Hugo Throssell Citizenship Award
State Library of Western Australia
4387B/38: Hugo Throssell VC, circa 1918
About the Award
The Hugo Throssell Citizenship Award was launched in 2016 by the KSP Writers' Centre to honour Hugo Throssell VC during the Centenary of Anzac. It continues as an annual award.
The award is open to all Year Six students in the Shire of Mundaring who demonstrate the ‘Anzac Spirit’ as guided by the Hugo Throssell Seven Citizenship Standards, as listed below. The winner and two runners-up will receive a cash prize, certificate, book prize and a one year membership to the KSP Writers' Centre.
School Principals are invited to nominate a student by completing and submitting a nomination form to the KSP Writers’ Centre by the closing date of Friday 26 October 2018.
Seven Citizenship Standards
willingly helps friends and newcomers to the school
performs random acts of kindness
maintains positive and enthusiastic attitude to activities inside and/or outside of school
rises above challenges
develops skills or pursues special interests beyond what is expected of his/her age
treats others with consideration, care and compassion
is respectful to own property, school property and others’ property
is polite to peers and staff
is accountable for own actions
is honest, trustworthy and dependable
demonstrates positive leadership qualities, whether or not asked
performs leadership roles within the classroom and/or school community and/or beyond school
encourages others to perform to their best
uses innovative strategies to solve problems
creates new ideas
7 Going beyond . . .
volunteers time and services to members of the school and/or outside community
does the ‘extra bit’ to help out when or wherever needed
About Hugo Throssell
Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell VC (1884-1933) was one of fourteen children. He was born in Northam, Western Australia, youngest son of George Throssell, storekeeper and short-time State Premier, and his wife Anne, née Morrell.
After the death of his parents and an unsuccessful stint as a farmer, Throssell and his brother Ric joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment at the outbreak of World War I. As well as being the first Western Australian soldier to be decorated, Throssell holds the distinguished record of being the only Australian light horseman to receive the medal.
Throssell, who served in Gallipoli, received the prestigious medal for gallantry and devotion to duty during the now-famous battle at Hill 60. ‘Although wounded in several places he refused to leave the trench, or obtain assistance, until all danger had passed. … By his personal example he kept up the spirit of his party, which was largely instrumental in saving the situation at a critical period.'
Throssell attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace where King George V presented him with the medal on 4 December 1915. Coincidentally, this was also the 32nd birthday of his future bride, the Australian novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard, who he would soon meet in London and fall quickly in love.
Throssell and Prichard were married in 1919, and purchased a house on 11 Old York Road, Greenmount, now the heritage-listed site known as ‘Katharine’s Place’ or the KSP Writers’ Centre. Scarred by the tragedy of the War and the loss of both their brothers, during the 20s and 30s they became active pacifists and outspoken Communists.