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George Throssell (Forrest Party)

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George Throssell 15 February 1901 to 27 May 1901

George Throssell was born in Ireland and came to Australia with his father at the age of 10. He attended the Public School in Perth. He began his own business in Northam and later was elected to the Northam Municipal Council. For the next 14 years he held the positions of chairman of the council and mayor.

He was popularly known as "the lion of Northam" or "father of Northam". He entered Parliament in 1890, elected unopposed to the Legislative Assembly for the seat of Northam.

Throssell took over from Sir John Forrest as Premier when Forrest resigned to join the Federal Parliament. However, he lacked Forrest's political control and only served in the position for three months.

He was a popular and forceful friend of the farmer. He won agreement to take the Yilgarn railway line via Northam instead of York and was responsible for the first Land Purchase Bill and the first Land Drainage Bill.

He owned several properties throughout the State and supported closer settlement. He supported Forrest in the passing of the Homestead Act whereby "bona fide" settlers were given 160 acres of free land. He also supported the Agriculture Bank.

His son, Captain Hugo Throssell, won the Victoria Cross at Gallipoli in 1915.


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