing one, worth noting in our Federal Parliament,� he said.

�To name a new Federal electorate after a West Australian Victoria Cross winner would be appropriate.

�I am calling on the Australian Electoral Commission to recognise the significant contribution made by Hugo Throssell.�