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George Throssell

Date: 23 May 1840
Place: Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA with his father 1 June 1850 on Scindian, father in charge of convicts
Son of George Michael and Jane Ann Ledsham
Marriage and Family
Married 6 June 1861, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Annie Morrell (born 6 September 1841), daughter of Richard and Susannah Sumberland
Children: six sons and eight daughters
Widowed 19 May 1906
Date: 30 August 1910
Place: Northam, Western Australia
Cemetery: Northam Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Educated Perth Public School
Businessperson and postmaster
Employment History
Joined staff of Padbury and Fermaner (later Padbury, Loton and Company) in St George's Tce
Began his own business as produce merchant in Northam 1861, postmaster 1864–1874
Branch stores at York, Newcastle (Toodyay), Southern Cross and Coolgardie
Director of flour mill
Local Government Service
Northam Road Board chairman 1874
Northam Municipal Council from 1880
Chairman until 1883 and 1885–18 June 1887 then Mayor 1887–1888, 1889–1892, 1893–1894
Forrest Party
Date Elected
2 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by George Throssell
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Northam 2 December 1890–28 June 1904
  • MLC East Province 12 August 1907 (by-election)–30 August 1910

  • Commissioner of Crown Lands 13 March 1897–14 February 1901
  • Premier and Treasurer 15 February–27 May 1901
Founder and secretary (1867) Northam Mechanics Institute
Owned farms, ‘Burlong’ and ‘Oakover’ and other properties throughout State
Justice of the Peace
Member Board Education 1867
Chairman Northam Farmers' Club
President, Northam Total Abstinence Society
Father of
Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell VC (1915)
Reminiscences of Northam and its Pioneers, The Avon Valley Illustrated, p. 11–19
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2010, p. 196
Further Information
Donald S. Garden, 'Throssell, George (1840–1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 12 January 2016.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, vol. IV.
Garden, DS. Albany: A Panorama of the Sound from 1827.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, 214–15.
Reid, GS and MR Oliver. The premiers of Western Australia 1890-1982.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 38.
West Australian, 31 August 1901.